For 100 years, New England has been blessed to have a celebration like no other. It’s an annual exhibition of New England’s finest in agriculture, crafts, music and more that draws crowds from all over to compete in various activities, participate in parades, feast on some of the best fair foods around and dance the night away to the music of some well known artists. This year, we honor its 100th celebration here in Springfield, Massachusetts, and, already, it is breaking record attendance. Continue reading A Centennial Celebration in New England: Happy Birthday to the Big E!
From the desk of Aaryn…
Our family has been to Walt Disney World quite a number of times since 2007. Our most recent trip took place in August 2015. As usual, the entire family had a fantastic time, yet my experience was even better. As a late birthday present, my mother took me on a certain tour in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park called the Wild Africa Trek. It was a behind-the-scenes look at Kilimanjaro Safari, the popular Walt Disney World attraction that takes you on a bumpy ride through some of Africa’s most beautiful savannas. The tour was three hours long and became the best three hours of my life.
Ear pieces were given to each of us as we began our adventure so that, no matter where we were, we could hear the guides talk about the animals and environment. The tour provided wonderful up-close views of some of the safari’s best animals. We saw crocodiles, zebras, giraffes, and even got to see a hippo eat!
Another great part was the rope bridge. There were two and one spanned a small pond filled with crocodiles, making you feel as if you could fall at any moment. The bridge was so realistic that there were actually missing boards! Of course, for safety reasons, all trekkers wear clips that are attached to lines above them that keep them from falling. My mom seemed a little nervous as she crossed. Me? Not so much.
After an hour and a half of watching animals, it was time to eat! Depending on what tour you took, morning or afternoon, you either get breakfast or lunch. We had lunch and I have to say it was amazing! The food was delicious and, not to mention, they had my favorite drink, Jungle juice, a blend of several fruit juices.
(Photos above include Jungle Juice on the right. The center photo is chicken curry salad, fresh fruit marinated in mint and ginger, and air-dried beef and prosciutto. The last picture on the right is salmon roulade with dill, sun-dried tomato hummus with pita, and marinated tandoori shrimp ~ all photos taken by my mom, T.M. Brown)
After we ate, we saw several more animals before the trek ended. We handed in our equipment, personally selected a charity for a portion of our tour costs to fund, and received a special PhotoPass that had hundreds of pictures taken by the Cast Members during the trip. All in all, the tour was probably my favorite experience at Walt Disney World.
Thanks for reading and be sure to read my next blog, Hoop-Dee-Do, here’s my review!
See you next step,
PS – check out these great Cast Members! Paola, Bryn and Karen made the tour even better!