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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