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Wildlife at Disney

Animal Kingdom isn’t the only place to see wildlife around Disney. There’s plenty of animals to spot around the parks. The trick is to know what your looking for and where to look!

Geckos

I would be very surprised if someone went to Disney and didn’t see any of these little lizards! They’re everywhere! Check along the sidewalks and pathways as they usually can be found soaking in the Florida sun. The place I seem to see geckos most is probably around Epcot’s entrance. My family likes to make a little game and count how many we see. We usually end up losing count though, because there’s just so many! (I’d just like to point out that, as many as there are, I’ve never seen a lizard in my hotel room!)


Bunnies

 Bunnies can often be spotted in Victoria Gardens at Epcot’s Canada pavilion. I also see them quite a bit at the Disney hotels. You have to be quiet to see them, as they scare easily. Even though bunnies can be pets, these ones are wild, so don’t try to pet them.

Ducks

Ducks are also common to see around Disney. Lakes, ponds, and outdoor eating areas are popular places to find ducks. Often times I have seen a mom and her ducklings, and they are just the cutest things!

  Alligators

You probably already know that Florida is famous for its gators, so it wouldn’t be uncommon for you to see any while you’re there. Disney likes to keep it’s lakes and ponds gator free, so it would be rare to see any in the parks or resorts.

Even if the parks are alligator-free, you may spot one sunning itself on the bank by the little swamps along the roads.

If your traveling through the Orlando International Airport, then you might be able to see a gator along the bank of the little island in the middle of the lake that the train goes around. Apparently, they let the alligators stay in the pond because they help with security…

These animals are just some of the more common wildlife that I’ve seen throughout Disney, but there’s plenty more! I do ask that you take your pictures and admire them from afar. Please don’t let your kids chase them or try to pet them. Any animal could act aggressively if they feel threatened. Just respect them and give them their space.

I hope you can spot some of these animals and more wildlife on your Disney vacation!




The Jungle Cruise 

Due to Disney’s recent announcement of a Skipper Canteen coming to Adventureland (Magic Kingdom) and a live action Jungle Book movie, I have decided to do a post on the Jungle Cruise.

Take a relaxing boat tour through the jungles of Asia, as your expert guide shows you the best (and worst) parts of the jungle.  Be prepared to see all sorts of animals like elephants, crocodiles, hippos, lions, and hyenas.

*Note: There are no live animals on this ride. All animals and people, except your guide, are audio animatronics.*

  

 The Jungle Cruise is located in Adventureland in Magic Kingdom. This ride’s line can get really long in the afternoon, but it’s usually pretty short any time before lunch.


This ride is wheel chair accessible, and is great for all ages. This really is a great attraction, so don’t miss it!

Oh, and watch out for head hunters! 🙂

The Big Ball: aka Spaceship Earth

I’m sure, even if you’ve never been to Disney, you have seen pictures of the big ball that is the icon for Epcot. Even though it is known to me and my family as “the big ball”, it’s proper name is Spaceship Earth.  Inside there is a ride, no, a time machine, that will allow you to “sail through a universe of time”, and explore the past, from the discovery of fire, to the dawn of computers.


Yes, I know, it’s an educational ride..To think you might actually learn something on vacation! (But that happens at EPCOT!) Seriously though, every time I go on it, I learn something I missed last time. It really is a fun way of learning some history! So parents, do your kids a favor and make them go on it! They will most likely enjoy it, even if they won’t admit it.

At the end of the ride, you get to take a mini quiz about yourself and your preferences. Then, the computer will calculate what your future might be like. It always brings a smile to my face!

*Tip: If you’ve been on this ride more than once, mix up your answers to the test for a change in your future. My brother and I did this for the first time earlier this year, and we laughed so hard!*

Don’t forget to smile for the camera at the beginning! Hold up little kids so the camera can see them, as the seats in the vehicle are pretty low.

The time machines seat 2 rows of 2 in a car. They go backwards once, but their incredibly slow and smooth. It is not at all scary, and the whole ride is inside the ball.  

First thing in the morning, the line is rather long since it’s the first thing everyone sees when they go in. So, go back a little later in the day for a shorter line

“Like a grand and miraculous spaceship, our planet has sailed through the universe of time. But where are we going? And what kind of future will we discover there? Surprisingly, the answers lie in our past.” -Spaceship Earth

Discover the past, and dream of the future, with Spaceship Earth.

Disney World Line Busters

Tired of waiting in long lines in the Florida heat? Well here are some rides to help you beat the heat and the crowds!

1. It’s a Small World. Take a relaxing ride on “the happiest cruise that ever sailed”, and listen to the little dolls sing. (Caution: Catchy tune may get caught in your head for the rest of the day!)The only time I’ve seen the ride over 10 minutes is on March Break, and if it’s raining.  Location: Magic Kingdom, Fantasyland.

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2. The Three Caballeros.  Another relaxing boat ride follows the adventures of Donald Duck as he tours Mexico. I’ve always been able to walk right on this ride. Location: Epcot, World Showcase, Mexican Pavilion.

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3. The Country Bear Jamboree. Singing bears in an air-conditioned theatre. Need I say more?

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This is one of my favourite Disney shows! I often catch myself singing the songs,(Again, Caution: Catchy tunes ahead!) and I laugh every time I see it! There are shows every 12 minutes, and I’ve never seen the theatre full. Location: Magic Kingdom, Frontierland.

4. Muppet Vision 3D. Dr Honeydew and Beaker’s latest creation, Waldo, gets into all sorts of 3D mischief in this Muppet adventure. This is a great 13 minute show that rarely ever has a wait. Location: Hollywood Studios, not far from Star Tours.

5. The Carousel of Progress. Another one of my personal favourites, this revolving theatre takes you on a journey through time, as it follows an American family through the changes of the 1900s. From the dawn of electric lights to the invention of flat screen TVs, it really sheds light on how much progress has been made in the past century. I guarantee you will never have to wait more than 10 minutes for this attraction! Location: Magic Kingdom, Tomorrowland.

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These are the best line busters, but there are plenty more! All the rides I listed are good for those unexpected Florida rains, too, as they are all indoors.

Hope this helps, and enjoy your Disney vacation!