Monday, April 2, 2018

Animal Kingdom


We were standing in line well before the opening bell at Disney's Animal Kingdom last month. My husband researches everything - he picked the day with the least crowds and an early opening - so we could ride the new Pandora - The World of Avatar before the majority of tourists showed up. It worked to perfection.

Still, we were herded together like cows to slaughter at the gate and forced to creep, nether region to nether region, in a sort of slow moving swarm to the new themed ride. Once there, the onslaught of early risers broke up, and after a few minutes, we were ready for a journey through the floating mountains of Pandora. You ride there on the back of a metal and plastic chair - I mean Banshee. But really, you're just sitting there watching a 3-D movie.

I heard that the Avatar ride - the newest attraction at Animal Kingdom - was the best ride ever created. Well, that might be true at Disney - maybe. But if you've ever been to Universal Studios, you'll be disappointed. I was. Almost every thrilling, 4 -D themed ride at Universal is better - way better. But some people will always have a love affair with all things Disney.





It really was a sight to see when all of these Macaws flew off in unison. I hope they flew back to Central America. But, I'm sure they have a good life here. 









A little hanky-panky.



The birds and animals are the best part of Animal Kingdom.












The new Pandora area really took pressure off the other sights in the park. I enjoyed the safari ride much better this time. I think it moved a little slower, allowing us more time to watch the exotic animals. They don't disappoint. The Lion King song and dance number, was top notch. And we even had a great meal, overlooking Everest, at Flame Tree Barbecue. However, my favorite thing, the trained dog and cat show (with a few exotic friends) was gone. 

Hey, Walt...bring back the cats! Please.

P.S. I have a new post over at The Chorus of the Crows!  It's about three bold and scrappy book thieves...

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16 comments:

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Animal Kingdom is a fantastic place to explore!

Fun60 said...

Must admit the safari trip at Animal Kingdom was a big highlight for me.

NC Sue said...

I would definitely enjoy the safari trip!
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Kay L. Davies said...

That first bird photo is wonderful — what a gorgeous creature! And the gnarled trees...I love them!
Kay
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Kalantikan said...

To us who haven't been there it would be lovely! However, i still prefer to be in the real world, not artificially created. That one with rocklike structures on top of you seem like they might fall, that could be scary in the real world. I agree, the live animals i prefer!

Lady Fi said...

What fun shots.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a lot of fun and the birds just fantastic.

DJan said...

I saw that dog and cat show at Busch Gardens this past February. I loved it! And I don't usually go to theme parks, but I was convinced that I would enjoy it, and they were right: I did. Glad to know that the popularity of the one ride gave you more time at the others. :-)

Betty Crow said...

I haven't been to either of these parks. It looks like a good time, though. Love those beautiful, colorful macaws.

Jim said...

Great post.

Linda Hensley said...

I'm not a fan of rides, but this looks like a beautiful setting. You have to give it to Disney for employing so many artists :)

Frozen Moments | Aritha said...

Nice tree, nice birds and nice sky! Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos.

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

the photos are so incredible! Thanks for sharing!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Thanks for the tour, and great photos! My granddaughter has never seen Avatar, so this might not be her cup of tea. But I know she would enjoy visiting Disney World sometime!

Stewart M said...

I do like those birds - but your comments don't make me want to visit the theme park! Luckily (at least at present) my kids agree!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Colette Bates said...

I enjoyed your sky pic. Looks like you had a fun day. Best wishes.