I had such a hard time sleeping that night. I was so full of anticipation for what the day would bring and being able to go out to see the park. When morning came I jumped out of bed (I literally wanted to but refrained so Jessica could sleep a little longer). I proceeded to get ready for the day and once we were both ready to go out the door we went.
We headed to the bus pick up area and the first bus to pull up was heading to Animal Kingdom. Not wanting to stand around waiting we hopped on the bus and headed to Animal Kingdom. We arrived at the park early so the gates hadn't opened yet which was nice as it allowed us time to look at the map and activity schedule to see what we wanted to do.
As soon as the gates opened we headed for Camp Minnie and Mickey. We were the first in line to see The Festival of the Lion King. It seemed fitting to start our adventure hearing The Circle of Life. Whenever you hear those open chants you immediately wake up and know that something exciting is about to happen. We had front row seats to this 360 stage. When the show started I was immediately swept into the Pride Lands. We learned to do the monkey dance (very similar to waddaliacha from girls camp days). Then they needed a volunteer from each section to lead the animal call. I volunteered to lead our section. Note to self, work on elephant sound.
Flying monkeys, bright lights, elaborate costumes, music you can dance to and sing along with, and your favorite Lion King characters made this an amazing show.