September/October Trip Report – Day Five

October 16, 2012
Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Day five started with an early breakfast at Tusker House. It was nice getting into the Animal Kingdom before the park actually opened. We took some time to stop and take some photos before we checked in for our reservation.

Mickey at Tusker House


Goofy at Tusker House

I am not a huge fan of buffets and I’ve only been to one character meal, years ago, so Tusker House was a new experience for us. I loved the food. There were some really interesting options and I don’t think I would have enjoyed a standard buffet as much.

Tusker House Buffet

After breakfast we headed over to the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail. It wasn’t too hot out yet so a lot of the animals were pretty active. We watched the meerkat keep watch for a bit and were able to see a lot of the gorillas roaming around and enjoying their breakfasts.

Meerkat on Pangani Forest Exploration Trail


Gorilla on Pangani Forest Exploration Trail

We weren’t quite so lucky on our trip on Kilimanjaro Safari but at least the lion was sleeping where you could see him.

Lion sleeping on Kilimanjaro Safari at Disney's Animal Kingdom

I’m trying to write up each attraction for my accessible attraction series so we took our first trip on the Wildlife Express Train over to Conservation Station. We spend a lot of time in the Animal Kingdom so I don’t know why it took us so long to do it. It was a fun experience and we were able to see them feed a few of the reptiles that are featured. I tried to get Drew to take a good look at the tarantula but he pretended he couldn’t hear me.

After the train ride back we went and met Russell and Dug. Dug really liked it when Drew called him Alpha. Then we visited the Discovery Island trails before heading over to Downtown Disney.

Russell and Dug at Disney's Animal Kingdom

We bought Premier Passes this year so we decided to give Disney Quest a try since it was included. I have to say I wasn’t really impressed. For one, there really wasn’t a lot for me to do, most games are either hard to get to or would have required me to transfer. I was excited to try Pirates of the Caribbean — Battle for Buccaneer Gold but since I use a wheelchair they keep the ship stationary, which I understand, but it does take away from the fun. I’m glad we gave it a try but it is not something that I am in a hurry to try again. Since it was about to rain again we headed back to the resort for a break.

That evening headed over to Epcot to continue our mission to visit every Food and Wine booth. It rained on and off all night but that meant I finally had a good excuse to get a panda umbrella from the China pavilion.

In spite of the rain we managed to visit the booths from Germany, South Africa, China, South Korea, Australia, and Mexico plus the Craft Beers, Cheese, and Brewer’s Collection booth. This photo is of the lucky cast member from the Craft Beers booth that gave us our final stamp.

To get out of the rain for a while and to cap off another great day we went over to the Imagination pavilion to visit Figment and Captain Eo. And even after all of the booths we visited we still wanted dessert so we headed over to Sunshine Seasons because I really wanted one of their Key Lime Tarts. We also rode Living with the Land again because you just can’t listen to the land too many times.

Tomorrow I will have report and review of our very wet Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

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    Disney on Wheels
    October 17, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    That’s the night we were there. I’m sorry you guys were miserable. The rain was crazy.

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    Rich T
    October 17, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Wonderful photos — love that gorilla! The summary of your Kilimanjaro Safari experience is priceless! 🙂

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    October 17, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Looking forward to reading your Halloween Party post. Pretty sure you were at the same one we were. Thursday? We were miserable, me toting around my 5 yr old son and 6yr old nephew and my dad pushing mom.

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