Day 7: Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Day 7 in Orlando was Shell’s birthday and being a huge animal lover there was no better place to spend it then at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

First up was a b-day breakfast with our good friends the Goldstein’s over at Boma at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

They have an extensive breakfast buffet.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Being African safari inspired one interesting dish was an African styled corned beef hash dish. It was a little spicy but VERY delish. It kinda reminded me of guisantes, just with corned beef.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

My plate (Round 1 of 3).

Disney's Animal Kingdom

And then some b-day treats for the b-day girl courtesy of the house

Disney's Animal Kingdom

After that it was onto board the Disney Bus and get on our way to the Animal Kingdom.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Initial Comments:

Since we took the shuttle from a resort to the park we got off near the entrance in the shuttle area. If you’re driving it’s similar to what we observed at the Hollywood Studios. The lot is so IMMENSE they have a tram to take you from your section of the lot to the entrance.

Second, this park is HUGE. By estimates of our friend Joe who was taking care of us on our trips to Disney, the place is 2X the size of the Magic Kingdom. Walking in the place it easily is. The park is SO HUGE that during our time there (we were there about 4 hours or so) we only got through one section of the park (I estimate maybe a 10th of it). This is inclusive of walking or tram times, waiting in lines, etc, etc, etc.

Two of the things we were interested in doing was watching the Finding Memo mini-musical which we weren’t able to due to time limits (we had a dinner show to get to) and the musical wouldn’t get out in time for us to get there. We also wanted to do the safari but again, due to time limits (the line was an estimated 90 minutes) we wouldn’t have enough time.

What we did wind up doing was walking through the park. We strolled quickly through Africa.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

An African percussion band was performing.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

From Africa we took the tram to Rafiki’s Planet Watch.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

There was a zoologist exhibiting cute animals

Disney's Animal Kingdom

and a really cool petting zoo area.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Besides that though there were some really cool photo ops with some displays

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Not too mention, a tremendous photo op with the Animal Kingdom Princess herself Pocahontas (because indigenous peoples are close to nature or something).

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Give that girl credit for standing there all day made up smiling for pictures with thousands of tourists day in and day out. Don’t think I could it (my feet would be killing me, not way I could keep a smile). Not sure where she was from though as she had a really interesting accent.

Of course there was also a photo op with Rafiki himself!

Disney's Animal Kingdom

I wonder if the guys under masks secretly scowl to themselves about us crazy tourists? 🙂

With time running out we had to forgo seeing other attractions (lines were killer) so it was off to cool off and stave off hunger with some turkey legs and smoothies at Trilo-Bites

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Overall, it was a nice and fun day in the park. It was a little disappointing we only scratched the tip of the iceberg. For our next go around visiting the park (someday in the distant future) my approach would be to just stay on property and devote full days to the park (sunrise to sunset) to see everything. Another approach would be to try to book off season in the winter (less lines and heat).

We’ll be back Disney! That’s a promise!

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Full photos from the day can be viewed here.

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