Those who have been following Best Week Ever for the past few weeks have watched me squeeze in “just one more park” before my work schedule changes, making it more challenging to take a quick morning trip to the park. I’d already done Magic Kingdom and Epcot, so Animal Kingdom was the obvious choice. (Sorry, Studios!) After dropping my daughter at school, I headed on to Animal Kingdom. The weather was brisk, and the crowds were as well. Thankfully, I have an annual pass, so off to the passholder line I went. I love this perk!
With most of the crowd going to Pandora, I started making my way to the Safari, but first I stopped to see the river otters. They’re only out for a little bit each morning, but they are so fun to watch. This morning they were running around chasing birds and then jumping into the water for a quick swimming game of tag.
With the animals being in such a good mood due to the cooler temperatures, I figured that I’d have a good Safari ride. It was only about a 15-minute wait and I was off through the wilds of Africa.
While on the Safari, we saw a couple groups doing the Wild Africa Trek experience. This is on my bucket list to do someday. It sounds like such an amazing experience. I have no idea how I’d do on the rope bridge part of it, however. Have you ever done it? How scary is it to be up there?
There were plenty of animals wandering around as we made our way through the trails. The Ankole Cattle are so amazingly photogenic at any time of day or night.
But by far, my favorite animals out there are the giraffe. And you can’t go wrong when you get to spot a baby giraffe or two. Is any animal cuter than a baby giraffe? I don’t think so…
The feeding truck was out in the morning, and so we ran into a giraffic jam. Nothing you can do but sit and wait for them to decide to move, but I don’t think anyone was complaining.
After the safari, I decided to go get breakfast. Unfortunately Satu’li Canteen in Pandora no longer does breakfast during non-peak times, which is a shame because this oatmeal was one of the best things I have eaten on Disney property for breakfast. And yes, you have to show ID to order it–as you can tell by the amount of bourbon pooling around it, there’s a reason why it is a 21 and up entrée. (And why it was a favorite of mine.)
But since that wasn’t an option, I went for the next best thing: pineapple cream cheese lumpia. Since Pandora’s opening, the serving size has gone from two lumpia to one, and although the price has gone down some, ordering two now is more expensive than when Pandora first opened. It’s still good–just not a great value.
While I was there, I started gathering pictures for the next Merchandise article, and as a sneak peak, I have to share these air plants. I’ve always loved air plants, and selling them in Pandora actually makes sense. Here’s the plant they’re selling….
…and here’s what you can find in Pandora. The similarity is pretty amazing, I think.
I had planned to go on the Na’vi River Journey, but the ride was down for the whole morning. Alas, no Shaman of Songs serenade for me on this trip, so here’s a picture from a previous trip. I really do enjoy the ride immensely.
It was getting late, and I did need to get home and back to work, but I decided to pick up some lunch before heading home. There was a new dish at Flame Tree that sounded interesting, so I ordered it and wrapped it up to take home. (Because of the safety concerns for the animals, there’s no lids, but if you ask nicely, sometimes you can get some foil to wrap up plates for carry out.) This dish was mac ‘n’ cheese, pulled pork with BBQ sauce, coleslaw, and onion rings on top. Overall it was okay, but I wasn’t a fan of coleslaw on it, which is odd because I do like slaw on a BBQ pork sandwich. Maybe it has to do with the idea of putting slaw on mac ‘n’ cheese?
And so that was it for the quick trip to Animal Kingdom, but I’ve got a couple bonus photos for you this week. On Sunday night, we headed over to Art of Animation to grab some dinner, and there was a decorated pumpkin contest going on with entries from various cast members. I had to share these because they were so creative and amazing. Which one is your favorite?
The new job has started, and it has been a delightful adjustment working “normal” working hours. Much as I love to joke about people who retire from certain jobs to “spend more time with family”, sometimes that does happen–and it really helps keeping each week the Best Week Ever. See you next time, and no matter where you are, keep having your own Best Week Ever!