Monday, December 28, 2015

Animal Kingdom-All for One and One for All!

After 'Ohana day came Animal Kingdom day. This was a big day because it was the only day all of the families went to a park together.

In our pre-trip planning, Kate and I waffled about whether or not to buy the Memory Maker/Disney Photopass. It is spendy. I finally buckled and just did it (and Kate came with me), and I am so glad. This shot right here is worth every penny. Every. Penny.

All of Rodger and Cindy Shaver's daughters, sons-in-law, and grandkids in one photo. You don't even know how hard it is to get all of these people in one place.

And because it's Disney and they make you do these things, here we are growling:

It was the Animal Kingdom, after all.

The Animal Kingdom is not my favorite park. It's not an all day park, but there are a couple attractions that are just awesome. The animal safari being one and the Lion King show being the other.

We got a great Safari day, and all of the animals were out and active. We even got to see the lions sunning on some rocks.

Now, with the Lion King, we got crazy lucky. I asked the right person where to park our stroller and she hooked us up with the VIP show seating. Front and center. At first, when she asked how many were in our party, I didn't understand what was happening and said 6. Once I figured out what was going on, I changed my answer to 26 and she went with it. There was complete chaos as we rounded up 26 of us from various corners of the park, but everyone got there and we saw a great show. The best part about the prime seating was all of the little cousins got to be in the show. Oh, and Uncle Steve got picked on ;) 

We took further advantage of the photo pass and got more pictures taken:

The Iverson's waterfall picture didn't get captured, and I am still so sad about it. I should have made them all go back. They made the group shot at least.

And of course there was more character dining:

I like Tuskers a lot, we've been before, but it's a buffet. After all of this family style dining I got spoiled!

The other note on the value of the Memory Maker-all of your ride pictures get captured. Worth. Every. Penny.

Thankfully, Animal Kingdom closes early and we headed home to bed. Because the next day will forever be known as so many hours at Disney Day...

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