A Sparkle of Genius 2015-04-24T18:58:03Z http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/feed/atom Melissa Au <![CDATA[10 Amazing Bunk Beds that will make you the coolest Parent in town]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=12937 2015-04-24T18:58:03Z 2015-04-24T18:24:56Z Looking to win awesome parent status? Check out these 10 Amazing Bunk Beds that will make you the coolest Parent in town.   Which one is your favorite? You can find these awesome beds only at Cuckooland. Which one is your favorite?

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BunkBedsLooking to win awesome parent status? Check out these 10 Amazing Bunk Beds that will make you the coolest Parent in town.   Which one is your favorite?

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[5 things you may not have known about the Animal Kingdom Lodge #MonkeyKingdomEvent]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=12927 2015-04-24T18:11:58Z 2015-04-24T17:58:11Z While at Disney World for the Monkey Kingdom Event, I had the opportunity to have an interview with Greg Peccie while at the Sanaa Restaurant. I will tell you more about this amazing restaurant on Monday, but I am excited to share with you what I learned of lunch with our interview. Greg Peccie is […]

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11182158_10152705370971770_4128348768515080026_nWhile at Disney World for the Monkey Kingdom Event, I had the opportunity to have an interview with Greg Peccie while at the Sanaa Restaurant. I will tell you more about this amazing restaurant on Monday, but I am excited to share with you what I learned of lunch with our interview. Greg Peccie is the Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Animal Operations Manager.  His job is to not only take make sure that the animals are getting proper care, but to also manage those that are in giving the care.

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My parents live in Orlando area, so many times when we visit we stop by Animal Kingdom Lodge.  The environment is so inviting and we love being able to spot animals.  My kids love seeing how close the animals will get to them and learning about new animals.  I loved hearing Greg Peccie because he obviously loved his job and loved the environment that they have created.
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I learned so much from this interview and I wanted to share with you 5 things you may not have known about the Animal Kingdom Lodge.

1.  Unlike Animal Kingdom, at the Animal Kingdom Lodge the animals stay out all night.  They only come inside between 6-11 in the morning for testing and procedures.  They have a special bell that they ring and the animals know to go into the barn at this time.

2.  Many of the education guides you will find at Animal Kingdom lodge are from Africa and visiting on a 12 mo. working Visa so they can work and teach first hand about Africa and the animals.

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3. Animal Kingdom Lodge is 46 acres, has 250 animals, 30 different species and 4 Savannas.  There goal at Animal Kingdom Lodge is that people would leave with a new appreciation of a new animal.

4.  At Animal Kingdom Lodge, they recognize that learning from a tv or ipad is not the same as seeing them in person.  They wanted to give guests the experience to try and see something new.  They developed the lodge as an educational experience for kids and if you are staying at the lodge, you will find an animal spotting guide in your room.IMG_8133

5. There are great was at the lodge to learn more about the animals.  These options have an additional cost.  You could dine with an animal specialist where you have the opportunity to ask any question that you have about the animals. They also have the Wanyama Safari where you drive through the Savannas and then have a 5 course meal.  This culinary safari sounds amazing.

For more information about the lodge visit: Animal Kingdom Lodge online.

MOnkeyKingdomAnother way to learn about the animals in our world is by watching the Disneynature movies.  Disneynature Monkey Kingdom is in theaters now.  This movie took almost 3 years to film and gives an amazing behind the scenes look at the Monkeys and how they interactive and live in their environment.  This movie is perfect for the whole family.  My kids loved following the story of Maya and Kip.  You can see it now at a theater near you!

I received a trip to Disney World for the Monkey Kingdom Event.  In return, I agreed to share my experiences with my readers.  All opinions are my own.

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Disney’s Animal Kingdom Backstage Tales Tour #MonkeyKingdomEvent]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=12910 2015-04-23T17:03:54Z 2015-04-23T17:03:54Z This last week, while at the Monkey Kingdom Event, I had the opportunity to go on the Disney’s Animal Kingdom Backstage Tales Tour.  I had not previously heard of this tour and was excited to see what goes on behind the scenes.  Sometimes it is easy to forget that behind the magical walls of Disney, an […]

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This last week, while at the Monkey Kingdom Event, I had the opportunity to go on the Disney’s Animal Kingdom Backstage Tales Tour.  I had not previously heard of this tour and was excited to see what goes on behind the scenes.  Sometimes it is easy to forget that behind the magical walls of Disney, an actual world exists!  And not just a regular world, but acres of disney property used for taking care of the animals!

