On Safari With Disney


So yesterday was my last day in FL and because I had about 4 hours to play with before I had to leave for the airport, I decided to get as much done at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, the last Disney park at Walt Disney World that I had yet to visit properly. I’m so glad I found the time because I had a blast! There are a lot of fun rides at Animal Kingdom but there are actual animals as well. So fun!!

I figured I’d see a couple of shows, ride a ride and be done but man, I managed to get a lot of things done. I got to see both the Festival of the Lion King live show and Finding Nemo: The Musical. Disney does these kinds of productions very well so I enjoyed them both. Then I made my way to the rides. Expedition Everest was prolly my fave ride of the day … possibly of my entire time at Disney World. I didn’t know what to expect and there’s a surprise if you’re not familiar with the ride. I loved it so much that I rode it 4 times … the park was kind of empty and I managed to get on the ride over and over again. I was really impressed with the detail in the ride … of the whole park actually. The time-traveling Dinosaur ride was fun, too. There is a safari ride where you are driven in a jeep onto the park grounds … right up to see real life giraffes, hippos, zebras, lions … I was amazed! I wish I had a whole day to explore and do everything but I think I got a really great taste of all the offerings at Animal Kingdom. I’ll deffo be back.

My flight home from Florida was long … as long as it took me to run my marathon on Sunday … just about 5 hours. Funny, the flight seemed longer :) I was able to chat with friends while in flight so that made the time seem not so bad.

I am home again in LA, trying to get back into the swing of things. Emma and Josh are staying with me for a few days while Josh recuperates from a nasty collar bone breakage. Since they live at the beach and need to be closer to doctors here in LA, they’re staying with me … which is fun! It’s nice to be home … I’m glad the temps are finally warming up.

Happy Hump Day, y’all!!

  • Bekah

    I LOVE Expedition Everest! It deffo my favourite ride of all the Disney World parks. I’m so glad you got a chance to ride it!

    • @Bekah — Me too, I loved it :D

    • Heather Underwood

      That was my favorite ride too! I rode it so many times

  • Leo

    Sorry to hear your friend is injured. Speedy recovery to him. Glad you are home to help.

    • @Leo — The poor guy. You can’t even hug him cuz it would hurt too much.

  • Joanna

    I’m really glad that you enjoyed Animal Kingdom and especially the Everest ride. Last year I went with my parents and boyfriend to Disney because my father had to give a presentation to a media group down there and we were all invited. On one of the only full days my father had when he wasn’t giving his presentation, my parents decided to spend the day at Animal Kingdom. There was a long ride for the Safari, so they got a fast pass. To kill some time before the Safari they decided to take a walk around the park. They saw a sign that said things about Mount Everest and being the Everest junkie my father is, they walked right on in. They thought it was going to be an exhibit about the history of Everest. Little did they know it was a ride and a roller coaster at that. They waited on line for the “exhibit” and one of the operators said they needed only two more people before the ride was ready to go so they took my parents. Let’s just say that the surprise the ride has to offer scared the living bejesus out of them. They ended up buying the pic the ride takes of them just to prove to the rest of the family they actually went on the ride. The pic is so funny considering they both look like they have to use the bathroom and the people behind them looked like they were having the time of their lives. My mom was so shaken up by the surprise of the ride that she didn’t even go on the Safari. Only my father did that. It had to be the funniest thing my parents ever did by accident. That being said, Trent knowing what type of ride Everest is and how much you like roller coasters, I can see why you went on it 4 times. Glad you were able to arrive home safe and sound, but I’m sure you’re already missing all the fun you had. That’s how I felt when I came back. I’m already thinking about the next time I’ll get to go back :)

  • rOXy

    I am alllll about Disneyland…practically grew up in the park. Worked at Disney Studios in Burbank as well. Have never really considered going to WDW because to me, it always seemed like a knock-off of the real thing. I just couldn’t see how it could have the same magic the Walt himself left behind in Anaheim. But from your posts these past few days, I am rethinking that. You did an amazing job bringing the experience to life for us readers.

    • @rOXy — Believe me, my heart is in Disneyland. It love it too much to ever stray. BUT, WDW is a nice treat for Disney fans. It’s just bigger with much more to do. You lose the intimacy of what I think makes Disneyland special, but on vacation … it’s fun to indulge sometimes. WDW is an indulgence of Disney :)

  • Megan

    How many mickey ears do you have?? I feel like every Disney post included some and I know I’ve seen you wear other ones too! Don’t get me wrong, I love them all, just wondering if you collect them like I collect Disney Pins…and shot glasses :)

    • @Megan — I have a few. I can’t resist! I have a bag full of them now. And I have to get my name stitched on the back … I may have a problem :)

  • blaqfury

    I absolutely love the Animal Kingdom. It was my favorite of all the parks. Wasn’t that festival of the lion king absolutely amazing. I was just amazed at the simba keeping up with the beat…lol

    Glad you had a great time. It’s an absolute magical place…one day i’ma have to make it out to Disneyland.