Ellie, as I mentioned to you, Disney's Animal Kingdom Park (one of the four Disney Parks) has an entire region called "Africa."
While we were in "Africa," we though of you & H so many times!
I was really intrigued by the way that section was designed. In the Magic Kingdom, all of the buildings, signage, rides, etc. are shiny & bright. Everything is polished and clean.
In Africa, the buildings had visible tangles of electricity wires at their corners (probably not actually functional--I'm sure they're just props)...the buildings were cracked and peeling...and the signs looked old, torn, and dusty.
Bravo, Disney people--I think you did a great job.
As I was walking along the pathway, I even saw a big junk pile hidden up in the trees to my right. It wasn't part of any ride or attraction--just part of the staging.
Also, there were all sorts of items strapped to the top of each vehicle used in the Africa attractions. This was the train that took us up to the "Affection Section." (which is the petting zoo area.)
(I should've stopped a Disney employee and told him that, to be more authentic, they should really wedge a bookshelf into our train car with us. And maybe a few live animals. And maybe strap a couch onto the top of the train car along with the other stuff.)
There were definitely still a few clues that we were really in Orlando, Florida rather than in an Eastern African country. (Ice cream, anyone? Will that be Visa or Mastercard?)