The Tree of Life - Animal Kingdom
On the third day of our trip, we headed over to Animal Kingdom & MGM. We arrived at the Animal Kingdom first thing in the morning. It was probably around 35 degrees outside, so we had to stop at the store and buy some friggin' winter gloves. In Florida. It sucked. I loved both parks and only wish that we were staying one more day in Disney so that we could have spent more time at each park. As it was, the bottom of my feet were numb from all of the walking we had already done, and I had almost two full days ahead of me! Our vacation was too much go-go-go, and not enough R and R. Anyhow, since we arrived at the park so early, Johnny and I headed straight for the new Mt. Everest roller coaster and waited in line for 30-40 minutes to ride (not bad).
Although I've been on more thrilling rides at Six Flags, the ride was pretty fun, and all of the extra details that Disney does best made it even more exciting! As you wait in line, there are real articles and artifacts about Yetti's (better known as Big Foot). Aside from the Mt. Everest ride, you must ride the African Jungle Safari! It is by far one of the best things to do at Disney! You take a ride in an open air jeep through the savannah's of Africa. Families of Elephants, Giraffes, Ostrich, and even Lions are free roaming, and are bound to walk past your jeep at any time during the trip. I've ridden' two times, and still can't get enough! It is so much fun!!! After the safari, be sure to take a walk through the surrounding trails where you'll get your chance to see Gorilla's, and Tigers lazing about.
Festival of Lights,MGM
Another fun thing we did while at the Animal Kingdom was see the Lion King Spectacular (not sure if that's the "official" name). There's music, singing, acrobatics, laughter...it is a really fun show for adults and kids--everybody knew the songs from the movie and sang along! After the Animal Kingdom, we headed over to MGM Studios--had some lunch, walked around, shopped. Stopped in to see Muppets in 3D, which somehow seemed so much better when we were younger. Johnny and I waited in line for like 90 minutes to ride the Tower of Terror--it's a really fun ride, so it was worth it in the end! We wanted to ride the Aerosmith Rockin' Roller Coaster ride, but the wait was 120 minutes again. Jim and I rode the ride on our honeymoon--it's a blast! Anyway, the best part of the evening was the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights! Millions of lights, trees, and glowing figures lit up a scene set of New York City.
Every day at dusk during Christmas Time there is a "street lighting" ceremony, where one lucky kid gets to flip the switch that starts it all. The mood is set as faux snow begins to fall from the sky onto the street. When the switch is slipped, your jaw drops in amazement at the beauty and wonder of the lights all around. To the crowd's delight, the lights then begin to twinkle and dance in time to The Caroling of the Bells. It was great! That night we headed over to the Coronodo Springs resort for dinner. It was good, but too far to travel from the resort.