My work visit to Orlando is almost over. After today’s last push, I may have some down time tomorrow before I head home. Oh, what shall I do? For inspiration, I thought I’d look over some old pictures from one of my favorite Orlando parks–the Animal Kingdom. I liked how we began our visit there last time: arrived as the park opened and headed right for The Harambe Wildlife Reserve, before the lines picked up and the animals wandered off for the day. The Reserve attraction is a safari through a 100-acre savanna, roamed by African animals–you never know what you will see. The animals are most active in the mornings and toward late afternoon/evening. On my visit, this was the first and the last tour we did: both times, the lines were thinner than at other times of the day, and we got to see many, many different animals. Here are some hurried snapshots:
We then rambled toward my second favorite spot in the park–the Maharajah Jungle Trek in “Asia,” a more traditional Western zoo experience: the animals were in enclosures, but these were spacious, and the space is beautiful. I felt like walking through the jungle (along an understated well-paved path that just happened to meander through the best vistas). The uncontested highlights are the park’s majestic tigers, lounging against what looks like old ruins overgrown with brush; the great apes, unnervingly engaging; and a stunning number of colorful birds, swimming, perching, and flying all around you in the aviary (the most showy were too quick for me and my old, exhausted camera).
And of course there are rides–my favorite was this one (it looks delightfully retro and somewhat rickety, in just the right way):
Yes, I think I might head to Animal Kingdom again for my afternoon of freedom tomorrow!
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