We had a wonderful trip, fabulous weather – except for me getting sick near the end of the trip.
I thought I would recap the parks. We had the park hopper option, which allows you to go from park to park at any time, so you can do more than one park in a day. This is nice for those parks that have extended hours at night and you want to pop over there for the evening after visiting a different one during the day. We stayed at the Pop Century resort, which is one of the value resorts.
When staying on the property, there are buses that pick you up for each of the parks that leave every 20 minutes. We decided to do Animal Kingdom on Monday. This was the only park that we did just one day at.
The newest attraction is Expedition Everest. Scary!!! This was an intense coaster ride, which I dragged John on, much to his dismay.
This coaster goes forward and backwards. As you go along, the tracks stop and are broken (because the yeti got to them), then you start going backwards. It is very fast and goes in and out of the dark.
Poor John did not like that ride at all LOL! I would do it again, but it was pretty scary.
One of our favorite things at Animal Kingdom is the Safari ride. Disney does such a great job of giving the animals an natural environment with enclosures that you actually can’t see from the people side – so it looks like all the animals interact together. The Safari ride is a tram that takes you out into the animal enclosures.
They can come near the trucks if they want, but they are not like animals in other safari places that are used to people feeding them. That is not allowed at this park (thank goodness).
This park was not crowded at all. No lines for anything, which was great!
We didn’t actually know it was going to be a character lunch, we thought the buffet food sounded interesting and then decided to go ahead and eat there.
Lots of seafood, samosas and plaintains!
Goofy stopped by to visit us.
John is not a character hugger. Me? I get right in there!
There are also walking trails that take you through other animal exhibits.
No bars, ever.
John and I had the most outrageous snack. You think when you get a cupcake at a them park that it won’t be big, right? Wrong!
That’s a chocolate lollipop stuck in each cupcake! I about died laughing at the size of these. We would have just ordered one if we had known. Could not finish them… probably a good thing.
Animal Kingdom also has a dinosaur section. A little odd, but there you go.
We went on the Dinosaur ride, which is really rocky and a bit hard on the back (ouch!). This big dinosaur pops out and they snap a picture of you when it happens. I laughed really hard at the lady in front of us (we are in the back row):
This is the large tree of life in the center of the park. It is nice to just appreciate all of the work that went into the carving of it.