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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Disney Thanksgiving - Day 9 - Happy Thanksgiving! and Jacob and Melissa's birthdays

November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today, we spent Thanksgiving at Animal Kingdom.  It really didn't feel like Thanksgiving at all.  At the park, the only indication of Thanksgiving was that two of the restaurants were serving Thanksgiving meals.  Other than that, it looked like any other day.  It was a little crowded, but not too bad.  I would guess that Magic Kingdom was packed.

Before we left, one of our resident hairdressers, Avery, spent like a half hour working on Zoe's hair



We arrived at the park by about 9:15am.  I think it may have opened at 8am.



The kids had fun trying out different African musical instruments.  Zoe had been searching for a drum since the parade in the lobby the other night, and Grandma was happy to buy her one when she found it.






















As usual Triceratops Spin was our first ride or three.  Then Dinosaur and a couple rides on Primevil Whirl with fastpasses. 



Looks like Zoe was trying to pick another souvenir.  She was getting shopping advice from her coach Avery.  She picked up both princess packs and said, "I'll get both of these."  I advised her to ask Santa.


Poor Zach:
 


















Melissa's so cold that she has to buy a blanket.



The Safari was the most anticipated ride of the day

Cranes like this one woke me up a couple of mornings.  They sounded like an annoying alarm clock before what appeared to be their mating ritual.






This could just as well have been a picture from our balcony

Mama and baby


 
Jacob's favorite ride at AK is Expedition Everest!  Mine too!  We got to ride twice before meeting the others at The Lion King show.

 
I was exhausted from the week's activities and decided to head back to the hotel with Zach to rest and call my family to wish them a happy Thanksgiving.  It wasn't too long before everyone else returned too and we all leisurely packed for our return home tomorrow.


 























After we left the park we celebrated Jacob's birthday which is in four days.
Jacob blowing out the pretend candle on his baby cake

Singing Happy Birthday, I guess.

 




We ate our Thanksgiving dinner at Boma, which is an African buffet.  They also had traditional Thanksgiving food on the buffet today.



 

 

 

 
A sampling of traditional food for Zoe


We also celebrated Melissa's birthday today too since hers is in three days.





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