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Orlando Do-Over: Day 2, more fun at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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IMG_1150This is the fifth in a series of β€œdo-over” posts that are being created to make up for the mobile blogging errors that occurred during my last trip to Orlando.

Joy’s husband Al arrived at the park and we were soon on our way into It’s Tough To Be A Bug. Don’t you just love getting goosed by a gang of stampeding insects? πŸ˜‰ We proceeded from there to the Yak & Yeti takeout counter, where Joy and I were virtuous and ordered salads. Al, however, had his heart set on a turkey leg, which he could find in the vicinity of Dinoland. So he departed while we waited on line, and then we all met up at a table he’d staked out for our collective benefit. We decided that we’d go check out Dinosaur after lunch.

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Once every shred of lunch had been demolished (hey, that apple with peanut butter was many hours ago!), we ambled up to Dinosaur only to find that the ride was “101” – that’s Disney-speak for “it’s down”. Disappointed, we decided to proceed to Nemo, and as luck would have it, the audience was being seated for the next show.

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Finding Nemo: THE MUSICAL is really satisfying. It’s got a decent libretto and a great score. I keep wondering when a full-blown, two-act Broadway musical is coming. I just know it would be an awesome hit. It made me cry the first time I saw it (warning: that’s a link to a long story, and yes all those pictures are of me! πŸ™‚ )

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On our way back from Nemo, we cut through Asia and stopped to watch the siamangs play – talk about going out on a limb! I don’t believe we saw any of the “blonde” siamangs this time; only the black ones were out and about.

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It was time to go for a safari ride. Miraculously, there was only a 10 minute standby line – unheard of! I don’t think I’ve ever seen the line for the Kilimanjaro Safari that short. We sped through the queue and in no time, we were seated in the very last row of our “Simba 1” jeep. The last row is a good news/bad news type thing. The bad news is, it’s a VERY bumpy ride. The good news is, if you miss the shot you can still turn around, camera in hand, for a second chance, unobstructed by the heads of other guests.

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One of the white rhinos is with child! I didn’t catch when she is expecting, only that she IS expecting. This is exciting. I know there have been white rhino births at Disney before, but I’ve somehow missed them as tykes. I’m going back in May, for a conference; maybe she will have had her youngster by then and I can get a glimpse!

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Our jeep had an unscheduled slowdown; an ostrich placidly goose-stepped before us, paying us no nevermind, just meandering with an almost Zen-like tranquility. Eventually, he veered off to parts of the savannah where the jeep doesn’t need to follow, and we were able to finish our tour of the Harambe Wildlife Reserve.

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We left Harambe and made our way over and around several of the paths that ring the Tree of Life. We eventually found the back of the kangaroo enclosure, where you can see them up close. Kangaroos are one of those marvels of the animal world that look like they were put together with spare parts – part deer, part rat (the tail) part… I dunno, moose maybe? Truly fascinating to watch.

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Can’t do the Tree of Life walk without stopping to set a spell at my favorite mediation spot. There’s a little stone bench opposite this turtle, and you can sit and listen to the nearby waterfall and contemplate all the carvings. We sat for some time, pointing out different animals to one another. It’s a nice place to take a break in this park.

NEXT TIME: An evening out in Downtown Disney




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The Goddess Graveyard Near Everest

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A temple lies in ruins near Everest, but the faithful still bring offerings to appease the local deities. I’ve blogged this scene before, but I don’t think I examined it very closely…


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It looks like a goddess chop-shop around here! There’s even one goddess that’s accompanied by a (no doubt) sacred cow. She may be the only one that isn’t scattered about, legs over here, torso over there… I know better than to just assume these are random idols. Disney must have researched this! Someday, I’m going to figure out who all these goddesses are. I’ll get back to all uh y’all on that!
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Where in “The World” are we?

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Jagged, snowy peak
Rocky Mountains or Swiss Alps?
Maybe the Andes…

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None of the above – it’s Expedition Everest!
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Respect The Power Of The YETI! at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Respect The Power Of The YETI! at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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IMG_3019-Yeti-shrine-Everest-loomsWandering through the Asia “land” of Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, you’ll eventually come upon a waterside shrine, laden with many gifts of food, candles and trinkets strewn upon it. “Mount Everest” looms large in the distance, a dramatic, snow-capped backdrop for this sacred spot in the village of Anandapur. But who is it a shrine TO? We must get a little closer to investigate…

IMG_3020-close-up-yeti-shrineIt’s a rather strange and ferocious-looking creature, is it not? Somewhat like a bear or an ape, walking erect with claws extended, it is clearly revered by the people who have come to lay down treasures before this statue of it. Since that is “Everest” in the distance, we can be sure that we are approaching the Himalayas, and that can only mean that this feared-revered creature is none other than the fabled Abominable Snowman, a.k.a., the Yeti. This creature has been the subject of countless expeditions and studies by scientists, writers and adventurers for several centuries.

IMG_4130-Yeti-shrine-red-dotThe people of the Himalayas have made the Yeti the subject of much of their local art and folk lore. The Yeti is the stuff of legend, much like “Big Foot” a.k.a. Sasquatch in North America. Primatologists, anthropologists and many other types of -ologists, I’m sure, have studied such evidence as footprints and hairs left behind by this creature, but no evidence has thus far been deemed conclusive insofar as proving the existence of the Yeti.

