This morning we headed for Animal Kingdom!
We all wore blue in honor of Gavin...
...and our Super G buttons that were given to us at the funeral by some of my high school friends.
The first thing we saw when we walked into the park was the Tree of Life. The tree is the iconic symbol of Animal Kingdom - their way of honoring and celebrating all living things.
If you are thinking about going to Disney World or have a trip coming up, you should keep your eye on the comments here and on my Facebook Page. Wonderful readers have been posting little tips and insider secrets for me this whole time. Thanks to a reader named, Aubry, we found a little hidden path that took us behind the tree and allowed us to be all alone by a beautiful waterfall. Brian led us there...
...and we took a moment to honor Gavin who would have LOVED that spot.
Once again, Disney came through when Brian announced he was SO hungry about an hour before our reservation. I walked into Tusker House and asked if we could come earlier and she immediately fit us in! Disney rocks. Donald greeted us at the door!
Brian was VERY excited for this character lunch because last night he never saw Daisy! Who knew he had a crush on Daisy!!
And he was once again very interested in getting autographs, which was so cute.
After lunch we decided to walk over to the Finding Nemo Show. It was a beautiful walk with so many fun, cultural things to see. And we found another great photo-op in front of the Tree of Life along the way, too.
We are so happy that Miss Sara came along with us. We've been having so much fun - and I'm so glad she's able to be here to see Brian's reactions to everything.
We made it to the Finding Nemo Show!!
We even scored seats in the very front! The show was amazing and Ed, Miss Sara and I all cried. Some of us more than others. We all were thinking of Gavin. The story line... the music... the colorful costumes... and, at the very end, they dropped bubbles from the ceiling. I could just imagine Gavin's laughter as bubbles rained down on him.
After the show, we decided to go on the Safari ride and then call it a day. Brian was hot... tired... and, quite frankly, he needed to get somewhere private to go to the bathroom. (I totally get it, dude.) The Safari ride was a lot of fun! Brian sat on my lap to get a better view and Ed captured some great photos of the animals.
We were so close to the giraffes!
And we learned that Mommy elephants are pregnant for 22 months. Most Moms on the Safari groaned, but I thought it was pretty amazing. I love being pregnant!
Speaking of which, I am already slightly showing. It seems impossible at only ten weeks, but I wouldn't make this up! And it's not a belly from eating too much ice cream (which definitely is a goal I have accomplished on this trip). We've been doing a lot of walking, but I'm making sure I'm drinking water and taking breaks. Lots and lots of bathroom breaks, that is.
Tomorrow is our last day here and Brian is very much anticipating our trip to Hollywood Studios. We'll be having lunch at Hollywood and Vine for Gavin - there is where we can meet his favorite characters ever... The Little Einsteins. Brian is excited to see the Star Wars characters and we got very lucky that there is a Storm Trooper Parade and other Star Wars activities this weekend. There's something called a Jedi Training Academy that we're hoping he can experience. He's also excited to go on the Toy Story ride which I hear is quite similar to the Buzz Lightyear ride he loved so much in the Magic Kingdom. We are going to try to make it to the Art of Animation Resort if we can fit it in without stressing Brian out with too much. My friend, Amy, told me that they have the place set up to look just like Radiator Springs from the movie Cars. Brian loves that movie - and he would be very excited to see Lightning McQueen and Mader.
Another successful day. The only thing that could have made this trip better is Gavin.