Kilimanjaro Safaris

13 Days: Kilimanjaro Safaris

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Later in the day, the lion is resting while we all take pictures of it!

Kilimanjaro Safaris is perhaps the best known part of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.  There are so many incredible things to discover about this attraction!  We have selected it for #Day13 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown because it is one ride that we are really looking forward to seeing.

Most of the time when we ride it, it’s later on in the day, and we get shots like the one above of the lion…but this year, we are going to wake up early, go to Animal Kingdom, and experience the Safaris early, while the animals are still active in their daily activities!  That will be a treat for me, one in which I hope to get many incredible photos for you all to see.

Kilimanjaro Safaris

The flamingos are present in this shot on Kilimanjaro Safaris!

The Safaris have an incredible amount of things to discover, from the lion to these flamingos, to elephants, and hippos and any number of other animals.  Perhaps my favorite, though, are these long creatures, my wife’s favorites:

Kilimanjaro Safaris

The young giraffe looks like he’s smiling or laughing at us!

The giraffes are so expressive, the one above looks like it’s laughing at us and our attempts to take pictures of him and his friends!  Watch out, though, because they have long tongues for getting to their food, and if you get too close, a tongue bath may not be much fun!

What do you think of the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom?  Do you like it, not like it, ride it every now and again, think it’s too bouncy, or what?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

DINOSAUR

42 Days: DINOSAUR

DINOSAUR

DINOSAUR is our choice for #Day42 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown. Image ©Disney Parks

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day42 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  Today we are taking a look at the Animal Kingdom attraction known as DINOSAUR!  This ride is one that I have only ridden once, and it was with Cindy and Sophie.  When we rode it that time, Sophie screamed, I didn’t like it, but Cindy said she would ride it again.

It has been several years since we rode it, and I am considering riding it again, but I just don’t know for sure.  What do you think?  Do you like this ride, or do you skip it?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!

Pangani Forest Exploration

61 Days: Pangani Forest Exploration

Pangani Forest Exploration

The Okapi are part of the animals you can find and learn about at the Pangani Forest Exploration.

Welcome to the Animal Kingdom!  It is #Day61 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown, and for this day, we are taking a look at the Pangani Forest Exploration, a walking path right over by Kilimanjaro Safaris!  This 3/8th of a mile walking trail has areas to show you more about the gorillas, hippos, and birds that you will encounter here, as well as other animals such as our friend the Okapi.  To be honest with you, this isn’t really an attraction that we do very often.  I think so often we are so focused on the Safari ride that we don’t think about this until we have gotten off and are already over in Asia.  However, it’s attractions such as this that could cause you, should you decide to embark on them, to extend your day at Animal Kingdom from being a half day park like it has the reputation for being and turning it into a full day park.

Pangani Forest Exploration

This bird is the Snowy-crowned Robin-chat.

I had to do some serious cropping to get to a point where you could see the Snowy-crowned Robin-chat bird. It’s funny, because I had no idea what these creatures were, but over on Wikipedia I found an article about the Pangani Forest Exploration and it had links to some of the animals you would find here.  So here I am, clicking on each link to see if it matched my photo — this one did, and that’s why I think it is the Snowy-crowned Robin-chat.

Pangani Forest Exploration

While I think I knew the name of the previous bird, this one has me stumped!

So, I have no idea what this creature is called.  Do you?  If you do, please let me know in the comments, and thanks!  I’m guessing that it is some kind of duck, but I don’t know for certain…

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed your look at the Pangani Forest Exploration!

Jungle Parade

Jammin’ with Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade!

Jungle Parade

Mickey invites you to jam with Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade! Image ©Disney Parks

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day64 of our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  Today we are taking a look at Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade, which has been a staple at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park since 2001, but, sadly, will be ending sometime during the summer months this year.  Originally it was thought it would end in June, as reported in the Orlando Sentinel, but if you look at the parade times online at the Jungle Parade website, I was able to see times for as late as August 31st…

Whichever day it ends, if you are going to be around the Animal Kingdom park during the upcoming months, you might want to take one last look at the parade.  It’s had a great run of it, but like most things Disney, this parade wasn’t ever meant to be a permanent fixture at the park.

This parade isn’t something that I see very often — in my mind, Animal Kingdom has always been sort of a half-day park, but I remember one year, very early in our journeys to Disney World, we were at Animal Kingdom, and were about to head out for the day, when all of a sudden we heard the parade coming, and somehow, we were in a prime spot (at least, I think it was) for us to witness the parade, right up at the front where the rope is laid out.  So we watched it, and had a fun time of it.

Now tell me, if you will, what do you think of the parade?  Do you watch it with your young ones, or do you skip it by?  Are you sorry to see it going, or is it long past time for it to leave?  Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by today!  I’ll close with a great picture of the parade, courtesy our friends at Disney Parks.

Jungle Parade

If you haven’t seen it, come check out Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade — it’s going to end this summer! Image ©Disney Parks

76 Days: Rafiki’s Planet Watch

Sophie with Pocahontas, taken at Rafiki's Planet Watch

Sophie with Pocahontas, taken at Rafiki’s Planet Watch

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day76 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  The days keep ticking away, and it’s hard to believe that we have already done 24 days in our countdown!  For today, we’re taking a look at a Pavilion that is only accessible by way of the Wildlife Express Train — of course I’m talking about Rafiki’s Planet Watch!

This pavilion is, in my opinion, overlooked by many that travel to Animal Kingdom, but to do so you risk missing some of the great things at Animal Kingdom!  For starters, we hadn’t seen Pocahontas at the park since way back in 2005 when she was a big part of the show Pocahontas and her Forest Friends (a show that closed in 2008).  So, when we were at Rafiki’s Planet Watch and came upon Pocahontas, Sophie was extremely excited!  Better yet, there was no line waiting to see her!

In addition to seeing Pocahontas, there are cutouts of animals that you can look at, such as these two — although my photos don’t do justice to the pavilion.  They also have great demonstrations with some of the animals.  For example, we saw a demonstration on how some turtles were tested to see who would adapt quickest and eat the treat first.  It was based on some characteristic of the turtle, such as eye color.  It was really neat and fun, and something that I was glad I got to witness the demonstration.

Sophie with the Tiger

Sophie with the Tiger

Sophie with the Rhino

Sophie with the Rhino

Another great thing about Rafiki’s Planet Watch — most of the exhibits are inside this great air conditioned building — and you all know how hot it can get at the Animal Kingdom Park!

Rafiki’s Planet Watch is a great pavilion to spend some time in.  Do you and your family take time to see it?  What is your favorite part about it?  Please let me know in the comments below, and thanks for stopping by!