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.
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.
Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain™ Animal's Kingdom latest attraction - opened April 2006
|*Editor's rating||Suitability||Fastpass||Min. height|
|It's Tough to be a Bug! *****||Family (but scary), film||Fastpass||-|
|The Tree of Life **||Family||-||-|
|Festival of the Lion King *****||Family show||-||-|
|Character Greeting Trails ****||Young children||-||-|
|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||-||-|
|'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")|
|Dinosaur ***||Thrill, simulator||Fastpass||1.02m (40")|
|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
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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