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Disney's Animal Kingdom-Asia Theme Park

Animal Kingdom Asia Overview

 

Animal Kingdom's newest land, opened in 1999 and features a water raft ride, walking animal trail and bird show

Disney's Animal Kingdom Asia-The landscape, culture, history, creatures and architecture of some of Asia’s most exotic and intriguing countries are found in Animal Kingdom’s newest land.  Lush vegetation, crumbling ruins and mysterious temples were borrowed from countries such as Nepal, Mongolia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand and India, to form the cultural melting pot that is the mythical kingdom of Anandapur.  Disney used many nations that were not culturally specific, as opposed to one actual country, in the birth of Anandapur, which means “place of all delights”.  According to the “Disney history” of Anadapur, it was established in 1544 as a royal hunting reserve.  A village evolved from this base and thrived, while the reserve has found itself in a state of ruin and decay.  The “current” royal family converted the crumbling reserve into its current state as a conservation area.

As you explore this enchanting land, you can hear the clack of the bamboo as the wind rattles through the forest.  See the Tiger Tree, decorated with scarves, garlands and bells as a tribute to the spirits for wishes and prayers that have been granted.  The cement walkways are imprinted with leaves and palm fronds and are flanked by bicycles, rickshaws and other interesting transportation options.  With the two 50-foot monument pillars in the background, bamboo scaffolding surrounds two structures as part of a restoration project, and has become home to 2 families of gibbons.  The Siamangs have strong family bonds and perform their playful gymnastics to the delight of the entertained audience.  The white-cheeked gibbons, whose hoots can be heard throughout the land, inhabit the second pillar.

Bird lovers will be enchanted by the graceful, soaring birds in the Flights of Wonder performances.  Visitors to the Kali River Rapids will be enlightened to the devastating effects that illegal logging operations are having on the rainforest, as they travel the churning waters of the rapids.  Meander along the pathways of the Maharajah Jungle Trek and see some of Asia’s most exotic creatures.

Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden...

Big kids, teens, and adults can come face to face with the snarling Yeti! Climb to the top of the mountain’s peak in your railroad car until you get into the Yeti’s turf. Your ride starts off as a peaceful tour with and ends with a frightening plummet to the bottom! This is the perfect ride to get your adrenaline pumping, but don’t forget the Yeti is watching you as you check out these scenic paths and enter into the darkness. Keep your eye of for this furry beast, and the sudden drop!


Kali River Rapids Attraction

Kali River Rapids Attraction At Disney's Animal Kingdom

Become soaked with fin when you tackle the tides and waves in the Kali River Rapids. Journey through the rainforest on the legendary Chankranadi River. Sit with your friends and family as you make your way down this adventurous river on its choppy waters. And if you think the massive waves weren’t fun enough wait until you get up to the 30 foot drop! Everyone on this massive 12 passenger raft will be soaked by the time they get off! This is the perfect ride to help you cool off on that hot Florida day!


Maharajah Jungle Trek® Attraction

Kali River Rapids Attraction At Disney's Animal Kingdom

Ever wanted to be the leader of your own pack? The Maharajah Jungle Trek® Attraction lets you do that with ease. You can walk past beautiful murals, crumbling ruins, and many sculptures as you get to view the animals in their natural habitat. On thing that everyone seems to love about this trek is the Komodo Dragon, which is the worlds largest lizard! Experience over 50 different types of animals in this one of a kind attraction. Walk at your own pace and enjoy every minute!

 

Flights of Wonder

Being able to see some of the most exotic birds around Flights of Wonder is sure to astonish you and your family

Being able to see some of the most exotic birds around Flights of Wonder is sure to astonish you and your family. You will be fascinated with this 25 minute show which showcases the comical talents of at least 20 species of birds. Check out these astonishing creatures as they hunt, soar, and swoop right above your heads just as their skilled trainers taught them. Sit back and relax in this shaded canopy area, and enjoy the one of a kind show these birds put on.