Once inside the park, we decided to venture to the Africa section first, this way we would finish in North America and closer to our car at the end of the day (when we had three very tired girls). Our first stop in Africa was at Junction Plaza where the girls enjoyed a carousel ride and Dora & Diego' 4-D Adventure. (Thanks to Amy's good planning it was a good thing we did all this first...because the next time we saw this place, it was PACKED!!!)
After our quick stop in Junction Plaza, we were off to see all the animals of the zoo. Have I mentioned it was crowded? At times, it was hard to get to certain exhibits because of all the people, but we did get to see giraffes, elephants, chimpanzees, lions, ostriches, and over a hill we saw a few stripes of a zebra.
We finished our jaunt through Africa hoping to eat in Junction Plaza before heading to North America. Did I mention it was crowded and HOT? Our jaunt was more of a trek up and down hills to get back to a very crowded (there's that word again) Junction Plaza. We debated if we should brave the crowds because we knew melt downs were eminent. Because we were all so hot and couldn't figure out what we were doing, I decided to ease the pain of hunger with some frozen lemonade. I headed to the line to wait my ten minute turn in line. While waiting we decided to head back to North America, get in our cars, and do lunch elsewhere. So, we all got to enjoy our lemonades in line waiting for the tram. Thank goodness for frozen lemonade when you're standing in a very long tram line.
We had a great time at the zoo, even if we did only see Africa. I hate the girls didn't get to see the North America section, but I'm sure we will make it back one day (one less crowded and 15 degrees cooler day). And if not, I am sure the girls will have school field trips to the zoo in the future. Even through the heat and the crowds, it was still a great way to spend the day with the people I love the most.