Chapter 3 - Sunrise Safari and. . . . . . .

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Chapter 3 - Sunrise Safari and. . . . . . .
Tue, 04-02-2013 - 3:45pm

We were up early. We had to check in at the lounge by 7:00 am. The girls were each given a safari hat and I was handed two blankets (it was cold out). They also had a light continental breakfast set out for us.

We then made our way out to buses that took us over to AK. We were not allowed to take pics as we went in the back entrance. We passed the vet areas as well as the different barns that the animals were kept in at night.

We then walked from the back entrance of AK into the safari. We were loaded into trucks - but we didn't follow the tracks, but rather went off another way.

We saw the same animals as the regular safari, however the truck stopped whever anyone had a question or asked to be able to take a picture. Of course Maddie being Maddie, she had a lot of questions.

This was a highlight for Mickie, it was three female cheetahs. The guide told us normally an animal preserve or zoo would not be able to have three females, however these girls were sisters and so far no fighting. They were hoping this would continue so they would be able to keep them together.

I know we have all seen the flamingo pond (although this trip it made me think of Chris's girlscouts).

But something I never knew before is that island in the middle is the biggest hidden Mickey at WDW.

Since we were there early some of the animals were not out - like the lions. Other's were on their way to their spots. . like the rhinos.   While we were there we came to a stop, as the rhinos were led to their area . . .and went right by our truck on their way.   No ditch or fence separating us.    My DDs were saying "here rhino, rhino, rhino".   The Knuckleheads.

The wild boar came running out too.

After the truck portion we were walked through the Pangani Trail. We saw the gorillas getting up.

Maddie loves the gorillas. Hmmm, is this one mooning us?

We then walked to Pizzafari for breakfast. We enjoyed our buffet. The guides stayed with us to answer any additional questions.

I saw it was almost 10:00 am by then, and I had wanted to see FOTLK, which had a show at 10:30 am. So we left Pizzafari and went that way. Well, seems we were not the only ones who wanted to squeeze in that show - the line was over the bridge and all the way to the Camp Minnie/Mickey sign. So, we turned around. At this point I had AK planned for emh am on Wednesday, maybe we can catch FOTLK then.

The girls each bought some toys & we made our way back to the buses.

Back at the resort we checked the schedule of events, and saw they would be having African face painting down in Mara at 2:00 pm. It was noon now, so that sounded good. Meanwhile we sat on the balcony and enjoyed watching the animals on the savannah.

We made our way down to Mara at 2:00 pm. I asked a CM where the face painting was, and was told to wait in the corner until the person heading it up showed up. We waited, and waited, and waited. About 15 minutes later I went up and asked again. A CM told me they would call and find out, so I went back to the table and waited. After a bit the CM came over and said someone was on their way. So we waited some more. At 2:40 pm we gave up. Apparently we were stood up - but it must not be a popular event as we were the only ones waiting.. .but since it was on the schedule & a CM called, I would have thought someone would have at least told us that it was cancelled.

It was too cold for the pool, I didn't buy hoppers, and the girls didn't want to go back to AK. So, what to do? DTD of course! :)

I bought a Christmas tree ornament (my normal souvinior from every trip). Then we went over to the Once Upon a Toy. When we went in the girls asked if they could get the box with the Mr. Potato head pieces. Seemed fun, so they filled up the box good. I have to admit, it took me a bit longer than it should of to click to putting small pieces INSIDE the potato head. Duh. Anyhow, they both were excited and could not wait to play with them. We went back to the back to see if they still had the My Little Pony box option too, but they do not. The woman said they discontinued it about two years ago. Bummer.

We were heading back to catch a bus to AKL. I noticed the time and realized we would not make our ADR at Boma for dinner. So we stopped at the Rainforest Cafe and asked how long of a wait they had - none. They were able to take us right then.

We enjoyed our meal here. I got nachos - no meat. The girls got pasta, and then they split the volcano dessert. To my surprise Rainforest Cafe is on the dining plan. They use to not accept the dining plan, so it's not a place I normally think to go - since we usually have the plan. So not having to pay out of pocket was a nice surprise.

We went back to our resort. The girls bathed and then played with their potato head toys.

We watched some tv and then went to bed. Today was a long, but enjoyable day. Thankfully tomorrow had a later start to it.

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Tue, 04-02-2013 - 8:29pm

Sounds like another enjoyable day! I love the idea of the sunrise safari but :( on missing FOTLK, that show is always popular! Glad Downtown Disney was a hit after no face painting.


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Wed, 04-03-2013 - 12:16am

Wow, that Sunrise Safari seems like a great actifvity!  Bummer though about the face painting, but YAY for the Potato Head boxes, that is so fun :D!

Isn't it weird how the dining plan keeps changing?  Oh well, I guess that's part of Disney's attraction, why some people ::ahem:: keep going back, right :D?

In peace,

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Thu, 04-04-2013 - 6:06pm

Wow, love all the pictures from the safari! Now I KNOW we need to stay at AKL sometime, lol! I did read recently that RFC is now on the dining plan, kind of a bummer because we always ate there every time and just paid OOP, finally we have decided that we don't need to do it again (anytime soon anyway), and NOW it's on the plan. Figures!

I'm not much for souvenirs, but I do buy a Christmas Tree ornament from every vacation too! Those combined with the random ones people have given me over the years has added up to almost 30 Disney ornaments on our tree. Soon there won't be anything else on there, ha!

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Tue, 04-09-2013 - 10:51am
The safari sounds fun, and the view from your room is awesome! Sorry about the face painting mishap, but at least you had a fun day.

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Sun, 04-21-2013 - 3:47pm
That sounds like so much fun Deb!! Too bad about the face painting but sounds like DTD was fun!! We hardly spend time there... How are you posting pics with the new ivillage?

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Mon, 04-22-2013 - 5:45am

Several women on the other group I was part of can't log into IV.  So one of them set up a blog site.  I actually typed the report on the blog site, then copy/pasted it over here.    I was surprised it worked - but it did.