Saturday, September 24, 2011

Ethan's First Trip to Walt Disney World: Animal Kingdom

For our fourth day, we headed to Animal Kingdom.  We got there right after the park opened and headed straight for Kilimanjaro Safaris.  I loved that ride -- we saw so many animals!  My favorites were the baby elephant, baby giraffe, and baby Mandrill baboon.  They were all so cute!  I would love to go back one day and do the safari tour that Disney offers to spend more time watching the animals.

Kilimanjaro Safaris really wore Ethan out!
We then met Sarah and Nathaniel for a ride on Expedition Everest.  We took my brother's advice and waited for a seat in the very front car and it was worth it (especially since we only had to wait for one train to go before our ride).  We also rode Dinosaur and Kali River Rapids and walked through Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.  Ethan liked seeing the bats and tigers on the trail.  He also had fun playing with the dinosaur statues while Cayne and I took turns on Dinosaur.

Trying to get a good view of the tigers

We grabbed a delicious quick-service meal at the Yak and Yeti counter and took it to the baby care center to eat (so we could feed Ethan in an air conditioned area).  Again, the baby care center was super nice and it was a relaxing way to take a break from the park.  After our late lunch, we headed back to the room.

Ethan didn't want to take a nap (because of all the construction noise) so instead of leaving him in the room we decided to try to tire him out some more by taking him swimming.  He loved swimming in Stormalong Bay and playing in the sand and waterfalls.  We ended up letting him take a short, super late nap after construction had stopped.

First time playing in the sand!
That evening Cayne and I went to the Hoop De Doo Musical Revue at Fort Wilderness.  The show was wonderful...very campy and fun...and the food was great too.  I was impressed at what a great show the actors put on for such a small audience though (the room was only about half full)!

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