Walt Disney World – Day 2 – 12/10/13 – Recap

Here is a trip log including some videos and pictures from Day 1. The full picture set, all videos, and my thoughts/observations will be posted once I return to Los Angeles. Let me know what you think of this format/concept.. any suggestions?

12/10/13, 22,855 steps, 8.6 miles

Started off this morning meeting a friend in the lobby of the Boardwalk.

Boardwalk Lobby
Boardwalk Lobby
Boardwalk Lobby - Gingerbread Info
Boardwalk Lobby – Gingerbread Info
Boardwalk Lobby - Hidden Mickey
Boardwalk Lobby – Hidden Mickey

Then heading to the Animal Kingdom.

Animal Kingdom Christmas Tree
Animal Kingdom Christmas Tree

Made our way through the park and out to the Safari.

Animal Kingdom - New Festival of the Lion King Theater Construction
Animal Kingdom – New Festival of the Lion King Theater Construction

It had a posted 20 minute wait but looked shorter so went for Standby. Turned out to be about a 10 minute wait only.

Animal Kingdom - Kilimanjaro Safari
Animal Kingdom – Kilimanjaro Safari
Animal Kingdom - Kilimanjaro Safari - Lioness
Animal Kingdom – Kilimanjaro Safari – Lioness
Animal Kingdom - Kilimanjaro Safari - Male Lion
Animal Kingdom – Kilimanjaro Safari – Male Lion

After the Safari roamed through Pangani Forest then made my way over to Asia.

Animal Kingdom - Pangani Forest - Male Silverback Gorilla
Animal Kingdom – Pangani Forest – Male Silverback Gorilla

Some of the group went on Everest

Expedition Everest
Expedition Everest

I took pictures of some equipment in the lagoon and waited for them.

Animal Kingdom - Test Equipment in the Lagoon near Asia
Animal Kingdom – Test Equipment in the Lagoon near Asia
Animal Kingdom - Test Equipment in the Lagoon near Asia
Animal Kingdom – Test Equipment in the Lagoon near Asia

Continued on past Dinoland and back to Discovery Island. Ended up at Pizzafari for lunch. Bid everyone else goodbye then I walked back along the water by Flame Tree BBQ and out to Asia.

Animal Kingdom - Tree of Life
Animal Kingdom – Tree of Life

Returned to Africa and decided to go for a second Safari.

Kilimanjaro Safari Fastpass
Kilimanjaro Safari Fastpass

Used a Fastpass this time.

Animal Kingdom - Kilimanjaro Safari
Animal Kingdom – Kilimanjaro Safari
Animal Kingdom - Kilimanjaro Safari - Zebra
Animal Kingdom – Kilimanjaro Safari – Zebra

Once back stopped by Camp Minnie Mickey.

Camp Minnie Mickey - Chip and Dale's Tree
Camp Minnie Mickey – Chip and Dale’s Tree

then headed for the bus and back to the Boardwalk to rejoin my family and a group of friends for dinner. On the way over to dinner stopped by the Swan and took a look at the chocolate display.

Walt Disney World Swan - Chocolate Display
Walt Disney World Swan – Chocolate Display
Walt Disney World Swan - Chocolate Display
Walt Disney World Swan – Chocolate Display
Walt Disney World Swan - Chocolate Display Info
Walt Disney World Swan – Chocolate Display Info

Then walked across to the Dolphin for dinner at Shulas.

Dolphin Hotel Christmas Tree
Dolphin Hotel Christmas Tree

After a great meal walked along the water and by the Yacht & Beach Clubs to the International Gateway. The others took the boat back to the Boardwalk and I went to Epcot. Stopped by the UK to hear the end of a set by the band then saw Father Christmas.

Epcot - United Kingdom - British Revolution
Epcot – United Kingdom – British Revolution
Epcot - United Kingdom - Father Christmas
Epcot – United Kingdom – Father Christmas

Continued on past Canada and around by Mexico.

Epcot Christmas Tree
Epcot Christmas Tree

I walked quickly continuing past Norway, China, the Outpost, Germany, and Italy to reach the American Adventure with a few minutes to spare before the Candlelight was to begin.

Epcot - Santa and Mrs. Claus
Epcot – Santa and Mrs. Claus

Watched the ceremony.

Epcot - Candlelight Processional
Epcot – Candlelight Processional

Then strolled around World Showcase to find a spot for Illuminations. Ended up on the bridge again to cut down on some steps back to the Boardwalk.

Epcot - Illuminations Reflections of Earth - Inferno Barge
Epcot – Illuminations Reflections of Earth – Inferno Barge
Epcot - Glow with the Show Ears just blink randomly during Illuminations if anyone wanted to know..
Epcot – Glow with the Show Ears just blink randomly during Illuminations if anyone wanted to know..

After the show headed back to the room to call it a night.

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