Photo TR: Disney's Animal Kingdom

Or, How I Spent My 39th Birthday
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Postby mattnz » Mon Mar 23, 2009 3:42 am

Hmm, this post makes me kind of glad I didn't set aside a whole day for Animal Kingdom. It's a great park but you're right some of it just isn't 'Walt Disney standard'.

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Postby TheRapidsNerd » Mon Mar 23, 2009 3:12 pm

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This one of a few shout outs today that really made my day. Many thanks!

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Postby BeemerBoy » Tue Mar 24, 2009 6:45 am

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Another great job of "exposing" a park that doesn't get as much attention as it probably should. I'm just as guilty of that though, I guess. Up until my last visit there, it was a hit and run park because I was just all too anxious to get back to the MK or Epcot. But when you actually have the time to relax a bit and take it all in, the intricate details of the place (minus the obvious exception) really impress.
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Postby mcjaco » Tue Mar 24, 2009 7:14 am

Very nice Erik. More pictures added to the Park Index! ;)

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Postby Electerik » Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:29 pm

mcjaco wrote:Very nice Erik. More pictures added to the Park Index! ;)


Hooray!

One last (short) set of photos to wrap up the day.

Since Animal Kingdom closed at a rather early 5:00pm, we headed over to Downtown Disney to check out its new restaurant, T-Rex Cafe.
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Misty representing.
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It's rather like the Rainforest Cafe--maybe too much so.
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I enjoyed it, but of course you're paying for the atmosphere more so than the food.
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We dined in the ice age room.
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"Chocolate Extinction" (Hey, come on, it was my birthday! :OP)
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Postby matt_g » Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:06 am

silvercrew1 wrote:Looks like you had a great birthday! I actually love Dinosaur and don't care what anyone else thinks of it.


I went to Animal Kingdom years ago - and my first (and only!) impression of Dinosaur was that it was about the best ride I'd ever been on. I absolutely loved it for having a really clever mix of thrills, theming and pretty animatronics. It was about the only ride I've ever remembered getting a spontaneous round of applause from people who didn't know each other at the end of the ride!

Alas I haven't been back and no doubt Indiana Jones is better, but it still has a soft spot in my heart!

Dinoland USA however is another story, that area is horrible.


Fortunately it wasn't there all those years ago, but from the photos I think this pretty much goes without saying. They can say it's themed around the story they gave it - but in reality it has to be about finding an excuse to build some very cheaply themed attractions.

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Postby mcjaco » Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:17 am

^ Pretty sure Dinoland has been there since opening.

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Postby matt_g » Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:28 am

^ I thought I was going mad there for a moment but I've realised that I'm talking about "Chester and Hester's Dino-Rama", which is just a part of Dinoland and was added in 2002 rather than the whole of Dinoland! My mistake. I can't really remember the Dinoland theming from the time to be honest.

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Postby RCTfan » Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:52 pm

Looks like you had an enjoyable birthday at DAK. It's too bad you missed the best part, Festival of the Lion! Haha.

And I LOVE the T-Rex Cafe. Their flatbread appetizer is amazing! I just had dinner there tonight! :)
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