The last day at Disney has come upon us! The dreadful day 4. I use the word “dreadful” not only for it being the last Disney park, but for the reason that we are all seriously about to pass out walking. Don’t get me wrong, Disney World is amazing, but it gets super tiring having to get up at 7:00am each morning after strolling around a giant maze all day long the day before. Day 4 was spent at Animal Kingdom. It’s almost like a glorified zoo. There are a few enjoyable rides and 3D shows like the roller coaster, Expedition Everest, and the show, It’s Tough to be a Bug, but the park is mainly about it’s live animals. One of the main attractions at Animal Kingdom is the Kilimanjaro Safaris, which takes a group of people on a jeep ride through the Harambe Wildlife Preserve. The Harambe Wildlife Preserve is a spectacular 110-acre sanctuary dedicated to the protection of African animals. This was one of the last things we did, but it was amazing to see all the animals roaming free. We saw elephants, black rhinos, zebras, antelope, and giraffes. There was more to be seen like hippopotamuses and cheetahs, but it was a hot day out and our tour guide mentioned how many animals would be taking shelter in the trees. I’m getting a little ahead of myself! We arrived at Animal Kingdom bright and early at 8:15am. The park technically did not open until 9:00am, but they allowed everyone to walk to a midpoint area in the park where they had the paths to the right and left marked off until it was 9:00am.
Everyone that was there early waiting in front of the Tree of Life, which is a 145-foot sculpture of a tree. If you look very closely at the tree you see that carvings of animals make up the trunk. It truly is spectacular. The craziest part about it is that at night before the park closes there is a light show performed on the tree that is magnificent. The park is made up of 7 different areas including Oasis, Discovery Island, Pandora, Africa, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Asia, and DinoLand U.S.A. Sadly, whenever we were there last July, Pandora was not yet finished. Disney finished its construction on the area in September of 2016. It looks to be very fascinating, so I plan on making my way back there in the next couple years to check it out. Throughout the day we made our way to ever area. Our very first stop was in Discovery Island where I got a picture with the characters Dug and Russell from my favorite animated Disney movie, UP. In the picture above we have just finished the official wilderness explorer motto. I had a little too much fun with these two! It was a fun day, but if I had to choose my least favorite Disney park it would be Animal Kingdom. We finished meeting all the characters and all the activities in the park by 3:30pm. It took all day long to finish the other 3 parks, but there were a few more lines to wait in because there were more rides and shows. Speaking of lines, the longest we waited in a line for a ride all week was 45min. Other than that the lines flew by which was great! The only explanation I could come up with for the parks not being super packed like they were in say January when I was there for my college cheer nationals, is because of the heat. Families don’t want to have their children in the heat or put themselves in the situation of pushing a stroller all day long in 90 degree weather. SO YEAH. That was our day at Animal Kingdom. Short and sweet. Thanks for reading this week! I hope you all enjoyed reading about my days at the 4 Disney World parks. I really enjoyed getting to relive them by writing all about the days. Check out the link on Animal Kingdom HERE. I would definitely recommend planning out a vacation to Disney if you’ve never been. It truly is the happiest place on earth.
“Goodbye? Oh, no, please. Can’t we go back to page one and do it all over again?” -Winne the Pooh