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When you first get to your tour, you will get your audio device so you can hear the guide through the tour.  You will also get a name badge, fill out a wavier and meet your tour guide.  Your tour guide will spend a few minutes telling you about the park and what to expect on the tour.  This tour started bright and early so we were able to get into the park a few minutes before it opened.  This was so nice because we didn’t have to worry about security lines, took photos without crowds and enjoyed some quiet time with out a mass of people.

IMG_8068It was actually really funny, because we were taking photos of the tree of life when the park opened, and suddenly crowds up people literally come running by us, rushing to get to their rides! You will have a few minutes to take photos while you walk through the park, but once you go backstage, you can’t take photos.  I really like that they do this, because this keeps the tour special for each person that goes on it.

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While on this tour, you will take a quick stop at the aviary where if you choose, you will have the opportunity to feed the birds.  This was really fun because the birds go crazy for the food!

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We also had the chance to see a Monkey Friend just hangin’ around.  Which is perfectly fitting for the Monkey Kingdom Event!

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You will learns so much backstage on the Disney’s Animal Kingdom Backstage Tales Tour.  It was really fun to have the opportunity to see where animals spend the night, learn their eating habits and lifestyles and see some animals up close.  While on our tour, we were able to see a Black Rhino up close, see the vet center, visit the elephant habitat, see the training of a Komodo dragon, learn about the flight pattern of cranes, and have a Rice Crispy and water break!

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For attending this tour, you also receive a beautiful water bottle which makes such a great keepsake! This tour is available for anyone visiting.  For more information visit: Animal Kingdom Backstage Tales.

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While at Animal Kingdom, you will find this amazing Sand Sculpture out front of the main entrance!  The details were amazing.  I couldn’t imagine being able to sculpt that out of sand!  Disneynature Monkey Kingdom is in theaters now!  We had the opportunity to see it while on our trip and it is truly a wonderful movie.  Possibly my favorite Disneynature to date.  Although, they are all amazing.

See MONKEY KINGDOM **today**  and Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to Conservation International to help protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats. Learn more at http://nature.disney.com/monkey-kingdom.

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Crafting with Kids- Paper Pumpkin by Stampin Up!]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=12896 2015-04-22T22:40:45Z 2015-04-22T22:40:45Z This post is sponsored by Stampin Up.  All opinions are my own. My daughter loves crafting!  She is always looking for things to create, color or paint.  I encourage my kids to spend some time every day doing art, using their imagination and creating.  I really feel that crafting with kids is so important and […]

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Stampin Up Paper PumpkinThis post is sponsored by Stampin Up.  All opinions are my own.

My daughter loves crafting!  She is always looking for things to create, color or paint.  I encourage my kids to spend some time every day doing art, using their imagination and creating.  I really feel that crafting with kids is so important and that they need lots of opportunities to try new things.  The Stampin Up Paper Pumpkin Kit is perfect because it is a monthly Stamp craft project that comes right to your door.

Stampin Up Paper PumpkinEach month is different and is a really fun project to make.  Often the project coordinates with the holidays or events in that time of year.  This year, the Paper Pumpkin kit was perfect for Mothers Day and Fathers Day.  Each kit comes with everything that you would need to complete the project.

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 The April Paper Pumpkin Kit came with Love You a Lot Photopolymer Stamp Set, Crushed Curry and Pacific Point Classic Stampin Spot Ink, 8 Card bases, 8 White cardstock pieces, 2 sheets of die cut bows, 8 Kraft pockets, Yellow and Blue Baker’s Twine, 50 Dimensionals, 50 Adhesive dots and easy to follow directions.  All of the paper and cardstock is already cut to size for the project.

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I gave my daughter free reign to follow the instructions and make her very own cards for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Thank you cards for her teacher.  She was easily able to follow the directions and made some really adorable cards.

