So, THIS is Disney World, huh? Well, so far Disney World is just plain AWESOME!!! I’ve never been before. We left New Orleans bright and early on Tuesday morning and started our long drive to Orlando, Florida. Lake Buena Vista, Florida……to be exact! We passed through Biloxi, Mississippi and Mobile, Alabama. We stopped in Pensacola Beach, Florida and walked along the beach. This was my first time on a beach. Where I’m from we are landlocked. I got to go in the ocean and my dad took a picture of me doing a back bend on the beach. I posted it on my Instagram account. Then we hopped back in the car and drove through Destin, Florida. We couldn’t stop at the beach there because we got caught in a ginormous rainstorm! The traffic kept us stuck in Destin for longer than my dad wanted us to be. That town is FULL of people on vacation and we saw them running from the beaches and getting on the road trying to get out of the rain. The traffic was really slow driving through town for over an hour. Once we left Destin, we got to Panama City, where we stopped and ate lunch. Then we were back on the road to Disney. We finally arrived in time for the fireworks as we were driving in on Tuesday night. Wow! This place is like another city all its own!
On Wednesday, we spent the day at Animal Kingdom. We went on a morning safari called the Kilimanjaro Safari with my dance group through Africa and saw all kinds of exotic animals. We ate breakfast together then we were on our own for the rest of the day. My family decided to go over to Dinoland and ride on the Dinosaur. We even got my mom and dad to go on it! It was fun. Then we went on the Wildlife Express Train from Africa to the Wildlife Conservatory. While we were on the train, the skies opened up and it started to pour rain. We didn’t get wet on the train. We put on our parkas and pulled out our umbrellas and kept on going! We went shopping in stores like Creature Comforts, Mombassa Marketplace, Mariya’s Souvenirs, and Ziwani Traders. I bought Duffy the Disney Bear from Creature Comforts. You can only buy him at Disney and I’ve been planning on getting him for months! I bought his sailor suit too. The sales clerk said the cost is $50. I said, “What?” She said, “Welcome to Disney” with a smile.
I got autographs from Daisy Duck and Russell and Dug from the movie, Up. Then my sister and brother and me rode Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain! One word – AWESOME!!! It was fast and scary and went backwards. I screamed and laughed. The best roller coaster ride ever! Then we went back to Dinoland and rode the Primeval Whirl. My parents didn’t go on that ride either. It was pretty cool too! This whole time we were walking and shopping and riding on rides in the rain! I’ve never done that before, but hey, we were at Disney World! Are you kidding me, none of us were going to go back to the hotel and wait out the rain. Plus, it didn’t stop raining until that evening. We went back to the hotel in the late afternoon and dried off and took naps for a couple of hours. Then it was back to Animal Kingdom that night for dinner at Tusker House. It was an all you can eat buffet and it was soooo good. I’d highly recommend that you eat there if you go to Disney World. I had salmon and chicken and garlic mashed potatoes and corn and I tried plantains for the first time. I had apple cherry cobbler and chocolate chip cookies and brownies. We were all very full when we left. We went back to the hotel and got ready for another busy day.