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Disney's Animal Kingdom

Another one on the "Don’t Miss . . . list." Disney's Animal Kingdom® is part adventure playground and part safari park, with a wealth of wildlife and abundant and glorious flora and fauna. Like Magic Kingdom, there is a central focal point - in this case Discovery Island with its giant Tree of Life standing 14 stories high. From here, pathways radiate out to distinct areas to explore and enjoy.

Tree of Life showing the intricate carvings

Not to be missed

Kilimanjaro Safaris

There are plenty of gifts and souvenirs for the folks back home, and food stops to keep up energy levels while you enjoy rides, treks, safaris and expeditions. But the real stars here are the animals - 1700 of them, representing 250 different species, and all in lush settings with luxuriant foliage and streams and waterfalls.

Pick up a Times Guide (available in the park) and get the up-to-the-minute schedule for the various displays and close encounters of the animal kind. Fastpasses are available to speed things up and help avoid the snarl-ups, and although the park is one of the largest, much of the space is reserved for animal enclosures, so you should be able to see everything in a day.

And if you are feeling a trifle jaded by the end of your visit, it’s worth spending a little time in the Oasis area before you leave the park. Stroll along meandering pathways, and you will find hidden grottos, cooling streams and waterfalls, with fragrant trees and flowers to relax and rejuvenate.

This list is all about planning your time at the park. Check the minimum height requirements shown in this table before joining queues. Check that the rides/shows are suitable for both adults and children. Also use the Fastpass system - you'll save time and enjoy more rides.

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Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain™ Animal's Kingdom latest attraction - opened April 2006

Disney's Animal Kingdom® Attractions

This list of attractions used in conjunction with Disney's Animal Kingdom's "Guidemap" + "Times Guide & New Information" which you can pick-up at the entrance gate will greatly assist your planning.

*Editor's rating Suitability Suitability Fastpass Fastpass Minimum height Min. height
DISCOVERY ISLAND
It's Tough to be a Bug! ***** Family (but scary), film Fastpass -
The Tree of Life ** Family - -
CAMP MINNIE-MICKEY
Festival of the Lion King ***** Family show - -
Character Greeting Trails **** Young children - -
AFRICA
Kilimanjaro Safaris ***** Family jeep safari Fastpass -
Pangani Forest Exploration Trail Family, animal - -
RAFIKI'S PLANET WATCH
Affection Section ** Family, animal - -
Habitat Habit! **** Animal show - -
Conservation Station ** Animals - -
ASIA
'Flights of Wonder' *** Bird show - -
Maharajah Jungle Trek *** Animals - -
Kali River Rapids ***** Water thrill ride Fastpass 0.97m (38")
Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade **** Parade - -
Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain™ ***** (opened April 2006) Thrill ride Fastpass 1.13m (44")
DINOLAND USA
Dinosaur *** Thrill, simulator Fastpass 1.02m (40")
Dino-Sue - - -
The Boneyard ** Children - -
Cretaceous Trail *** Family - -
TriceraTop Spin *** Children - -
Finding Nemo - The Musical *** Family- live entertainment - -
Primeval Whirl *** Thrill ride Fastpass 1.22m (48")
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Location: Exit 30B off I-4 on SR 435.

Hours: Seasonal - approximately 8a.m. to between 6/8p.m. Click for full details

Walt Disney World Resort®
Lake Buena Vista, Fl
Phone:
(407) 824-4321


TIPS

Very popular park, but less likely to be crowded at weekends. Best times to view wildlife is very early morning or at dusk.

Don't forget to use the Fastpass




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