Disney World/Disney Cruise Day 3- Animal Kingdom, Cruising the Boardwalk, and Fireworks at Epcot

Onto our second day in WDW! I decided to go with a casual Aurora Disneybound outfit this day although with the humidity, jeans (no matter how light of a fabric they are) are a BAD idea! BAD, BAD BAD! Otherwise this was one of my favorite outfits and I have already recreated for the last Disney meeting I went to as well as will for future visits to Disneyland.

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I attempted to curl my hair with a flatiron not that it made much difference but it was better than nothing.

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We took the bus over to Animal Kingdom and we just planned on being there for half of the day.

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I had a bit of a time keeping the humidity from fogging up my camera lens but did the best I could.

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It’s a beautiful park/zoo. We would have loved to spend more time there but with all of the vegetation, it was way more humid here than the rest of the resort so it got to us more than the rest of the days.

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When you enter the park the first area is the Oasis area where are of the birds are.

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Do you see it? Look in the middle of the picture…

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How about now? Yes that is a real live woman that just kind of more around in that place and it took us a minute to realize why there were a bunch of people standing around that area.

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Lots of Macaws! They are so pretty!

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The Tree of Life just ahead but that was going to be our last stop.

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Not much was opened yet! It was early though so that’s understandable.  I guess I’m used to Main Street USA in Disneyland (and in the Magic Kingdom) and everything is open when you get into the park.

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More Macaws.

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First place we found was Pizzafari and they had simple breakfast things there which was fine with us. None of us were interested in a big breakfast.

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Loved the theming.

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It’s a simple quick service restaurant and for breakfast they had bagels and some egg dishes, but it was good.

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Yes, another bagel. I wasn’t too worried about what I ate on the trip because of all of the walking I was doing.

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And we were off to our next adventure!

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And into Africa we went!

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Finally got to our destination. The Pangani Forest Exploration Trail to see the Gorillas.

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I don’t know what this is but it’s cool.

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This dude’s just chillin’.

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Footprints in the cement.

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I don’t remember what this is called but it looks like a cross between a zebra and a donkey.

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Following the Scooter Brigade.

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Had to go through this small building to continue our trail. Not the easiest thing when you have three scooters to navigate!

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That is a Hippopotamus Skull.

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Continuing on the trail.

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Meercats! I love Meercats!

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A fuzzy Zebra because I couldn’t get my act together with my camera!

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Finally to my aunt’s favorite part, the Gorillas. First up was the female and child area.  This baby isn’t dead although I was a little panicky about it. He was just taking a quick snooze though!

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Must be nap time!

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We know you’re not supposed to look a Gorilla in the eye but my aunt swears she was looking RIGHT at her in this picture and she felt like they had a connection.

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The baby woke up at that time and said hi to all of the people.

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Then promptly sat on Mommy’s lap.

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The next exhibit held the Silverback Gorillas. Silverbacks are just adult male gorillas and their backs and butts turn gray as a sign of maturity.

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That face! Like, “what are you looking at?!”

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Um nice butt?

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Now caption this surprised looking face!

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Chillin’

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Don’t turn your back on me!

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Their muscles are huge!

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We had fastpasses for Expedition Everest so we hightailed it over there.

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I thought this tree was really pretty with the purple flowers.

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Off to Expedition Everest!

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We finally saw the mountain and my aunt took one look at the said absolutely no! So our cousins and I went on and she waited for us.

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I must admit I was pretty nervous to go on myself…

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The drop is a lot taller than it looks.

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My aunt kept taking pictures hoping to get us and if you see towards the top the people in the white and pink tops are our cousins and I am in front of Harry in the white, I’m just hiding because I was terrified!

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The ride was a ton of fun but we were starving when we got off so we headed towards the closest restaurant, Restaurantosaurus. My nephew loves dinosaurs so I had to get some pictures for him in Dinoland and I thought he’d get a kick out of where we ate.

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Very disappointing burger, I should have stuck with chicken strips…

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I just wanted to take a quick walk through and find the replica of the T-Rex, Sue, which is the largest most complete dinosaur skeleton. We got a chance to see the real Sue in Fresno when she was “on tour.”

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This would probably be my nephew’s favorite area in all of Walt Disney World.

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Found Sue!

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It would have been cool to go on the Dinosaur ride but it was shut down but I don’t think I missed out on a lot because it’s the same ride set up as Indiana Jones in Disneyland just themed differently.

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Well we jut HAD to get my nephew something in the Dino Institute Gift Shop.

IMG_0399After getting a little something for my nephew, we headed over to Discovery Island to check out the tree of life.

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More Macaws.

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It really is beautiful.  There are countless animals carved into the trunk and limbs of the tree. Not that it’s a real tree.

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You could spend hours looking at this tree and find more that you missed.

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Daisy!

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I was finished before everyone else was ready so I took my aunt’s scooter around the boardwalk and channeling my dad by taking some photographs.

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You can see some of Epcot from the Boardwalk.

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The Eiffel Tower in the France Pavilion.

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The Swan and Dolphin Hotel.

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Yacht Club Resort

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After cruising the boardwalk I checked out more of the grounds of the hotel. Daytime picture of the Lady and the Tramp topiary.

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The main pool is circus themed.

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The clown slide is a little creepy but the pool looks fun.

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When they were ready, we took the water taxi over to the entrance to Epcot.

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You can see Harry and my reflections. Hello!

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The Beach Club Resort.

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We arrived!

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Our cousins went off and got seats at La Cantina de San Angel in the Mexico Pavilion for Illuminations while we checked out the UK Pavilion.

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I want a cottage that looks like this.

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My best friend lives near Bristol in England and brought me a Galaxy chocolate bar the last time she visited so I wanted to show her I found some in the states. I think they sell it at Cost Plus too along with a lot of other imported foods.

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A cover band was playing songs from different British musicians. Everything from The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to Blur.

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This will probably be the only time I will see a red telephone booth so we had to get a couple of photo ops in. As you can see, I changed into black capris and a Minnie Mouse t-shirt from the Lauren Conrad collection at Kohls.

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Hello!

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The UK Pavilion is definitely at the top of my favorite countries in the World Showcase.  The World Showcase is my favorite place in all of Disney World.

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We didn’t last too long before heading to the table our cousins saved and grabbed some dinner while we waited.  I got nachos. The were pretty good.

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And a mango margarita…

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And I had to try the churros for dessert.  They were really good. They earned second place on best churros I have had. Disneyland’s are still the best.

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Ready for Illuminations! IMG_0685

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It was a great show and we had great seats!

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The beauty of Illuminations is that you can see it from anywhere around the water so there’s more opportunity for good viewing.

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We once again closed out Epcot and headed back to our rooms to get a good night’s rest for day three at the parks in the Magic Kingdom!

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Navigating the hallways and elevators for my aunt.

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The maids left a surprise for us. That’s my headband, she just put a towel in it but I thought it was cute.

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She made a gorilla for my aunt.

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That ends day three and our second day in the parks. It was another fantastic day and can’t wait to share the next day. I hope you’re enjoying my trip reports. I’ll get to working on the next one right away as it’s going to take some time. I have twice the amount of photos to go through but I’ll get it up as soon as I can.

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