Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday's Favorites: Zawadi Primal Parade at AKL

It's been a while, but I'm back with another Friday's Favorite! During our trip to Walt Disney World in February of 2007 we spent three days at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. What a treat that was! The resort is beautiful, the rooms are fabulous and the sights are breathtaking! I'm so glad we were able to stay part of our trip at AKL.

One of my favorite memories of being a guest at Animal Kingdom Lodge was the Zawadi Primal Parade held in the evenings in the hotel lobby. When we checked in, the cast member told us all the "extra" things that were happening at the resort. We were able to take part in this parade and the night viewing of the animals, both which we learned about at check in. Pay attention to the extra stuff- it can make great memories!

We met Willi from Windhoek, Namibia in the Zawadi Marketplace (gift shop) around 6:00, I think! He was in traditional dress and entertained the children with songs and instruments.

After a while, he invited all the children to choose an African instrument from the gift shop to play. This would be their instrument for the parade through the lobby. After each child chose the perfect instrument, they all gathered in the front of the lobby, learned and practiced the song they would sing. It's been too long now and I don't remember the song. And the video we took was apparently misplaced in our last move... Below you can see JAG and some other kids practicing!

Once the children knew the song and were comfortable with their chosen instruments, the Zawadi Primal Parade began! All the children, and some parents, followed Willi throughout the lobby weaving in and out of chairs, plants, pillars, people and furniture. The whole time, they were singing, playing and having a great time! JAG, who HATES to sing, even participated and actually smiled! :)

When it was time to return the instruments to the Zawadi gift shop Willi and another cast member gave each child a "Where dreams come true" certificate for participating!

It's the small things like this that make Disney so special. They go out of their way to make all the guests feel welcome and a part of the show. While these kids were having fun beating on drums, ringing bells and clanging cymbals they were also learning about Willi, Namibia, Africa and music! Who says a vacation to Disney can't be educational!?!

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