IMG_3016-Everest-inside-queue-yetibiliaThe Yeti so captures the human imagination, there have been expeditions in search of one as recently as 2008, when a band of Japanese researchers went off adventuring into the Himalayas to see if they could find one. Scientists routinely test “evidence”, usually hairs that are claimed to have come from a yeti, but DNA results indicate that they are always some other type of animal, chiefly bears. That region of Tibet enjoys the presence of three different types of bears – blue, brown and red, and the word “yeti” seems to be derived from two Tibetan words, one for “bear” and the other for “rocky place”. Given the location, “rocky place” does make sense.

IMG_4132-respect-power-YetiOne of the pet theories that has been floated now and then about both the Yeti and Big Foot is that somehow, the gigantopithecus giant ape from the Pleistocene era has survived and is alive and well and living in the Himalayas. It’s a nice theory, but most scientists agree that gigantopithecus was a quadruped, which would not explain why the Yeti is able to climb up Disney’s Expedition Everest attraction on two legs while ripping up the tracks with his hands! I guess those fans of the gigantopithecus theory have not been to Disney World recently.

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RED Signs at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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RED Signs at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
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IMG01460-Disneys-Animal-Kingdom-sign-welcomeBy now, repeat visitors here at My Mobile Adventures really get it – there is no shortage of RED stuff in Walt Disney World. That’s a good thing for me, because I’ve taken lots and lots of photos in the Disney theme parks and resorts. This leaves me with a great deal of material for Mary’s wonderful Ruby Tuesday photo meme.

Here we have a sign that proclaims us “welcome”; I found it in the Asia section of the park. I think we could assume that the lettering above is “welcome” in maybe Hindi. There was a visitor last time I posted a sign from this section of the Animal Kingdom who translated for us (I think it might have been the Coca Cola post). I sure hope that visitor comes back and tells us it is “welcome” and not “eat at Joe’s” or something equally ridiculous! πŸ˜€

IMG01457-Disney-sign-KaliKali River Rapids is the Animal Kingdom’s “E” ticket water ride. You ride along in a giant inner tube raft which spins and twists and plummets its way along a “river”. There are parts where a waterfall will get you if you aren’t careful, and there’s another part where you go under a bridge – on the bridge are other guests who have stopped there for the express purpose of shooting at the occupants of your raft with Disney-provided water guns. They take great pleasure in doing so, too. You are guaranteed to exit this ride fairly well drenched. I don’t like walking around the park for the rest of the day with wet underwear clinging to my butt, so I tend to wear quick-dry shorts and carry an extra pair of undies and a plastic bag for the wet ones.

Disney-AK-Caravan-Stage-FlagsHere’s one of my favorite signs in all of Walt Disney World. There’s a bird show called Flights of Wonder at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It takes place on the Caravan Stage. I love the tapestry look of this sign, a banner really, and all the multi-colored prayer flags waving in the breeze close by. A few months ago, I posted a video of the “gacking owl” which was taken by Niece No. 2 about this time last year. Well, that owl is a part of the pre-show for Flights of Wonder on the Caravan Stage. If you are hot and cranky and just want to sit, cool off and be entertained for a while, this is the place to head for.

Hope you enjoyed these RED signs from Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I’m pretty sure there will be more RED Disney signs in our future! πŸ˜€

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Tigers of The Royal Forest of Anandapur, Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Tigers of The Royal Forest of Anandapur, Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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IMG01416-DAK-tiger-trash-can-artLast week, I wrote about my Favorite Critters At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and one of them was the tiger.  In that post, I explained that Disney has placed their tigers in a setting that is similar to the “temple of the tigers”, a preserve in India that had at one time been royal hunting grounds. 

IMG01430-DAK-tiger-sign-wood-houseDisney places the tigers along the Maharajah Jungle Trek in the Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and calls the forested section “The Royal Forest of Anandapur”.  I googled “Anandapur” and found two villages, one in the state of Crissa in India, and the other is in Bangladesh, from whence the Royal Bengal tiger comes.  Well they also hang out in Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan and Myanmar (Burma), but a “Bengal” is someone from Bangladesh, so there you go.

The first image above is actually trash can art, and was captured just outside the Maharajah Jungle Trek entrance. The second image heralds your arrival in the Royal Forest of Anandapur, where the tigers frolic amongst the ruins of a royal palace that is crumbling with antiquity.

IMG_7079-DAK-one-tiger-fountainPlease excuse the “ghosts” on these photos; they were shot through glass, and I think it’s remarkable that they are as clear as they are, given how many little fingers leave their imprints on a daily basis πŸ™‚ This tiger guards a crumbling fountain; he doesn’t see what I see behind him…. maybe he’s got tiger “spidey sense” that allows him to know somehow, but I didn’t consider that at the time and I thought we, the tourists of Anandapur, were about to see some action…

IMG_7078-DAK-one-tiger-pool No, I have no idea why there appears to be a board in the water, but I’m glad you noticed because I was kind of wondering myself. A second tiger stealthily skirts the fountain pool, looking for all the world like s/he was stalking the first one. What will happen? Is there going to be a conflict, a great, fierce battle? The tourists of Anandapur hold their collective breath!

IMG_7082-DAK-two-tigers-fountainWhew! It looks like the second tiger is disinterested in conflict after all, passing by without a even a passing glance, never mind a roar or even a growl. The tourists of Anandapur, lungs bursting, release their collective breath.

Peace descends upon the Royal Forest of Anandapur. Happy ending – YAY! πŸ™‚

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