We made the trek to Disney once again this year for fall break. Our main reason in going again this year was that it was our last chance to go and not have to pay for all five of us. Since Hayes is not yet three, he was still free. Adding one more person to the dining plan and buying one more ticket is a lot so we snuck in one more year of just paying for the four of us. This year was definitely busier and more crowded than last year. It also seemed much hotter and more humid.
For the first time we changed up our lodging. This year we chose to stay at the Polynesia Resort and it was the perfect room for our family. It had a queen bed, a queen pull out sofa bed, and a twin pull out bed. Lance and Sam shared the queen bed, Hayes and I shared the pull out sofa bed, and Reese had the twin. It also had TWO bathrooms! That was perfect for getting in to the room late at night and getting everyone bathed for bed. We definitely loved this room more than our rooms at the Contemporary. I meant to take more pictures of the room than I did. The bottom picture is us packing up to leave but behind the luggage is where the twin bed pulled out.
Hayes's absolute favorite part of our room was that we looked toward the monorail. He spent every morning out on the balcony, eating his breakfast, and watching the monorail trains start running. He would get so excited every single time one went by.
After getting settled in our room on Saturday, we headed out to explore. We walked around the Poly, rode the monorail over to Magic Kingdom, and then rode the boat back to the Poly.
Once we were back to the Poly, we put on our bathing suits and headed to the pool. The pool had a great kids play area and a fun slide in the main pool. Reese and Sam loved going down the slide. I took Hayes up to slide because he loved the slide at the Contemporary last year and I wanted him to try it out for himself again this year. However, what I didn't know is that the slide goes completely dark for most of it because it goes through a "volcano". As I was going down the slide after Hayes, I giggled to myself because I could only imagine what he was thinking as he was being tossed around on the slide in the dark. Needless to say, he did not go down the slide again the rest of the week but the big kids loved it.
Sunday was much of the same thing. We explored in the morning and then spent the day at the pool. We didn't have any plans or meals scheduled for that day. However late in the day we decided we wanted to see if we could get lucky and find any dinner reservations around. After talking to a lady at the pool, we made reservations at Jiko at Animal Kingdom Lodge. We got there a little early so we could walk around a bit and check things out there. It was amazing!! Jiko is in the Jambo House and the building and grounds were beautiful. While there we saw many animals up close. Finally it was dinner time. The cast members working at Jiko were probably the friendliest people we met all week. And dinner!! Yum! It had a South African flare. I had the scallops and they were delicious. After dinner we decided we wanted to do some more exploring so we headed over to the Boardwalk for dessert. It was so beautiful and just a fun experience. When we got back to our room that night we couldn't get in to our room. Turns out the battery in our door had died and wouldn't unlock. Luckily they got someone out to us quickly and unlocked our door with a key and had some one come replace the battery. It was a little adventure in the hallway.
Exploring the parks up next...