Day 4, September 24, 2011
Sad to say, this was the last morning we woke up with the intentions of hitting a park. I always hate when these days roll around! We woke up early to get to Animal Kingdom before the park opening. The park opened at 9:00 and our breakfast reservations at Tusker House were for 9:05. I think we got to the park around 8:30 and once we confirmed with a cast member at the turn stiles that we had a reservation, we were allowed into the park to make our way to Tusker House. This was FABULOUS! We knew we had 30 minutes to get to the restaurant, so we didn't rush. There were no people around so we were able to see a lot of the Oasis on our way to The Tree of Life. Once we were on the bridge and able to see the tree, there were no people! I was able to get a picture of the tree with no people clutter! It really was awesome!
After breakfast we went to Kilimanjaro Safaris to see what the animals were up to. It was a nice ride, but I was not able to get as many photos of the missing animals as I had hoped to get (Savannah East, Savannah West, African Forest). Again, there's another reason to go back! :) C-man LOVED it though. We walked through the Pangani Forest after the safari and took in a few more animals. Then it was time to ride the train to Rafiki's Planet Watch. C-man enjoyed the train ride and loved spotting "Fiki" on our way to the building! We met some nice goats, but sadly were not able to see Luke Skywalker. He's been retired (which isn't Disney code for dead, I asked!). We also met Pocahontas and Jiminy Cricket!
After the train ride back, we started strolling towards Dinoland. This is when C-man took his first nap of the day. He was still tired from the night before at MNSSHP! KK sat on a bench while C-man napped for a while so I could walk around and snap a few pictures. I ended up waking him up before he was ready to so we could finish this park and head to the Magic Kingdom. I was scared this would send him into a tizzy, but he actually did great! We spent quite a bit of time roaming around the Boneyard playground and ended our adventure riding Triceratops Spin. I'm not sure why, but all kids seem to like the rides that spin in circles and fly up high (Aladdin's Magic Carpets and Dumbo, too). On our way out of the park we took some time to look at the animals in the Oasis are before saying goodbye to Animal Kingdom.
Next, we took the bus back to the Magic Kingdom. The first thing we did was ride the train all the way around the park. I was hoping to catch a glimpse of the new Fantasyland expansion, but had no luck. After the train, we sat on the curb in Town Square to watch the Celebrate a Dream parade. This was a fun, quick parade with lots of characters. I took lots of pictures and then we moved on. One thing on my list that I really wanted to do this trip was try a Dole Whip. That was our first stop in Adventureland. C-man didn't want to try it, so I had it all to myself. I didn't get a picture of it because I think it was 115 degrees that day and it was actually melting faster than I could eat it. If I had taken the time to get out the camera and take a picture, I would have had a Pineapple Dole drink rather than a whip, so I passed on the picture. While I am glad I finally had one, I doubt I'll get it again. It was good and refreshing on such a hot day, but I'd much rather have soft serve chocolate ice cream. Call me crazy, I know. I like fruit. I like desserts. But, I really don't like my desserts to have a fruity flavor.
Until next time...