Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Animal Kingdom

I loved Animal Kingdom at Disneyworld. Other than Magic Kingdom, I think Animal Kingdom might be my favorite. We went on two days during our vacation, once before the hurricane and once afterward. We actually tried to go the first day that the parks opened after Hurricane Irma, but there were so many branches down around the park that half the attractions were closed and we hopped on a bus and went to Magic Kingdom instead.

Here are pictures from our first day at Animal Kingdom. Playing with Grandpa before going in:

Our whole family! This was one of the few days we had everyone there.

In Avatar-land:

I love these next pictures. Jason is so darn cute, and Zelda looks how I felt in the humidity (Animal Kingdom is so humid from all the plants) some of the time:

After going on the Pandora boat ride (that I can't remember the name of and am too lazy to look up, but was really pretty cool and glow-in-the-dark), we headed over to Africa. We played drums:

And then walked through a forest trail to see real animals:

Animal Kingdom has this fun thing where you can stop at the "Adventure Station" (or something like that, I must be pretty tired because I really am too lazy to look up the correct names of everything tonight) and get these booklets where the kids can collect badges from around the park. It's "Up" themed (oh, maybe it's called "Wilderness Explorers," because I think that's what the kid from Up was, right?)(and I can't even remember his name right now. It's not Kevin, the bird was Kevin. Dang, why can't I think of his name?)(Not Doug either. That's the dog. Darn.)

In front of Mt. Everest:

Past Mt. Everest (which is an intense roller-coaster) they have Dinosaur-land. (Well, at least that's what I would name it if naming lands was my job tonight.) The kids favorite part of that area of the park was this fossil-dig site, that was like a giant sandbox except instead of sand it was smooth gravel (which was kind of nice because it wasn't as irritating as sand). It was shaded and there was a big dinosaur skeleton for them to dig up. They all really liked it and played there a long time.

We went on a couple dinosaur rides; the stegosaurus one below that was like the dumbo ride and also a kind of scary Indiana Jones-style one. (Zelda was too little to go on that one; she was only 38" tall last year so some of the rides Max, Ezra, and Ellie could do on she couldn't. Those included Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, and this random dinosaur one.)

Then we met Pluto and Goofy right before it started raining.

Our next day in Animal Kingdom, which was right near the end of our vacation, was also really fun. We got to do a couple things that day that we didn't the first day, including watching the Lion King musical (which was really cool!) and going on the safari ride (also really, really cool!).

Here we are on the African safari:

I was surprised how close to the animals we were!

We went on more walking trails with real animals, too.

And we ate at a fun restaurant called the Yak and Yeti, close to where Nan and Saya took this picture with this cool tree:

Then the older kids went on the Mt. Everest roller coaster lots of times:

Banks helped Ellie go on Everest . I though it was going to be too scary for her, and I didn't want her to go. But he said he would go with her and talk her through it, and he did! He was so great; he talked to her the whole time and let her know everything that was about to happen. And she actually enjoyed the ride! You can tell from the picture below that she still found it a bit scary, but she was being so brave:

Then she wanted to go again and take me, and look at her face then:

She really, really liked it.

While the older group went on Everest several more times, we took the little ones over to the fossil dig site again and they played and played in the gravel.

On our way out of the park, Zelda and Ezra got pictures with not-Doug not-Kevin:

and Banks' family out front:

And we are soooo excited because we get to go to Disneyworld again this year, in August! Yaaaaay!!!!

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