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So glad you enjoyed Rivers of Light - isn't it wonderful? We also sat there for about an hour or so before the show and found there was plenty to look at while we waited.
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Great shots of ROL, it is a wonderful addition to AK.
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What in the world could that lady have issue with that took 15 minutes! lol
Sorry about the stain on your shirt. That would totally be me too.
Glad the room was ready by the time you got done with lunch.
Great photopass pics.
I love people watching too! I can't wait to see Rivers of Light.
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What type of camera do you have? Your pics from the ROL showed such color and clarity, beautiful!
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Continuing great times in the AK! Nice that you got to visit Dinoland as it's not a part of the AK that a lot of us visit with the exception for Dinosaur. The sort of carnival area with Primeval Whirl and the games, I think is in desperate need of an overhaul! Great photos from ROL and glad you enjoyed it as it looks like quite a show!
We don't often head over to Dinoland, as it's always so blazing hot...all that pavement and no trees! But this time, with the cooler temps, we decide a walk through would be in order.
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What a great afternoon and night at AK! Your pictures of RoL are amazingly! Love the PP ones too!
Thanks Marnie! It was hard to tell when I was taking the photos, how they were turning out, but I was quite pleased when I loaded them onto the computer.
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Love you photos as you wandered Dinoland and Asia! Rivers of Light is such a great addition to Animal Kingdom. Great photos there, too. Great locations for PP photos. I need to look for a photographer in those places, too.
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So glad you enjoyed Rivers of Light - isn't it wonderful? We also sat there for about an hour or so before the show and found there was plenty to look at while we waited.
Oh yes, we thought it was wonderful! Very different from the other shows in that there are no fireworks, but beautiful in other ways.
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Yes it is a great addition! And really keeps people in the parks till nightfall.
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Great update Donna!! Your pictures of ROL are beautiful and I agree it is amazing!!
It just made me anxious knowing those little things were coming at some point!
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Sorry it's taken me so long in between posts. I've been babysitting quite a bit these last few days, plus we had our kids over for dinner last night, and the main reason is that I have been taking an online Insurance Reduction 6 hour course. But I have a few free minutes so I will finish up our first day...

January 22 – part 5

After Rivers of Light, we made our way to Yak and Yeti where we had ADRs for 7:45. It was perfect timing!

IMG_9295 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

We were seated a minute or two after arriving. And we quite a peaceful dinner because the place was mostly empty! Jeff started with a Safari Amber ale and I ordered a Yak Attack.

IMG_9297 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

For dinner, Jeff had Shrimp lo mein and after a talk with the chef about GF options, I had Chicken Tikka Masala. Our server, Steven, said it was spicy, which I like, so I decided to go for it. It was superb!

IMG_9301 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

IMG_9300 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

IMG_9303 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

IMG_9304 (640x427) by Donna Allan, on Flickr

After dinner we had a nice walk, through an almost-empty park, to the bus stop. There was only one other family waiting there and we chatted with them at the stop and the whole way back to the resort! It’s always fun sharing stories about Disney so it was a very pleasant bus ride!

Miller’s Road is the 4th stop for the OKW bus, so we had a little tour of the resort. And after we were dropped off, we made our way to our room, where our luggage was waiting for us. We unpacked our clothes and the few food items that we’d brought and got ready for bed soon after.

The weather today was – warm and sunny!
The best thing today was: the timing of things…our flight back on schedule again, walking right on a DME bus, and getting the text that our room was ready just as we were finishing lunch.
The worst thing today was – the long wait at Goods to Go
The Funniest thing today was– hmmm, we didn’t really have a funniest thing listed.
Today we tried – Rivers of Light
And the result was – an outstanding show!
The most magical moment today was – the “pre-show” of RoL with the animal projections on the trees across the lake.

Next up – Rope drop at DHS
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