Thursday, July 2, 2015

Disney World 2015 (Day 4)

Day 4 and we're heading to Animal Kingdom.

Riding the Tram to Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom is one of those parks that either can take the whole day to view if you like stopping and observing animals and displays, or it can take a short amount of time if you just hit the highlights.  Unfortunately because of the torrent that fell on us yesterday, we opted for the highlights as my wet shoes last night completely tore up my feet :(  (Note to those coming: Croc flip flops are not good when they get wet!!)

After checking on Morla over at the Best Friends pet resort, we headed over to the Animal Kingdom park.  Disney parks are really on the ball with their transportation to and from the parking lot.. There’s always a tram waiting for you when you walk up so you’re not sitting in the hot sun for 15 minutes waiting for the next one. As soon as one pulls away, the next one begins pulling up.  Saves your feet from walking from the parking lot to the front of the park, for sure :) 

The first few hours were spent looking at the various animals throughout the park.  The kids enjoyed looking at the different critters we encountered (However, the huge hot – not sure what it was called – stunk really bad.. lol).   Garrett liked the Gibbons habitat as the monkey’s were swinging all around different obsticals set up for them. He called them the “American Ninja Warrior Monkeys”.. LOL  And then we saw a huge 700 lb crocodile.
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We were all extremely hungry so the next stop was the Flame Tree BBQ!!  We really lucked out here as the waitress told us they had only been open for 3 days after being closed for 6 months.   Alyssa and Charles both got the pulled pork sandwiches, I got the ribs/chicken combo and the kids shared the half chicken plate.. It was soooo good and the kids had lots of fun watching the Ibis, ducks and Egret that was hanging around while we were eating.  Since we are on the dining plan, we also get deserts so we each got a chocolate mousse.  Alyssa didn’t care for hers and said it was a bit bitter but everyone else seemed to like it.
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After eating we headed over to ride Expedition Everest with our fast passes.  This ride proved to be very difficult as both kids had originally said they wanted to ride it and then Garrett started getting upset thinking the broken track was real and didn’t want to ride.. Which caused Ashleigh to not want to ride as well.. I felt like others thought were were being abusive putting them on the ride, especially Garrett, but once the ride was done they both liked it.  Garrett said he does not want to ride it again, however. LOL

For a slower pace, we headed over to Dinosaur.  After the Everest ordeal, I was hesitant about this one – big dinosaurs, loud noises, pretty dark inside, very bumpy. The kids LOVED it!!!!  I do believe this was one of their favorite rides so far. 

Unfortunately, once again, the rains found us.  When we exited off of Dinosaur it was raining once again. We decided that we would head over to watch The Lion King in the hopes that the rain would subside while we were in side.  

The Lion King is such a wonderful show and is always a lot of fun.  It’s also a great introduction for younger kids to Broadway and the performing arts.  Ash and Garrett had such a great time watching this show – it’s so fun and colorful. 
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As were were heading out of the park, we ran into Daisy Duck.. Ash has been looking for Daisy for the entire trip, as Daisy was not at Chef Mickey’s the other day. So when she saw Daisy, she was so happy.. The smiles says it all :)
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And then we all had fun posing for this picture.

That night for dinner we headed over to the Animal Kingdom Lodge for Boma’s.   Boma’s is a must do for us on any Disney Trip as it is a favorite of both Charles and myself.. Shocking, it turned out to be one of the better choices for the kids as well, who enjoyed the foods with the African flare.  The coconut seafood stew is to DIE for!!  I need to find a similar recipe.. lol  Since Alyssa was celebrating her birthday in the parks (Her birthday was the 25th) they brought her a special cupcake.  We were told that the word VIER is Swahili for Celebrate.  And of course, everyone enjoyed the famous Zebra Domes for dessert.
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