On Monday, the 7th, Rick and I took off from LAX for Orlando. This is our fourth trip in the last three years. We've had so much fun here recently, that last trip we upgraded our admission tickets to annual passes. We have some fun things planned this trip. We are also attending the Surf Expo, a trade show for retailers where we hope to buy much of the merchandise for next summer. We'll also be touching bases with Witches of Morva who we had fun with last trip here in October and some of his friends who recently visited Southern California and made the trek to the San Diego Zoo, which was a blast. Rick's brother and his fianceé who live here in Florida are coming up this Saturday and Sunday to visit and go to theme parks with us.
Since Monday was our travel day, we hit our first park, Animal Kingdom on Tuesday. The weather here is far colder than at home and we were glad that Rick packed our windbreakers in his tote. We would have been miserable without them.
Us at the entrance of Animal Kingdom
A million dreams are happening here, too.
The sights and the detail of this park set new standards, even for Disney. Here are a few shots of Everest and some others which struck us as especially well done.
One of dozens of shots of the best ride Disney has done in the last decade (our biased opinion).
Laundry laid out to dry by the natives.
Stunning river scenes are around every bend.
We quickly made our way to the Theater in the Wild to que up for the Nemo stage show. While I held our places, Rick ran over to Expedition Everest to get fast passes.
The wait went quickly for the Nemo show and the theater has not only been enclosed since we last saw Tarzan Rocks here, but the colors and decor were done to an underwater tee.
Since no shots of any kind were allowed, we snuck a couple without using a flash, so they aren't the sharpest, but you can get an idea of the staging.
The screen prior to the show starting.
Nemo and his classmates in "school".
The birds after the show is over and folks are leaving say "mine" repeatedly and then start saying "bye, bye, and then bye-bye". Too cute.
A couple of shots from the Everest ride. Others have done better, but this is a new camera and I'm not the best on roller coasters as it is.
These last few pictures are of the Christmas tree at AK. The ornaments were huge and all hand crafted. Very classy and unique.
After a day at the park, we headed home to get ready to see La Nuba at Downtown Disney that night. We were completely blown away by the talent and raw physical ability of these performers. No one skipped a beat for the entire performance and if you haven't seen this we urge you to do so. It is funny, chilling and oh so off the wall, but it grabs you by your emotions and doesn't let go until the house lights finally come up.
After the show, we made our way to the Animal Kingdom Lodge for dinner at Boma. I used the men's room before we went down for dinner, and found a strange note in the stall I used. Now, I know the spelling is wrong, but I'm just wondering if Lindsaybog left a lasting impression on a Floridian on our last trip in October. I'll let the picture speak for itself.
The food at Boma was amazing. Rick best described it by saying that all the flavors were so bright. Most unusual combinations of foods and spices, but everything we tasted was nothing short of wonderful. Service was fine, but far from great. We kept forgetting to take a photo of a full plate, so here is one with a few morsels missing from it.
We had a wonderful day one and it would have been spot on perfect, if not for our hotel neighbor's child who is apparently Satan's child. One more night next to these folks, and we'll be asking to move.
More to come tomorrow.
Lu and Rick