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Not only did she have an amazing time crafting and creating, but she ran to me after each one to show me how excited she was for how cute it turned out.  Crafting can definitely build confidence in children!  I agree, though, she did a fantastic job! The Stampin Up Paper Pumpkin kit is perfect gift for preteens-teens and one that they will really enjoy!  These kits are only $19.95 per month including shipping! For more information or to subscribe visit: Paper Pumpkin by Stampin Up!

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Four Ways to make your Backyard a Certified Wildlife Habitat]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=12893 2015-04-22T21:53:09Z 2015-04-22T21:53:09Z Did you know that your yard can be a Certified Wildlife Habitat? I recently went to Epcot for the International Flower and Garden Festival and we learned that getting your yard certified is easier than you think! I immediately called my husband and told him that I wanted to do this!  Being Earth Day, this […]

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Did you know that your yard can be a Certified Wildlife Habitat? I recently went to Epcot for the International Flower and Garden Festival and we learned that getting your yard certified is easier than you think! I immediately called my husband and told him that I wanted to do this!  Being Earth Day, this is a perfect way to give back to the beautiful world that we live in.

Here are Four Ways to make your Backyard a Certified Wildlife Habitat:

1.  Food.  This is one that we can already check off of our list.  A few years ago my son made a wood Bird House.  This is a perfect places for birds and other wildlife to get food.  Inside your bird feeder you can have birdseed, fruits, nuts, berries or other types of wildlife feed.

2.  Water.  You can find pretty inexpensive bird paths at stores like Walmart or Home depot. You need to make sure and change the water often so it stays clean for the wildlife. If you wanted to go a little fancier you could build a fountain or stream in your backyard.

3. Shelter.  You’ll probably realize that you already have places for shelter in your yard. If you have bushes, or rock piles in your yard, then you’ll already have this one done.

4. Place to raise their young. If you have large mature trees around your home that you already have this requirement taken care of.  You can also build nesting boxes to put around your property.

Our backyard needs a little more work, but we are more than halfway done to having a Certified Wildlife Habitat.  How many of these do you already have?

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival #MonkeyKingdomEvent]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=12873 2015-04-22T21:18:56Z 2015-04-22T15:28:40Z If you have the opportunity to visit Disney World between now and May 17th I highly recommend checking out Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival. While I was at DisneyWorld celebrating Disneynature Monkey Kingdom opening in theaters, we had the opportunity to visit the festival.  I have always loved going to Epcot and exploring the different countries, but the International Flower & Garden Festival […]

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EpcotMonorailIf you have the opportunity to visit Disney World between now and May 17th I highly recommend checking out Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival. While I was at DisneyWorld celebrating Disneynature Monkey Kingdom opening in theaters, we had the opportunity to visit the festival.  I have always loved going to Epcot and exploring the different countries, but the International Flower & Garden Festival is fun because it gives you so much more to do and see.  I love Gardens so I really loved seeing how they were able to beautify the park with such an amazing variety and flowers and plants. I think that the International Flower & Garden Festival is especially known for their Disney character Topiaries around the park.  In all, you can find over 100 topiary displays at this festival. Here are some of my favorites:

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Everywhere you look in Epcot, you can find beautiful flower Gardens, plants and displays that truly are beautiful.  You could spend hours seeing everything that there is to see at this festival.  I decided after going to Epcot that I was going to create a Certified Wildlife Habitat in my backyard.  Did you know that this is easy to do?  All you need are these four basic elements for wildlife to survive:

1.  Food
2. Water
3. Cover
4. Places to raise young

Here are some of the beautiful flowers at Epcot.

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For dinner while we were at Epcot we had the opportunity to enjoy the delicious Outdoor Kitchens.  These are speciality food choices that are offered with Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival.  Many of the counties had stations outside of their area with food choices available that you would find in that Country.  I loved being able to taste a selection of items from around the world.  Here are some of my favorites:

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While at Epcot, you’ll probably see the finished version of the Disneynature Monkey Kingdom statue.  We had the opportunity to watch the Sand Sculptures carving this amazing display.  Monkey Kingdom is in theaters now and such a great movie to watch with the whole family!

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Check out the Disneynature Monkey Kingdom trailer:

I received an all expense paid trip to Disney World as part of the Monkey Kingdom Bloggers Event.  In return I promised to share my experiences with my readers.  All opinions are my own.

