One thing my girls love at theme parks is meeting characters.
Character meals - whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner -- are a great way for kids to meet their favorites and get some personal attention.
Say hello to Spongebob Squarepants – Carrie McLaren for VISIT FLORIDA
I’d like to introduce you to a new friend my family and I had the pleasure of meeting last month at the Florida Aquarium. His name is Cliff. And he’s a penguin.
We met Cliff during the Penguins: Backstage Pass experience – a thirty-minute encounter with these cute, little creatures and it couldn’t have been a better time for us to visit. My oldest daughter, Maggie had just learned about penguins the week before at preschool – so she was especially excited to see one in real life.
The biologists taught us about the penguins feeding habits, showed us their surroundings within the aquarium and Cliff even showed us his swimming skills. I was interested to learn that these are "warm weather" penguins so they don’t slide on their bellies. Cliff enjoyed us petting him so much that he almost fell asleep during our photo session. Being cute is tough work.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park opened, in conjuction with Earth Day, on April 22, 1998. Now with 403 acres, the park is home to 1,500 animals representing 250 species.
My family and I love to explore the park and we’ve found it to be a great educational experience for teaching our kids about the environment, too.
Here are some of my family’s favorite things to experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom-