|Animal Kingdom Entrance (photo from wdwmemories.com)|
|Expedition Everest (photo from wdwmemories.com)|
|Sign near the Expedition Everest waiting area (photo from wdwmemories.com)|
|View of the track (photo from wdwmemories.com)|
Time to use those Kilimanjaro Safari fastpasses back in Africa:
|Here is hubby waiting in line for Kilimanjaro Safaris|
|beautiful giraffes on the safari|
|Sorry this is upside down!|
We were lucky enough to catch a street performance while we snacked on our fruit and then made our way through the Pangani forest trail. For some reason I didn't take any photos of this but it was really interesting, we saw lots of birds and different animals. It was still relatively cool at this point so walking around in the lush greenery felt wonderful.
|Fun detail in Africa: look at these darling ladybug lights! (photo from wdwmemories.com)|
Another fun (and vegetarian-friendly) snack in Animal Kingdom can be found on the walkway between Asia and Africa at a small food stand. Here they serve chilled summer rolls that are filled with cellophane noodles, water chestnut, carrot, cucumber, cabbage, cilantro, mint, and sweet basil in a tandoori marinade. It is then wrapped in rice paper and served alongside a sweet chili sauce. This is such a delightful and refreshing snack!
|We strolled through the walkway between Africa and Asia, despite the fact that it was a very crowded day at the park, this trail was almost deserted! (photo from wdwmemories.com)|
|We found a nice spot to relax in the shade on the trail and took a breather while we waited for a guest appearance from....|
|My Aunt, Uncle (taking the photo) and two of their beautiful girls! It was so incredibly wonderful to see my family at the parks... I really miss them!|
|He really needs to just suck it up and buy one of these hats, doesn' t he look handsome?!|
|This was my first time seeing Finding Nemo, the musical. I was blown away, what an incredibly creative and different way to do a live show. The puppeteers are part of the character also... this really is a must see! (photo from wdwmemories.com)|
|Open main lobby (photo from wdwmemories.com)|
|Here is a view of Victoria Falls, the AKL bar. We stopped in here to grab a cocktail and enjoyed the atmosphere. This charming bar wasn't crowded at all and you can even order food here! (photo from wdwmemories.com)|
|From Viktoria Falls, we walked outside to enjoy the pool area and then continued to the Savannah where we saw several grazing animals... what an amazing experience! I have always wanted to stay at this resort (in a Savannah-view room) but have not had the chance yet. (photo from wdwmemories.com)|
|Finally it was time for dinner reservation at Jiko (I was STARVING) (photo from wdwmemories.com)|
|Seating area for Jiko. (photo from wdwmemories.com)|
Sadly I didn't take any pictures at dinner (we were much too hungry for that) but let me tell you, it was AMAZING. I would venture to say it was one of, if not THE best meal I have ever eaten.
|Jiko seating area - main room (photo from Disney FoodBlog... they have GREAT restaurant reviews!) (photo from wdwmemories.com)|
First of all, the complimentary bread was ethiopian honey-wheat and flaxseed foccaccia served with Tandoori butter. The honey wheat was just scrumptious. Then Hubby and I split the Jiko Salad (summera peaches, crispy plantain, hazelnut praline, honeyed chevre, blood-orange vinaigrette)... yum. My entree was the Grilled Wild Gulf Shrimp (with Citrus-Coconut Basmati, spring vegetables, and Durban Curry Sauce). It was just beyond fantastic. Not too heavy or too much in quantity but just right. Hubby had the seared duck which he says was phenomenal.
After dinner we were too stuffed to do anything else so we went back to our lovely resort and opened a bottle of African wine we had bought at the park. We sipped and chatted about our plans for the next day; we would be taking the Sassagoula River Cruise to Old Key West and Downtown Disney in the morning and then back to Magic Kingdom in the afternoon!