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Old 11-17-2012, 10:15 PM   #20
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ANIMAL KINGDOM - Part 3: Character meet & greets

Character meet and greets

As mentioned in my earlier post, character availability seemed to be limited this year and despite 3 visits to the greeting trails, only Mickey, Minnie and Donald were there.

The first picture is one I made sure had a border on so you can see it was a photopass one, as I cant' take the credit for this one Ask me why, ask me why .....

Because .... to save battery on my flash when Mickey took a quick break just before we had our turn, I switched it off. And took all my pics without realizing that I had forgotten to turn it back on .... d'oh!!

Photo0561FourBySix by 2Tiggies, on Flickr

Minnie and Tové by 2Tiggies, on Flickr

Safari Donald by 2Tiggies, on Flickr

And I do believe it was Minnie's Photopass photographer who caught me red handed .... I only discovered the evidence going through my photos when we got home

Pictures of pictures by 2Tiggies, on Flickr

Picture must have looked ok on the LCD .... by 2Tiggies, on Flickr

Chip and Dale and Baloo and King Louis were also around however, but it seemed to be intermittently as we met them on our first visit to the area before heading for the trails, and then didn’t see them on our returns to that part of the park.

Those chipmunks ... by 2Tiggies, on Flickr

Baloo & King Louis by 2Tiggies, on Flickr

What we did notice however was that lines for the greeting trails were somewhat long, considering the low crowd levels in the park and I am assuming that was down to only having fewer characters available for meet and greets. It didn’t matter – we met them once and were first in on the first day, returning only to see Mickey (whose line had grown to a whopping 30 minutes by the time we’d done Chip & Dale, the Jungle Book guys and Minnie! ) Anyway, no harm done as we got to see most of them. And also, DD announced halfway through the trip that she wasn’t as ‘into’ getting autographs any more, which felt like a kick in the face at the time, after I had spent hours and hours making her an autograph book at her request earlier in the year ....Kids ... who'd have 'em? But then they grow up suddenly I suppose. And it will free up time to do other things on our next visits.

We pretty much skipped Dinoland this year. We were in there the first morning when Dinosaur and Primeval Whirl were down and returned on our second visit and only stopped on our way through to another part of the park – I forget which because I was so ill we never made it there – and I sat on a bench for about 20 minutes until I realized I needed to get onto a bus ASAP and get back to our room. Being sick on vacation sucks BIG TIME!

DD was amazing. She came with me to the resort store to get some meds for the fever and ran down to the foodcourt and fetched me juice and water while I lay good for nothing on the bed for an hour waiting for those (awesome) tablets to work. Being the hard core Disney lover that I am I still insisted on going to our next park for the evening and she dutifully attempted to reason with me that I may be better in bed and promised to take care of me because “It’s not your fault Mum and you should rest” Bless her

We didn’t find the weather to be as hot as it was in the previous two trips, although DD had moments when she disputed this. She gave me strange looks which suggested that I was talking nonsense .....

The look ... by 2Tiggies, on Flickr

.......... and then she made friends with a fan

Fan Club by 2Tiggies, on Flickr

DSC_0833 by 2Tiggies, on Flickr
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