After thawing ourselves out a little bit from the prior day's chilly adventure, on Wednesday, January 8th, we ventured to Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom theme park.
Of all four theme parks, this one is our least favorite. But we still have a great time while we are there. Animal Kingdom is divided into several sections: The Oasis (basically the park entrance with walkways and animals on display), Discovery Island (which is where the iconic "Tree of Life" is located), Africa, Asia, and DinoLand U.S.A. There is an area in the far back end of the park called "Rafiki's Planet Watch" which is centered around the concept of conservation, but we usually skip this part of the park.
This time the older boys took off as they normally do, but Steve and our 10 year old son went in one direction while I took our 7 year old son in another direction. Our 10yo son is a bit of a thrill-seeker, so he wanted to go on the rollercoaster in Asia called "Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain". However, our 7yo son had no intention of going on that scary ride. So he and I went on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Africa. Since it was early in the morning and cool outside, the wildlife were awake and quite active. We saw everything from elephants to rhinoceroses to lions to giraffes! It was quite interesting!
In the Discovery Island area, we saw a 3D show called "It's Tough to be a Bug" and walked some of the trails around the Tree of Life.
In DinoLand, U.S.A. we took all the boys on a scary ride called DINOSAUR, then let the younger guys play around on some of the carnival-like rides, including the Primeval Whirl and the Triceratops Spin.
By this point, everyone was getting so tired and worn out, so we called it a day. We didn't do everything there is to do in Animal Kingdom, but we hit most of the highlights. We ended up going home early and spending the rest of the afternoon just resting. Our feet were killing us after two and a half days on them, and we were just getting too worn out from all the fun!
Back at Fort Wilderness, a few of the more energetic boys went swimming and hung out for a little while. Another successful day!