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Walt Disney World Vacations – Let’s Agree To Disagree

Cinderella Castle ~ Photo taken by T.M. Brown
Cinderella Castle ~ Photo taken by T.M. Brown

I get it.  Not everyone  is going to like Walt Disney World (WDW) and many will go to great lengths to complain incessantly about the changes being made over time in order to justify their dislike.   The new FastPass+ system is inconvenient.  The cost is too much.  It’s too crowded.   The Cast Members are rude and don’t care.   At some point or another, sure, those are all going to be true.   The company is run by humans, is it not?   However, since our very first family vacation to Walt Disney World in 2007, I have been smitten with this vacation destination and I honestly cannot find another place on earth I would rather make special memories with my family – and we have been coast to coast as a former military family.  I have grown to appreciate the streamlined FastPass+ system (and other changes), understand that it costs to run such an enormous resort and have made some amazing friends in some of the Cast Members . In all honesty, I have found it is all about the mindset you create when you go on vacation to WDW.   Do you want to have a good time?  Are you expecting others to provide that for you or are you ready to create that yourself? Continue reading Walt Disney World Vacations – Let’s Agree To Disagree

A Trek in Wild Africa

From the desk of Aaryn…

Aaryn being geared up ~ photo taken by T.M. Brown
Aaryn being geared up ~ photo taken by T.M. Brown

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.

Hans, the Hippo - taken by Disney PhotoPass Photographer
Hans, the Hippo – taken by Disney PhotoPass Photographer

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!

First of two rope bridges on the Wild Africa Trek ~ photo taken by T.M. Brown
First of two rope bridges on the Wild Africa Trek ~ photo taken by T.M. Brown

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,

Aaryn

PS – check out these great Cast Members!  Paola, Bryn and Karen made the tour even better!

Paola and Bryn - Wild Africa Trek tour guides Karen - CM Wild Africa Trek tour guide