After dinner at Jiko in the Animal Kingdom Jambo house lodge, we decided to spend our first night in the flagship Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World. It’s a really brilliant concept -guests who stay in the Disney-owned resorts can stay after the park closes on certain nights; for today, that meant the park remained open to us until 1 a.m., providing shorter lines and more time to enjoy the attractions. Someone on the marketing or real estate team deserves praise for that stroke of genius.
The day had some unexpected twists and turns but we improvised. Aaron and I arrived before everyone else, made our way to Downtown Disney for a few hours of shopping, met up with Karen and hung out for another few hours, finally welcomed Ashly and Ian, went to dinner at Jiko’s, and then over the Magic Kingdom park for the after-hours reserved for resort guests. Now, I’m going back to the room to take a shower, put on pajamas, and read the news on my iPad. We’ll be here for a week and it’s going to be a lot of fun.