Kilimanjaro Safari @ Animal Kingdom

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During our Disney World trip last month we were able to drag our tired behinds out of bed early enough to arrive at Animal Kingdom  for the rope drop. We immediately headed over to the Kilimanjaro Safari because we were told that is the best time to see all the animals. Apparently the animals are far more energetic and less camera shy in the mornings so there is far more to see than you would in the afternoons. Ok, well it actually has to do with the fact that it’s cooler in the mornings but seriously I’m no safari expert!

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So we hopped on board the open air vehicle and meandered right into the heart of the animal reserve cameras in hand, ready to snap as quick as we could.

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We’ve done this safari many times before but none of those times were as fun as this time. All the animals were out and about, ready and willing to have their photos taken. The whole ride was awesome. One of the giraffes even came over to our vehicle and just stood in front of us, not moving, almost daring us to keep driving. He or she just stood there staring at us for about 10 minutes. It was really funny because it would just not move, essentially backing up all the other vehicles behind us. We felt a little sorry for the other guests waiting in line to get on the safari, but what could we do? It eventually meandered off the vehicle route very slowly which also gave us a good chuckle. It was as if it was trying to say this is my home!

Here are some of the pictures of the animals we were able to get.

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Our experience on the Kilimanjaro Safari was great. We highly recommend that if you are visiting the World and go to Animal Kingdom that you stop and take a ride on the safari. If you can do it in the morning when all the animals are out and about.

Have you taken the safari before? Let us know about your experience in the comments!

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Fun At Animal Kingdom

On our last visit to Disney we spent a good portion of the day in Animal Kingdom. We hadn’t been to this park in quite some time. It was a lot of fun to get to experience everything all over again.

One of our favorite rides is Expedition Everest- Legend of the Forbidden Mountain. It’s a rollercoaster ride set in the theming of the Himalaya Mountains. Disney does a great job of incorporating the legend of the Yeti, guardian of the mountain. This ride may be a little intense for the little ones but certainly is exciting for everyone else. The queue line was extremely long and took quite a bit of time. Overall though we loved the ride and really enjoyed all the details Disney put into creating a environment built around Mt. Everest.

One of our favorite places in Animal Kingdom is DinoLand, U.S.A. This area of the park is all themed around dinosaurs. It is also home to the ride DINOSAUR. This is one of Dave’s favorite rides. It somewhat reminds us of Jurassic Park. This ride is definitely intense. We hadn’t been on it in awhile and as we waited for what seemed like forever we tried to remember the ride. We didn’t realize how intense it had been in the past but we certainly remembered when we got off the ride. This ride was intense for us so it might not be ideal for smaller children.

We really love all the detailing that Disney has put into this park. We love being able to walk through the different lands. Africa and Asia are some of our favorites. It’s also nice to be able to eat at the different restaurants because they offer authentic foods from the different regions. It’s also fun to take pictures with characters at some of their meet and greets.  This park is certainly a must see for everyone.

What is your favorite things about Animal Kingdom?