Sunday, February 17

Disney's Animal Kingdom

This is day nine of our Florida trip and the day that we went to Animal Kingdom. When I was editing the photos to post here last night, I couldn't believe I took almost 100 photos at Animal Kingdom alone. No, I'm not posting them all, but will be posting the best ones. Today I will show you what we saw and did in the first half of the day.
We arrived at the entrance of Animal Kingdom and the boys were excited. They remembered being here in 2005 and were really looking forward to it.
The first thing we saw when we entered the park was the Christmas tree that is just inside the entrance of every Disney park. I took the photo above to show the animals that were on this tree. It was beautiful!
And under the tree was Eeyore from the Hundred Acre Wood protecting all of the presents that were under the tree.
The above photo shows guest services. Hubby was in the shot and no too happy about it either. For some reason he dislikes having his picture taken. He's wearing his winter jacket, so this was another chilly day.
I couldn't resist taking a shot of the sign outside of the Rainforest Cafe. It is beautiful.

We discussed where to go first and the boys wanted to head for Asia, as we'd missed it when we visited before. As we made our way toward Asia, we passed Africa and the Tree of Life. This is the tree that was in the Lion King movie. It has hundreds of animals carved into it and it is awesome.
The first thing the boys wanted to do in Asia was to go on the Kahli River Rapids Ride. On the right is Brandon behind hubby's head and that little dark colored jacket to hubby's left has Jordan in it.
Hubby giving me the evil eye because I have the camera pointed at him.
I was trying to get a photo of the Grumpy sweater I bought him at Animal Kingdom. By this time his winter jacket was in a bag that I was tending.
After the first ride on Kahli River Rapids, the boys wanted to go again. Hubby was wet and didn't want to go, so we let the boys go on their own. They really enjoyed that and we waited at the exit.
Look at their faces and by Brandon's hair you can tell he got really wet. If you look closely at the chest of Jordan's jacket, he was wet too, but not as wet as Brandon. He was soaked and I was a little worried that they would get sick because it was so cool.

This was a beautiful picturesque little stream. To me this is paradise. I love lush tropical plants and water. I could live in a spot like this and be perfectly content.

A look at one of the streams that run through Asia in Animal Kingdom.
Monkeys playing near the exit to the Kahli River Rapids ride.
This lizard wasn't at all frightened of the people. He just sat there taking in some rays.

We took the Pengani Trail and the first thing we saw were these magnifient tigers. The one above was enjoying the cool day and taking a nap. Nothing like a good relaxing nap.

The fellow above was watching something. We couldn't tell what it was, but he was very alert.
One of the ladies that work for Disney told the boys that the cow by the stump is a sacred cow that lives in India. It was all very interesting and she held the boys' attention.
I'm not sure what kind of bird this was, but he was big and beautiful. He wasn't at all fazed by the crowds. He just sat there and didn't move.
Above is a bird house that they have out for the birds to eat out of. I loved its rustic look.
If I am correct, this is a Banyan tree. If it's not, please correct me. This was really unique and the boys were amazed by it.
Another stream with lush vegetation. I couldn't resist.
As we continued along the trail we watched a demonstration about owls. This man had lots of interesting things to tell the crowd and that owl was magnificient.
Grandpa and the boys on the trail ahead of me. My legs were hurting terribly, but I kept on truckin' and finally caught up. I love these photos where people are walking away from you. Notice Jordan's foot and the way he's looking at Grandpa. They're talking about something interesting.
We stopped by a rest area and had Churros and a drink. I just know that Jordan would have loved to have shot off that cannon.

We rested for a while before continuing on, but those photos are for another day. Maybe tomorrow. I really need to finish the posts about our Florida trip.

Below is a Pay It Forward Post. If anyone is interested, I'm still looking for one person to participate. This is going to be a lot of fun.

Take care and remember to smile at someone you meet in your travels today. You never know what kind of a day they're having and a smile could brighten their life more than you know. ~Blessings, Mary~


  1. Betty passed on an award from
    you to her to me. "Blogging
    Buddies" So I wanted to stop
    by and say thank you for
    Passing It On! Have a great

  2. It was fun to see more of your Disney trip! Looks like so much fun! (Even though it's also tiring!)
    Our family is counting the days until we go to Disneyland in California! :)

    Love how you sometimes remind us to smile at someone and how we never know how it might bless them. So true, and great to be reminded of this!


  3. I really enjoyed reading more about your trip sweetie, and I love the pictures.

  4. Good Morning Mary,
    Oh my goodness, I so love the Christmas Tree with all of the Animals on there for decorations. It is just stunning. I loved seeing the boys and Grandpa on the water ride. It looks like alot of fun. I'm with Grandpa, I hate having my picture made as well. I love the rustic look of the Birdhouse as well. The streams you took pictures of are just beautiful and so serene looking. "THANK YOU" for taking us along on another day of your trip. I enjoyed it very much. I am looking forward to the rest of it also. Take care my friend and have a great day. May God Bless You and Yours.

