Anbimal Kingdom
Photo-A-Day #1498

Today Allison, Eva and I went to Animal Kingdom.

It was after our first night at the hotel. Sleeping in the same room with an excitable little munchkin is a bit tough but once we realized that she was quite like her dad and needed things totally dark things worked out. When we woke up we made our way down to where the shuttle for the hotel would pick us up. We piled onto a pretty crowded bus but we eventually made it to the park, a little after it opened.

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The big thing that we wanted to see first was of course the safari. The line was really short and we got on quickly. I had forgotten how bouncy this ride was and shooting pictures was sort of a wash. I got a few but not many that I really liked. I also learned that unless I was shooting photos of Eva doing something I was probably holding Eva and shooting photos of other things wasn’t in the cards. I also learned that when you are going to be taking vacation photos with the family it is best to just leave the camera on auto. There were some places where I needed to play with the settings but for the most part leaving everything on auto was the best choice.

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After the safari, which was another good one because of all the giraffes, we took a little break to get our bearings. It was a hot day and Eva was a lot bigger than last trip. She wants to do so much for her self too. We got a snack hung out for a bit and then took the train up to Rafiki’s Planet Watch area. There we met Jiminy Cricket, saw a bearded dragon (Eva was too little to touch it but she wanted to) and then we went to the petting zoo. I think the petting zoo part would probably be much better on a day when it wasn’t so hot. All the animals stayed in that “don’t touch” me roped off area.

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We took the train back and then headed to get some lunch. We went to the BBQ place that they had and the meals there were excellent. Allison got chicken and I got the ribs. We even found this little out of the way place to get the photo from today. I was able to use my XShot quite a bit on the trip.

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With our tummies filled we went over to the Festival of the Lion king, not before Daddy made the bad decision of trying to take Eva to It’s Tough To Be A Bug. The 1st bug scared the heck out of her and we were out of there. So we were off to the Festival of the Lion King. Eva was still a bit scared from the It’s Tough To Be A Bug Fiasco. However, I got us a Mikey Ice Cream Bar and the three of us shared it together. Once inside the show we sat in the warthog section. Eva was not too thrilled about the loud noises and was fussing a bit. That didn’t last long because two songs into the show she passed out. She remained out cold for the whole show.

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We zipped across the park and went to Little Nemo the Musical. Eva woke up for this and she loved the show. After that the three of us went on one of the dinosaur rides and I was once again able to use my XShot to get some fun family shots. We hung around a bit longer and decided that it was time to go to Downtown Disney because we were meeting our friends Trevor, Andrew, Ashley, Annie Elizabeth, Carrie, & Ashley of IZEA along with Jennifer, The Dirty Shirt, and her husband Robert at Rainforest Cafe for dinner.

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When you are able to get on the central buses to go to places within the parks you are golden, they run all the time and you don’t have to wait too long. This was the case with us. We hopped onto a bus to the Animal Kingdom Lodge, switched to a Downtown Disney Bus and we were quickly in the downtown area. We were early so we grabbed a table by the water and relaxed for a bit. On the way in Eva saw a carousel and that became the word of the weekend. No matter what else we did she wanted to do the carousel. We’d get to that later.

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Once everyone arrived we sat down for a good meal and some fun conversation. Ashley made our waitress earn her money that night, I missed everything that he was saying but she was giving it right back to him. Trevor and Andrew entertained Eva. If you have never gone to the Rainforest Cafe with small children here is a tip, bring them through the gift shop and down into the restaurant during one of the thunderstorms to see how they will react. The thunderstorms that happen every 30 minutes can be overwhelming to a child. Eva had already had a trauma during It’s Tough to Be A Bug so we were a bit nervous. Luckily all those times that I’ve pretended to be a monkey or gorilla for her paid off. Both Trevor and I pretended to be monkeys to distract Eva and it worked, she was able to “weather the storm” with no problems.

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After dinner we took a group shot in front of the Rainforest Cafe sign using the XShot again.

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While we were there a family was taking their pictures and I was able to pitch them on the importance of having an Xshot on vacation. I even took their photos with it and printed them a photo using my Polaroid PoGo and Zink paper. I stuck the image to my business card and handed it to them. The daughter blogs and might even come visit this blog so who knows. Eva continued to motion towards the carousel so we said our goodbyes to everyone and Eva and Allison took a spin before we headed back to our room to go to bed.

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11 Responses to “Animal Kingdom”

  1. […] Anbimal Kingdom Posted on May 15th, 2009 BenSpark View commentsComments Allison, Eva and I had an awesome day at Animal Kingdom. We are wiped out. More at http://www.benspark.com/…ngdom.html […]

  2. Kade says:

    We just went to Disneyland, yeah I know totally opposite side of the country, but I just love Disney overall. Haven’t been to animal kingdom though.

    Just found your blog today, came over from your old kayaking one. This looks like one I’ll be interested in following.

  3. Can’t believe I missed you again! I was sick all week any way, but we’ll get to meet at IzeaFest! Can’t wait to read all about your trip. I’m sure it was a blast, especially that Eva’s getting older now.

    ConnieFoggless last blog post..Graduation Day

  4. Drew says:

    Hi Kade,
    I changed your keyword entry to a name as per my comment policy. I care about real comments from real people. You left me a pretty nice couple of comments so I didn’t want to dismiss them as spam because of the keyword instead of a name thing.

    This blog will be one with some of my kayaking adventures. The other site I closed because I wasn’t doing much with it, not enough to build an entire blog around it.

    I hope you stick around. Thanks.

  5. Drew says:

    Connie,
    The trip was a really nice one. We’ll catch up at IZEAFest. Now that we once again caught the Florida bug we are so excited to get back.

  6. Carri Bright says:

    It was so much fun getting to have dinner with you, Ally and Eva at the Rainforest! Here’s the scoop from my end of the table.

    We had a few extra chairs, so Ashley sat in the middle of two of them. When he told the waitress that she only had a minute and a half left to get our bills ready and she’d better hurry up, she dragged one of them out from under him. It was awesome!

    Can’t wait to see you all again in October for IZEAFest!

    Carri

    Carri Brights last blog post..What’s Your IZEAFest Plan?

  7. Geo Peter says:

    Very interesting read Drew , looks like you guys had a lot of fun as a family. Reading simple stuff like this helps me get my mind straight

    Geo Peters last blog post..Cash Prizes Giveaway from MyBlog2Day

  8. Drew says:

    Carri,
    I totally missed that side of the table. It is tough being in a place that is so busy and not being able to hear everything. I’m looking forward to IZEAFest, it is going to rock.

  9. Drew says:

    Thanks Peter,

    I wrote that so that when I go back next year I know what we did and really this blog is a way for me to remember most everything we do in our lives.

  10. Elodie says:

    Great pictures Drew, master of the XShot!
    Looks like you had a lot of fun.

  11. Drew says:

    Thanks Elodie,
    I spoke with a few people and let them try out the Xshot, I hope that they come by to buy one here.