17 July 2018

Disney Guide: Animal Kingdom

These posts are designed to give you a brief insight and overview about what to expect and discuss the must-see attractions and rides to get the most out of your Disney experience.

Today, I’ll be talking about Animal Kingdom, a jungle inspired theme park full of spectacular sights and definitely one to visit for animal lovers. So let’s crack on shall we!
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Animal Kingdom is 500 acres of lush greenery, a vast amount of attractions and even live animals, 1,700 to be exact! This theme park will transport you to the streets of Asia, Africa and even has it’s very own safari tour, in true Disney style, the park is made up of 7 magical lands which boast a variety of attractions and rides for all ages.

The thing I love about Animal Kingdom is this park is part conservation, part theme park and works as both educational and entertaining, stepping foot in the lush greenery upon the entrance, you will walk into the Oasis, completely different to the manic crowds of Magic Kingdom’s Main Street USA, this shady pathway is filled with tropical trees and a selection of animals such as kangaroos, otters and iguanas.

Discovery Island is the hub and centre of the park, you’ll soon realise why as you gaze upon the tree of life, a huge tree which overlooks the entire park with a selection of beautifully carved species in its trunk. Under the tree, you can find the entrance to It’s Tough To Be A Bug, a 4-D cinematic experience which includes the cast of Bug’s Life.

New to Animal Kingdom (2018) is the Pandora - World of Avatar, Animal Kingdom have created an impressive land to represent the popular film Avatar, which is 12-acres of inspiring creations from Disney’s Imagineers. In Pandora, you’ll find the impressive simulator ride Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey, I am so excited to see how this land turned out when I return to Florida next year!

Africa is next on the list and you’ll stroll through the fictional village of Harambe, you’ll also be greeted by silverback Gorillas and other exotic animals, if you want to give your legs a rest, I’d recommend jumping on the Kilimanjaro Safari, which is a real safari trail featuring giraffes, lions, hippos and much more, this is definitely a must-see attraction in Africa!

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If you don’t fancy going on a bus, then you can take a leisurely stroll through Pangani Forest Exploration Trail, this trail includes animals such as meerkats and gorillas. There is also the option to board the Wildlife Express Train which takes you to Rafiki’s Planet Watch.
Like I said, the good thing about Animal Kingdom is the educational aspect, being an animal lover I love learning about new species and Rafiki’s Planet Watch is a conservation project which teaches you about animal well-being, habitat watch and animal welfare. Also in Rafiki’s Planet Watch is Affection Section which includes domestic animals that they allow you to pet.

Asia is your next stop on this jungle adventure, from the minute you cross over the bridge and enter the mysterious village of Anandapur, the Expedition Everest ride will be in full view, one of my absolute favourite rides out of all the parks, this takes you on a tour of the Himalayan mountains in search for the Yeti, will you find him? You’ll have to find out! This ride is definitely for the thrill-seekers and may be a little too scary for the younger ones, however I would still class it as Family Friendly. Tip: This ride is always one of the busiest, so try and book in your fast-pass times, however the queue for this ride is so interesting and actually takes you through the Yeti museum, where you can view real-life evidence of the mystery of the Yeti.

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Asia is also home to the Kali River Rapids, which is a great way to cool down from the Florida heat, but be prepared as you can get soaked on this ride! There is also Maharajah Jungle Trek, where you can wander through Ancient Asian ruins and the Flights of Wonder exotic bird display.

Still with me? Good, last but not least is DinoLand U.S.A, this land is a dinosaur inspired land taking you back 65 million years, I personally feel like this land is a little dated and doesn’t really flow well with the rest of the park, however there are still some fun rides to see here. One of my top rides is DINOSAUR, again this may be a little scary for younger children but it’s certainly one to tick off the list! Queues for this ride are so busy as it’s quite popular so again, I’d check your fast-pass times for this one. Other attractions in DinoLand U.S.A include Primeval Whirl, a twisting and turning rollercoaster which is one to enjoy with the family, there is also Triceratop Spin and a selection of carnival inspired games.

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Like any Disney parks, there are a lot of themed restaurants and character meet and greets, characters at this park include Lilo & Stitch, Baloo and King Louie from The Jungle Book and recently Moana, just be sure to plan ahead as the wait times can be huge!

Aaaaaand breath! I think that’s Animal Kingdom in a nutshell, if I’ve missed anything please comment below or if you have any questions then let me know!

Don’t forget you can also plan your experience on the My Disney Experience app :-)

Until next time!

G x

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