Disney Day #1: Animal Kingdom!
The kids were beyond excited, Grady had his step-by-step guide tucked into his pocket (more on that in a moment), and I was ticked that my camera wasn't working - thanks so some hot tea spilled on it earlier that morning.
Yeah, yeah, I got a a lot of pics from our time at Disney, but the flash didn't work, the zoom worked every now and then, and there's a curious blur in the center of most pics. Crud. The one time in life when I would have really liked to have good pics of my family.
The tram taking us from our car to the entrance may have been the highlight for my boys each morning in the parks. I can't figure out why - all of us were crammed into a single row and whizzed over blacktop for less than five minutes before being dropped off. I guess it's the simple things.
Grady Lee loves anything and everything having to do with animals, so the safari expedition and the chance to touch real animals, in particular, were his favorite things. My kids have been to many zoos and nature centers in their short lives, so although seeing exotic animals wasn't anything new to them, the experience of enjoying the animals in the context of Disney was unique. And, let me just state the obvious: Disney doesn't do anything half way. Their attention to detail is remarkable!
Grady and I have seen Lion King performed several times and it's a personal favorite. On the down side, we caught ourselves singing some of its classic tunes for the rest of the day (and the week, for that matter). "Oh I just caaaaan'tt wait... to be king...!"
Disney Day #1 was a success - due in a large part to The List - and also because weather was great, crowds were light, and my family was enjoying something special together. I had three kids that were asleep before lights were out and never made a peep until Grady and I woke them up the next morning.