Walt Disney World – Day 5 (12/11/15) Summary

Trip log:

Started off the morning roaming around the Beach Club and the Beach Club Villas taking some pictures of our room, the lobbies, and pool area then heading out to catch a bus to the Animal Kingdom. Walked back and onto the Safari, only about a 10 minute total wait including the hike through the queue. After our Safari stopped by Wonders of Flight followed by the Jungle Trek to see the Tigers. Decided it was lunch time so some stopped for lunch in Asia and others of us in Pizzafari. After lunch hung around Discovery Island taking some pictures including the Rivers of Light construction and the Winged Encounter show before meeting up with more of our group. Made our way out to Pangani Forest and to check the standby line for the Safari. Saw the gorillas then the rest of the group headed for Everest to use their FastPasses and I roamed around Harambe and Discovery Island heading for a bus to Epcot, Monorail to the TTC and Ferry Boat to the Magic Kingdom. Walked up Main Street USA through the crowd waiting for the parade. Watched the Festival of Fantasy Parade from the hub before heading for Tomorrowland and ride aboard the Peoplemover. Once back took in a showing of the Carousel of Progress. Wandered into Frontierland and caught a trio in front of Grizzly Hall then a showing of the Country Bears before boarding the Liberty Belle for a cruise on the Rivers of America. Returned to Tomorrowland to find the rest of my group and go for a second ride aboard the Peoplemover. Returned to the hub to find a spot for the nightly Castle Lighting show/moment. After the Frozen gang lit the castle I hung around to get some pictures of it before making my way through the crowds and out of the park (it was nearing park closing of 7pm). Hopped on a waiting bus and took it back to the Beach Club. Grabbed something to eat at Hurricane Hannas before heading for Epcot. Watched the opening few songs of the British Revolution then made my way around World Showcase to the American Adventure for Candlelight. After the performance wandered around Morocco and France before searching for a spot for Illuminations. Ended up watching from several spots along the bridge and walkway starting near France and ending up near Canada. After Illuminations returned to the International Gateway and the Beach Club to call it a night.

Pedometer Stats:
Steps – 26,536
Miles – 19,718
Moderate Pace walking steps – 174
Moderate Pace time – 10.0

Images from today:
Here is an archive/listing of the live pictures posted to the blog today. Be sure to follow along for more pictures in the coming days. Below are a selection of the highlights. Once I return home I will be posting full picture sets.

Beach Club Villas quiet pool
The pool at the Beach Club Villas. There were guests in the spa already (it was around 8:30am).
My first stop of the day was the Animal Kingdom.  A look at the Tree of Life as I arrived.
My first stop of the day was the Animal Kingdom. A look at the Tree of Life as I arrived.
African Painted Dogs on Kilimanjaro Safari
The recently added African Painted Dogs on Kilimanjaro Safari

Hope the Bald Eagle at Flights of Wonder
Hope the Bald Eagle at Flights of Wonder
Really liked how this picture of the Tree of Life came out.
Really liked how this picture of the Tree of Life came out.

Two male gorillas in Pangani Forest
Two male gorillas in Pangani Forest
Harambe from the new theatre area
Harambe from the new theatre area
A check of Pandora the World of Avatar on my way out.
A check of Pandora the World of Avatar on my way out.
Approaching the Magic Kingdom by Ferry Boat
Approaching the Magic Kingdom by Ferry Boat

Noticed the clock was off by over 75 minutes today.
Noticed the clock was off by over 75 minutes today.
Maleficent Dragon in Festival of Fantasy Parade
Maleficent Dragon in Festival of Fantasy Parade
The Peoplemover is back in operation.  The speed ramp up was not so you had to walk up but you could ride down.
The Peoplemover is back in operation. The speed ramp up was not so you had to walk up but you could ride down.
Carousel of Progress was next on my list.
Carousel of Progress was next on my list.
A trio out front of the Country Bear
The country bears no longer perform Christmas songs here. But this trio out front was.
A trio out front of the Country Bear
The country bears no longer perform Christmas songs here. But this trio out front was.
Country Bears Curtain
Country Bears Curtain
The Country Bears
The Country Bears
Big Thunder from the Liberty Belle
Big Thunder from the Liberty Belle

Big Thunder from the Liberty Belle

Big Thunder from the Liberty Belle

Main Street USA around 5:30pm reminded me of Disneyland
Main Street USA around 5:30pm reminded me of Disneyland
Time for the Castle Lighting.  I was too far back for cell phone pics of the stage
Time for the Castle Lighting. I was too far back for cell phone pics of the stage
Main Street USA around 6:30 just as busy as an hour ago.
Main Street USA around 6:30 just as busy as an hour ago.
Cinderella Castle "ice" lights.
Cinderella Castle “ice” lights. Notice the four new turrets have lights too.
Storm Along Bay at the Yacht & Beach Club
Storm Along Bay at the Yacht & Beach Club
A party on the Beach Club Beach
A party on the Beach Club Beach. There was a live guitar player performing which was nice to listen to as you walked along.
British Revolution
British Revolution performed several Christmas songs to open their 8pm set.
Walking by France.
Walking by France, still hard to believe that two months ago I was walking around Paris.
The American Adventure Tree
The American Adventure Tree
Candlelight Ceremony
Candlelight Ceremony

My summary page for this trip.

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