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Disney's Animal Kingdom

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The Oasis
      Shopping

 
     Dining
      Other

Discovery Island
       Attractions
       Shopping
       Dining
       Other

Camp Minnie-Mickey
        Attractions
        Shopping
        Dining
        Other

Africa
        Attractions
        Shopping
        Dining
        Other

Rafiki's Planet Watch
        Attractions
        Shopping
        Dining
        Other

Asia
        Attractions
        Shopping
        Dining
        Other

Dinoland, USA
        Attractions
        Shopping
        Dining
        Other









































 

Disney's Animal Kingdom opened on Earth Day of 1998. The park consists of seven themed areas: The Oasis, Discovery Island, Camp Minnie-Mickey, Africa, Rafiki's Planet Watch, Asia, and Dinoland, USA.

Unlike other parks, Disney's Animal Kingdom focuses around experiences with animals, both living and extinct.

The current attractions in Disney's Animal Kingdom are "it's tough to be a bug," Festival of the Lion King, Character Greeting Trails, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Pangani Forest Exploration Trails, Habitat Habit!, Conservation Station, Affection Section, Flights of Wonder, Kali River Rapids, Maharajah Jungle Trek, Expedition Everest, Finding Nemo: The Musical, Primeval Whirl, TriceraTop Spin, The Boneyard, and DINOSAUR.


Fun Facts: While approaching Disney's Animal Kingdom you may see a very tall tree that is very thin to the left of the park entrance. This is actually a cell phone tower so you can make phone calls while in the park!

The idea of using live animals in a Disney park dates back to 1955 when Disneyland first opened! Walt originally wanted live animals to be used in The Jungle Cruise, but it never became a reality. Luckily, no good idea ever dies at Walt Disney Imagineering and 43 years later a park that revolves around animals was born!

There was originally going to be an entire land in the park known as Beastly Kingdom, which would focus on mythological creatures like unicorns and dragons!

Touring Tips: Disney's Animal Kingdom is designed to be a relaxing park so don't spend the whole day rushing from one attraction to the next. There are several hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered so go find them!


Reader Reviews:

It's Nahtazu!  Animal Kingdom is my most favorite Disney theme park in all of Walt Disney World because I feel it does the best in immersing you in the environment of the great jungles and forests and the wilds of the world.  There are few indoor attractions at this park, and rightly so. 
Animal Kingdom keeps you outside where the animals roam, whether you're encountering wild African birds, charging down some raging Kali River rapids, dining at the Yak & Yeti counter service spot, or even when meeting your favorite Disney characters during their safari expedition, you are kept among the real wilds of nature. 
Though many enjoy Animal Kingdom for its thrilling adventures on Everest or into the past through Dinosaur (though that is my favorite attraction), I mostly enjoy Animal Kingdom for the unique animal encounters you find hidden throughout the park. 
Animal Kingdom was at first advertised that it was "Nahtazu" meaning it was not a zoo.  And it's not!  A lot of zoos keep you in the mindset that you are viewing animals in fenced in exhibits like some sort of exhibition of exotic animals. 
At the Animal Kingdom, you can ride a jitney through the rolling African Savannah and may have to stop to let a family of rhinos cross your path.  You can take a walk through the Pangani forest and walk alongside some wild African birds similar to walking with Pigeons in New York City.  At times it feels like you're the one in the cage (for your own protection) as you peek into the natural habitat the animals are placed in.  And the icing on the cake as with any Disney park is the unspoken story that plays out as you tour the wilds of the jungle you are visiting. 
For example, the Majarajah Jungle Trek, my favorite of the walk through attractions, you are exploring the old ruins of the Majarajah's palace where the wild Bengal tigers have taken up residence away from the forests they were once hunted in.  Throughout all the attractions in Animal Kingdom, there are little details and elements that tell you you are not in Florida, but in the exotic country stated on the map. 
During my last visit to AK, I was amazed when my friend, who was born and grew up in India, read to me all the signs around Expedition Everest that were written in her native language.  Though the other parks are terrific in immersive, story telling experiences, I feel Animal Kingdom is the one park where you can easily forget you are in a theme park, but in the wilds of the world the Imagineers have so convincingly made real.

- Reuben G. from New Jersey


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