Swinging into Orlando for a Disney Adventure – #MonkeyKingdomEvent #AllStarVacationHomes

I am so excited to announce that 5 Minutes for Mom has been selected to swing over to Orlando with 24 other fantastic bloggers for the #MonkeyKingdomEvent from April 14-19, 2015.  I will be representing 5 Minutes for Mom at this adventurous event.

During the event we will be screening the new Disneynature film “Monkey Kingdom” as well as visiting the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Here is what is in store for our epic Monkey Kingdom adventure.

Screening the “Monkey Kingdom” Movie

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We will get to screen Disneynature’s new movie “Monkey Kingdom” narrated by Tina Fey which opens on April 17th.

Monkey Kingdom Narrated by Tina Fey

The movie focuses on Maya, a clever and resourceful blonde-bobbed monkey.  The movie is set among ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South Asia.

Like all families, Maya’s has more than its share of colorful personalities—and she’s determined to give her son a leg up in the world. When their longtime home at Castle Rock is taken over by powerful neighboring monkeys, Maya’s whole family retreats, and she uses her street smarts and ingenuity to uncover untapped resources amidst strange new creatures and unsettling surroundings. Ultimately, they will all have to work together to reclaim Castle Rock, where Maya can hopefully realize her dreams for her son’s future.

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Featuring a rich variety of characters, including a mischievous mongoose, simple-minded langur monkeys, predatory leopards and monitor lizards, “Monkey Kingdom” is narrated by Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), directed by Mark Linfield (“Chimpanzee,” “Earth”) and co-directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Chimpanzee,” “Bears”).

With music from award-winning composer Harry Gregson-Williams (“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Shrek” movies), Disneynature’s eighth True Life Adventure—the follow-up to 2014’s “Bears”—swings into theaters April 17, 2015. For more information about the film and the conservation program, go to www.disney.com/monkeykingdom.

Catch a sneak peek of the movie in this trailer.

We will be interviewing Disneynature Ambassador Dr. M Sanjayan, who appears in this video below.

Monkey Kingdom Video

Visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

We will be going backstage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park to learn how Disney Cast Members take care of to the 1,500 animals including a visit to the state-of-the-art veterinary hospital and the Animal Nutrition Center to see how over 4 tons of food are prepared and distributed each day.

Animal Kingdom Backstage Tales Kangaroo

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While there we will get to take part in the Wild Africa Trek which is a 3-hour safari tour.  This tour includes walking across a rope bridge and (safely) encounter animals in their habitats such as hippos, crocodiles, giraffes and rhinos.

Animal Kingdom Wild Africa Trek Hippo

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We will have fun exploring Disney’s Animal Kingdom on the Wilderness Explorer challenge. We will complete challenges and earn adventure badges as we work our way around the Park.

Disneys Animal Kingdom Wilderness Explorers

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We will be joining Greg Peccie, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Animal Operations Manager and Dr. M Sanjayan, Disneynature Ambassador for a deliciously insightful, 4-course lunch at the restaurant Sanaa.

This wonderful location will provide us with fantastic views of the animals roaming on the savanna at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. At Sanaa we will enjoy Indian-style bread service, refreshing salads, slow-cooked meats and decadent desserts.

Sanaa Indian Bread Service

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A visit to Epcot isn’t complete without visiting The Land and The Seas with Nemo & Friends.

Epcot - Living with the Land Attraction

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We also get the chance to take in the sights and tastes of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.  This has been something on my bucket list and I am excited to be able to experience it.

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The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival runs for only 75 days from March 4 – May 17, 2015. There are 11 outdoor kitchens which offer over 30 food items and 50 beverage choices.  The festival is also home to over 30 million blooms and 100+ fun topiaries.

Epoct - Flower and Garden - Frozen

We will be visiting during Earth Day Weekend  we will get to visit exhibits such as the Purple Martins, Backyard Habitat and the “Monkey Kingdom” Sand Sculpture as well as many other fun and educational exhibits.

All Star Vacation Homes

The accommodations for our trip will be unique because we won’t be staying at a hotel.  Instead we will be staying at the All Star Vacation Homes.

8030 Acadia Estates - All Star Vacation Homes - Front of House

These wonderful homes are located just minutes away from the Walt Disney World Resort and offer private pools, home theaters, kitchen and laundry facilities.

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Each home also offers multiple master bedrooms and fun Disney themed rooms.

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8030 Acadia Estates - All Star Vacation Homes - Toy Story Room

Walt Disney World

I will also have some free time at the Walt Disney World Resort and you KNOW that this Disneyland girl is going to be taking in ALL that she can on this trip.

Dawn on her 1st Disneyland trip in 1977 (age 4)

1977 – Dawn on her 1st Disneyland (age 4)

I can’t wait to share my adventure with you and the best way to follow along is to stalk the hashtags #MonkeyKingdomEvent #DisneySide and #AllStarVacationHomes on all social medial platforms.

I will be Tweeting and Instagraming the most during the trip so be sure to follow me on Twitter, Instagram as well as on Facebook too!

Disclaimer: Disney has invited 5 Minutes for Mom (and me) to Orlando to attend these wonderful events.  All expenses have been paid by Disney, but all opinions are always 100% my own.

About Dawn

Dawn is a social influencer and has been writing about her nerdy side since 2004. She enjoys writing about Entertainment, Travel, Disney, Star Wars and life with two little girls. Her advice is to keep on dreaming, do what you love and life will lead you a path to your happiness. Dawn also writes for 5 Minutes for Mom.

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