On Tuesday we went to Animal Kingdom, the shade made it seem a lot cooler. Hollywood Studios had been out in the open with very little shade, but this was like a big jungle with shade everywhere. It was still hot and humid though.
When we went through the front gates there were some people standing by a group of trees watching something in the trees. As we got closer, we could see they were watching a plant-woman. She was about 8 feet tall, green and covered with vines doing some kind of plant dance.
We got three Fast Passes per day, Jeff had rescheduled the ones for that day to make them earlier. When we got there it wasn’t that crowded. We looked around for a little while and ended up at Dinosaur. We had a Fast Pass for it later, but since there weren’t many people there yet we decided to go ahead and ride. It was another indoor ride, mostly in the dark but unlike the Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster it didn’t go upside down. I could handle it better.
After this we walked around until it was time for our Fast Pass, The Kilamanjaro Safari. It was awesome. We took a tour of the Harambe Wildlife Reserve in an open air vehicle. It was just like a real safari. I was able to transfer to the truck but they also have it set up so that you can stay in your wheelchair if you need to.
Next it was off to The Kali River Rapids, a water ride. I had to transfer down into this big round raft, it took the raft up this steep incline then it let you back down into the water. It twists and turns constantly, so that everyone in the raft gets drenched. After this we were soaking wet.
We were going to do Expedition Everest but we decided not to. It is a roller coaster that takes you high up into the mountain. Then you hit a dead end where the tracks are broken and then you start going backwards! We were too scared after riding the Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster. I guess we are getting too old for the really wild rides.
There are many walking trails that go through Animal Kingdom and we went through all of those to see the sights. One of the trails is called Maharajah Jungle Trek. The other is called Pangani Forest Exploration Trail. You literally walk through jungles and can see bats, tigers, gorillas, and all kinds of birds. You can really get up close to some of the tropical birds, which is neat.
We wanted to get up close to the Tree of Life, but unfortunately they had that portion of the park closed off due to ongoing construction. We were able to get up close enough to see some of the artwork that was carved into the roots. Disney really put a lot of work in making the Tree of Life. It is an amazing sight to see.
After determining we had done and seen everything we wanted,we went back to the hotel to get cleaned up. We were going to eat at Bob Evans, it was real close to the hotel.