I was jolted from my slumber by my 7am alarm, because WDW is the only place where I will get up early without grumbling. No such thing can be said for Pat, who slept through my shower et al and had to be dragged out of bed.
The whole time I was hustling him, he made fun of me for being so sure we needed to beat the giant crowds to the Animal Kingdom for Earth Day. "Oh, look at all these people," he said as we walked up to an empty bus terminal. Only to discover that we had missed the DAK bus by an approximate but pretty literal 30 seconds.
Our luck with buses was not great this trip, but the DAK bus that morning was the worst - it was over 20 minutes to the next one. More and more people started to show up, all waiting for DAK, and Pat was forced to admit that I was on to something. He learned an important lesson that day: always trust Jenn's instincts about WDW.
FastPass number one was for Dinosaur, and it was completely unnecessary, but we used it anyway. After all, we can't stop now! Keep going! Keep going!
We still had some time to kill before our Kilimanjaro Safaris FastPass, and my efforts to move it up were in vain. Instead I started scrolling around in the entertainment section of the app, and saw there was a Flights of Wonder showing in 25 minutes - perfect.
Extra lucky: there was a special Earth Day pre-show! It was basically an extension of the regular show minus any of the "plot." Birds came out a performed trained behaviors (or didn't, depending) with volunteers.
My favorite was the collared raven; you may know him from the regular show as the flag stealer. Well, in the pre-show, he had the role of accepting paper scraps and dropping them in a box. He got confused about what trick he was performing, took the first piece of paper, and promptly flew off! The CM gamely stepped in (taking the paper into his mouth and everything) only to have the raven fly out again and continue as if that was his plan all along. It was hilarious and I wish I'd recorded it!
Then the regular show started, and I was positively delighted to see it was my favorite Guano Joe! He takes what is a collection of, let's face it, mediocre jokes, and elevates them with rock solid timing and delivery. His "the '70s explanation" was especially good that day, alongside an ad lib about how eagles say goodbye by pooping. Mmmhmm, good stuff. Bonus: Pat loved the show too!
After our romp through the Himalayas we headed over to Nomad Lounge for drinks and snacks (again, more on this later). While there, I managed to snag a well-timed Rock 'n Roller Coaster FP, as we were heading to the Studios next.
We also poked around in the gift shop - more Muppet shirts need to be cut in women's sizes - and PizzeRizzo, although we didn't end of getting anything. A walk to Min and Bill's didn't yield any snacks either.
By this time it was getting pretty crowded and there were no good FPs readily available, so we left the park in favor of home and food. Boatwright's wasn't taking walkups, so we wound up with a combination of things from the River Roost bar and the food court (more details on POR food offerings in a later post).
Then it was back to the room to prep for the race. I briefly thought my GPS watch was broken, but Pat helped me fix it. To reward him, I subjected him to reruns of Say Yes to the Dress while I set up all my race stuff. Aren't you glad you don't date me?
Bedtime followed shortly, although not sleeptime because naturally I couldn't help but freak out about the possibility of sleeping through my alarm. No matter. Next up: the Dark Side Half!
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