My enthusiasm for all things Animal Kingdom knows no bounds, but I have a confession to make: I tend to rush through the aviaries at the end of Maharajah Jungle Trek and Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail. I get excited about seeing all the animals and then when I get to the aviary, I start thinking right away about what I want to do next or when our next FastPass will be. Birds-shmirds, right? They’re basically all the same and can be…well…boring, no? They can also drop “bombs” on unsuspecting passersby and who wants that vacation memory? Recently though, I decided to try something new. At the end of the Gorilla Falls trail, when we reached the birds, I took a different attitude. Here’s what happened…
Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Stop for Gorilla Falls Aviary!
We were actually almost to the exit when I started watching this little yellow bird search for something that turned out to be a small red leaf. It took the leaf, flew to it’s nest and, except for its tail sticking out, disappeared inside the nest. For a while. I could see it was busy trying to place the leaf, I suppose, so I waited to see what it would do next. The little bird popped back out and still had the leaf in its beak! Which it promptly spit out…leaf rejected! What the heck kind of bird was this picky thing with the cool looking basket-like nest?
Heaving a pretty big sigh at myself, I quietly called to Raymond and Joseph to wait a minute, I’d be right back. I knew from doing the Wilderness Explorers adventure there would be a bird spotting guide back by the entrance, so I wove back through the crowd, against traffic, and snagged one. As I walked back to the guys, I started paying much more attention to the birds. There are a lot of birds. Different shapes, sizes and colors – up above and down below. If you’ve got a fear of birds (Ornithophobia), you’ll maybe want to skip this area.
Raymond and Joseph, familiar with my ways, waited patiently as I took my first extended tour of the aviary. I learned some stuff. The birds seem really happy. If you’ve been skipping out on this, you should give it a try next time you’re there.
Have you spent time in Animal Kingdom’s aviaries? Which do you prefer, the one on Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail or on Maharajah Jungle Trek?