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Old 12-11-2003, 01:33 PM   #1
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Talking Tracey's report Day 7 - Animal Kingdom & a Late Night

Sat 25th

Today we decided to go to Animal Kingdom so after the customary park-day light breakfast in the Villa we headed off up the 27 and onto the 192. I decided we’d try the Sherberth Road shortcut (even though I’d forgotten to print off the directions!) Can’t believe how easy it was and how much time we saved from that day on - We were there just after 9am.

First stop was supposed to be the Safari but we had a minor diversion to see Lilo & Stitch (these people will not stick to a schedule lol !!).



The Safari was only a 10 minute wait (short wait times seemed to be the norm this visit) – mam & dad were really impressed with this.



Next we took the train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch – something we’d not done before. What can I say ? Apart from the girls enjoyed it ! After consulting the show guide we decided (once again) to grab an early lunch before heading over to see Tarzan Rocks ! Flame Tree BBQ was the chosen venue today – my choice !!

Annabelle then decided to go to sleep so we put Tarzan on hold and Steve & Dad went to see Its Tough To Be A Bug whilst Rachelle had her first experience of pin trading. Now I’d bought a lot of pins on Ebay and in the sales in The Disney Store at home to start her off and she saw a CM with a green lanyard and took a fancy to a Jessie pin. The CM traded with her and then gave her the original pin back to celebrate her first trade – one happy little girl :jump:
Off to Tarzan via the Dino ride. Now for pin trading encounter number 2 – Rachelle spotted another pin she liked so the trade was duly done – only this time the CM didn’t give her the pin back (I had explained to her how it worked- honest!). Another little girl then approached the CM and showed an interest in ‘Rachelle’s’ pin. Next thing I knew there were floods of tears and we had to make an emergency rescue mission to 'retrade' the pins !!

Everyone enjoyed the Tarzan show (after the tears had subsided – we had great seats in the front row of the second tier, although one of the ‘monkeys’ did make Annabelle jump when he scratched her head when she wasn’t looking lol ! It was past 2pm by now (where does the time go?) and some people were getting a bit hot and tired (although mam did say she found AK the most bearable because of the shade from the trees and the atomising fans everywhere)

We decided we’d call it a day in AK and head back for a rest then go back out to catch the late SpectroMagic show at MK as we’d missed it on Wednesday. Another visit to Publix on the way back (there are 3 enroute !!) for provisions for dinner (ie read more beer & wine !!) and back for a swim.

We managed to get everyone back out for 7ish, much to my surprise and caught most of the first Spectro from Main St – admitted not a very good view. We were then herded through a side gate around the back of Main St to Tomorrowland – came out by the Carrousel of Progress which we decided to do. We came out just before Wishes was about to start (we’d seen it from the boat but hadn’t heard the narration). Unfortunately we couldn’t get out of Tomorrowland – there a huge bottleneck of people standing waiting to see Tinkerbell at the bridge to the Castle hub but there was no clear view of the fireworks because of the buildings. Ah well, at least we saw Tink then moved back so that we could see some of the high level fireworks. Still couldn’t hear the narration very well though – there must only be certain areas that the sound is piped through to ??

We thought we’d stake out a place for Spectro then as the park seemed quite busy but by the time we’d got as far as Frontierland the place seemed deserted ! We sat on a wall by the Liberty Tree Tavern with the pushchairs parked at the rope but there was no need – it was literally single file viewing all along where we were. I went off to buy some drinks and churros (the girls –and me- love them) and before we knew it – it was time. Now Spectro always ‘does’ something to me, the first few bars of music and I can’t help but smile and start singing along – it just makes it even more special when you’ve got children to share it with. Especially when Annabelle’s favourite- Snow White came over and said hello and Sleeping Beauty blew them a kiss. The girls got a lot of attention from a lot of the characters as the crowds were very light and there weren’t that many other children around.






We went home tired and happy that evening – but that was OK – *** tomorrow’s a rest day


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Old 12-12-2003, 02:18 AM   #2
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Wonderful trip report ~ Thanx for sharing.
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Old 12-15-2003, 07:57 AM   #3
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A great day at Animal Kingdom
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