We visited Animal Kingdom Lodge to meet friends for brunch at Boma, and to view the animals in the “safari park” area (these animals are one of the few free features of Walt Disney World!). When we arrived there were only a few birds, but after our lunch there was much more to see – including a Giraffe having its lunch!
Here’s a short video of the Giraffe having its lunch, too:
This year, with moving house and with the fact that the Disney parks are ever more busy and ever more expensive, we didn’t renew our passes – so we’ve not been to Disney since November last year (our recent visit to Disney Springs doesn’t really count, as that doesn’t require a pass to get in!)
But we recently bought passes once again and for the first time this year returned to Disney Epcot to see the Christmas decorations – of which there was surprisingly little really, other than Mickey & Minnie at the entrance, and the huge tree at the start of World Showcase.
We did our traditional rides on Soaring, NEMO, and Living With The Land – which was quite nicely decorated and the first time we’ve ever traveled through the greenhouses at night! Here’s an assortment of photos …
Today Margaret and I visited Disney Springs (much is surprisingly much further from our new home) to take a walk through their annual Christmas Tree Trail; all the trees are themed on one of the Disney/Pixar movies / characters, and the details on many trees are very appropriate. Here’s a “forest” of photos:
Our friends Pedro and Laura come up for Thanksgiving, staying with us, sharing Disney, and joining their friends for Thanksgiving – this year we joined them.
Thanksgiving with Dan & Anne, Chris & Roxy, and their family and friends, is an amazing experience – a huge “camp” is set up at Disney’s Fort Wilderness but it’s so much unlike a camp, with full ovens, fridge / freezers, drink coolers, food warmers – and everything under tent too! And the food, both the choice and deliciousness …
Everything including the kitchen sink
Lining up for lunch
Thanksgiving sides including amazing sweet potatoes
So many meat choices (pork, beef, venison, turkey …)
Incredibly delicious spicy deep fried turkey
Children served first
Time to eat
Friends (including organizer Dan at the back)
Margaret and I visited Epcot this afternoon – we’d hoped it wasn’t too busy but it turned out to be the last weekend of the ever longer running Food & Wine Festival so it was very busy. But we had fast passes for Living With The Land and Soarin’, so that’s what we did.
A visit to a busier than expected Animal Kingdom – though many people are still heading to Avatar / Pandora, so we headed to other places, including five entertaining Otters!
Or if you prefer, photos:
The Amphicars at Disney Springs are expensive but unusual – and as the price is per car not per person, we felt a bit more justified riding today while Kate is with Margaret & me! Here’s some photos, and a video too …