On Friday We Go to the World

at Disney's Animal Kingdom

“Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.”


Shade is good.

Reeves's Muntjac

Morning of the iguana.

Yes, iguana.

Ducks of the Oasis

That's right. Ducks.

click here for video

Hard to believe that it’s been twenty years already…

20 Years of the Animal Kingdom

A marsupial moment.


click here for kangaroo clip

“My bill has a yellow saddle.”

Saddle-Billed Stork

Padded river.

African Crested Porcupine

Quill you have a drink with me?

sippin' rodent

click here for porcupine clip

Giant Galápagos Tortoise


Click here for galloping galápagos.

More river padding.


A bird and a bug. On the Tree of Life.

Vermilingua, a profile.

that's an anteater, to you

Imagineer Joe Rohde: “In the beginning. The Tree of Life would sit about right here. From a site walk in 1991. Happy Birthday to Animal Kingdom.”

The Tree of Life

Click here for Tree of Life and falling water.

A bridge to Africa.

Yes, a bridge. Between Discovery Island and Africa.

Maharajah Jungle Trek

Trying to cut back on the fire-breathing thing.

Komodo Dragon

Macaca silenus.

macaque with arms up

“I’m the Tree Monitor. I’ll need to see your tree pass.”

I really am the Tree Monitor.

Click here if you want to monitor him.

Save Our Bats

Fruit Bat

Here's what you can do

Fruit Bat, another

“Where is my cylinder?”

when there's a tiger at the window

“Found it.”

everybody but tigers out of the pool

“On Friday we wear stripes.”

how do they get their stripes?

Click here for the chin rub. And here for the walkabout.

it's a bird

Rock that crown, Victoria.

Victoria Crowned Pigeon

Lunch at Sebastian's Bistro

The resort has recently undergone a major overhaul. The restaurant has been open just about a week.

Crab Cake. With Watercress Salad and Herb Mayonnaise.

What I said. A crab cake.

Jerk Chicken Salad. With Black Beans and Rice and Marinated Vegetable Ribbons.

As indicated above.

at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

The view of what will eventually be Disney’s Riviera Resort is currently quite unlovely.

you know what this is

Here’s what will eventually be the Disney Skyliner Station.

a look at Disney Skyliner

Take aim, fire at will, down a gondola and win a prize!

fire a cannon at a gondola, win a prize

The official flag of the resort, naturally.

it's a jolly roger

In case of actual Skyliner opening, just peel for directions.

I am here; which way to the Skyliner?

Last one.

is that a lighthouse?

at the Magic Kingdom

and I say to myself, “it’s a wonderful time not to be in the standby queue for Splash Mountain.”

how do you get in a standby line?

Given the opportunity, I will never not photograph Beacon Joe.

at Alligator Swamp

Click here for teepees.

When your trunk runs into your peanuts.

Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station

Don’t even try to get in there and drive that locomotive yourself.

Casey Jr Circus Train

I’ll be in my trailer.

Clowns: the trailer

It has its devotees, obviously, but the Tomorrowland Speedway remains firmly in place as my least favorite Walt Disney World distraction. Of course, all those people in line for it are people who are not in line in front of me at an attraction I like, so… speed on, people! (While the speeding is good)

Another in the Articles-of-Clothing-That-Should-Be-Available-in-Adult-Sizes-But-Aren’t series:

Welcome, foolish mortals

Why is there a bust of Maurice Chevalier on display in the Emporium?

a bust on display in the Emporium

Maurice Chevalier

that's all - time to go home

Click here to take the monorail out of here.

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