Walt Disney

You are currently browsing articles tagged Walt Disney.

It’s the last day of our mini-vacation and what better place to spend it than at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? On the ride into the park the tram director commented, “It’s a jungle, not a zoo”, which captured a chuckle from the crowd.

Animal Kingdom Entrance

The photographer liked Alex’s Sorcerer Mickey hat and wanted to draw some attention to it…

Animal Kingdom Entrance

The first order of business today was a visit to Africa…

Africa

We were waiting for the “Festival of the Lion King” show and spotted this drum-beating native on stilts, who talked to the boys as he passed…

African Musician African Musician

After the Lion King show, we made our way to the Animal Kingdom’s new exhibit, Pandora – The World of Avatar…

Pandora

Complete with the Ayram alusìng (a.k.a. floating mountains)…

Pandora Floating Mountain

and an AMP (Amplified Mobility Platform)…

AMP AMP and boys

and who could visit Pandora without sampling the local cuisine?

Pandora Lunch

Mmmm…

Pandora Lunch

One the way out, the boys and I stopped for a photo outside one of the Resources Development Administration’s buildings…

RDA Building

and Alex posed for a visitor pass…

Visitor Pass

We had a good time in Pandora, but we had a Safari to get to in Africa, so we left behind the mythical land of Avatar and headed back to Africa. Soon we were on the truck and off into the jungles of Tanzania on our Kilimanjaro Safari…

Kilimanjaro Safari

It’s always fun visiting the animals, like the hippos enjoying a swim and the giraffe’s resting on the Savanna…

Hippo under water Giraffe resting on Savanna

By the time the safari ended, it was clouding up and getting ready to storm. We had one more ride we wanted to get to today: The Expedition Everest roller coaster.

Expedition Everest

Well, me and Adam, anyway, as Alex and Mom aren’t too fond of the roller coasters. Anyway, we took off to Asia, while mom and Alex were off to Discovery Island to the “It’s Tough to be a Bug” show. We had a few minutes before our FastPass kicked-in, so Adam and I took in the sights…

Adam at Expedition Everest

Soon, it started to rain, so we donned our ponchos and got in line for Everest. Although the rain wasn’t too bad, the thunder was loud and lightening in the area caused them to shut-down the ride as we were just about to board the roller coaster! Adam and I hung-out for almost 30-minutes when a break in the storm allowed the ride to open-up again. Whoo hoo…

Expedition Everest

After three or four groups had gone, the lightening caused them to close the ride again and it wouldn’t reopen for the rest of the day. Whew! We barely made it!! By this time, the rain had let-up a bit and we made our way to the exit.

Exit

This evening, we dined at the Disney Polynesian Restaurant and watched the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the beach on Seven Seas Lagoon. What a great time!

Polynesian Restaurant

Tags: , , , , ,

This morning we got an early start with a 8:30 reservation at the Crystal Palace on Main Street USA. We caught the first monorail over, none the worst for wear after two whirlwind days at the Magic Kingdom…

Joe and Cin

It’s great to get into the park before it opens to the general public. A great time for a family photo…

The Fam

The Crystal Palace is a great place for kids. The boys love the Winnie-the-Pooh characters that make the rounds there. Notice that Alex is not in the picture with Eeyore…he wanted to meet all of the characters EXCEPT him. I guess he didn’t want the droopy donkey’s “Oh, Bother” to bring him down…

Pooh Tigger Eeyore

After breakfast we headed for the Haunted Mansion to avoid what was going to be a long line as the day progressed. The boys were a little skittish at first, but had a great time with the ghosts and ghouls by the time it was over!

Haunted Mansion

We actually got a lot of rides in today, and the lines weren’t nearly as long as I thought they were going to be. We even rode the Peter Pan ride twice, as Alex simply LOVED it!

I suppose the big milestone for the boys today was their first ride on a roller coaster! They saw the “Big Thunder Mountain Railroad” and wanted to give it a whirl, so we checked their height against the little chart at the gate and they made the cut. When the ride was over, they were so excited and wanted to go again, so we got a FastPass and arranged to return in a couple of hours. This time, Cindy hung behind to take a pic or two…

Rollercoaster Rollercoaster

I even got Alex to hold his arms in the air as we went around the track! Adam raised his arms are we rode up the lift, but clung to the rail as we went over the top!

Rollercoaster

With the success of Big Thunder Mountain, I checked-out Space Mountain, but alas, they boys were just a couple of inches too short! Maybe next year!

Taking a break to get something to drink, I caught this sweet picture of the boys together with Alex resting his head in his brother’s lap. Sweet, of course, until you look a little closer and see Adam annoying his brother by sticking his finger in his ear!

Stroller Stroller

And no day at Disney would be complete without some Photopass extortion, but hey, it’s for the kids, right? 😉 Seriously, though, it’s like their meeting their favorite actors!

Stitch Buzz Donald Duck
Goofy Hugs for Jessie

The unanswered question: How could Mickey be over there taking pictures and over here dancing on the stage? I guess that’s why they call it the MAGIC Kingdom!

Castle Performance

As the day wound down, we stopped for a ride on the carousel that we’d had walked past 4 or 5 times throughout the day!

Hugs for Jessie

Time to head home…

Castle Sunset

Tags: , , , ,

Today was our last day at Disney. Jess and Kameran are flying in to Tampa this afternoon, and we’ll be meeting in Sarasota to spend a few days together visiting family. The boys we sleeping pretty well, so we weren’t up as early as we were yesterday, getting off to a later start. We had a mid-morning breakfast at the Shades of Green restaurant, and were off to “Animal Kingdom”…

Animal Kingdom Entrance Boys Waiting

At Animal Kingdom

First things first, we made our way to the “Festival of the Lion King” show. Fortunately, we made it there just a few minutes before the show was due to begin, so there was really no time for the boys to meltdown ;-). Once inside, they were a bit antsy, but as soon as the show began they settled down. In fact, they really got into the audience participation stuff, making elephant noises and holding out their arms like a trunk. I was surprised that they liked the show as much as they did.

Next we put our names on the fast-track list for the “Kilimanjaro Safari” and went to see the “Finding Nemo Musical”. Evidently, sleep was catching up with the boys because they crashed for about 40-minutes in the stroller…

Sleeping Boys

The Nemo show was about 40-minutes long, but the boys, for the most part, sat still and watched the show. Although as far as Disney shows go, it certainly wasn’t one of my favorites. We got out with just enough time to make the Safari, which was the boys favorite event of the day…

Safari

Dad and Alex on Safari

Alex and Adam after the Safari Family Safari

We had a good time, but it was getting late and everyone was starving-hungry. We had dinner at “Pizzafari,” then made our way to the park’s exit.

One last look, as we cross the bridge…

Animal Kingdom

And we were off to Sarasota.

The drive wasn’t too bad. The boys slept a good portion of the way and we made it to the condo in under 2 hours. Jess and Kam were at their Poppy’s waiting for us to arrive, and he drove them over and visited for a bit before heading home. It’s gonna be nice to unwind for a few days!

Tags: , , , , , ,