The Weekly Peanut, Issue 210
We've all been waiting over a year for Rivers of Light to debut. So many false starts, even when the dining package went back on sale I was (understandably!) still skeptical. Still, Disney invited us to come out to opening night to see it. It was finally happening. So Friday after work we packed ourselves up and made our way down to Animal Kingdom (our least visited but still beloved WDW park).
We had time to ride the safari first. I just love this ride at dusk. We even got to see one of the animal care providers interacting with a young bull elephant.
We chowed down on some sandwiches we brought with us (I had to trade with D when she saw I had ham and avocado and she only had peanut butter and honey). We got to our reserved seats and eagerly awaited Disney's latest "nighttime spectacular."
It was pretty fun watching the sun go down from the stadium/viewing area.
I'm not going to go into mega detail about RoL here, because it will get its own post, but we were a little underwhelmed. On the same token, we were all obsessed with Jungle Book Alive With Magic, which everyone else seemed to hate, so our opinion probably means nothing. It's absolutely beautiful to watch, but it feels short and lacking an engaging narrative. D didn't seem too into it. If anything she seemed a little confused. I asked her if she liked it and after a long pause I got, "Uhh... sure." Ian and I agreed it's pretty background entertainment, like we'd love to watch it while chilling at the nomad lounge sipping on cocktails. Either way, I'm super happy for the people who've been really going through it trying to get this show made, and it's finally here. I can't imagine working through all those delays. I got distracted on the way out of the park by the new merch, which is VERY cool.
D really wanted one of these magic light changing wand things. Nah.
Saturday was always planned to be a low-key day, since Ian had a work event that evening. We lounged around and had a movie marathon. D wanted to watch all the Ghostbusters movies. And Trolls for the gazillionth time.
We were originally going to Magic Kingdom Sunday, but Ian's been fighting a cold all weekend so we opted for another chill day instead. I needed to get out of the house, so we took D to see Lego Batman. She didn't want a photo op with that poster, however, just this one.
The movie was cute and funny. Not quite as good as The Lego Movie, but still fun.
We ended up at Jimmy Hula's for dinner Monday. D tried fish nuggets for the first time and provided us with some pre-show entertainment. Please forgive the vertical SnapChat video.
This is how our family does low-key.