Our main focus for Animal Kingdom was going on the safari at the beginning of the day and I wanted to see the Tree of Life. The safari was first because typically the animals are active and easy to see during the mornings, so when the park opened we were standing at the ropes and waiting for them to let us head all the way to the back of the park so we could jump in line for the safari. A lot of people had that idea - in fact everyone was sort of split into two main groups: those of us wanting to safari in Africa and the people who were headed the opposite way to Asia and the new roller coaster.
It worked pretty well because we only waited for two trucks to load up in front of us before we began our safari. When I say safari, I literally mean safari. There was pretty much nothing but my ability to run keeping some random animal from running up and biting my arm off. In fact at one point we pulled up right next to some sort of cattle-like animal with extremely big horns and he was awfully close to my side of the truck - he could have definitely done some damage if provoked. But it was really cool to see all the animals and they do a very good job of making them feel like they are all free to roam when in fact they do have fences and chains keeping them from eating each other.
The guys ran off to ride the big roller coaster after the safari so Heather and I took the girls on the train to go meet Rafiki. We visited the petting zoo area and the girls each got to touch a live baby alligator/crocodile (not sure which it was).
We walked back over to Dinoland for one more ride on the spinning dinosaurs, and this time we all rode. Then it was time for us to call it a day and head out as well.