Category Archives: The Cubicle Escapee

Flirting with King Louie

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you can meet King Louie and Baloo.  LET me tell you King Louie is a flirt!!!   I have met him twice and both times I have received many kisses and a tug of war between Louie & Baloo.

They are tons of fun, especially if you are an adult female.  If you get a chance to meet them! go for it, you will have a blast!

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Wild Africa Trek Part 2

The first part of the trek was pretty amazing we already received VIP treatment and learned up close and personal about hippos and their diet.

Next was the reason we had to weigh. The bridge over the crocodiles.  I do feel it is important to mention,  that it is totally safe, but Disney is so wonderful at making something look risky and daring when it reality you really have zero to worry about.

 

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I really loved this part of the tour. After we were done crossing the daring fun bridge it was time to jump in the vehicle and head out to the savanna.

If you have been on Kilimanjaro Safaris, you are aware that the driver takes you into the “African Savanna” to hunt for these amazing animals.  Well the same thing occurs on this tour, but you get closer to the animals.

As I told you the other day, I took the first tour of the morning, and we were practically the only vehicle on the Savannah, as the park had not quite opened up yet.   I really enjoyed how quiet and peaceful it was and the animals were all out and about, and clearly it is a great opportunity to take photos…

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Need less to say, the photographers are amazing at capturing you looking at the animals, and the happiness that might cross your face…

Plus you get some pretty close shots of some amazing animals

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What I find fantastic about this trip, is you can honestly take it multiple times and likely learn new things and have an unique experience.

I learned about the conservation efforts that Disney is taking across the world. For example, did you know elephants are deterred by bees? So Disney has developed a program with African Farmers, to utilize bee hives to keep elephants from trampling their crops, therefore eliminating poaching.

Or that flamingo’s are pink because they eat shrimp?

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The lions were out and about, which in the past  on the ride I had trouble spotting, because the lions were  always napping…

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After driving through the Savannah, we were taken to a “retreat” of sorts where we were served lunch with amazing views of the Savannah.

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Lunch was ok… I am such a picky eater, and don’t really like meat, but the edible flower was pretty tasty and different. I enjoyed the juice, fruit and cheese

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After lunch, we were driven back to the base camp and advised that part of tour fee is donated to conservation efforts around the world.

I choose the black rhino conservation effort, because the black rhino’s are considered CRITICALLY endangered by the IUCN, in other words they are facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild. In fact one subspecies was recently declared extinct, the western black rhino. Some estimate only 700 black rhinos are left in the wild. Help with this effort is critically needed and I get so sad thinking my grandchildren may never see a rhino.

Not a black rhino... but still a rhino
Not a black rhino… but still a rhino

Needless to say when I was given my coin to choose my donation, I didn’t think twice and placed it in the rhino conservation slot.

Overall I give this tour an A+++ because the tour was fantastic and I feel worth the price. I would gladly pay to do it again.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me, I can’t say enough fantastic things about this tour.

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Wild Africa Trek Part 1

When I first learned about this trek I was very turned off by the price tag.  It is a hefty $189 in non peak, and $249 for peak seasons which is a lot, if you are budget conscious like I am.

But I did it, and I loved every single moment of it.  The tour was simply fantastic, and I would do it again.

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Things to know:  My tour was the first one at 8 am.  You have to arrive early to sign waivers.  The day I choose to go Animal Kingdom was opening at 9.  I had to take a cab.  The cab ended up costing me $20.   So if you do the first tour (I recommend the first one!) make sure you do it on a day the parks open early to avoid cab fare.

If you are pregnant you do not go on the tour.  When we were asked if we were pregnant, a husband of a newly learned pregnant woman (she was only a month!) said we just found out last night she is pregnant.  In short, they were not on our tour, and given a refund. I am pretty sure the wife was giving her husband some pretty ugly looks too. lol

You have to wear closed toe shoes.

the cost includes a CD with 100s of images, and most of the images on these posts will be from that CD.

There is also a weight limit.  I think it is 300, but I could be wrong.  They DO WEIGH YOU. So if you are over the weight limit, they will know.  I am pretty sure this is a no exceptions type of rule, because they harness you.

That is all I can remember from the tour.

Ok so onto the tour.

Like I said when you first get to the tour, you get weighed and fitted into a harness, they you take a group photo

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we walk through all of the treks and our guides our guides were highly informative. It has been a while and I forgot their names, but I remember the girl telling us she drove on the jungle safari before applying for this job. She said when an opening comes up, 100s apply and one often gets the job. She had been doing the tour for 3 years now.

One of my guides, she was fantastic! I wish I could remember her name!
One of my guides, she was fantastic! I wish I could remember her name!

After we walked through the trails, we came up to the hippos.

Did you know hippos are responsible for more deaths than any other animal in Africa?

I fell in love with the hippos, they were in the process of being fed and it was interesting to learn about their diet.

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Next it was time for more pictures with the hippo in the back ground.

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Ok that is all for the post so far! Stay turned for more details from this amazing tour Disney offers.