Friday, May 31, 2013

Animal Kingdom 1

Animal Kingdom 1

The last time I visited Disney World was in 1980 when my oldest son was 5 years old. At that time the only theme park there was the Magic Kingdom. It sure has grown over the past 30 years! I am assuming that many, if not most of you, have visited Disney World already so the photos I will share will serve to bring back memories. For those of you who haven't been there, the photos will let you see what can be made from swampland in central Florida. I remember seeing a documentary about Walt Disney and how people thought he was crazy to think he could build a second Disneyland in the swamp he purchased. Even though he died in 1966, he certainly had a huge impact on the Orlando area.

We spent the first day at the Animal Kingdom. For the next few days I'll share some of the photos I took in that park. Even though it was still fairly early as we approached the Animal Kingdom, a sign informed us that one of the parking lots was already full and we were directed to our parking space by several traffic attendants. The line-up for a tram wasn't quite as organized, but there were many so there wasn't a long wait. There was another line-up where bags were checked by security, then another where our "cards" had to be scanned along with a fingerprint.

Finally, we were inside the Animal Kingdom where the crowds were stopping to look at the various animals and birds on both sides of the paths. I've uploaded 10 photos taken along the path to the Kilimanjaro Safaris Expedition, the ride Sam has been talking about since seeing the video on line several weeks ago.

The first photo is the Tree of Life, a large man-made tree that has carvings of 325 animals. There is also a theatre located inside the tree. A small flock of pink flamingos attracted a few people. I made several images of them before moving on. Sam stopped to view fish swimming in a pond. There were quite a few people around and I was lucky to capture him alone as a large fish swam by.

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