Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Overview

Disney’s Animal Kingdom might be the youngest of the four parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, but it has the mightiest roar.

Animal Kingdom is part-Theme Park, part-safari. Around 2,000 animals live in the 500+ acre park, spread over five major lands:

  • Africa – Journey through the “wild” savanna on a Kilimanjaro Safari where lions, zebra and giraffes roam free. Ride the Wildlife Express steam train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch and learn about animal and environmental conservation. Wander down the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail and discover a lush tropical rainforest, filled with playful African wildlife.
  • Asia – Jump aboard Expedition Everest and ride the runaway train through the icy peaks of the Himalayas, splash through the Kali River Rapids and explore ancient ruins on the Maharajah Jungle Trek.
  • DinoLand USA – Race back in time to save the last dinosaur, dig through The Boneyard for prehistoric fossils and experience a time-warp on the Primeval Whirl coaster. Don’t miss ‘Finding Nemo – The Musical’ at Theatre in the Wild.
  • Discovery Island – At the heart of Animal Kingdom, stand under the shade of The Tree of Life and witness the 3D show “It’s Tough to be a Bug” inside it’s trunk. Peruse the gift shops and fill hungry tummies at the food emporiums.
  • Pandora – The World of Avatar – A new land that celebrates the magic of nature where guests can walk among the floating mountains during the day and explore the glowing fauna and flora after dark. Fly on the back of a mountain banshee, journey deep into a bioluminescent rainforest on the Na’vi River Journey and witness the 10-foot-tall mechanical suit roam the Mo’ara Valley, studying fauna, collecting plant samples and exploring the rough terrain.

 

Good to knows

  • There are 17 restaurants to choose from in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
  • There is a First Aid, Lost & Found, Lost Children and Baby Care Centre on Discovery Island.
  • Strollers and wheelchairs can be hired from the Entrance Plaza.
  • Extra Magic Hours are available for all guests staying on-site at the Walt Disney World Resort. It’s a great way to experience the park after the crowds have left.
  • Since 1995, the Disney Conservation Fund has directed more than $70 million to 600 nonprofit organisations working with communities to reverse the decline of wildlife in more than half the countries in the world.

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