    Love & Hugs,
    Karen H.

  5. What wonderful pictures of your trip. The colours are amazing and I love how Eeyore is guarding the presents.

    Have a wonderful day. God Bless.

  6. Ohhhhhhhh, what a terrific journey! I loved this....even "grumpy's" jacket!!! [so typical of MY hubby too! LOL]

    And I was going to say right away, that I loved it from the very beginning and was going to stop and comment....then, I scrolled down and saw the tigers!!! They are without a doubt my FAVORITE creatures on this earth. They're so majestic and forceful. Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. Then, the water ride! Oh boy....the boys I bet just LOVED that...they look so happy did a world of good for them, taking to Florida!

    And the bird feeder? Awesome.

  7. I just looked at pictures from a friend who was there last week. It looks like such a fun place!

  8. Mary
    again I am catchin up. I love all the photo of Animal Kingdom and wish to thank you for takin us along with you.
    Now as for Pay It Forward. It sounds like lots of fun but if I add anything else to my agenda I will go into overdrive and hit OVERWHELM.
    If a child has over 45 mins of homework then he or she has too much. There should be adequate time at school made for them to get any homework. I think there are TOO MANY PROJECTS in elementary school.
    Next, the guy lives in Canada and if he cannot observe the law of Canada then move. Sometimes people use their religion as a ME FIRST CONCEPT.
    Last but not least before God is taken out of any place the whole country should get a vote. I think more politicans are using the forum to project their opinions instead of the peoples opinions.
    Just like here the majority of us believe that God should be in the school etc etc but the minority has ruled otherwise. I studied an American History course in college how religion was an important part in all of the rules etc and I think that course should be taught at the beginning and not the end of ones studies.
    Kitty Justice apologizes if I have offended anyone but thats my opinion and I am stickin to it.
    I am stepping off my soap box now.

  9. Hi Mary! Thanks for stopping by! We too love Animal Kingdom as all of the other Disney Parks. I don't go on the water ride any more though, hate walking around with wet undies!! heehee! My kids and grandkids love it though so I just wait and take pictures like you.

    Read your post on giving the little boy the loonie. What a nice post! I too try to do random acts of kindness and to at least smile at those I think need one. It sometimes can make all the difference in the world to someone that needs it.

    Come by again soon!

  10. I thoroughly enjoyed all these lovely photos and the commentary especially since my sister and her husband were there just a week or so ago and she talked about these things but never sends pictures. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Hugs and blessings,

  11. Thanks so much for sharing your trip to the Animal looks like you had an awesome time!

  12. I'm glad you and I are both trying to finish our trip stories.

    Looks like a great place. Maybe someday we'll be able to take the grands and go down there. The foliage is so much like Hawaii.

  13. When I was a little girl I always wanted to go to Disney land in California.

  14. Mary,

    What a treat to see these beautiful photos and read more about your trip. Love the Christmas tree as well, and your hubby is a nice looking man! If I may say so, that is. LOL.

    Thank you for sharing. I truly enjoyed this.

    I hope all is well with you and yours, and that your weather has improved by now.



  15. I have got to go there....... The sunshine and the animals... and ever the cute little grey headed man in a couple of those pictures.....hahahhaha I hate having my picture taken sooooooooo I would be "grumpy" toooooooooooo hahahaha Great pictures .......


  16. WONDERFUL wonderful photos
    and oh so many great memories
    for you, Dwight and the grands!!!
    love ya my friend..Deena

  17. Oh Mary, such wonderful pictures...that's the kind of place I love to visit, anywhere where there are animals:-) When I visit Steve in Barrie he often brings me to the Elmvale Zoo! lol Looks like another full day at Disney and I know all the walking is hard on one's legs but oh, what wonderful sights!! Last summer we had gone to Canada's Wonderland and gone on a similar river rapids ride they have Brandon, I got absolutely soaked but oh what fun:-) xoxo

  18. I'm glad that thip was good.I love the pics that you tok.And yes it is possible to take 100 picturs of something.

  19. Mary,

    Another great post about your trip! The photos are wonderful. Animal Kingdom is spectacular. I can see that you all enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing this with us!

    Love and hugs,

  20. Hello Mary, Thank you for the picture show of part of your visit. I will pray for your daughter and her speedy recovery.

    Love and Hugs,
    Joyce from Creation In Progress

  21. Looks like you guys had fun here!
    It feels kind of weird to look at the pics and see people with jackets on - I wish that it could have been warmer for you - as it usually is. The last time that I was in Florida (Orlando) was in 2004, at a poetry convention, so hot and humid that I thought I was gonna die! lol

    And the bugs - bugs flew right into my windshield, they were huge - looked like aliens.

    But I had a great time..:)