Friday, November 21, 2008

It's Tuesday...let's hop again!

Tired but very happy from the night before, we made it to the Animal Kingdom before noon. We wanted to see our friend, Luerne, in Finding Nemo, The Musical, and she was only performing in the first two shows.

As usual, she and the show were both amazing. If you haven't seen this show, please do yourself a favor and do so. I promise it will bring a huge smile to your face!

And if it doesn't, then maybe you should head over to see the Voices of Liberty at the American Adventure in Epcot. They should do the trick! ;)

Renee requested that we spend some time diggin' up some dino bones, so we made the short trek over to Dino Land.

I don't think she knew what she was in for when she asked Mark to join her in the pit. I think he had the great idea that he could take a quick nap if he covered her in the sand.

Working very hard (not really!) to get herself out of the depths...

Ah, yes. I am the Great Renee. Daddy will never keep me still! Muhaaaaaaaa!

After picking many tiny, little sand pebbles out of shoes, socks, and other various places, we made our way over to the game area in Dinoland. It is reminiscent of a carnival, and has such favorites as 'shoot the dino in the mouth with water' and 'mammoth racing'. We have always managed to keep our money in our pockets while walking through, but on this trip, we promised Renee that she could give it a shot.

A few dollars later (HA!), Miss Renee had a new friend. Meet Froggie McFrogpants.

Froggie had never seen a monkey, so we decided to head over towards Asia. We were quite excited to see one swinging around outside on Monkey Island!

And look! He even turned around so we could see his cute little face.

It was mid-afternoon, but we decided to take a hop on the safari anyway. Usually the best time for animal viewing is early morning and early evening, but we're rebels!

Princess Renee surveys her animal kingdom...

And Froggie McFrogpants has his own special seat!

Could that be one of the baby giraffes?

Yes it is. How cool!

It must have been an afternoon for baby sighting because they were everywhere. If you look closely, you will see the 'little' leg of the baby elephant right behind its Mommy's trunk.

A baby rhino sleeping with its Mama. Isn't that just the sweetest?

Simba was resting, and wasn't up for photos.

It was one of the best safaris we had been on. It was so good that I was too busy looking to hardly capture any photos! It's really funny because you never know what you may experience when you hop aboard that vehicle. Our mid-afternoon trip just shows you that it is worth taking that chance!

Before the park closed, we decided to take the train over to Rafiki's Planet Watch. We enjoyed some ice cream, had some interesting animal interactions, and watched the running of the critters. That, my friends, is when the petting area animals go into the barn for the night. If you ever get the chance, it is worth hanging around to see. It is so, so funny!

Time to hop again! We needed to head over to the Magic Kingdom to stop at Will Call. Our tickets for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party were there waiting for us, and we wanted to pick them up so we would have them in hand for Thursday evening.

We also had another reason for stopping by the Magic Kingdom. A little birdie told us that we may find Tink hanging around Fantasyland. And look...Renee found her! Isn't she just the sweetest?

Right around the corner was the rest of her family! Did you know that Tink's mommy is Snow White, her daddy is a Pirate, and her baby brother is a Little Pumpkin?

Okay, we all know that I'm just joking, right? Tink really hangs out with Peter Pan, but this little Tink is actually portrayed by Miss Amelia. I 'met' her mommy, Melody, on an online message board, and this was the first time that we've actually been able to meet up in real life! We tried to catch up with one another last Christmas, but there were some serious phone issues going on. Don't even ask-LOL!

Although we would have loved to spend more time together, we really needed to let them move on. As you can probably guess, Amelia, Melody, EB, and Ernie (who's not so little anymore!) were doing the Halloween party that night. They had plenty of places to go and lots of goodies to gather. As for the three of us, it was time to get kicked out of the park! ;)

That evening, Nick was having a little birthday party at his house so we made our way over for the celebration. Sadly, I didn't get any photos of the festivities. I was in the kitchen most of the night helping out so that he could really enjoy himself and his guests. And really...when you have a knife in your hand, there isn't too much room for a camera. ;)

Trust me though. When there is an exploding chocolate fountain involved, how can you not have a good time?


MariBy said...

Oh we saw Finding Nemo, The Musical for the first time in September! It was amazing! Such talented performers! They have to be singers, dancers, puppeteers, actors...oh it was marvelous! A MUST see at AK!

And a shout-out to the little cuties - Amelia and Ernie! They are growing so fast and they are so adorable. You have such lovely children, Mel and EB!

Tink *~*~* said...

Mmmm, exploding chocolate! I love the little baby giraffes too. They are just too adorable!

Tink *~*~*

Snowbird said...

I loved the Nemo show. Pretty amazing.

Tootie said...

That was another fun day. :-)