Florida, Day 8: Animal Kingdom

We started our third and final day at Disney in Animal Kingdom.

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life, a 14 story, 50-foot wide tree that dominates the whole park

Closeup of The Tree of Life

Closeup of The Tree of Life

Breakfast was a buffet at Tusker House, which was excellent. Because we had early breakfast reservations, we were able to enter the park before it opened, and this meant that all the Disney characters who would normally be working their way around the park were able to visit us right at our breakfast table.

Mickey visits during breakfast

Mickey visits during breakfast

Donald signs Kyle's autograph book

Donald signs Kyle's autograph book

Daisy pays a visit

Daisy pays a visit

Goofy drops by

Goofy drops by

Our waitress was kind enough to bring by a birthday surprise for Ian

A (late) birthday surprise for Ian!

A (late) birthday surprise for Ian!

Animal Kingdom is broken up into 7 different areas. Tusker House is in the Africa area, and it really does have the look of a building in an African town.

Tusker House, where we had breakfast.

Tusker House, where we had breakfast.

A sign painted on the outside of the restaurant. Good thing we were there in the morning!

A sign painted on the outside of the restaurant. Good thing we were there in the morning!

I feel like we're in Africa!

I feel like we're in Africa!

After breakfast we went on the Kilimanjaro Safaris ride. This is basically a big, bouncy bus that drives through a huge animal exhibit. It was tough to get pictures because the bus was bouncing around so much, but this was much better than any zoo. There were many animals from the African savanna that none of us had ever seen before.

A black rhino after his morning bath

A rhino after his morning bath

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Nile Crocodile

Nile Crocodile

A baobab tree

A baobab tree

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Ankole Cattle

Ankole Cattle

Wildebeest

Wildebeest

Eland

Eland

African Elephant

African Elephant

Greater Flamingo

Greater Flamingo

White Rhinos

White Rhinos

White Rhino

White Rhino

The elusive Cheetah. This is apparently a rare sighting on this ride. Right after I took this photo the cheetah hopped off the rock and loped off into the woods.

The elusive Cheetah. This is apparently a rare sighting on this ride. Right after I took this photo the cheetah hopped off the rock and loped off into the woods.

Scimitar-horned Oryx

Scimitar-horned Oryx

Lion

Lion

Warthogs

Warthogs

Ostrich

Ostrich

After the safari ride we proceeded around the central lake to the Asia section.

The Tree of Life from the other side of the lake

The Tree of Life from the other side of the lake

Anyone want a Coke?

Anyone want a Coke?

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Mount Everest (which is really a big roller coaster) visible across the lake

Mount Everest (which is really a big roller coaster) visible across the lake

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Next up was Dinoland, U.S.A.

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Kyle meets Goofy and Pluto. Pluto was kind enough to offer his nose as an armrest.

Kyle meets Goofy and Pluto. Pluto was kind enough to offer his nose as an armrest.

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