Day 2: Animal Kingdom

This is Day One at Disney World. We choose to visit Disney's Animal Kingdom, a "theme park meets zoo" place, where exciting rides meet real life animals. We follow the recommandations of Tour Guide Mike and have zero wait time all the day :-) And we are actually able to do the Expedition Everest roller coaster ride twice, currently the most popular attraction in Animal Kingdom. We do the pretty scary Dinosaur Ride and also ride Kali River Rapids and get all soaked (don't worry - clothes dry very fast). Both the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail and the Maharaja Jungle Trek are very well done walking routes were we encounter lots of animals from Asia (Maharaja) and Africa (Pangani). Lunch is at Tusker House Restaurant, an "all you care to enjoy" (as they put it) restaurant with an African touch. It's really delicious - you easily tend to overeat! After lunch, we do the Kilimanjaro Safaris ride, a fun tour thru an African Savannah filled with African wildlife. On our way to the park exit, we do the Discovery Island Trails, a stroll around Animal Kingdom's landmark, the Tree of Life - more animals! And we just love animals :-) 

We leave Animal Kingdom Park at about 3 PM and head for the Saratoga Springs Resort. Since we forgot to bring our Disney Vacation Club (DVC) member card, we need to go there in order to arrange for a new one. Additionally, this is a good opportunity to see our DVC home resort for the first time - it's huge! However, we do not especially like it's New England style. 

In just a few minutes time, we receive our new DVC card and head back to Animal Kingdom Lodge for a late afternoon break at Uzima Pool. We do all the travelling using Disney Transportation busses - no rental car needed, so far. 

For the evening, we decide to pay a short visit to Disney's Magic Kingdom. The park will be open an additional three hours this evening for Disney Resort guests only. With all the lights in Main Street U.S.A and the illuminated castle, the park looks really beautiful in the evening. We do the Monster Inc. Laugh Floor show, which is funny but in the end not really worth the more than half an hour it lasts. Restaurants all over the park are closing pretty early, so we really have difficulties to grab something to eat. By now, we are really tired - we're still on Central European Timezone, I guess. We plan to do the Space Mountain ride, but when we get there it's temporarily closed - and so we head for the park exit. While heading for the bus stop, we are able to witness a kind of light parade on boats taking place on the lake just outside Magic Kingdom park - it's really cool!

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