Today was our last full day of the trip, tomorrow we’d have to go back to the real world. Today though, we were still in Disney and planning on visiting the park I was most excited for. Don’t get me wrong, I was excited to see all the Disney World parks, but Animal Kingdom was the one that was the most different from our parks in California. I woke up early again today and used the time to take some photos around the Poly.
– The Poly at sunrise
For reasons I don’t remember now, we ended up going to the TTC to catch a bus to Animal Kingdom.
– Ticket & Transport Center
– Animal Kingdom Christmas tree
– Animal Kingdom entrance
I wanted to make a beeline straight for Expedition Everest, but as soon as we walked in we were distracted by all the animals in The Oasis. That’s a really fun area to explore. Our hunger won out over my desire to ride, so we chose Pizzafari to get some breakfast. I got the Bounty Platter and Moms got the Kids Breakfast Platter. It was okay, filled us up. After breakfast, we headed back to Asia to ride Everest. We took our time getting there, as we kept stopping to see other animals and all the amazing details they put in the area. The theming really is fantastic in this whole park.
– black swans in the Oasis
– the Tree of Life
– Mom’s kid’s breakfast
– my breakfast bounty
– gorillas on the way to Everest
Finally, we made it to Everest. The wait was only 10 minutes so I chose to go through the stand-by queue to check it out since I heard it was amazing. It was true, the level of detail in the queue is some of Disney’s best work. Expedition Everest was described to me before the trip as a mixture of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Space Mountain, & Splash Mountain. It’s a runaway train (Big Thunder), you go backwards in the dark (Space), and there’s a drop (Splash). I loved it. Immediately after getting off I was super excited and hopped in the single rider line for another go round. Now I have a problem, my favorite Disney ride is on the other side of the country.
– Expedition Everest
Since we were close by, we decided to check out the Maharajah Jungle Trek. This is another area you walk through and see animals. Despite them just lying around, it was cool to see the tigers.
– Komodo dragon
– I loved this shirt, should’ve bought it
We continued our way around the park and headed to Africa to ride the Kilimanjaro Safari. This is awesome. You board a vehicle that takes you around an African Savannah and see lots of animals. Some of them are extremely close to the vehicle.
– Tree of Life
– black rhinoceros
– Nile crocodile
– white rhinoceros
Moms headed to the restroom while I walked through the Pangani Forest Trail, another walk through area with animals. At one point I enter a room with lots of people crowded in a corner looking into water through glass. I find an open window and all I see is a bunch of fish. I’m wondering to myself is this all there is here, when I hear a dad close by tell his family “here it comes”. Next thing I know a hippopotamus comes swimming through the water. It was crazy how graceful that thing was underwater.
– hippo swimming with the greatest of ease
– this gorilla turned his back as soon as I put my zoom lens on
It was feeling like it was time for lunch when I met back up with Moms, so we chose Flame Tree BBQ. I had the chicken & ribs, while Moms chose just the ribs. It was delicious.
– chicken & ribs
– Everest again
Our bellies full, I quickly walked through Dinoland USA while Moms did some final shopping. We left back to the Poly to take a break.
– Dinosaur the Ride
After a nap, we visited Downtown Disney. The World of Disney store there is great. I like how the different departments are actually labeled instead of just going from one to another like the Disneyland World of Disney. Moms had seen Pollo Campero online before we left and wanted to eat there. We both got fried chicken, and really liked it. We walked around some more just checking everything out. Moms was tired after a week of Disney, so she found a place to sit while I went in search of D-Street. The Disney World Downtown Disney is really big. I eventually found D-Street and bought some of the Passholder exclusive Vinylmations. With our shopping done, we headed back to our room.
– Mickey& Minnie window decorations
– World of Disney store
– LEGO sea serpent
– Pollo Campero chicken
– Downtown Disney Coke machine
We got off the bus as the Grand Floridian and walked around for a bit before catching the Monorail back to the Poly.
– 1929 Cadillac in front of the Grand Floridian
– tile work on the floor of the Grand Floridian
– this staircase seemed so regal
I got off at the TTC to get more photographs of Wishes, this time from the ferry dock, while Moms continued on to the room. The ferry dock at the TTC has to be one of the best places to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from since they pipe the music into the speakers over there and you can see the whole thing.
Afterwards I went back to the room and got some sleep.
– Poly hallway
– our room
Tomorrow we were going to visit Magic Kingdom one last time for some last minute stuff.
Link to Day 1
Link to Day 7