unnamed-1Last year, I had a lovely Halloween outing during which I went on a walk around the pond at Celebration with a fall coffee drink in hand and then headed to Animal Kingdom to visit the bat house.

This year, I realized that Halloween fell on a Monday, which meant I would not be able to do much to celebrate. Instead, I decided to take last year’s bat-house experience and make up my own holiday called Baturday–the Saturday of or just before Halloween.

Long-time readers of the blog know that I absolutely love bats!

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Quick Bat Facts (I’m no expert, but here’s a few things I’ve learned over the years)

  • Bats are important pollinators–you can thank them for chocolate, bananas, and other important crops.
  • Bats are responsible for eating literal tons of bugs–including mosquitoes that can cause fatal diseases.
  • Many bats are being wiped out by white-nose syndrome–a fungal disease that is easily spread because bats love to cuddle.
  • You can help bats–make a contribution to Bat World Sanctuary or make your online purchases (at no extra cost to you) through Amazon Smile with BWS set as your charity.

On Baturday, October 29, I woke up early and made tea in my bat mug and sipped it as I read Bats of the Republic by Zachary Thomas Dodson. (It’s good so far, but unfortunately, I rarely have time to read actual books these days, so I haven’t made much progress on it since then.)

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Soon, I donned my bat dress, bat headband (as seen above and only worn for the Disney portion of the day), and bat jewelry.

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I got to Animal Kingdom shortly after it opened and went straight to the Maharajah Jungle Trek, which is where the bat house can be found. To give you an idea of how big these flying foxes are, some of them have wingspans of more than 5 feet. Even so, I find them absolutely adorable, and I love watching them!

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Finally, I ended the night at Orlando Ballet’s phenomenal performance of Dracula.

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I was so happy with my Baturday activities, and I can only hope that next year’s Baturday is even more bat-filled!

Love, Elizabeth