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Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park - Experience The Magic Of Disney World.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Park Overview

"There’s nothing funnier than the human animal."
                                                 Walt Disney

Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park - Experience The Magic Of Disney World

As the Park's perennial Icon, the Tree of Life is truly a work of art in the best Disney tradition. At 145 ft, this 14 story artificial tree has the images of more than 300 animals hand-carved into its trunk.

As the sun set on this last Century and the dawn of the new Millennium began to rise across America, a new icon rose majestically against the Central Florida horizon: a massive tree, reaching nearly 150 feet into the sky, with hulking branches sporting thousands of bright green leaves. The Tree of Life stands as the glorious centerpiece for Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World's newest theme park, which opened in April of 1998. A complete working zoological conservation park, Animal Kingdom is awe-striking and utterly stunning in both size and detail. Intricate rockwork and thundering waterfalls compliment the rugged savannah and ancient Asian ruins that make up the many habitats for Animal Kingdom's various creatures of all shapes and sizes. This park combines the beauty of nature and the magic of Walt Disney Imagineering to create a blend of natural wonder and man-made adventure. While zoological parks are not a new concept, Disney's Animal Kingdom breaks the mold in all areas, from presentation to behind-the-scenes research and conservation efforts. Walt Disney may not have ever envisioned this unique addition to his Florida property. It's safe to say however, that Animal Kingdom embodies everything that Walt Disney believed in: Innovation, experimentation, diversification and incredible pioneering spirit. Animal Kingdom is most certainly Disney's greatest True Life Adventure.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Map   Park Hours   Attractions   Park Tickets

Disney's Animal Kingdom is the closest park to Windsor Palms at just over 2 miles.

Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort Orlando is divided into seven areas:

Africa

Asia 

Camp Minnie-Mickey 

DinoLand U.S.A

Discovery Island 

Rafiki's Planet Watch 

Oasis 

Tips

  • Visit Animal Kingdom either when it first opens or later in the afternoon after 3pm when it will be quieter and the lines shorter, especially for the safari.
  • Head for Kilimanjaro Safaris first, then either Expedition Everest, Dinosaur or Kali River Rapids. After riding the Safari, get a Fastpass for the second ride, then go to the other one (e.g. ride the Safari, get Fastpass for Expedition Everest, then go to Kali River Rapids). If Expedition Everest is important to you, go there first.
  • Make sure you get a guidemap and keep it with you, it's easy to get disorientated in the park.
  • When planning which attractions to visit, try to tour all attractions in each 'land' all at once. To get from 'land' to 'land' you must go back through Discovery Island each time, which can get a bit tedious running backwards and forwards across the park. an exception to this is walking from DinoLand to Asia, where there is now a new walkway.
  • Visit the safari first thing in the morning or late afternoon when the animals are more active.
  • Try to get an outside seat on the safari bus for the best views.
  • The most popular and busiest attractions are Expedition Everest, Dinosaur, Kali River Rapids, Kilimanjaro Safaris, It's Tough to be a Bug, and Festival of the Lion King.
  • In 'It's Tough to be a Bug', sit toward the back of the theater in the middle to get the best visual effects.
  • Don't see It's Tough to be a Bug if you are scared of insects.
  • Try to see one of the first or last two shows of 'Festival of the Lion King'.
  • On Kali River Rapids, place your valuables in the covered section in the middle of the raft. They may not keep totally dry, so it may be worthwhile putting them in a plastic bag first.
  • Make sure you have enough film with you, especially on the safari, there are lots of good photo opportunities.
  • It can get very hot in Animal Kingdom, there isn't much shade, most attractions are outdoors, and the trees seem to have a 'rainforest effect' making it feel much hotter. Take a handheld fan or 'Squeeze Breeze' to keep cool (both are for sale in the park).
  • Try to make time to get a close look at the Tree of Life and see how many carved animals you can spot.
  • If you want to visit the character greeting area in Camp Minnie-Mickey, go early in the morning or from late afternoon onwards. Try to avoid going just after the Lion King show has finished.
  • The quietest rest rooms are at Chester and Hester's in DinoLand, and the Bradley Falls area next to the Caravan Stage.
  • Make sure to take binoculars to Animal Kingdom. They have many safari rides and it helps to get a really good look at the animals.
  • Watch the parade right by the entrance to It's Tough to be a Bug and go into the show immediatly after the parade. You will be one of the first into the show.
  • Line up to watch the Parade near it's start point in Africa. You can then do a walk onto the Safari right after the end passes you.
  • Expedition Everest is the newest attraction at the Animal Kingdom so lines are often very long.  Look for the single rider line (located to the right of the Fastpass return - ask a cast member if you can't find it) and your wait will be substantially reduced!
  • As you are on your way to Harambe Village keep your eye out for the last path to the right after the Tree of Life and before the bridge to Harambe Village. This is the “SECRET PATH”. The front of path is filled with a lot of vegetation so you might have to look hard. Yes it is open to the public. Follow the path for a close look at the Tree of Life and for some great photo spots. Not many people know about this path so you will have a lot of time to yourself and will not be interruptions when you are taking photos. You know those people who ignore the fact that you are taking a picture and walk right in front of you.
  • Dinosaur (animal Kingdom) -- Be sure to use the net bags for any loose articles you bring into the car including backpacks. Although we weren't even aware of it until the ride ended, our fully loaded backpack flew out.  This happened on our first ride of the day and could not be retrieved until 5:30 after the ride closed. Even heavy articles on the floor will not stay in the car.  Also, this ride has cameras throughout and the staff was able to pinpoint the location of the backpack and put our minds at rest that it was out of harm's way. All lost items found are brought to the Guest Relations building in the front of the park at the end of the day.
  • In Conservation Station, there is a mural in the entrance of the building.  The pictures are so lifelike that it is almost haunting. In this mural, there are over 30 hidden mickeys.   Try finding them.
  • When riding Kali River Rapids in AK, You WILL get WET!!!  Wetter than on splash mountain! You can stash cameras in a plastic bag or in the bins.  On the wooden bridge overlooking the river, there is a button.  When pressed, two elephants on the Kali River squirt water at guests in the rafts as they float past you. This is quite fun for the easily amused.