On Wednesday, June 3rd, we headed on over to the Animal Kingdom.
Now, a lot of people think the Animal Kingdom is nothing but a glorified zoo.
But they're wrong.
It's, oh, so much more.
We arrived right at 8 a.m. Because we stayed on Disney property, we were allowed on this day to get into the Animal Kingdom an hour before regular opening. This is called Extra Magic Hours (or EMH for short).
This is the best time to start your day off at the Animal Kingdom. It's not too hot yet and the animals, for the most part, are still out and about.
As soon as we could, we made our way over to the Kilimanjaro Safari in Africa.
We LOVE this ride. With the exception of a few animals (elephants, rhinos, crocs, hippos and lions), the animals roam free.
As evidenced below:
Yeah, we actually had to stop to let that giraffe cross the street! If you look closely, you can see that another one is right in front of him.
So many jokes starting with "why did the giraffe cross the road?" started rolling through my head.
However, before I emabarrassed myself and my child (mom doesn't embarrass easily), I got distracted by the next photo around the curve:
However, on one part of the ride, they take your pic for you to potentially purchase when you get off the ride. They always take it at a critical part of the ride so they get the best reactions.
When we got off the ride, we almost decided to walk past the picture stand but ducked in just in case.
So glad we did. As much as we disliked the ride, we got the best picture EVER! I think it's the best reaction picture that Disney's ever had.
Take a look and let me know what you think. Mom, LOML and I are on the back row. But make sure you look at the other faces as well.
Here's my favorite part of the Trek.
And here's a vid of them play pouncing. I've never seen them so playful!
LOML took this pic using the zoom on my camera. Pretty good shot, dontcha think?
We decided to head on out at that point to relax before heading on over to Disney Hollywood Studios for dinner at the Brown Derby.