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  • trip day 1 of 9

  • Saturday, February 3, 2018

  • Animal Kingdom

  • packed breakfast in the car

  • packed lunch in the car

  • dinner at Satu’li Canteen

Our first Disney World vacation as annual passholders began with the usual 9-hour drive south on I-95 from Raleigh to Orlando. We checked in at Pop Century upon arrival, somewhat disappointed to find our assigned room was in the 50s section which had not yet been refurbished.

order attraction
1 dinner – Satu’li Canteen
2 Na’vi River Journey (FP+)
3 shopping – in Pandora
4 shopping – Creature Comforts

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Since our last trip one year ago, Pandora: World of Avatar had opened at Animal Kingdom. Going straight there on our first night was a no-brainer. We rode Na’vi River Journey with FastPasses, not disappointed that Flight of Passage FastPasses for the trip’s first day were already gone when our reservation window opened 60 days prior. We had FastPasses later in the week in addition to morning rope drop plans.

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Next up was dinner at Satu’li Canteen, easily the best quick service meal we’d ever eaten on Disney property! The chimichurri rice bowl and cheeseburger pods were delicious!

Lovie-loving Jasper already made his first purchase of the trip – a plush banshee – and we enjoyed the nighttime bioluminescence for a while before heading back to the hotel.

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1 Evening in Animal Kingdom World of Pandora