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Enjoying Animal Kingdom Part 1
We love this park and always have a wonderful day out although the first time we went we did not really find it enjoyable so were wary about going back.
However it was Easter Sunday we wanted to go to a Park but we had been warned that on main Bank Holidays to stay away from the parks as they can be horrendously busy so we thought this would be the quietest one. We were lucky and as the staff told us ' it was a slow day' but we found this Park was highly underrated and I recommend a visit here.
We arrived early and went straight Expedition Everest as we knew there would be long queues later in the day. We did not have to wait too long and all the family (except Mother ) really enjoyed this ride.
As the Lion King show had just started we went to Camp Minnie Mickey which was very quiet and the girls had their photos taken with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Daisy Duck, and Chip and Dale in the space of 30 minutes! Professional photographers also took their photos with Mickey and we bought these at the end of the day.
We then queued for a short time for the next Lion King show, which was spectacular. Simba arrives on his float, together with Timon and Pumba and some huge elephants and giraffes. The stage is set for 30 minutes of great music, energetic acrobatics from the ' monkeys' and all round entertainment. (At this point, may I add that if you ever get the opportunity to see the musical when it tours in the UK do so - it is amazing and our whole family from 4 to 60 loved it! )
I had gone to Kilimanjaro Safaris to get the fast passes prior to the show and we went straight from Camp Minnie & Mickey to Africa - only took us 10 minutes! ! The park is quite small in comparison to other Disney parks so getting between areas is quite leisurely. The safari was wonderful. We had a great guide who keeps you entertained with jokes and keeps you informed of all the animals that you see and we saw lions, elephants, deer, vultures, rhinoceros and many more. It was about 80degrees that day so the animals seemed to be out but during the hotter months, it is suggested that you get to the park as soon as it opens and you will see the animals before they go into the shade. You are driven around on a truck which is a little bumpy but a fairly gentle ride.
We had only been at the Park for a few hours but were having a great time, more about this in Part 2.
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