Animal Kingdom

We took the boys to Animal Kingdom on Sunday.  J and I had been a long time ago when the park first opened but could not really remember much about it except for the Tree of Life and the safari ride.  This was the boys’ first trip.  We were all looking forward to checking out the park.

Mid-January is perhaps the best time to visit Orlando theme parks.  The Christmas and holiday crowds have cleared out.  The weather is cool and comfortable.  Even though we went on the day of the Disney marathon, Animal Kingdom was still not very crowded.  I think the longest wait we had for a ride was 10 minutes.

I took a ton of photos.  Be prepared…

We began the day with a safari ride.  Most of the animals were out and about for us to see.  It was pretty amazing to see such a variety of wild animals up close.

Here’s the obligatory brothers photo.  As you can see, Wildman wasn’t exactly thrilled to take a break from his snack to pose for a picture.

We went over to the Nemo show next.  It was really cool how the actors made the animated characters come to life.  I wish my photos of the show came out.   I’m still trying to figure out how to take a decent photo without a flash.  All of mine seem to come out very blurry.

We checked out A Bug’s Life 3D show too.  It was a little too scary for Cutie Pie.  The special effects were awesome but a little too realistic for a two-year-old…  The boys thought the 3D glasses were the best thing ever!  I have to agree.  How cute are these glasses?!

The boys enjoyed touring Dinoland, USA where they dug up dinosaur fossils…

rode a dinosaur ride…

and took a photo in a dino-car!

We had some lunch and ice cream bars…

Then Cutie Pie fell fast asleep.

We took Wildman over to meet some Disney characters at Camp Mickey while Cutie Pie snoozed in the stroller.  When I asked Wildman who he wanted to meet first  he said, “Minnie!!!!”  I was a little surprised that out of all the characters he chose to see Minnie first.  I didn’t know he was such a fan!  So, that’s were we headed, the Minnie line.

We went to see Mickey next.

Cutie Pie woke up just in time to have his photo taken with one of the more obscure characters over at Rafiki’s Learning Center.

We spent the rest of the day returning to ride our favorite rides again and watching the parade.  It was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday 🙂

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Under the Big Top

Yesterday evening found us at the Cole Brothers Circus!  It was so much better than I thought it was going to be…  I was apprehensive because tickets were pretty inexpensive, the kids were free, the tent was set up in a field adjacent to our local community college, and, quite frankly, carnies/showfolk kind of freak me out…  I mean, how do they decide that they want to make a living twirling by their hair from a wire 20 ft in the air while juggling?  How do they know they have that talent?  What do you put on your resume?  Gypsy?  Are there recruiters for circus jobs?  It’s very intriguing and freaky at the same time.

Anyway, it was exactly how I remember circuses to be when I was a kid.  Animals, excitement, popcorn and cotton candy!

The kids loved it, of course.  We went with some friends so there were 4 moms and 8 kids in our party.  Luckily, we were all able to sit together right in the middle of the tent.  We didn’t lose anybody either, so, that’s a total bonus.

Some of the performances were pretty amazing.  Like the guy on the spinning hoop thing and the girl doing tricks with hanging sheets and the acrobats on the flying trapeze.

The dog and pony show was fun to watch too.

The cotton candy was a huge hit with the kids as well.  There’s nothing like a pre-dinner sugar high!  Just look at his eyes gleaming with a sugary haze.

Cutie Pie loved the “EFFANTS!”  He kept chanting, “Effant, effant, effant” when they came into the ring.  It was so sweet.

The clowns were a tad strange but that’s to be expected.  I really don’t like clowns…  No matter how endearing they try to act.

The best part for Wildman was seeing a man get shot out of a cannon.  He couldn’t wait to get home to tell J!

It was a good time.  I’m so glad we had the opportunity to go!