Terrific Tuesdays: Going Batty at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

12513905_10153496032146234_9117783024804811921_oAs anyone who has wandered around Animal Kingdom knows, there are many areas that are shaded and very comfortable to stroll through and take in the sites. One of these places is Maharajah Jungle Trek located in Asia. This self-guided tour will take you through the ancient ruins of India where you can see tigers, bats, gibbons (members of the ape family) and many other native creatures of Asia.

One area that I find extremely captivating is the bat community. This area is actually located through sets of doors, which enable you to by-pass this area for those wishing to avoid the bats. Inside the bat community you will find Rodrigues Fruit Bats and the Malayan Flying Fox. The Rodrigues is smaller and has golden fur covering portions of their head, neck and shoulders. The Malayan is very large and is said to have up to 6’ wing-spans.

Even though the viewing area is segregated from the bat area by a large opening-chain link fence, it is hard to get out of your head – could they get through?! It is fascinating to spend time in the bat community, watching the bats hang from the vines and sometimes wrapping their wings around themselves to stay warm or fanning themselves to get cool.

Personally I could spend a long time standing and watching the bats. Have you visited this area? What are your thoughts?

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Debbie and her husband live in Collegedale, TN where her youngest son is going to college. She is a huge Disney fan who dreams of someday retiring and working as a tour guide at Walt Disney World. She has enjoyed many trips to WDW with children, grandchildren and sometimes adults only. It is her ultimate goal to make sure everyone who visits WDW has the same magical time that she enjoys every time she visits.

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