Beverage Recon: Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Dawa Bar

What better way to enjoy a hot, Disney day in the Animal Kingdom than to stop for a few minutes, take a load off your tired, over-walked feet, and sip a cold beverage?

What better place than Dawa Bar?

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Attached to Tusker House Restaurant, and loitering around in the neighborhood of the recently-relocated Festival of the Lion King, it is one great outdoor “watering hole”.

Unfortunately, it boasts a sparse seating area.

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But, even though the establishment is usually pretty busy, there’s often a seat to claim at the bar, itself.

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If there’s one drawback to this little gem of a spot, though, it’s a lack of food options.  Often relegated to being Tusker House’s “waiting room”, you have to search elsewhere for a snack.

Such as …

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Mere footsteps away from Dawa, Harambe Fruit Market is littered with … well, fruit.  But, they also have …

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Pretzels!  Mickey Pretzels and Jalapeño Cheese Pretzels!  Mmmm.  They’re absolutely perfect when combined with the “star” of today’s “show”.  Ahhhh.

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Cheers, everyone!

Post “Game” Analysis: Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Every “game” has it’s excruciatingly-detailed post “game” analysis, eh?

Why did Russell Wilson throw four interceptions this past weekend?  How did the Seahawks win their big game against the Packers anyway?

Where were the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday?  Did New England’s dastardly Patriots intentionally deflate the footballs used in the game in order to cheat Indy out of a fair chance to win?

How in “The World” did Expedition Everest beat Kilimanjaro Safaris again?  Or, did it?  Huh?

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Well, below, I present a brief look inside the numbers of our just-completed “tournament” to crown the All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Disney’s Animal Kingdom Attraction.  Here’s our post “game” analysis …

As voted by you this past Sunday, the FINAL Top 4 were:

  1. Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  2. Kilimanjaro Safaris
  3. Festival of the Lion King
  4. Kali River Rapids

But, even though Everest conquered Safaris by nine votes in that head-to-head competition, here’s the Final Four if we were to list them by overall vote totals received for the entire competition:

  1. Kilimanjaro Safaris (153 votes)
  2. Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain (152)
  3. DINOSAUR (82)
  4. Festival of the Lion King (53)

An all-too-slim triumph for the zebras and giraffes?  Hmm.  These two attractions are “too close to call”.

And, look at DINOSAUR!  Our 5th place finisher, it didn’t even make our official Final Four grouping.  Yet, it defeats our 3rd Place finisher, Festival of the Lion King, by a whopping 29 votes!

How have our Finalists changed over the years?  Take a look:

2013

  1. Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  2. Kilimanjaro Safaris
  3. Festival of the Lion King
  4. Finding Nemo – The Musical

2014

  1. Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  2. Kilimanjaro Safaris
  3. Finding Nemo – The Musical
  4. DINOSAUR

2015

  1. Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  2. Kilimanjaro Safaris
  3. Festival of the Lion King
  4. Kali River Rapids

Finally, are your friends asking you for a recommendation as to what attractions to focus their time on when they visit WDW’s “kingdom of beasts”?  Well, here’s our “new” Top 10.  Tell them to use this list as a guide:

  1. Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  2. Kilimanjaro Safaris
  3. Festival of the Lion King
  4. Kali River Rapids
  5. DINOSAUR
  6. Finding Nemo – The Musical
  7. Maharajah Jungle Trek
  8. It’s Tough to be a Bug!
  9. Flights of Wonder
  10. The Boneyard

If they spend their day at any of the above, they’ll likely be on the right track!

Thanks, again, for all your support, my friends!  I appreciate all of your participation and votes!  Next up?  Whatever’s left in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Oof.  That ought to be a challenge.

 

Have YOU Defeated the Yeti?!

Because IT has defeated everything else … AGAIN!

Like I said this past Saturday, I can’t wait to see how Avatarland impacts the future of this little competition.  For example, will a ride on a mountain banshee be strong enough to break the Yeti’s grip on Disney’s Animal Kingdom?  Hmm.

In fact, the Abominable Snowman’s hold over us just gets stronger year-after-year.  Two years, ago, in our inaugural run though Disney’s fourth park, Everest bested Kilimanjaro Safaris by a single, solitary vote.  One!

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Then, in 2014, this thrilling streak backwards, in the dark, through cold mountain passages won by an almost-as-slim margin of four votes.  Here, in 2015, its dominance increases to nine votes!

Why?  Is this because each year we love it more-and-more?  Or, is it because each year more people start craving something fresh?  After all, Everest’s Expedition is the newest of the bunch.

As I said both in 2013 and after last year’s tourney, “[f]or me, Kilimanjaro Safaris Expedition was the choice.  I love Everest, but, Safaris is the attraction that tells me I’m in the Animal Kingdom.”

It’s true.  For Mrs. All in WDW and I, if you told us we could only experience one attraction in the Animal Kingdom, it would be … well, it would be the animals, of course.  Zebras.  Giraffes.  Lions.  That would be our choice.

I said it better last year … “[f]rom rhinos to lions, elephants to hippos, and my beloved zebras and giraffes, you just don’t know you’re in the Animal Kingdom until you get bounced across the Harambe Wildlife Reserve.”

Yeti?!  You did it again!  You are STILL the All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Disney’s Animal Kingdom Attraction!  But … watch out for banshees!

The GREAT BIG Animal Kingdom Finale! VOTE!

Great response yesterday, my friends!  GREAT response!  I’m so speechless, we’re going to get right back into it!

Welcome to AK!

Today, you have two jobs.  TWO!  First, you’ve created a Final Four of true contenders.  Vote for ONE in this group immediately below!

Which one of these will become the 2015 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Disney’s Animal Kingdom Attraction?!

Then, for the first time in All in WDW history, let me hand you a Consolation “Bracket”!  Let’s put the remaining four contenders from yesterday’s polls into proper order.  Same drill.  VOTE for ONE!

TWO votes in total today, fans.  In Group #1, above, what is your ultimate favorite?  In Group #2, below, what is your favorite amongst yesterday’s castaways!  Easy?!

Happy voting … and, as the sign says, “Have a WILD time”!!

YOUR Favorite Animal Kingdom Attractions … Day 2 Voting is OPEN!

As I watch you vote, I can’t help but wonder … how amazing will it be to see these polls in a few years?  Think about it.

Here, in Disney’s Animal Kingdom … Avatarland!

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In Hollywood Studios, a Star Wars Land?  And, an expanded Pixar Place?  Hey!  What impact will the Seven Dwarves have on the Magic Kingdom “tourney” this year?  I can’t WAIT to see it all!

In the meantime, today, we have an “animalistic” Elite Eight.  Let’s move on and whittle them down to four finalists!

Same process as yesterday, of course, VOTE for ONE in each group.  You get TWO votes today.  The Top 2 vote-getters in each group will make it to the finale!

Get to work!