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Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom Sign

Disney calls the Animal Kingdom "A New Species of Theme Park" and indeed it is. It is unlike any Disney park you have visited before. Guests can experience animal encounters among lush equatorial vegetation, experience an authentic African safari, scale one of the world's highest mountain peaks, go back in time to the prehistoric world of the dinosaurs, and see a variety of live stage shows.

As soon a you walk into Animal Kingdom, you are transformed to a lush, dense, tropical jungle. This area, called the Oasis, provides a transitional space and sets the tone for a day of wild exploration. Live animals can be encountered just about anywhere at Animal Kingdom, so keep your eyes peeled for the park's inhabitants.

Oasis Waterfall

The safari ride is one of the largest attractions at any Disney park, spanning 110 acres of recreated African savanna.  In addition to the animals, this park contains one of Walt Disney World's largest and most thrilling roller coasters, Expedition Everest. Towering high above the trees, this majestic mountain peak beckons to those who seek thrills and adventure. 

Animal Kingdom park has a reputation for being the hottest park (temperature wise) at Walt Disney World. The excessive, dense vegetation has a tendency to increase the humidity and trap heat. Kali River Rapids is a great way to cool off when temperatures in the park soar.

While some critics and Disney fans have panned the park saying "there's not enough to do", we would have to call it a good park only getting better!  We enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, elaborate theming and lush tropical feel.

Animal Kingdom Entrance

Map Click here for an Animal Kingdom Map (this is a large .pdf download)


bluebullet.gif (49 bytes) The Oasis bluebullet.gif (49 bytes) Dinoland USA
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bluebullet.gif (49 bytes) Africa bluebullet.gif (49 bytes) Rafiki's Planet Watch
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Animal Kingdom is home to over 25 food locations! A list of restaurants can be found on each themed land's page. Links to menus are provided!
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Tree of Life Summer 2016
UPDATE 5/25/2016: Rivers of Light debut postponed indefinitely. The new show debuting will be a Jungle Book themed show, while Rivers of Light undergoes further tweaks.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom will debut several exciting new guest offerings starting Friday, May 27. The Tree of Life will begin its nighttime awakenings after the sun goes down each evening. But as the sun sets the fun will heat up on Discovery Island, where two new parties – Harambe Wildlife Parti and Discovery Island Carnivale – will add fun, music and entertainment to the night. And the park will also begin extending its operating hours into the evening to allow guests to experience their favorite Disney’s Animal Kingdom attractions, like Kilimanjaro Safaris and Expedition Everest, in a whole new light. Two new F&B locations, Tiffins restaurant and Nomad Lounge, will also open their doors for business.

On Saturday, May 28, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will debut the new “The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic” water show, which will retell the tale of Baloo and Mowgli on Discovery River each night. FastPass+ will be available for the show and can be booked through the My Disney Experience app starting Saturday, May 21.
Rivers of Light Concept Art

Rivers of Light will be a new night time spectacular located along Discovery river between Discovery Island and Expedition Everest. It will be Animal Kingdom's first show to take place after dark, ushering in a new era of nighttime hours for the park. New details on “Rivers of Light” were just unveiled, telling guests more about the show that will take place at the park. The entertainment experience will combine live performers with floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery. “This is going to be a ceremonial event that will happen on our lake,” said Imagineer Joe Rohde. “It takes the idea of the special nature of the animals that are in this park and turns it into a celebration of the beauty of these animals. It starts simply and humbly, continues to unfold and grow as bigger and more elaborate lanterns appear, and then huge curtains of water and light emerge from the water with animals within them. And ultimately it takes off into the sky.”  
Lion Guard Adventure 
Lion Guard Adventure is a new offering at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park. Inspired by the Disney Junior animated series, The Lion Guard, guests of all ages are welcome to become honorary members of the Guard. This complementary adventure begins when guests pick up a "Lion Guard Adventure Map" at select merchadise locations. The map sends you on a quest to find statues representing the 5 main characters of the Lion Guard: Kion, the second son of Simba and Nala and the brave leader of the Guard;  Bunga, a fearless honey badger; Fuli, the confident cheetah; Beshte the friendly hippo; and Ono, the intellectual egret. These statues are placed around the park in themed areas marked with Lion Guard banners. Once all five have been found, make your way to Rafiki's Planet Watch, where you will be inducted into the Lion Guard with a special pledge and fun activities. Guests will receive a button identifying them as an honorary member of the Lion Guard. Rafiki will be available for a photo meet and greet opportunity. 
Pandora Avatar 1
Pandora-The World of Avatar will open in 2017. Located in the area formerly known as Camp Minnie Mickey, Pandora will be a recreation of the alien world of the same name from the James Cameron's hit movie Avatar. Guests will be able to experince Pandora in all its splendor. Floating mountains, bioluminescent plants, a boat ride, and a new flight simulator attraction are among the proposed elements of this land.

Wild Africa Trek Tour

Navigating a rickety footbridge suspended over a river chasm can be a white-knuckle experience. For explorers on an all-new Disney adventure, what lurks below their bridge may quicken their step to get to the other side: crocodiles! A ravine of menacing-looking crocs, pools of hippos, bushwalks along untracked terrain and other thrills await guests on Wild Africa Trek, a unique wildlife experience into the deepest, most-remote reaches of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This tour can be booked by calling (407) WDW-Tour. Prices range from $189 to $249 per person. Prices fluctuate based on the season. Tour is 3 hours long.

Size: More than 500 acres

Parking: Enough for 6,000 cars

Project Announced: June 5, 1995

Construction Began: August 1995

Grand Opening: April 22, 1998

Employees: More than 4,500 cast members to date

Animals: About 1,500, representing 250 species -- most acquired from zoos accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association.

Landscaping: More than 4 million (3,000 species) trees, plants, shrubs, vines, grasses, ferns, etc.

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