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[3 Tips for bladder leakage #underwareness]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=12867 2015-04-24T16:41:10Z 2015-04-21T21:48:58Z Bladder leakage is often a topic that no one wants to talk about. It is a topic that my be embarrassing, uncomfortable or secretive. Did you know that you don’t need to be embarrassed to talk about it? Why? Because there is a good chance that the person you are going to talk to has […]

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Bladder leakage is often a topic that no one wants to talk about. It is a topic that my be embarrassing, uncomfortable or secretive. Did you know that you don’t need to be embarrassed to talk about it? Why? Because there is a good chance that the person you are going to talk to has experience with Bladder Leakage, too. The statistics may be shocking to you, but it shows that 65 million people, including men and women experience bladder leakage. Yes, I said 65 MILLION. Bladder Leakage is a common problem that is important to discuss and manage. Luckily, there are ways to that you can manage Bladder Leakage so you don’t have to feel burdened by it in your life.  Here are 3 Tips for bladder leakage:
BladderLeakage1. Schedule- Make sure and schedule in regular bathroom breaks throughout the day.  It is important to still drink a lot of water during the day, so if you schedule in breaks every few hours you can help prevent problems with bladder leakage.  If it helps, you can keep a bathroom journal every day to keep track of when you are typically needing to go to the bathroom.

2. Depend active fit helps with Bladder leakage protection and is designed to fit you.  With Depend you can find a variety of discreet products that are perfect for everyones needs.  Personally, I recommend Silhouette Active Fit because they are a new moderate-absorbency brief that look, fits and feel like underwear.Silhouette is available in black and beige colors.

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3. Exercise is important but can be embarrassing when one struggles with Bladder Leakage.  Kegel Exercises help to keep your muscles strong and give you more control.  Depend Silhouette Active Fit is a great solution for exercising so you can get fit and strong, find control but also receive the protection needed to feel confident while exercising.

I think it is so important to remember that you are not alone.  You are one of 51 million woman!  I had the opportunity to interview a friend who struggles with Bladder Leakage.  She was able to talk openly to me about her bladder leakage and we were both surprised to learn that with bladder leakage are in their 20’s than their 80’s!

Depend has started and important social movement to help break down the bladder leakage stigma. Their hope is to encourage people to show their support for women with bladder leakage. You can help in this great cause:

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Pacific Play Tents – The Ocean Adventures Dome Tent]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=12858 2015-04-21T20:19:33Z 2015-04-21T20:19:33Z This post is sponsored by Pacific Play Tents.  All opinions are my own. I love summertime.  It is a fun time to get out and play.  Outdoor play is very important in our family.  My boys are baseball players so we spend a lot of time at practices and ball games.  Unfortunately, living in Utah […]

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This post is sponsored by Pacific Play Tents.  All opinions are my own.

I love summertime.  It is a fun time to get out and play.  Outdoor play is very important in our family.  My boys are baseball players so we spend a lot of time at practices and ball games.  Unfortunately, living in Utah summers can get really hot and my kids don’t like being in the heat of the sun.  I love looking for outdoor solutions for them so they can still be outside using their imagination and not inside playing video games.  It is so important for kids to have daily opportunities to use their imagination and spend time playing.

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Inside your tent box you will find easy to read instructions, tent and poles.  I was a little nervous at first to put the tent together but we quickly found that it is really easy and fast to put together.  I love that it is easy to put together because then we can put it out every day and pack it up at the end of the day and it really just takes minutes.

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I am excited to take our Ocean Adventures Dome Tent with us to Little League Baseball games so my daughter can be shaded, and have fun so I can focus on watching the game!
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When I first learned about Pacific Play Tents, I thought that this was the perfect solution.  We set up the Ocean Adventures Dome Tent in our yard. They would have the opportunity to run around and play outside, but when they wanted a break they could lay down and relax inside the tent.  My kids loved playing with the Ocean Adventures Dome Tent and my daughter would really use her imagination and pretend that she was under the sea!

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Another way that my kids love using their tent is bringing crayons and coloring books, or their favorite toys inside so they can have some fun enjoying quiet play outside.  This is a great way for them to relax but also enjoy the warmth of the summer.  I was very impressed with the size of this tent and there is plenty of room for three of my kids to get in and hang out together.  The tent is lightweight and airy and stays very cool.

