January 2014 Disney Trip: Part 6

On our last day in the parks, Ben and I headed to Animal Kingdom first thing in the morning. We had a really excellent Kilimanjaro Safaris ride - I really can't recommend enough hitting the Safaris first thing in the morning, before the animals give up on life - and actually saw the cheetahs running briefly before they noticed the jeep and promptly flopped on the ground right where they were. It was truly impressive, though. All the animals were up and about and moving around except the baby elephants, but I saw them previously so I was only like 70% bummed.

We had to take a quick detour backstage for unspecified reasons, though we didn't see much of interest, except this rare cliff hippo and cliff cheetah:

Next we went to Dinosaur, and we were really tickled to see Rex in the gift shop:

Unfortunately, Rex did not fare well against the carnotaur:

We took a walk through Pangani Forest and didn't see much to begin with. We got to the gorillas and they weren't out, and a CM was there saying she didn't think they'd be out for another half hour. We were about to walk away when all of a sudden, a gorilla walked right in front of me (behind the glass, obviously).

Next we walked over to Maharajah Jungle Trek before stopping for lunch at Ben's favourite, the counter service Yak & Yeti.

We got a message from Adam saying he was just now getting going, but after lunch we were on our way out, so we decided to meet him over at Magic Kingdom.

We met up at Columbia Harbour House because Adam hadn't yet had lunch and then headed over to Haunted Mansion.

Today's FastPass woes were the discovery that even if you don't use them, your FastPasses stay assigned to you days after they expire. So I had to do some fun wrangling with Ben's unused FastPasses to be able to get us FastPasses for Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Peter Pan's Flight. I had done laundry in our room with a new detergent that it turns out Ben is super allergic to. He made it through The Enchanted Tiki Room but then decided he needed to go back to the room. Adam and I did Space Mountain, then grabbed Dole Whips and went through the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse.

We walked through Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, and Fantasyland. We ended up in Gaston's Tavern so I could buy a stein and take some pictures.

He really does use antlers in all of his decorating.

We still had plenty of time before our Peter Pan's Flight FastPass so we did Ariel's Undersea Adventure, which has the most gorgeous queue. Eric's castle and the grounds are beautiful. Unfortunately the ride is pretty lackluster, although not as bad as I assumed from YouTube videos it would be.

It's the backside of water!!

We then went to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and the ride broke down when we were next in line, so we decided to just wait it out. We didn't have enough time to wait in line for anything else before Peter Pan, so we figured if it got close to the end of our FastPass time, we'd head over. Luckily it didn't take that long and we got to ride Pooh before Peter Pan.

After a quick detour to the Tangled Toilets, we rode Peter Pan's Flight. Even with FastPass the wait was annoying. I think the ride is charming but I cannot imagine waiting more than 15 minutes for it. Also, the ride broke down over London, and my dress glows in the dark, so, selfie time.

We hopped on the train in Frontierland and took a round trip before our FastPass for Pirates. After a run through the Emporium we met up with Ben, who was feeling better, at the hotel.

Back at Animal Kingdom Lodge we all did the night-vision goggles viewing of animals at the Uzima Springs pool. Sadly there wasn't a whole lot to see, and it was feeding time so we had to keep taking the goggles off while the truck with bright headlights came through to feed the animals. But it was still pretty cool and I'm glad we did it. We picked up dinner at the Mara and sat by the pool bar and watched Meet the Robinsons, then went back to the room and started packing while watching Monsters University.

Do yourself a favour and get this candy bar brownie from the Mara
Next and last post in this series: delightful room photos and Downtown Disney! I have a project in the works for after the trip reports, so stay tuned.


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