Thursday, January 28, 2010

Animal Kindgom, Check!

We interupt the Magic Kingdom posts to bring you this...
I was really excited to take Henry to Animal Kingdom this trip. They have the BEST safari ride with so many awesome and up close animals right off the side of the road that you're driving on. You almost forget you are at at Disney theme park...almost...until the driver of your jeep starts up with her jokes again.
Here is a picture chronicle of some of our day:
On the tram to the front gates. Someone is sleepy...

Can anyone find the differences in this next picture? I'd like to call it, normal people vs. people who have no idea what cold means. It was about 65-70 degrees this day. You know I love you mom...even with your scarf on. :)

Our first stop was at Dinoland, which is pretty much perfect for Henry's age group.
Getting ready to fly with dinosaurs!

Henry lovin' his control over the up or down function:

I would like to thank my husband for this awesome angle of my face. It was important that Mr. Huge Yellow Brontosaurus-type dino was in the photo op. Henry's obvious joy at his surrounding wins, though. I shall say goodbye vanity...

Here we are at The Boneyard, a HUGE play area with super-tall tube slides that you climb up robes and stairs and ladders to. Also know as "heaven" to 3 year olds.

Wyatt just enjoyed the sunshine. And all the loud kids running from one slide to the next.

Do you think he liked it?

And off he goes! Didn't even wait for poor Grandma, who is awesome because she did these slides with Henry. Can you tell she loved it? Heee.

Because my mama's got connections, we got the best seats for the Nemo show. Which was freakin' awesome! Such talent! It's all huge puppets and live singing and acting. I didn't believe it would be so cool (I mean, there is no singing in Finding Nemo), but it really, really was.

And I'm not kidding, Henry was this captivated the entire time:

Here's another clip of the sweet show:

Then we had lunch. I have to say, Disney has stepped it up for kids meals. Henry had chicken nuggets with CARROTS and GRAPES. That made me feel so great! Especially because Jim, Mom and I each had our own GINORMOUS turkey leg. Which none of us finished. And there are no pictures because our faces were smeared with turkey grease. Delicious.

Next up was the safari ride and we were all excited, even this little one who just had fun smiling at everyone in line around us:

I will only show a few pictures of my favorite animals. First, some of the bazillion giraffes they had:


There were also many elephants, but this one was my favorite:

And here's the dude I just sat and stared at for a while. Poor thing. He just sat there and stared back at all the people who were staring at him. You gotta wonder what he's thinking. Such a powerful and amazing animal though!

There was more to our day, including talking Henry into going on the river rapids ride with me and my mom. HA! We just kept laughing hysterically when we would get soaked or travel down enormous water slides so he would think it was funny. It worked! Such a brave boy. It is truly something different to get to experience the magic of Disney through your children's eyes. This particular day was just so much fun.
Stay tuned for more sporadic and out of order posts!

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jgorger said...

Henry looks like the HAPPIEST kid in the world! You can really tell how excited he is...its awesome! It makes me want to take Aidan there even more than I already do! Wyatt is so cute too, he looks like he enjoys being along for the ride. :)

Nina said...

Thank you Stepanie for letting us come along through pictures. I especially love the ones with grandma Debbie and her grandbabies.