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Day 5 was our last park day. We chose to spend it at the park that is quickly rising on our list of favorites . . . Animal Kingdom!
I love planning Animal Kingdom as our last park day because the park seems more low-key to me. That’s always good, especially after a whirlwind 4 day, 4 parks trip. We were tired, but we wanted to make the most of our trip.
We had FastPasses for the safari for mid-afternoon, but we decided to head back there first thing so we could maybe get a glimpse of different animals, riding twice in one day. Plus, I kinda love the safari, so it wasn’t a big sacrifice or anything. Ashley and I suspected that Suzanne would enjoy it too – and we were right!
We stopped to play a game when we got off the safari and I made a new friend! (I just love chatting with the Cast Members from other parts of the world and learning about their culture, etc. They are always so friendly and nice.)
One of my favorite things about Animal Kingdom is the Gorillas, so we had to take some time to “visit” them. We were surprised to see the viewing area so packed, but thrilled to realize it was because there have been TWO gorilla babies born in the last few months. We couldn’t get too close, and the pictures were taken through the glass, so they really didn’t come out very nicely. Oh well! At least we can treasure up the memory in our hearts, right?
I just love strolling through the Asia part of the park. It reminds me so much of the times we spent in Vietnam, and makes me homesick for that country and its offerings. Probably my favorite gift shop in AK is the little one beside Yak & Yeti – I’ve found some real treasures in there on past trips. And, of course, a trip through Asia isn’t complete with seeing the tigers.
Originally, we had lunch reservations at Tusker House, in hopes of seeing our favorite server, Neil. However, a few weeks before our travel dates, we found out that Neil has Sundays off. (Good for him, but bad for us.) So, Ashley and I were faced with a dilemma — did we want to experience Tusker House for lunch without Neil or did we want to try someplace else? In the end, we decided to try something new and I’m so glad we did! We chose Yak & Yeti and I think my meal there was the best meal I had the entire trip! I’ll definitely be going back! We had a table overlooking the prayer flags, right in the front of the restaurant; so, not only did we have a great meal, but we had the best view as well. (I promise to share more about our actual dining experience in future Favorite Food Friday posts.)
We spent some time in DinoLand and I even rode Primeval Whirl for the first time (it may be the last – the verdict is still out on that one!) We enjoyed a waffle cone of ice cream for an afternoon snack, and I splurged for an iced version of Jungle Juice (since we missed Tusker House so much!) We rode Everest, and Dinosaur, and spent some time exploring and people-watching.
Finally, we ended our day with last-show-of-the-day FastPasses for Festival of the Lion King. It’s our favorite show and we knew it would be a great way to end Suzanne’s trip. We enjoyed seeing this new little section of Africa, and look forward to going back for even more expansion in the months to come. All-in-all, it was a very great day!
Next week, I’ll share about our final day and the fun we had at Animal Kingdom Lodge. Please stop back!