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Walt Disney World #4Parks1Day Challenge: Part III (Animal Kingdom)

After conquering both Hollywood Studios and Epcot by 3:00 p.m., my sister and I were working hard to stay upbeat and focused on the #4parks1day challenge.

I have to say that doing just that was getting harder and harder as the day wore on, the temperatures started rising, and the crowds got thicker. 

We hopped on a bus from Epcot and headed to Animal Kingdom. Usually, I don't notice the bus drivers too much, but this time, we had the World's Slowest Driver.

Seriously. I tried to bestow the official title on him as we disembarked.

I didn't mind the slow driving--maybe he was new or tired?--but I did mind the soothing whir of the bus and the cool A/C. Amber and I had already lost some of our get-up-and-go after the infinite waiting at Test Track, and the cool calmness of the bus was NOT helping our cause. 

After about a billion hours of fighting sleep (or thirty minutes), we arrived at Animal Kingdom and set off. 

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Walt Disney World #4Parks1Day Challenge: Part III (Animal Kingdom) | CosmosMariners.com
Hurry up and take a picture to show that I was here!
Here, we'd planned only two rides: Expedition Everest and Dinosaur. Expedition Everest is one of my favorite rides in all of Disney World. Dinosaur is not. 

Every time that I go on Dinosaur, I end up in the floorboard. At the end (spoiler alert!), there's this hideous looking dinosaur that looms over the ride car. I swear that it is trying to touch me because it is THISCLOSE to the riders. Since I'm strapped in via the handy dandy safety belt, my reaction is usually to cover my eyes and bend over as much as I can. 

Over the years, I've gotten exceptionally good at this and can fold myself over so that, when the ride picture is viewed, you can't even tell that I was in the car. 

I can ride crazy rollercoaster, zipline through rainforests, and jump on pretty much any fast ride out there. But do not put me on Dinosaur and expect me to sit calmly through it. 

Amber had decided that our 4 Parks/ 1 Day challenge was the perfect time to face my fears, so I promised that I would ride it until I managed to sit up straight. 

To psych myself up, we headed to Expedition Everest first. 

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The wait was only about 20 minutes, and we hopped right on the ride. It did not disappoint with the torn up tracks, twists in the dark, and crazy, unexpected dips.
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We figured our luck was back again after the Test Track ride, so we made a beeline to Dinosaur. I was even feeling kind of brave. Would today be the day that I actually made an appearance in the ride picture?

And then we experienced the day's second disappointment: Dinosaur was closed. CLOSED! 

At that moment, we just walked around in circles in Dinoland. We were tired but knew we had a lot more to do that day. We were also a little lost as to what we could do quickly in Animal Kingdom that would allow us to feel as if we'd done something in the park before moving onto Magic Kingdom. The animals on the safari and wildlife treks aren't at their best in the afternoon heat, so that was out. We'd just missed the start time for the shows and weren't willing to wait for an hour or more for the next ones. 

Our decision making capacities weren't at their best, so we went on the first ride we saw: the Primeval Whirl. It's a good ride, but it didn't replace Dinosaur. 

We checked on the status of Dinosaur one more time--still no information on when or if it would re-open--so we cut our losses and headed for Magic Kingdom. 

Of all of the parks, I feel like we let Animal Kingdom down the most. There's so much more to do there than what we did, but the crowds were getting really bad, and it was so, so hot. 

4 Parks/ 1 Day Challenge: Animal Kingdom Recap
Timing: Right on schedule. We left Epcot at 3:00 p.m. and were in Animal Kingdom by 3:30. Our schedule allowed us to stay in AK until 6:00 p.m., but we ended up leaving by 5:00. 
Rides: 2 (Expedition Everest and Primeval Whirl)
Attitude: Hot and tired. AK was the first place that we'd really felt the strain of the 4 Parks/ 1 Day Challenge in June. As long as we were moving and going on rides, we were okay, but the combination of a slow bus ride there and Dinosaur being down slowed us down.
Meals: Nothing. We weren't there long enough to eat anything!


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