Actually at that point we didn't know if we were going to come back to AK this trip, but we weren't rushing anyway. It's kind of in our nature to be go-go-GO!, but this trip we were forced to slow down due to sickness and the baby. It was kind of a blessing in disguise, as it made us see that slowing down can be great too! You're right, the best trips include a mix of commando style and smelling the roses. It really is gorgeous, right?!! At that point I was feeling too uneasy to good on rides, but good enough to be able to enjoy the beauty of the park all around me. It was great! Except for NYE, evenings tended to be better than mornings for me. Which is pretty much the case in real life too. Otaku actually said that riding EE in the dark was her favorite part of Animal Kingdom. Thanks! It's hard to get to see AK at night because it usually closes before sunset and doesn't have evening EMH anymore. Unless you're there for a special occasion, your best bet is a busy week in winter. That way sunset will be early (especially Nov, Dec and Jan) and they might extend hours late enough. While were were there AK closed at 8pm, which is pretty unusual. There are so many things to do at AK that are not the main attractions, it's nice to take the time to check them out. I hope you get to see the parade again soon, or visit Rafiki's. I go better... eventually.