Today I did something that I've thought about doing for a long
time - going to Walt Disney World by myself. I had read about a new
popcorn bucket being released for Animal Kingdom's 25th anniversary
on Earth Day and I was interested in picking it up, but today was
the first chance I had to go and check it out. Drew worked today, so
he couldn't join me, and Jayden just didn't want to hang out with
me, so I decided to go it alone! I arrived at the park around 9:00am
and headed inside to look for the bucket, and had success right
away! Check it out
With the bucket in hand, I had to decide what I wanted to do. I
decided that today was a perfect opportunity for me to hit the
trails! I started out on the Discovery Island Trails on Discovery
Island near the Tree of Life. I got to see some Asian small-clawed
otters, a few Galapagos tortoises, some lesser flamingoes, and a
lappet faced vulture.
I next headed into Africa to explore the Gorilla Falls
Conservation Trail. Here I was able to see an okapi. In the trail's
aviary I saw a taveta golden weaver, African spoonbills, an African
pygmy goose, a marbled teal, and some Lake Victoria cichlid (fish).
Back on the trail I was able to see a hippopotamus that was relaxing
underwater, a couple of Grevy's zebras, a curious meerkat, as well
as a few western lowland gorillas and a couple of Angolan
I headed off to Asia next, but didn't realize that there was a
trail there as well - I completely missed the Maharajah Jungle Trek.
Now I have something to shoot for next time!
From Asia I made my way back to Discovery Island to make my way
towards the park exit. On my way out I saw some collared brown
lemurs as well as a couple of ring-tailed lemurs. In the Oasis at
the front of the park I wrapped up with a southern giant anteater
sighting before calling it a day.
I made a stop at Disney Springs to pick up a cookie for Tara from
Gideon's Bakehouse, but the wait for the virtual queue was 3 1/2
hours, so that wasn't looking likely. I grabbed a "Halfway to
Halloween" Donald Duck sipper from B.B. Wolf's Sausage Co. before
heading off to the car, where I sat in the parking garage and ate my
lunch since I had to wait until 2:00pm so that I could park-hop into
Epcot to pick up another new popcorn bucket (check that one out
as well). A little before two I made the drive over, snagged the
bucket, and decided to head home. As I was returning to the car I
got the text that it was my turn to get my cookie, so I made the
short drive back to Gideon's to grab Tara's cookie before heading
home for the day.
All in all I enjoyed my experience, and I will certainly enjoy
doing so again in the future!
Disney's Animal Kingdom
The entrance to Disney's Animal Kingdom.
The Disney100 logo at the front entrance to the park.
In the Oasis, a babirusa was enjoying a snack...
The Tree of Life as seen from Discovery Island as I made my way
into Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Here are two of the macaw's during the...
...Animal Encounters: Winged Encounters – The Kingdom Takes
A lappet-faced vulture spotted on the Discovery Island trails...
...along with some lesser flamingos...
...and these Asian small-clawed otters.
I also came across this napping mallard...
...and a cotton-topped tamarin while walking the trails on
Further in on the Discovery Island trails I found these
Galapagos tortoises enjoying a meal...
Kenai and Koda from the movie "Brother Bear"...
...waving at me from the waters surrounding Discovery Island.
The Tree of Life as seen from the back of Discovery Island.
The Port of Harambe as seen while crossing over from Discovery
Island to Africa...
...and a turn in the other directions shows Expedition Everest -
Legend of the Forbidden Mountain far in the distance.
A sign spotted at the entrance to the Gorilla Falls Conservation
Trail in Africa.
Here are a couple shots of an okapi that I was able to see
feeding while on the Gorilla Falls trail...
I wandered through the Gorilla Falls aviary while making my way
along the trails. I got to see several birds, including...
...this taveta golden weaver...
...and this African spoonbill...
...as well as an African pygmy goose...
...and a marbled teal.
I also got to see a couple of...
...hamerkops. Interesting birds, for sure!
A hippopotamus chilling underwater in the hippo pool.
I was taking a picture of these two Grevy's zebras but I failed
to notice the meerkat standing to the right of the frame.
I managed to get some good pictures of the little meerkat
standing tall as he eyed his surroundings...
The stars of the attraction, the western lowland gorillas!
I even got to see one of the babies!
One awake gorilla taking in his surroundings...
...as another slept away on this beautiful morning.
The "falls" of the Gorilla Falls Conservation Trail.
I also saw a couple of cute little Angolan black & white colobus
monkeys on my walk...
A look at some of the scenery as I made my way into the Asia
section of the park...
A look at the Tree of Life from the walkway from Asia to
I was fortunate enough to see a couple of collared brown lemurs
during my visit...
...as well as a couple of ring-tailed lemurs.
There was a pretty tricolored heron hanging out in the lemur
A few more pictures of the lemurs...
Animal Kingdom still has the Simba and Timon and Pumba Disney
Fab 50 Character Collection statues in the park.
A southern giant anteater curled up and taking a nap in the
Oasis section of the park.
A black necked swan spotted in the Oasis.
An African spoonbill standing on one leg.
A mallard duck scratching his neck like our dogs do at home!
The African spoonbill from the above photo spread his wing out
and stuck his leg through it. An interesting pose, for sure!
The team bus for the Rimouski Oceanic minor hockey team from
Rimouski, Quebec, Canada was spotted in the Animal Kingdom parking