AP Trip 9 - Day 2 - Part 1

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AP Trip 9 - Day 2 - Part 1
Wed, 12-05-2012 - 8:48pm

I don't know the why's and wherefore's of Saturday.  Why did we end up at Animal Kingdom?  Seems like an odd choice, but I'm sure it made sense at the time...   Maybe just because we go there less often and it was something different?

Judging by photo times, I'd say we arrived at the park around 9:30.  We headed back to the safari but the line was long enough that we grabbed Fast Passes.  We had never been to Rafiki's Planet Watch (seriously - isn't that odd??) so we decided to head there while we waited.  It was pretty quiet - not too many people around.  The train ride was pleasant enough.  Funny that you sit sideways.

The kids asked to have their photo taken right as we disembarked:

We stopped along the way to do a "find these creatures" game.  We split up with one kid, one adult doing each.  It was an interesting diversion.  Seemed like a long walk to the building!

Now, the entry to this building is a LOUD, bright, animal-filled, kinda dark area.  Megan FREAKED.  She wouldn't go in.  She was crying/screaming.  Oh, poor planning, Disney.  Seriously - it's for young kids, right??  We finally managed to get her in (after I walked ahead and showed her how far she had to survive that caucophany).  Crazy-pants.

Once we managed to get inside, we were just in time to meet Rafiki (3rd in line, I think).  Again, Allison wouldn't meet him.

Then the girls wanted to color, which irritated DH to no end ("we can color anytime!"), so he explored on his own while I sat with them.  A snake guy came out, so Allison went over to check that out.

The guy said the scales are made from the same thing as fingernails, which was new info to me.

The most interesting thing in the building was a kangaroo being operated on!  And we could see it, just through the window.  (She had an abcess tooth or something like that.)

Then we went outside and the kids enjoyed that for a while.  (They'd have stayed longer, but I was bored.)

The goat and I shared a bonding moment:

The pigs were funny/lazy and didn't care what was going on around them:

Eventually I convinced everyone that it was getting crowded and we needed to get a move on!  We needed to make it back in time for the safari!!

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Registered: 09-01-2006
Wed, 12-05-2012 - 10:31pm

We really like Rafiki's!  It's time consuming but the kids enjoy it every time.  Poor Megan though, I can easily see someone being intimidated by the entrance to the building.


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Registered: 10-25-2000
Thu, 12-06-2012 - 10:10am

We have only made it to Rafiki's once - but my DDs loved it.   A woman I know said her kids didn't like it as it was just farm type animals.  Well, to city kids like mine those were awesome, and they didn't want to leave.

Awww, the pig looks cute.