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Rafiki’s Planet Watch

One of my favorite attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park is Rafiki’s Planet Watch. This area, formerly known as the conservation station, features several sections where you get a backstage view of the animal wellness center and even play with them in the affection area.

Within the Conservation Station, visitors are able get an up close look at how the park keeps the animals healthy. The veterinary Treatment Room offers large windows where you can witness routine veterinary procedures as well as emergency operations. After the daily procedures have been completed, visitors are able to intact with the veterinary doctors and nurses in a Questions and Answers session. The procedures are usually conducted in the morning so be sure to get there early!

The Conservation Station also houses the Animal Encounters Stage, Nutrition Center, Nursery, Amphibian and Reptile Center, and even Character Greetings!

At Rafiki’s Planet Watch, you won’t want to miss the “Affection Section”, an animal petting zoo that features a varsity of animals including goats, sheep, cows, pigs, and others. My favorites are the goats and sheep!

Rafiki’s Planet Watch and the Conservation Station are accessible by the Wildlife Express Train. The railway departs from the station in Africa roughly every 10-15 minutes. The railway is an attraction in itself that takes you behind the African Savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park.

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Splash Splash!!!

A Typhoon wrecked havoc upon a tropical paradise and out of the wreck, Typhoon Lagoon was born!!! Typhoon Lagoon has the world’s largest outdoor wave pool.  Steve LOVES it. I am partial to the lazy river!! I can float in it for hours. Typhoon Lagoon also has a shark reef that you can snorkel through. The fish are so beautiful and its a perfect way to cool off on a hot day., as the salt water is cooler. Typhoon Lagoon also has a water coaster, Crush’n’Gusher. Crush’n’Gusher is awesome and a ride that everybody should visit at least once.

A freak snowstorm caused the formation of Blizzard Beach and the theming is one of the best you’ll see anywhere. A ski resort was belt but soon the snow started to melt. This park has so many water slides that it is impossible to count and the leading Slide is Summit Plummet. Summit Plummet is the flagship attraction at 120 feet (36.6 m) tall, and speeds 60 miles per hour (97 km/h). It’s the second tallest and fastest free fall slide in the world.

There is a third “Water Park” that should definitely be mentioned. Stormalong Bay is the Yacht and Beach Club pool. To call it a pool is doing in an injustice. It resembles a beach-side water park with its sand-bottom pools, a circular lazy river, waterfall, and the “Shipwreck”, a large replica of a ship wreck with one of the highest resort water slides at Walt Disney World.

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The last water park is unfortunately no longer around. River Country should definitely have an honorable mention because it was an amazing part of Walt Disney World History. River Country was described as an old fashioned sinking hole and was the first water park in Walt Disney World. Located by the Fort Wilderness Cabins and Campgrounds, it was also convenient to get to from Magic kingdom and the now defunct Discovery Island.  For safety reasons, it closed in 2001 and is missed by Disney fans everywhere!

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Fantasyland Review

After our DCL trip to the Caribbean, we spent two days at the Walt Disney World Resort.  This time around we slept at Disney’s Caribbean Beach resort.  We figured it’d be a most fitting way to end our cruise.  During our two day stay, we were lucky enough to score a sneak preview (soft opening) of the new Fantasyland at Disney’s Magic Kingdom park!

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Dinosaur at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Today I wish to post about Dinosaur the ride at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This is by far one of my favorite attractions and in my opinion a little under appreciated! Situated within DinoLand U.S.A. in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Dinosaur offers up one of the most unique ride experiences.

Rides are taken on an prehistoric journey utilizing Disney created “Dynamic Ride Vehicle” referred to in this attraction as a “CTX Time Rover” and some of the best Disney created Dinosaur animatronics. Your mission is to travel back in time to rescue an Iguanadon before the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs strikes. There may be more to the mission, but you’ll just have to take the journey to find out!

Many people ask what the CTX Time Rover is like, so I describe it as a motion simulator (think Star Tours/Body Wars) that navigates through an electric guided track course. If you haven’t experienced this before, you will be amazed. The technology never gets old.

Note: This is a dark-ride and “could” be a little scary for the young-ins. The attraction includes loud sounds and extremely realistic dinosaur animatronics.

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Picture of my wife and I riding Dinosaur!

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Disney World Stays

Here are the current list of the Walt Disney World Resorts that we have stayed in!

Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Disney’s Coronodo Springs Resort – twice!

Disney’s Caribbean Beach – twice!

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa – Honeymoon!

Disney’s Port Orleans :: River Side

Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
And coming soon, we’ll be staying at Disney’s Contemporary Resort for our first time!  Woohoo! 🙂

Another wonderful visit to Disney's Hollywood Studios!

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