Friday was a wonderful day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The park is only open from 9 am to 5 pm so it was a perfect park to hit on the day before Shabbat. The kids were less enthused about going to Animal Kingdom as there are no “big ticket” rides there.
We hit the Safari ride first. For those who have not experienced this, you get in a big truck and drive around on “safari.” The animals are real and the habitats similar to Africa. It is not real in that at the end of the day, the animals go home to their controlled buildings for the night. On our “trip” they had to stop the ride for about 15 minutes for some reason. During this time, we had a number of white Rhinos come pretty close to our truck. One was perhaps 10 feet from us!
The other highlight of Animal Kingdom was the parade that they have at the end of the day. The costuming and the “puppets” similar to what you see in the Broadway show The Lion King were amazing.
We got back and began preparing for Shabbat. We had a wonderful grilled chicken dinner. For the kosher consumer, there is a wonderful kosher butcher and restaurant in Orlando called Amira’s and we stopped there on the way down to pick up food for Shabbat.
Sat morning the kids went into the pool. Avi met a 7 year old boy from Michigan and spent a lot of our time at the resort playing with him. When we went to the pool that morning, Shayna also met that boy’s 3 year old niece and they had a great time together. All in all, Shabbat was a very relaxing time.
We mostly finished packing and now we are just relaxing before bed. Tomorrow we get on the train for our long trip home.