|Day two of the Grandpa Gary & Grandma Terry's 50th Anniversary
Walt Disney World Tour kicked off at Disney's Animal Kingdom, at
After eating breakfast at the condo and making
the drive to the park, we made our way to the entrance. On the way
in, Grandma Terry pointed out a van for us to look at. As you can
see in the pictures below, somebody's Grandma got divorced! Of
course Samantha had to Venmo some money to buy her a drink or two -
or maybe a lot more too!
Once we made our way into the park, we headed off to Pandora -
The World of Avatar to get a return time for Avatar Flight of
Passage using Steve's Disability Access Service (DAS). While we
waited for our time to arrive, we decided that we had just enough
time to wait out the line for Na'vi River Journey, and since
we were right there we decided to give it a go (although the ride is
enjoyable, I still don't get why people wait such a long time for
it...). Once this ride was complete, we were able to make the short
walk over to Avatar Flight of Passage and enjoy that ride too
(this one I get the wait for, as it is visually stunning, and the
smells and physical sensation is worth it).
Once we were finished taking in the sights of Pandora - The World
of Avatar, we decided to make Kilimanjaro Safaris our next
stop. On our way to Africa we were lured in by a show that was just
about to start - A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King.
Although we were in the park the day the show reopened following its
COVID related shutdown, we didn't see it that day. Today marked our
first trip back in to the theater to see it. It was a different show
to say the least, and I can't say that I thought that it was better.
It wasn't until I look at the map later that I realized why the show
was different - the prior show was simply Festival of the Lion
King, while this was A Celebration of that show. There
were parts of the prior show, such as the trapeze act and the
suspended wire artists. Frankly, I missed that.
Once the show let out we made our way over to Kilimanjaro
Safaris. No matter the situation, I've always enjoyed this ride,
with the only exception being the one time we rode it later at
night, and it was just too dark to see much and the animals weren't
very abundant. Despite the overall amount of times I've been on the
ride, I'm always excited to get an up close look at animals that I
would never really otherwise get a chance to see. If only I was
smart enough to have gotten into this field in school!
After our safari ride was complete, we decided to head to Asia
for a change-of-pace thrill ride on Expedition Everest - Legend
of the Forbidden Mountain. On our way we passed by the entrance
to Feathered Friends in Flight!, and since was their last
showing of the day and Drew had never seen it we decided to make a
detour. I find this show enjoyable as well, and Drew did too, so the
detour was worth it! We finally made it to Expedition Everest -
Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, where most of went for a ride.
This ride pretty much sums up what we like in a Disney roller
It was at this point that we decided to stop for dinner. We
didn't pack today, so we had to find a spot to eat. Tara found a
drink that she wanted to try and the Flame Tree Barbecue, and since
Drew is always commenting on how good this place smells we decided
to give it a try. Well, everyone except Aunt Erica and Marissa, who
went off on their own to find food. Although the food wasn't
terrible, none of us were wowed. To make matters worse, Tara really
didn't even enjoy her drink! While I can't speak for everyone, I
doubt that we'll be back here anytime soon.
It was getting relatively late by this point, and our family had
to drive home for work and school tomorrow, so we decided to make
Dinosaur our final ride of the day. Erica and Marissa had already
ridden this while waiting for us to finish our meal, but they
rejoined us for a second ride as well.
After finishing up in the park, we returned to the condo to pack
up what was needed before heading off for home. Grandpa Gary,
Grandma Terry, Uncle Steven, Aunt Erica, and Marissa all stayed
behind for a visit to the Magic Kingdom tomorrow while we suffered
through another day at work and school.