Day 4: Night Blossom & Gingerbread (Avatar Land!) /  H&H@ TP 2017

Day 4 of Hibiscus & Holly At The Poly 2017, the latest of my Disney Trip Reports, is here! Today we are off to Animal Kingdom for breakfast at Tusker House, and to visit the new Avatar Land – or as it is officially called: Pandora – The World of Avatar. We try some food and drink in the new land, and finish the day off with visiting Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa to see their grand Christmas tree, and the huge Gingerbread House!

The Trip Report Index tells you a bit about the planning of this trip, as well as some info about me and my family (the Cast Members!) In short you have me, Michelle; Steve, my husband, and Liam, my son. It also, of course, has the full list of days for Hibiscus & Holly At The Poly 2017.

Animal Kingdom

Day 4: Avatar Land!

Animal Kingdom / Breakfast at Tusker House / Pandora – The World of Avatar / Snack from Satu’li Canteen / Drink from Pongu Pongu / Gingerbread House & Christmas Tree at Grand Floridian
December 10, 2017
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Our day started off early with a drive over to Animal Kingdom. In all the trips we’ve taken over the years, I think this is the first time we’ve ever actually had to wait in a line of cars to get through the toll gate!

As DVC Members we do not have to pay for parking at the Disney Parks, so after having our Magic Bands scanned, we drove to the parking lot and made our way to the entrance to the Park. Steve, since he is the bag holder, went through the security line, while Liam and I waited for him on the other side. I gave lots of tips for going through Disney security lines in Day 2, so I won’t go over them again. But in short – have your bag(s) open and ready to be checked.

The Animal Kingdom Christmas Tree is my favourite of all the Disney Parks. It is located just past the security line, so with everyone filtering into the park, it was a lot of hustle and bustle around it. Trying to get a decent photo of it really tried my photography patience!

Animal Kingdom Christmas Tree

Animal Kingdom Christmas Tree

Animal Kingdom Christmas Tree

Animal Kingdom Christmas Tree

Animal Kingdom Christmas Tree

Animal Kingdom Christmas Tree

Animal Kingdom Christmas Tree

Animal Kingdom Christmas Tree

The Animal Kingdom Christmas Tree was covered in animal ornaments, wooden stars and snowflakes, and African and Asian artefacts; there was even a hidden Mickey! A beautiful tree, and as I said, my favourite of all the Parks’ trees.

In complete contrast to the theming of the tree, around the base of it were huge colourful gifts, where the gang from Hundred Acre Wood were hanging out. I thought this to be so random, but since they were at kid level, it was probably for their benefit more than anything else!

Today was really cold – highs of 14°C, and lows of 5°C – and this girl was bundled up in two jumpers, jeans, gloves and earmuffs! The sun was shining bright, so I was thankful for that! After a quick look at the Tree of Life, we made our way round to Africa, and towards Tusker House for our breakfast ADR.

Us at Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom - Tree of Life

Animal Kingdom - Tree of Life

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

Tusker House - Animal Kingdom