Today marked 15 years since Disney’s Animal Kingdom officially opened. So I spent a majority of the day at the youngest WDW park checking out the festivities.
Started off the morning bright and early catching a bus to the Animal Kingdom a little before 8am. Arrived at the park and headed for the entrance line then joined the mass making our way to Discovery Island for the opening ceremony. After the opening ceremony took some pictures then joined the crowd marching to Africa. Saw the massive merchandise line as I walked by. Once in Africa hung out at the Safari exit waiting for the rest of my group that left me in their dust at opening. Grabbed Fastpasses and then hopped on the Wilderness Express to Conservation Station. Roamed around looking at the Earth Day exhibits and then returned to Harambe to ride the Safari. Once back walked through Pangani Forest then headed for Pizzafari and an early lunch. After lunch circled Discovery Island on our way to Asia. Watched the gibbons for a while then walked the Jungle Trek. Once back went to see the Flights of Wonder show and then walked back through Africa and stopped at the merchandise line at Creature Comforts to pick up some 15th Anniversary merchandise. Wandered toward the park entrance and decided to take a bus to the TTC and a monorail trip to Epcot to get some Flower and Garden pictures from above. Then hopped on a ferry to the Magic Kingdom. Picked up some Sorcerers cards and watched the band a while before heading for a bus to the Yacht Club. At dinner at the Yachtsman Steakhouse and then walked to Epcot. Strolled past the United Kingdom and Canada and into Future World. Stopped by the butterfly house and then hid from the rain in by the Character Spot. Walked through Innoventions Plaza and out to the Seas with Nemo and Friends. Wandered back to the park entrance to take some topiary pictures then went for a ride on Spaceship Earth. Then walked by Mission Space and Test Track before heading back to World Showcase. Had about 45 minutes or so and decided why not take a lap around World Showcase so set off toward Mexico and worked my way all the way around with about 5 minutes to spare before Illuminations. Watched the show then joined the mass exiting the park. Took a bus back to Pop Century to call it a night.
A couple videos from today: