Hello friends! Today I'm back with another Disney installment as I share my favorite rides, restaurants, sites, and shows from our trip. During our recent Disney World extravaganza, we spent the majority of our first day in Animal Kingdom. Between waiting in lines, going to shows, and riding our favorites, we didn't actually DO a lot in that park, but we did the things we really enjoyed. One of the things I especially loved about Animal Kingdom is that you truly feel like you've time traveled to whatever country you are visiting. Disney does such a great job at transforming a space and creating an atmosphere that makes you forget where you are and draws you into the story.
1 | EXPEDITION EVEREST
Take an exciting ride through the Himalayan mountains, but keep an eye out for the Abominable Snowman! AKA the Yeti. Even if you have to stand in line for a bit for this ride, they make it worth your wait. I love how Disney transforms the line into a journey through another world or time, and according to someone we overheard "waiting is half the fun!" Too true, Disney traveler. Too true.
2 | FINDING NEMO - THE MUSICAL
I've already established multiple times that I love musicals and you're probably sick of hearing about it. Sorry I'm not sorry. The Finding Nemo musical was so fun and a must see for the young and the young at heart. You'll want to sing and dance along as the characters sing and swim in and out of the audience.
3 | FESTIVAL OF THE LION KING
Oh. My. Goodness. You must, MUST go see this show. The costumes are wonderful, the acrobatic monkeys are incredibly entertaining, and the music will sweep you away to the Pride Lands. I'm not lying when I say I teared up a couple of times during the performance. It was so fun and beautiful!
This ride is the bomb. If you've ever been to Disneyland, it's the equivalent of the Indiana Jones ride. We went on the Dino ride three times because we loved it so much. The first time, I had my hands covering my eyes the entire ride...that made for a great photo at the end. ;) Dinosaurs jumping out of everywhere scaring me! One of my favorite parts about the ride is the video from the 90s that they play before you even get ON the ride. Ha!
5 | KILIMANJARO SAFARIS
Who doesn't love safaris? You get to take a ride through the African savanna, exploring the various habitats, and hanging out with your favorite African animals. Lions and giraffes and elephants, oh my! You truly feel like you have been transported to that part of the world. I kind of forgot we were at Disney World for a little bit! Hop on board and enjoy the adventure!
HAVE YOU BEEN TO ANIMAL KINGDOM? WHAT RIDES AND SHOWS ARE ON YOUR LIST?
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