Wild Times at Animal Kingdom

The noble and majestic Tree of Life has a hidden jungle of creatures carved in the trunk!
The noble and majestic Tree of Life has a hidden jungle of creatures carved in the trunk!

We got up at 7 so we could take a trip to Animal Kingdom and I am so looking forward to it! Another bright sunny day and as we walked towards the front gate it really feels like you are entering the Kingdom of the Animals! You can see the Tree of Life rising high above the canopy of trees and as we get through with our Magic Bands we decide to stroll along the jungle paths and see the animals and birds that are just waking up.

We first went to “It’s Tough to be a Bug” which is a really cool 3D movie with effects and a great fun story about bugs and the good they do and how it’s tough to be a bug when everyone wants to spray them dead just because they are creepy crawlies but not all bugs are bad! I was getting sprayed in my seat and pee-uuuuu the stink bug really let me have it when he let a poof go in our faces!

There were so many different birds to see! There are guides available to help spot all the species and it was great to add some new birds to Our Big Year list!
There were so many different birds to see! There are guides available to help spot all the species and it was great to add some new birds to Our Big Year list!

The Tree of Life is such an amazing structure, the carvings in the trunk are so well done and you can look at the shapes for so long and suddenly you see different creatures pop out that you didn’t see at first, alligators, lions, monkeys, whales, spiders, goats, lemurs there were so many hidden animals!

The screams could be heard across the valley and echoed on the streets of Tibet as we continued our world travels at Animal Kingdom.
The screams could be heard across the valley and echoed on the streets of Tibet as we continued our world travels at Animal Kingdom.

We went to the dinosaur lands and through Tibet and I took my courage in my hands and went on the Everest Expedition Roller Coaster! DD opted out after we did the lineup which was pretty neat because they have all sorts of Tibetan and Nepal artifacts and you really feel like you are getting ready for a trip in the high mountains! When the roller coaster pulled up to the station I saw my car was number 13! Oh no good thing I’m not superstitious I told myself as I crossed my fingers and opened a packet of salt to toss over my right shoulder!

The ride was fun, a real stomach dropper and the scenery was awesome as we dropped down around the mountain and through the tunnels. I won’t spoil the surprises but it was a real cool ride!

We had a guide book that revealed hidden secrets around Walt Disney World and I wouldn't have noticed this one hidden Mickey unless one of the cast members hadn't pointed out the stones embedded in the sidewalk around a little metal sewer cover. Those Mickeys!!
We had a guide book that revealed hidden secrets around Walt Disney World and I wouldn’t have noticed this one hidden Mickey unless one of the cast members hadn’t pointed out the stones embedded in the sidewalk around a little metal sewer cover. Those Mickeys!!

After the roller coaster and some time to calm my legs down we went to the Kilimanjaro Safari. We had a fast pass so we could get in the quick line and escorted down a ramp that is decorated really like you are entering an African safari with signage and building materials that make you believe you’re in another country! Coming from Tibet to Africa within a few minutes was keeping my mind spinning with delights!

Even though it was a cool day the Hippos were able to soak up the sun as they lounged on the beach and rested their plump bodies.
Even though it was a cool day the Hippos were able to soak up the sun as they lounged on the beach and rested their plump bodies.
This Giraffe is singing us a little song as we drive by: Laaa Laaa Laaaa Ooooooh!
This Giraffe is singing us a little song as we drive by: Laaa Laaa Laaaa Ooooooh!

The Safari was great, we get into a typical safari truck like you see on National Geographic and then set off into the savanna and jungles to spot for animals! It was a relatively cool day for Florida and the creatures were sticking close to home so we maybe didn’t see as many beasts on the savannah as other times my guide Jungle DD told me but still it was neat to be looking left and right trying to spot any sign of one of the African animals.

This little Meerkat  had a perfect lounging spot to just lean back and watch the day drift by. Even the Meerkats have fun at Walt Disney World!
This little Meerkat had a perfect lounging spot to just lean back and watch the day drift by. Even the Meerkats have fun at Walt Disney World!

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