Our second day brought with it an enormous breakfast with the family and some extra wheels for a couple of family members. Owen’s condition hadn’t particularly improved, and Papa’s walking pains had actually gotten worse. We still managed to make it out to the park as a family and have some fun at the Animal Kingdom.
When we arrived we were left to decide between a wheelchair and a stroller for Owen because we weren’t going to carry him for another full day. The wheelchair was deemed the more viable option given his height, so we spent the whole day pushing him around in it. This left me wondering what people thought about him hopping out of the wheelchair and walking around whenever we got to something interesting, but I don’t think anyone cared since we weren’t trying to use it to skip any lines.
We began with a quick meet and greet (not a lot of Fast Passes available in the Animal Kingdom).
While heading over toward the Dinosaur area, we saw some birds that seemed particularly photogenic.
We walked over into DinoLand and the boys immediately gravitated towards the playground.
After they’d worn themselves out, we plopped Owen back into the wheelchair so Max and I could go over to the Dinosaur ride. Owen and Christy weren’t interested (they made the right call, they wouldn’t have liked it) but Max and I had an entertaining and jarring ride through the various dinosaur time periods. When we emerged, it looked like the group was starting to get back together. Christy and Owen had been busy meeting someone while they waited for us.
Once that was done, we met back up with the group and waited in line for some of the rides in the immediate area. We got Owen to go on somewhat of a spinny ride, but the video didn’t turn out very well for it.
This one turned out okay, though.
After that, the day was less about rides and more about spending time with the family.
We bought the boys some Disney shorts (it was getting pretty warm) then had some lunch alongside some very curious wildlife.
We had our photo taken in front of a very large tree.
Then we started making our way towards the general vicinity of the safari ride.
At long last, we arrived. Everyone sat down and had some snacks and we just chilled for a bit before getting in line for the trek.
The ride was bumpy with a lot of abrupt starting and stopping, but I did what I could to get some decent photos of the wide variety of animals on display.
It was quite an eventful ride, and at the end we noticed it was actually starting to get a bit late. Much of the Animal Kingdom shuts down a little on the early side, so we decided to walk through and look at a few more animals before heading back to the hotel for some pizza.
We briefly stopped by a gift shop so the boys could get something and luckily that spared us a momentary rainstorm that happened outside. Thankfully it let up and we stayed dry on the way back to the hotel.
We headed back, ate lots of pizza, and settled in for another day of exciting adventure. Owen’s condition seemed to have stabilized but not particularly improved, but his spirits were still high so we were thankful for that. If you want to check out the rest of the photos from day two, you can click here. Otherwise we’ll see you next time with the final chapter in our Disneyworld saga.