Goodboy Norman Featherstone

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Animal Kingdom

The People really enjoyed their visit to Animal Kingdom. Woman was impressed with the level of detail of every artifact and structure in the park. She also said the wildlife reserve was very impressive.

The Tree of Life is the defining landmark of Animal Kingdom.

tree of life animal kingdom

Although you cannot get very close to the Tree of Life, you can still see the incredible detail of the carvings from a distance.

tree of life animal kingdom

Each of the "relics" at Animal Kingdom are one of a kind, created especially for the park. This totem pole appears to have been hand-carved. The details are amazing.

tammy posing with totem pole

The buildings in the Asia and Africa sections of the park have been created to look as authentic as possible. I've never been to either of those places, but these things look authentic to me!

animal kingdom building

The details really help build the "magic" that Disney so loves.

cool scene at animal kingdom

Woman was not supposed to climb on this relic, but how could she resist? That mouth section is just begging to be sat in.

tammy at animal kingdom

Woman wants to hook me up to this cart so I can take her for a ride!

cool scene at animal kingdom

This scene is so calm and serene. It's hard to believe there are people screaming on a roller coaster just 50 feet from this location.

cool scene at animal kingdom

This is one of the views people can enjoy while waiting in line for Expedition Everest. Woman said it was impressive how much effort they put into making the wait enjoyable. There were so many things to read and admire that she was kind of sad the wait was so short.

design elements of everest rollercoaster

Just like the rest of the park, the safari did not disappoint. There were a slew of animals in what appeared to be a very natural looking habitat. Among her favorites were these white rhinos, because their fat rolls remind her of pugs.

white rhino at animal kingdom

She also liked this freaky tree.

African Safari at Animal Kingdom

She wants to install a fountain like this in the backyard, but I doubt we can afford it - LOL!

artifacts at animal kingdom

Most of the characters are dressed in safari outfits.

ian and tammy with donald duck

Woman wonders what this gorilla thinks about all day as people goon at him. Does he think the people gooning at him are on display for him, or does he realize that he's the attraction?

gorilla at animal kingdom

A view of the wildlife reserve during the safari. The animals were just roaming free and could go wherever they wanted - except the dangerous animals like lions and hippos.

African Safari at Animal Kingdom

Monkeys used this bamboo scaffolding as a jungle gym!

cool scene at animal kingdom

Woman encourages you to get to Animal Kingdom as soon as it opens so you can get on the "big attraction" rides more quickly and to see the "opening show" with Mickey, Pluto, Goofy and Minnie. She does not recommend the "Dinosaur" ride for young kids, because it is really friggin' scary. She loved the Lion King show and said the Pocahontas show was fun too. Animal Kingdom closes earlier than Magic Kingdom or Epcot, so it is best to visit this park earlier in the day so you can enjoy all the sites and fun.


  • At 10:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Oh I am sooo jealous! :)
    It looks amazing and so much fun, it sounds like your woman had a blast, Norman!

  • At 2:35 PM, Blogger Pam said…

    Looks they had a wonderful time. I love the photo of woman in the mouth of the sculture thing.

  • At 2:49 PM, Blogger Clover said…

    Hi Norman!
    Thanks for posting about your people's trip! It looks like sooo much fun. My mom has never been to Disney, but if she does get to go, the first place she would visit is Animal Kingdom. Especially now!
    Love Clover xo

  • At 4:36 PM, Blogger The Devil Dog said…

    Mom agrees with you 100% about Animal Kingdom. She thought it was amazing. She loved the tree of life as well. She & PlusOne had a great time on the safari. Both she and PlusOne were in the Lion King show. Mom made elephant noise. They were all impressed.
    Mom was impressed with how good and cheap the lunch was (fresh green beans and a chicken leg & chicken nuggets for $15.00) She thought that was amazing!
    Glad Woman had so much fun there. Mom loved it, and said she would go back in a heartbeat.


  • At 5:21 PM, Blogger Tami said…

    These animals look as though they are better off at Disney than in a zoo! It is nice to see them in such open areas.

  • At 9:54 PM, Blogger Nevis said…

    Great to see these pictures since my fiance and I are going to WDW in July...! So cool looking!

    And theres no way your mommy would've hooked you up to a rickshaw, Norman. Your Mom doesn't have a deathwish!

  • At 10:36 AM, Blogger Page said…

    Animal Kingdom total rocks! I went there my senior year of high school as a class trip (it was right after it opened). The roller coaster wasn't there, but the dinosaur ride was, and we must have ridden it (rode it? not sure about proper grammer there..) a dozen times! And, yes, I agree, IT WAS SCARY! I swore a dinosaur was going to actually bite me. You're making me want to go back now!

  • At 1:13 PM, Blogger Punchbugpug said…

    Wow, your trip looks like it was so fun! Makes me want to arrange a visit for myself and P....

  • At 2:38 PM, Blogger girlville said…

    i LOVE animal kingdom. it's my 2nd favorite park after epcot. that dinosaur ride is beyond scary: i rode it once with my eyes closed the entire time and have refused to ride ever since. yeah for y'all having a great vacation...although it's too bad norman didn't go...he could pose as a seeing eye pug or something and get in.

    ps: i like to get pictures made with characters too. it affords strange looks when you are an adult with no kids, but i don't care.


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