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Day 8 - Thursday - Aquatica!
On our last trip two years ago, we didn't go to any waterparks. This time we decided to do Aquatica - SeaWorld's waterpark.
We had a blast! There are 2 different kids areas. One has several kid-size waterslides (Kata's Kookaburra Cove), and the other has a gigantic water play structure (Walkabout Waters). We set up beside the water play structure and the kids had such a blast!
We took turns going on a couple adult water slides, while other adults in our party watched the kids. That water play structure area made it easy to keep an eye on everybody. Nathan's sister and I went on two rides - Dolphin Plunge (a tube ride that goes through a dolphin aquarium - which happens too fast to actually see anything - rather overrated) and Tassie's Twisters (very fun!!). Nathan and his BIL went on 2 other rides. We also went on both the lazy river (Loggerhead Lane) and the more rapid river ride - both very fun as well. The more rapid one is harder to get out of cause the water moves pretty fast right there. All of us (including Emma and Sophia) went down Taumata Racer several times - where 8 racers fly down the fairly steep slide face first on a mat - super fun! A couple of the others checked out the wave pools as well.
This park was a lot of fun and definitely highly recommended!
We went back to Macaroni Grill for supper, also highly recommended :) Here we are at our impromptu photo shoot upon our return from supper..
The ladies, the men....
Day 8 - Friday - Animal Kingdom
Today we were all up bright and early to go to Disney's Animal Kingdom (this is the only Disney day that Nathan's parents and sister/bil went on with us).
As usual, we got there before the park opened and headed right for Expedition Everest, a high speed outdoor rollercoaster featuring the yedi - Emma & Sophia went on this as well! They didn't like it very much though because the part where you go backwards in the dark made them feel a little off. They recovered quickly though and off we went to the Kilimanjaro Safari, stopping to see Terk along the way. Kilimanjaro Safari is a jeep ride (huge jeep!) through an African wildlife preservation - lions, giraffes, elephants and more to see along the way. After that we took a quick trek through the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail (zoo type thing)and then headed to Camp Minnie/Mickey where the kids got Chip & Dale's autograph
as well as Donald's before we saw The Festival of the Lion King in a round theatre - just as good as last time! Fabulous show. We were debating about going on Expedition Everest again (just the adults), but it was really hot and crowded, so we let the kids play in The Boneyard play structure for a few minutes and then we headed home to our pool!
We went to TGI Friday's for supper again today.