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The Ocean Adventures Dome Tent is so much fun for kids and really makes playing outside more fun.  It helps them to use their imagination while staying cool!  Pacific Play Tents products can be ordered on their website, www.PacificPlayTents.com or are available at Kohl’s.

I know that your kids with love the Pacific Play Tents!  To help make their summer extra fun we have a great giveaway!  One reader will win a $50 gift card to www.PacificPlayTents.com so they can pick out the perfect tent of their choice!
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Melissa Au <![CDATA[3 Easy Steps to Exploring Disney Animal Kingdom with Kids]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=12847 2015-04-21T19:15:24Z 2015-04-21T19:15:24Z I am so excited to tell you about the Wilderness Explorer Program and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  While at the Monkey Kingdom Event, we had the opportunity to spend a few hours trying the program out.  I had the opportunity to watch Disneynature Monkey Kingdom last week and learning all about the monkeys, made me excited […]

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I am so excited to tell you about the Wilderness Explorer Program and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  While at the Monkey Kingdom Event, we had the opportunity to spend a few hours trying the program out.  I had the opportunity to watch Disneynature Monkey Kingdom last week and learning all about the monkeys, made me excited to learn all about the different animals at Animal Kingdom.  Monkey Kingdom is in theaters now and would be a great way to celebrate earth day with the family!
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I’m sure that you love the movie Up as much as I do.  Russell is such a fun character and with the Wilderness Explorer program your kids will have the opportunity to follow in his footsteps as your earn badges around the park.  The first badge that you earn is the Wilderness Explore Call Badge where you learn the Wilderness call that Russell does.

wildernessexplorerThere are 31 total badges that your child will have the opportunity to earn.  This program is really fun because they have the opportunity to learn, earn badges and see new things while they are on their way to a ride or a show.   You can enjoy the Wilderness Explorer program by following these 3 Easy Steps to Exploring Disney Animal Kingdom with Kids.

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Step 1. After receiving your book you will find the map shown above inside your book which helps you know where the location is of each badge.  You will also find signs around that park that point your kids in the right direction.  They are bright and easy to follow to each badge. 
WindernessExplorerBadgesStep 2.  Follow the Instructions on your page.  Each page tells you exactly what you need to accomplish before you can get your badge.  This is a really fun and interactive way for kids to learn and have fun while enjoying animal kingdom.  They will have the opportunity to earn badges like the Flamingo Badge, Animal Find Badge. Conservation Badge, Hand Washing Badge, Tiger Badge and more.  I learned so much from talking to the guides and completely the requirements.

WildnernessExplorerCulturalNote: You may not have time to complete all of the badges.  You can definitely bring your book with you each time that you come.  I recommend making sure that you make sure and earn the Culture Badges.  There is a Culture badge for Asia and Africa.  This was my favorite Badge to earn. The guides for the Cultural Badge come from different places from around the world.  It is fun to learn about their culture and country.  Our Asia guide wrote my name in my book in Hindi.  I thought that was really fun.  My kids would have loved to have met her. 
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Step 3.  Look for the troop Leader or guide.  They will have a uniform on or a badge Satchel with the photo of the badge you are earning.  When you show them that you completed the requirement, you will earn your badge for that page!

MottoYour kids will LOVE the Wilderness Explorer program and mom and dad will love seeing their kids so excited to learn.  This program is FREE to use and a really fun way to help your kid get the most out of their Animal Kingdom Experience.

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I participated in the Wilderness Explorer Program as Part of the Monkey Kingdom Event.  All opinions are my own.  Disneynature Monkey Kingdom is in theaters now.  Tomorrow is Earth day and seeing this movie as a family is a great way to learn about the world they live in and help save the monkeys!

