And found out that I was right in the morning!!!!! (I'm not saying, I'm just saying....) Once we realized we were late and that the Rinks had already left we started off to the park on our own, although Avery was distressed by this.
It was very chilly this morning! Only about 5 degrees celsius, we cuddled together, puffing our cloudy breath in attempt to warm up.
|At 8am, the sun is still just rising! Brrrr......|
|Clutching my coffee in hopes of some residual warmth, the bus is boarded! Safari time, Ba-by! And yes- my Ukrainian thermometer is working. Red nose=cold outside!|
|As the sun rises at the watering hole, some kind of cool bird sips peacefully...|
|Some springy animals standing there, not at all springy. Must be too chilly for them too....|
|Giraffe, cleverly camouflaged as a tree root...|
|Is there anything more adorable than a baby elephant??? Nope! Didn't think so!|
|Lions waking up and greeting the morning sun! So cool:0)|
|Sleeping tiger. This exhibit included some asian animals too. The whole park was divided into two distinct areas/themes. Asian and African animal exhibits, building styles, food, etc were found in their appropriate part of the park.|
|Together again! Bliss...|
|Mama Rink took all the littles to the safari, while Papa Rink and the Big Loges went to check out the African trek. Like the asian one, there was an aviary section, where we saw this little guy happily weaving a nest onto a branch.|
|His kind are prolific builders- their pods were everywhere!|
|You can't look at a meerkat and not smile! See? Told you!|
|Enjoying the gorilla habitat.|
|There were two areas for the gorillas- one for a gorilla family, with a mom, dad, auntie and baby. The other was for the single guys to hang out, and this is one of the bachelors.|
|In the center was a square where all sorts of entertainment happened. African drumming, traditional music and dance demonstrations happened all day long.|
|Once the girls got back from safari, we knew they would want to see the gorillas, so we went back. While there, they participated in an animal science activity and figured out what kind of animals were in the area by looking at the scat and tracks.|
|A yeti + a bit of going backwards= AWESOME!!!!|
|Go critter, go!|
Satisfied that we had drained all the fun we could out of Animal Kingdom, we headed back to the hotel. The children had the crazy notion that they would like to go swimming, despite the temperatures that barely reached warm in full sun. By the time the sun was setting, it was quite cool again but our undaunted littles dived right in. Oddly enough, they practically had the pool to themselves. The pool was heated, and they had a great time! It was the poor parents who were hanging out on the deck chairs that suffered!!!! What we don't do for our children. Eventually, we had enough of that sort of fun and...
|...apparently we ended up back at Hollywood Studios! But I have park soup and have no idea what we went there for, or what we did. I do know we didn't see Fantasmic, and I hope I rode on the Tower of Terror again!|
|Remember I mentioned the turkey leg t-shirts? True story....|