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6th August 2015 (Day 14)-Animal Kingdom

 

220px-Animal_Kingdom_TPark_ColorOff to Animal Kingdom today and our last full day in Orlando, so looking forward to it.  Our last trip to Animal Kingdom changed our mind on it a bit (previously we’d found it hot and crowded, with limited interest) and I’ll state now that the events of the day have turned this around completely as we had such a fab day and such a nice way of ending our trip.

On arriving we saw that Daisy Duck was out for a meet-and-greet, and as she is someone that Rosemary hadn’t met (we got close at Hollywood Studios but no prize) we joined the queue. Which was remarkably short.

Daisy Duck
Daisy Duck

After this we headed towards the Kilimanjaro Safari, which we had a FastPass for.  It was a great ride and we saw loads of animals.  There is a full video of the ride on YouTube:

Kilimanjaro Safari
Kilimanjaro Safari
Kilimanjaro Safari
Kilimanjaro Safari

We even saw a baby rhino with it’s mum.

Kilimanjaro Safari
Kilimanjaro Safari

After the ride we took a walk around the Harambe Wildlife Reserve and saw some of the animals there.  It’s a nice walk and the animals were relatively visible because it was early in the day.

Harambe Wildlife Reserve
Harambe Wildlife Reserve
Harambe Wildlife Reserve
Harambe Wildlife Reserve
Harambe Wildlife Reserve
Harambe Wildlife Reserve

As we came out of this we sat down for a bit in the Harambe Market area and got our timing just right as they were about to open and looking for someone to help open the market.  They asked Rosemary if she would ring the bell and she got a great little experience and a certificate.

Harambe Market
Harambe Market
Harambe Market
Harambe Market

While sitting in the market we all had a snack and Rosemary had a stripey, Mickey rice cake.

Snack Time
Snack Time

After this we headed over to the Festival of the Lion King show.  We were a little late getting there and I was parking up the buggy when we were approached by a cast member who offered to help seat us.  She took us straight past the entry queue and in through a side door (this is a bit weird we’re thinking, we must be super late), and down to the bench at the very front of one of the blocks.  So we’re sitting on the floor level at the very front… Well it turns out they had picked Rosemary out to take part in the show (I guess they must have spotters out).  We think it was her bright elephant print dress that caught their eye.

So during the show Rosemary got to go up and walk around with the dancers and at the end of that she was the only child who got to go up and meet Timon at the stage.  An absolutely amazing experience for her and she was very brave to do it.

Festival of the Lion King
Festival of the Lion King
Festival of the Lion King
Festival of the Lion King

I was videoing the show (it was daft not to as we were sat so close) and got Rosemary’s bit on the camera as well.  A GoPro isn’t the best for low light, so it’s not an amazing recording but a very nice record of such a special occasion. The video is on YouTube:

Rosemary was treated to a cuddly Simba (she’d been eyeing him up the entire holiday each time we saw him) for being a brave girl.

Simba
Simba

Our next FastPass was coming up, which was for the Dinosaur ride. It is on the opposite side of the park so we headed over.  We were the last ones in our group to be let through so snapped a quick picture inside the loading area with no else about.

Dinosaur
Dinosaur

It certainly was Fast, a Blast and in the Past.  Really rough ride!

Dinosaur
Dinosaur
Dinosaur
Dinosaur

We stopped for ice creams and got Dirty Ice Creams. Basically ice cream with crushed Oreos and gummy worms.

Dirt Ice Cream
Dirt Ice Cream

This was just by the dinosaur ride so we spent a little time there and in the shop by the Din-O-Rama, which always has good stuff.  After that it was the last FastPass at the Finding Nemo the Musical show.  No need really for a FastPass here, but might as well use up the allocation.

Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo

And after that just a quick visit to It’s a Bug’s Life (as there was no queue and it was straight in).

It's a Bugs Life
It’s a Bugs Life

And that was us, worn out.

Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom
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