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Melissa Au <![CDATA[Disney Animal Kingdom’s Wild Africa Trek]]> http://www.asparkleofgenius.com/?p=12826 2015-04-20T18:54:25Z 2015-04-20T18:54:25Z Animal Kingdom has always been my favorite park at Disney World.  My husband and I spent our honeymoon here many years ago and my favorite thing to do was to go on the Safari.  This week, I was invited back as a Monkey Kingdom Blogger and had the opportunity to not only Screen Monkey Kingdom […]

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WildAfricaTrekGoupAnimal Kingdom has always been my favorite park at Disney World.  My husband and I spent our honeymoon here many years ago and my favorite thing to do was to go on the Safari.  This week, I was invited back as a Monkey Kingdom Blogger and had the opportunity to not only Screen Monkey Kingdom (which is in theaters, now!) but visit Animal Kingdom.  In all my times at Animal Kingdom I had never heard of the Wild Africa Trek.  I wish I would have heard about it before, because it is truly an amazing experience.

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When you first arrive at the Disney Animal Kingdoms Wild Africa Trek, the cast members will help you put on a vest and harness which you will wear for the first half of the adventure.  You will also receive a water bottle that hooks to your vest and an audio headset so you can hear your tour guide. One great thing about this tour is that your guides take lots of photos of the adventure and these are included in your cost.  So, if you don’t want to bring a camera, you don’t have to!
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This tour is really fun because it takes you behind the scenes to different areas that you would not be able to go if you were just visiting Animal Kingdom.  In the photo above, you can see the Safari Car.  With this tour you are able to go on the opposite side of the water and see an up close feeding of the hippos!  Did you know that the hippo is one of the most dangerous animals in the animal kingdom?  After seeing his big, strong teeth, I completely believe it! We were able to watch as he was fed lettuce.TrekHippo

While on the tour we were able to see some of the birds in the aviary as well as the monkeys on our way backstage to the hippos.  Check out that guys teeth!

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One of the most amazing parts of the Wild Africa Trek is that you get to walk over these amazing rope bridges. The first bridge takes you over the Hippos and the second takes you over the alligators.  I will be completely honest with you.  I was scared to death for this part.  I was trying to put on my brave face, but I am not a fan of heights.
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Especially when the wood slats are missing or really spread apart.  There is a net underneath, though and remember that you are hooked to a harness above, so you are completely safe.  I am happy to say, that my fears went away the moment I stepped on the first step and realized that it was incredibly sturdy!  Here are some photos of my alligator friends right below me.  Pretty amazing! trekalligatorunderbridge

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Your guides do a great job making sure that you have multiple photos of not only the wildlife, but also of all of the guests on the tour.  Here I am on the bridge:

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After the bridge, you return your harnesses and get on your Safari Truck to view all of the animals.  This takes your through all of the animals that you see with the regular safari.  The benefit of going on the Wild Africa Trek is that you get to stop the truck and take more time to take pictures. Even though we went on our Trek in the heat of the day, I was very happy with all of the animals that we saw.  Many of them seemed to be out and about, enjoy their day. Here are some photos that I was able to capture on the Safari part of the Trek.TrekElephantTrekGiraffesTrekLionsTrekRhinos
  The trek took about 3 hours total.  They do an amazing job and making it special, unique and memorable.  One stop that you make while on the trek is for an African-inspired snack break.  The regular menu includes the following items:

  • Chicken curry salad
  • Sun-dried tomato hummus and mini pita
  • Marinated tandoori shrimp
  • Smoked salmon roulade with dill
  • Air-dried beef and prosciutto
  • Fresh fruit marinated in mint and ginger

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I don’t eat fist or red meat, so I was able to request a Vegetarian snack.  This included couscous, humus, fruit salad, bread, tofu and more.  It was very delicious and I enjoyed sampling many flavors that I probably wouldn’t have chosen to eat otherwise. The Orchid with your meal was also edible! My personal favorite was the fruit and the couscous.

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I truly had an amazing experience on the Wild Africa Trek.  I conquered my fears, I saw amazing animals up close, I learned new things and I experienced new foods.  I would definitely recommend checking out the Wild Africa Trek next time you visit Animal Kingdom.

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Thank you to Disney and our wonderful Tour guides, Jason and Joe.  Asante Sana!  For more information about the Disney Animal Kingdom’s Wild Africa Trek, visit them online at Wild Africa Trek.

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I received an all expense paid trip to Orlando as part of the Monkey Kingdom Event.   In exchange, I agreed to share my experiences.  All opinions are my own.  Disneynature Monkey Kingdom is in theaters now!

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