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Friday, October 8, 2010

Animal Kingdom Day Five

Yeaterday was a very long day!! We are all moving very slow this morning, this being our fifth and final day with Disney we headed over to the Animal Kingdom after checking out of our motel. By the way, it was a great place to sleep, but other than that I really don't know anything about the place!!

Animal Kingdom is the smallest of the Disney Parks and I would say it was my least favorite, but it could have been that I was tired and it was hot today. You do alot of walking there and the grounds are covered in flowers, palms, and toperaries; all centerlng around a huge man made tree they call the "Tree of Life". This is a spectactular tree covered in 325 carvings of animals, and you can't believe how big this tree is!!

I really enjoyed the Kilimanjaro Safaris. You climb aboard your open-sided safari vehicle for an expedition through Africa. Animals freely roam through acres of savannah, rivers and rocky hills. We were able to see giraffes, hippos, elephants, rhinos, lions and poachers too! It is one of the best natural animal habitats around and you must have your camera ready as your vehicle will pass by (in some cases right next to) wildebeests, impalas, Thomson gazelles, zebra, giraffes, rhinos, hippos and lions. The "ride" could move a bit slower so you could take it all in better. Really cool though and I would love to bring the grand kids to see this!!

Next we ventured over to Expedition Everest, a massive mountain with a thrill coaster built inside with a nearly 200' fall. Expedition Everest takes you through the treacherous terrain of a high-speed train adventure! It hurls you forward toward the peak and then, just when you think it couldn't get worse, you go backwards!!! From the mountain we went down to the river and rode the Kali River Rapids. Fortunately, we grabbed the rain poncho and were able to stay somewhat dry..yes I said somewhat.....this is a very wet ride.

We had Chineese for lunch and then watched the parade. The parade was my favorite...it reminded me of Bahamian Junkanoo!!
And like all the other days, it wouldn't be complete without doing a little shopping.

I'm sure I have left things we did out, but I have to save some things for you to discover yourself. The hour drive back to Daytona was pretty quiet as we were all too tired to talk. Tha boat was still afloat and all was well on the dock...its good to be home!!!

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