Disney's Animal Kingdom

Just like the Magic Kingdom, Disney's Animal Kingdom has a brand new rope drop ceremony that takes place about thirty feet away from the turnstyles.  Remember the old rope drop ceremony that took place in the middle of the park in front of the Tree of Life?  Unfortunately that's in the past now as park guests are crammed together and contained in the very front of the park until the theme park is officially open.

Disney's Animal Kingdom - rope drop ceremony

The new rope drop ceremony features Mickey and Minnie Mouse along with Pluto as they prepare to go on a safari.  There's not a whole lot to it, and hopefully something better is in the works.

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Some of the animals were out on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail in Africa.  The meerkats and gorillas stole the show and captivated the park guests.  Our ride on Kilimanjaro Safaris had some outstanding views of giraffe, hippos, and rhinos.

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Over in Asia on the Maharajah Jungle Trek animal trail, the tigers were mostly in the shadows and other hiding spots.  Many of the other animals and birds were avoiding digital cameras and the overhead sun.

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The first ride on Dinosaur proved to be most disappointing as not only did the ride stop for so long that the maintenance lights lit up the ride, but the rest of the ride was extremely jerky and none of the scenes were in sync with our ride vehicle.  Fortunately, a second ride later that day was significantly better with all of the dinosaurs working as expected.  Were we given a re-ride pass after that horrible first ride?  Nope.

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That afternoon the skies grew dark with a very real threat of rain.  We were preparing to leave anyway, so the threat of rain just sped up our progress.  There's not a whole lot of shelter in that park during thunderstorms.

That'll do it for the Animal Kingdom highlight photos.  I already have a million shots of Expedition Everest, the Tree of Life, and Kilimanjaro Safaris, so I wasn't focused on taking photos of them again this time.