Thursday I went to Animal Kingdom. I really had wanted to go to the Magic Kingdom. However my TouringPlan subscription reminded me it was Extra Magic Hour at MK and a park to avoid.
My second choice was Animal Kingdom which was not crowded at all! My main reason for visiting the park was to take menu photos to update AllEars.
Actually, the parks are not crowded right now. Most Marathon folks have headed home and there is a couple day lull before the 3 day weekend coming up.
I had a great spot in the parking lot, very unusual for me - second car in. Don't you always feel like you are at the end of the LONG row? I do, but today I lucked out.
Despite the low crowds the turnstiles to enter the park were a bit backed up.
I enjoy walking through the Oasis checking out what animals and birds can be seen. There are a few different trails, so take time to explore. I love when there are Cast Members around to talk to about the various birds and animals. Today, a Cast Member was showing a skull from a Babirusa.
There is also a great little seating area off by the Baribusa area. Quiet and out of the way.
I love seeing the Tree of Life as you come out of the Oasis. Today's blue sky made for a great photo!
One thing I have noticed over the years is that artist or author park appearance are rarely announced in advance. A few years ago I was so excited to happen upon none other than Joe Rhode signing books in Animal Kingdom. His appearances at Animal Kingdom are VERY rare, but it always pays to ask at the "Times Board" and check out the stores yourself. There just might be an author or artist you would like to meet.
Creature of habit, I generally start on the left side of Animal Kingdom and make my way around. Today, I decided to head right and begin in Dinoland USA.
The longest wait I saw was for the photo op with Pluto and Goofy!
There are lots of "dinosaurs" to be found in this part of the park so be sure to look all around, even up! This dinosaur can be found in Restaurantosaurus!
A couple of dinosaurs can be seen on the Cretaceous Trail.
There is also a nice quieter area with benches and shade. This would make a good spot while you are waiting for others to ride Dinosaur.
A couple dinosaurs are also near the Dinosaur Fast Pass area!
Next I wandered over to Primeval Whirl. Pretty much a walk on. There are 2 areas to measure height, this one is cute with the animal paw prints where a child should stand.
Things were really quiet in the arcade game area. Just curious, do any of you play these games?
Really short lines today for Expedition Everest as well, about 10 minutes when I went past around 10am. Also the single rider line was closed.
I was glad to see the "test seats" still available for folks to see if they can transfer in from their wheelchair or if they will fit with the lap bar. It's nice and out of the way of the mainstream.
The last thing I did was journey along the Maharajah Jungle Trek. Be sure to pick up a guide with info about the animals along the trail.
You can also get a guide to the birds as well.
The Komodo Dragon was out sunning himself. I didn't see the Tapir - come to think of it, it's been a long time since I saw her. Anyone see the Tapir recently?
I went through the bat area, there was lots of fruit hanging for them to eat.
A couple of the tigers were out. I had a nice chat with Cast Member Dennis about the Tigers. I've said it before but these Cast members are a wonderful resource of information about the animals and birds. Don't hesitate to ask questions and engage in a conversation.
I left the park around 11:30am. You can see from the Times Board the waits were still pretty short!
A beautiful morning in my favorite park.
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