Our next stop was at the Caravan Stage and the Flights of Wonder show. This was a bird show with a variety of different birds, and has since been replaced with UP! A Great Bird Adventure.
We’ve not seen the new show which has Russell learning about birds from around the world for his Bird Badge, and it looks like it’s the same birds, but just a slightly different storyline.
By now it was very late afternoon and the sun was beginning to go down. We didn’t do much more other than have a bit of a wander around before hanging out in front of the Tree of Life to watch the new (at the time) Tree of Life Awakenings.
Here are some more photos of the theme park…
While we waited for the Tree of Life Awakenings which begins after dark and occurs approximately every 10 minutes until the park closes we stopped for ice cream – specifically a Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar – yum!
Flickering fireflies magically appear and stir to life the animal spirits in the tree’s towering trunk—bringing to light a dazzling visual display swarming with color and animated imagery.
Gaze upon a young doe embarking upon a thrilling journey. Behold love blossoming between a pair of hummingbirds. Spy a sly fox spreading gifts of love among the denizens of a wintry forest.
A feast for the eyes, each revelation celebrates the eternal balance and harmony that exists in all living things, big or small, and is sure to inspire and delight your whole family tree. – Walt Disney World
Seeing the Tree of Life come to life as it were, was so magical and so pretty, so I will close out with some of the photos that I took. As well as of the Animal Kingdom Christmas tree all lit up.
We bade farewell to Animal Kingdom for the last time this trip and headed out for dinner at Bahama Breeze in Kissimmee. A family favorite of ours.
There is a bit of a shortcut from Animal Kingdom – Sherberth Road – to Hwy 192 where you’ll find several restaurants as well as several villa communities. We’ve stayed off the 192 a couple of times before becoming Disney Vacation Club Members.
However, the restaurant was busy and instead of waiting for a table, we got take-out instead. Unfortunately, I don’t seem to have any record of what we all had, other than the cost of the bill on my spreadsheet.
That said, it’s likely we had our favorites, which for me is usually Firecracker Shrimp, a Cuban Sandwich, and Banana Nut Bread!
Tomorrow we are at Epcot and our last full day of our 2017 trip.
Read about the day after:
Day 14: The Story of Christmas
Epcot / Lunch at Biergarten / Candlelight Processional with Neil Patrick Harris
Read about the day before:
Day 12: Fire & Water
Pool Time / Lunch at Oasis Pool Bar & Grill / Hollywood Studios /Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam! Holiday Firework Show / Dinner at Yachtsman Steakhouse
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The camera I use for my Disney photography is a Canon EOS 70D.
The two main lenses I use: Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro and Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC Art. Both of these lenses will also fit Nikon and Sony DSLRs.
I also take some photos on my iPhone7 for sharing on social media – follow my Disney Instagram account – LoveDisneyPhotos
Pool photos are taken with: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5. A similar model is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30EB-A
Videos are taken with Panasonic HC-V720, although the newer model is the Panasonic HC-V770.
Any photo editing is done with Photoshop or with Instagram editing features and filters.