February 22nd

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February 22nd, 2020            

Today was family trip day to Walt Disney World, as Tara, Drew, Jay, and I were joined by Grandpa Gary, Grandma Terry, Uncle Steve, and Aunt Erica as we opted to tour Animal Kingdom.

When we arrived, we decided to check on the wait for the Kilimanjaro Safaris, but determined that it was going to be too long. Grandpa Gary & Grandma Terry took Steve to go check him in for the Disability Access Service (DAS) while the rest of us decided to go check out the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail. We barely got started when we found out that the entire party had to be there for the check-in process, so we headed off to join the others.

At this point the kids were getting hungry, so we opted to grab a seat near the Tusker House Restaurant and enjoy the meal that we packed. Thankfully we were close to our next attraction, the Festival of the Lion King, which we had a FastPass+ for. Although it had been years since either Tara or I had seen the show and I don't particularly remember it, I enjoyed the show today.

Once we finished seeing the Lion King we wandered over to Pandora to take in the sights of Avatar Flight of Passage. This was only the second time that most of us have managed to enjoy this ride, and it is certainly enjoyable. I'm not sure it's worth waiting three hours for (like some of the wait times I've seen for it), but still a great ride.

Our next FastPass+ was for Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, so we trekked across the park to Asia to go on this ride (well, expect for Grandpa Gary, Grandma Terry, and Aunt Erica).

We were able to secure one last ride using Steve's DAS before the night was over, and that was for the Na'vi River Journey. This was our first time for most of us (Erica was the only one with us who had ridden it previously), and although it is a neat ride to look at, I would not wait in line for this one for very long.

We had one last FastPass+ for the night, and that was for the Rivers of Light show. Despite not getting in many rides, we decided that it had been a long enough day and that we would skip this one for today. I released our passes and we headed out of the park to head home for the day. Until next time!


Disney's Animal Kingdom

A flamboyance (group) of Greater Flamingos in the Animal Kingdom Oasis.

For the first time today I noticed this Tree of Life Garden sign.

A saddle-billed stork spotted inside the park.

The family walking through the park.

Jayden wasn't too impressed that I was taking a picture of her in her new giraffe ears.

A barred owl hiding out in the tree.

A black-and-white colobus sitting on a box.

Another black-and-white colobus exploring its surroundings.

Jayden posing in her new giraffe ears...

...in front of the Lion Kingdom wall.

Some of the sights...

...of Pandora - World of Avatar.

And now for a bunch of photos from the Festival of the Lion King show...


Grandpa Gary, Drew, Jayden, and Aunt Erica enjoying the show.


Grandpa Gary, Grandma Terry, Drew, Jayden, Aunt Erica, and Steven enjoying the show.


The river flowing by Harambe, the Port of East Africa.

More sights from Pandora - World of Avatar.

Some of the Avatar pilots testing out a refurbished suit...


A view of Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain...

...and one with the roller coaster going up the hill.

Another view of Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain.

A view of one of the dinosaurs at Dinoland U.S.A.

Another picture from Pandora - World of Avatar.

Some of the sights from the Na'vi River Journey ride...


More shots from Pandora - World of Avatar at night...


The Tree of Life lit up at night.

The Exit sign on our way out of the park.


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