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Jaime & Ethan’s Pinky Swear Trip – February, 2014 – Day 1: Part 2 “An Afternoon at Animal Kingdom”

This may be the nicest sight in the world…

Followed, this trip anyway, by this:

We checked in at Jambo House and got our Honeymoon buttons (Honeymoon #3!) before heading over to the actual Animal Kingdom.

We stop at Guest Services to activate our Annual Pass vouchers and purchase a Tables in Wonderland Card. The Tables in Wonderland (TIW) cost me $100, but it provides a discount at a lot of the table service restaurants on Disney property. You need an Annual Pass or to be a Florida resident in order to purchase one. (At 20%, you need to spend $500 for it to pay for itself. It’s good for 1 year. I think we’ll make it.)

We’re having lunch at Flame Tree Bar-B-Q today and we’re starving (it’s now almost 3pm!) Ethan, as always, orders the turkey on gluten free bread. I order the kids’ chicken drumstick meal (which used to have 2 chicken legs!)

Flame Tree meal

It was very good, but I missed the beans and cole slaw from last time, so I think I’ll stick with the adult chicken entrée from now on.

One of today’s goals is to show Ethan Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Yes, I realize we’re grown adults going to a petting zoo, but Ethan is new here and I want him to experience everything! As we walk towards Africa and the train back to Rafiki’s Planet Watch, we pass Baloo and King Louie hanging out and high-five as we go by. (I only mention this because Ethan keeps a running list in his phone of our every move on vacation – scoff away, but wow, it’s really coming in handy right now!)

We take the train ride and wander the path to the building. I can’t believe how far you have to walk once you’re off the train! It felt like we were walking back to where the train picked us up! We finally make it and head through the building portion of this area – looking at the Hidden Mickeys and other exhibits (most of which are creepy crawly things). We get in line for our picture with Rafiki.


We next go outside to the petting zoo type area.

We walk around, looking at the various animals. There are 3 pigs hanging out together when a trainer takes one of the pigs backstage. The remaining 2 pigs are bereft. They are squealing at the gate like they will never see their friend again!

He eventually is returned to them and all is well, but they reminded me of my dogs: put one in the yard for 5 minutes and there’s this huge reuniting scene they need to play out when you let it back in the house.

There’s a bunch of goats hanging out under a large tent structure (it had been raining off and on all day). Basically you’ll see sheep, cows, pigs, and goats out here.

We walk back to the train and head back to Africa. We get in the stand by line for the safari. We take all the normal pictures you take on the safari, nothing spectacular, until we get to the lions. They are out and gorgeous today!

Time for a Mickey bar!

Mickey Bar at Animal Kingdom

We get in line to meet Baloo and King Louie now (SIDE NOTE: we watched The Jungle Book before this trip and I found myself tearing up talking to Baloo and telling him I watched his story and when he got knocked out and they thought he was dead I was very upset… that bear had to think I was nuts…)

(ANOTHER SIDE NOTE: We still had our ice cream and had to hold each other’s Mickey bars in order to be allowed near the characters)

Our room is ready and we are ready to check it out, so we head back to the bus to return to Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Disney Fandom Rumor Mill – Soft Drink Price Increase

The Disney Fandom Rumor Mill has been busy again and this time not for the good.  Apparently soft drinks property-wide have increased to $2.69 and $3.19. (That is a $0.20 increase for the large size and a $0.10 increase for the medium.)

Now, I love my Diet Coke and am no means cheap but $3.19 for a large soft drink is a bit much for me to stomach since a 2-Liter bottle of Diet Coke is only $1.99.  It wouldn’t be so hard to take if there were free refills, like at a few of the quick service restaurants, but for a one-time fill up I am questioning my sanity at paying that price.

(Presumably, this increase in drink prices also applies at the resorts but since you can buy a mug for the length of your stay the price increase isn’t as daunting.)

I am sure that when I am tired and hungry and waiting in line at the Columbia Harbour House that I will forget my current outrage and go ahead and order my large Diet Coke – which I am sure is what Disney is hoping – but somewhere in the back of my mind I will be cringing on behalf of my wallet and secretly praying that my 401(k) will get fully funded this year.

For right now, my plan is to only get a soft drink where there are free refills and drink healthy water instead.

I can think of a few refillable locations but help me think of the rest.

So far, I’ve got these:

Epcot – Electric Umbrella, Sunshine Seasons

Magic Kingdom – Tortuga Tavern, Be Our Guest (lunch service)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Backlot Express

Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Restaurantosaurus

Any others?

Are you upset at the rumored price increase?   Can you think of any other free refill locations?

Baby Zebra at Busch Gardens Tampa

If you haven’t noticed, I love baby animals!!!!  They are soooooo cute!!!  I just want to hug them – even though I know they are wild animals and that wouldn’t be a good idea.

We recently posted Mosi Makes His Debut on the Savannah at Animal Kingdom.   Mosi is the first Masai giraffe calf born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  What a cutie!!!

But there are baby animals being born all up and down the I-4 corridor.    An endangered Grevy’s zebra was born only last week at Busch Gardens Tampa’s 65-acre Serengeti Plain.


This is the 5th foal for 13-year-old Brooke, and the first for father Two Step.  And the gestational period for a zebra is 13 months.  You read that right – 13 MONTHS!!!!!   (That is a long, long time to be preggers.  I’m just saying.  Let’s give some props for Brooke!!  You go girl!!!)   The little cutie joins seven female and one male Grevy’s zebras.  Visitors to Busch Gardens can view the baby  from the Edge of Africa, Skyride and Serengeti Express train ride.



Disney’s Animal Kingdom also has Grevy’s zebras roaming around throughout the savannah on the Kilamanjaro Safari ride.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom debuts ‘Bamboo’

It looks like DiVine has some competition these days.  A new walk-around character is strutting his stuff in the Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kngdom near Tamu Tamu Rfreshments.  Say “hello” to Bamboo.  He a “living statue” made up of bamboo sticks and leaves – sort of a cousin to the much beloved DiVine.


While DiVine creates an elegance when she moves, Bamboo sort of reminds me of a green leafy ninja.  Hijah!!!!

But don’t worry, you can still spot DiVine stretching her leaves in the Oasis section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.



Mosi Makes His Debut on the Savannah at Animal Kingdom

Who doesn’t loves baby animals???

Remember the baby giraffe born recently at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  Well, here is Mosi and his mom’s first trip out on the savannah.

Mosi is the first Masai giraffe calf born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Hmmmm, I wonder if a baby giraffe would fit in my backyard?  Because I think I need one after seeing how cute they are.  😉

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