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Experience Animal Kingdom
What's there to do at Animal Kingdom? Well, I have to say that I am not the biggest fan of Animal Kingdom and I’m not really sure why. I am a Disney lover, but for some reason I have yet to fully warm up to this park.
However, that being said, there are many who love this park and all that it has to offer and it has a lot to offer. It is a beautiful park that is dedicated to the animals of the world, big and small. This park helps to drive home the importance of conservation giving everyone a better idea of what each of us can do to help save the beauty and wonder of the earth.
When you enter the park you will notice the imprints of leaves and the foot or hoof prints of various animals in the walkway. You will slowly make your way uphill finding on both sides of the walkway animal habitats. Take the time to stop and check these out.
At the center of the park is the “Tree of Life” this is a beautiful built tree that looks completely real. When you take a close look at the tree you will see that in its bark animals of every kind are carved into it. This is where we come to the first attraction in Animal Kingdom. Housed under the tree in the “root” system is an amazing show called “It’s Tough to be a Bug” this is based on the Disney film Bug’s Life. Everyone will love this show; it is a three D show, with automated bugs as well. This is a “don’t miss” in Animal Kingdom. This is located on what they call Discovery Island; here you will find some interesting trails to walk with a variety of animals to experience.
Animal Kingdom is broken down into different continents. You will find Africa, and there you can take a ride on the Kilimanjaro Safari. Do not miss this amazing ride. You will be loaded onto a huge “truck” and driven through the jungles and low-lands of Africa. While on this wonderful trek you will see a great variety of African animals everything from elephants, lions, zebras, giraffes, and more. This ride helps you to see these animals in their own environment as only Disney can do.
Don’t forget to take a walk through the Pangani Forest. This is a wonderful walk through type zoo that allows you to see even more animals. If you are looking for a hidden Mickey you will be able to find a few here. There’s an abundance of Africa flora and fauna, be sure to check out the Meerkats, and the lowland gorillas while you’re there.
The Wildlife Express Train is located in Africa; this train will take you for a seven minute ride to Rafiki’s Planet Watch. This is an area that’s dedicated to conservation and preservation of animals. This is a wonderful learning center for all ages.
Asia, moving on to the Asian continent one can experience Expedition Everest. This is a roller coaster ride filled with twists and turns where you will meet the Yeti. Do you dare take the risk? Will you meet the elusive Yeti?
Also in Asia, Kali River Rapids, this is a water ride. If you’re hot this is where you can cool off. You ride in a round boat through rapids and waterfalls. This can be a bit fast and you will get wet.
In Asia you will find an exceptional walk through zoo called Maharajah Jungle Trek. Here you will see a variety of birds, Asian tigers, gibbons, flying fox, fruit bats and more. This beautiful walk includes footbridges, cascading waterfalls, and a delightful canopy of trees. This is a wonderful experience and a great opportunity to get some great pictures.
DinoLand U.S.A. as the name indicates it is a tribute to dinosaurs. In this area you will find a variety of things to see and do. Let the kids spend some time in the Boneyard digging up bones and just playing. If you are in for a bit of a scare take a ride on Dinosaur. This is a ride through time to bring back a dinosaur, be careful you may get eaten!
Primeval Whirl is a “mouse type” coaster with sharp twists and turns, ups and downs. Personally, I get sick riding something like this, but many love this ride.
Tricera Top Spin is a ride on a Tricera tops. You sit down in this and it goes around and up and down. This is for kids mostly, but parents can ride this with them.
As far as rides go, this is the extent of them in Animal Kingdom. If you are looking for a lot of rides this may not meet your expectations, but if you are looking to experience animals you’ve come to the right place. Of course, the name Animal Kingdom implies that you will see a variety of animals.
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In all of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks you will find baby stations. These are fabulous! Disney provides changing tables, private rooms to breast feed or put your baby to sleep. They have a room for the older children to watch Disney movies, and they have different baby products available to purchase.
- baby powder
- diaper rash ointment
- variety of other items.
- Animal Kingdom and the Baobab Tree
The baobab tree, an interesting and ancient tree that grows naturally in Africa and Australia can also be found in Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World Florida.