Who are these Critters you speak of?

Friday, June 7, 2013

The Critters are still 4 (Part II of the Birthday Celebration), oh and Mother's Day too!!!

Sunday Morning we all headed off to the "Cars" section of the Art of Animation Resort at Disney World.  Yes, this is the hotel we stayed at where Reese started throwing up all over the place.  Lighting doesn't strike twice, right?
As soon as we got there we threw our swimming suits on with the intention of hitting all of the pools (Cars, Little Nemo, and Little Mermaid).  It is a huge resort.  The kids had a great time swimming in the Cars pool and hanging out in the "warning cone huts."  Then it was off to the Little Nemo section, which is by far the largest of the pools.  It also has a splash park area.  The Critters definitely got some energy out here.  The only downside is we thought we lost a child in the process.  CarCar decided she was tired of the group and wandered to a different section.  After a few heart stopping moments we were back in the pool.  Soon after that we were off to the Little Mermaid pool, after a frozen lemonade of course.
To get to the Little Mermaid pool you have to pass through the Lion King section of the resort, which is pretty neat.  There was a little area with misters and caves that the kids played in, after they got over the terror of the hyhenas (hy-e-nas) perched above them.  Finally, we were at the Little Mermaid section, which is a more traditional pool.  We had fun there and then it was off to the room to change for dinner, it was Mother's Day after all. 
We had dinner at Saana at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  No one was particularly excited about the menu, except me, but man were we surprised with the food and the atmosphere.  It is an Indian-Mediterranean fusion (i.e. heavy on the spices, right up my alley).  The restaurant has tables in front of floor to ceiling windows that look out on the savanna which had giraffes, zebras, and ostriches.  Of course we had a primo table in front of the window, thanks Grandma Kate.  The food was really good and the Naan bread and sauces were out of this world.


We were at the table on the far right.

The Naan Bread, get this if you go there.  We had to get two orders.

After dinner we headed out to the observation area.  Here the kids got an up close look at all the animals.  While we were here the guide told us that they are roasting marshmallows over by the pool so of course we bee-lined it over there and made it just in time.  No pictures from this since it involved sharp sticks and an open fire pit.  I figured uninjured children were better than a few photos.  Soon after that everyone (Critters) pretty much hit the wall.  We headed back to the resort to wait for the 'fairy godmother' to deliver the girls princess dresses and Reese's Jake costume.

Here are a few shots from the day:

Disney never pays attention to the details do they?

We stayed in the Wheel Well Motel wing of the Cars section.
The Critters and Mater.
The "cone cabanas."

Pooh Bear at the splash park.

The girls in the Nemo pool.

Are they actually sharing?  It appears that they are.

The Lion King section.

Oh, look there are the hyhenas (yes, I know its spelled wrong, this is how Carson says it).

The Cat and the treasure.

Pooh said this was Jake's treasure.
The Little Mermaid.

Mom and the Cat.

Pooh and Grandma B.

Pooh as a wild animal.

The view from our table.

Pooh and the Cat in the observation area.

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