Top Ten Things to do at Walt Disney World: Animal Kingdom
This is one of the best rides ever designed. I'm pretty sure the imagineers came up with the idea for this ride and then had to figure out a park to go with it. This is the largest ride on the Disney property.
Like everything else that Disney does this ride has a story with it. Guests are loaded onto real trucks that have been designed to look like a safari jeep. They are then taken on a tour of different parts of Africa: the jungle, the nile, and the savannah. This ride is like a real African safari ride, only you are guaranteed to see animals. No two trips are ever the same.
It is recommend to ride this ride first thing in the morning, when the animals are most active. I would recommend riding it twice. I suggest getting a fastpass first thing in the morning and then getting in line. The line should only be a few minutes long and by the time you get off you will be able to use your fastpass. That way you are able to enjoy one of the rides and take pictures on the other.
There have been a lot of changes to this ride as it will soon have a special night version that will feature nocturnal animals of Africa. Many of them can already be found on the ride.
Maharaja Jungle Treck
This is a great place to cool off and unwind. It is a winding path that has several places to stop and lots of shaded areas. Along the path are different animals that are found in Asia. Some of the highlights are tigers, bats, gibbons, and the aviary with many different kinds of birds. Its just like visiting a really clean, very well put together zoo.
There are plenty of places to stop and sit down on this track. On my last trip my boyfriend marveled at the fact that most, if not all of the plants, were put there specifically by Disney to look like you are in an asian jungle.
Kali River Rapids
This ride is perfect for summer. It is a traditional family raft ride. The big difference is this ride has a reason behind it. The ride starts off deep in the Kali rainforest, with calm waters. The ride them continues on through the rainforest and starts to pick up speed with water becoming increasingly rough. The ride leads guests to an illegal logging site in the middle of the rainforest, it shows man's negative impact on nature.
There are drops and turns every so often, making it common place to see guests exiting the raft completely soaked. There is a storage unit in the center of the raft. If you have anything that you don't want to get wet, or that can't get wet at all, I would strongly suggest using it. If you yourself are not a fan of getting wet on rides I suggest either wearing a poncho or staying on dry ground.
I love this ride. But, many times I have to skip it because I cannot chance getting soaked. I don't particularly like walking in soaked socks and sneakers, everything else will dry quickly.
Festival of the Lion King
Located in the Africa section of the park, this show brings to life all the different elements of the movie. The guests are seated in a circle around the stage. Performers enter from different parts of the tent, even walking right by guests. This show has something for everyone; singing, dancing, acrobatics, comedy, and romance. If your children can watch the movie they can handle this show.
This show is so popular that it does have an option for fastpass, which I would take if you really want to see it but don't fancy waiting in a long line to see it. Last time I saw the show was a few years ago and it was really hot inside the tent. But, it is now much more enjoyable inside since they have done a renovation. The entire show is good fun and a nice break from walking on your feet in the hot Florida sunshine.
Finding Nemo the Musical
If you have kids that are a fan of the Finding Nemo movie chances are pretty good you will find yourself waiting in line for this show. It is the exact same as the movie, but with puppets and set to music.
This musical is not for everyone. Personally, I can see past the people holding the puppets and I love the music. My brother, well, he hates it. The show gets dark, and much like the movies does have some scary bits. That being said it might not be a favorite with younger children that are frightened by loud noises or dark places. But, I think that this show is amazing. The wait times can be really long since they only do four or five showings a day. The big downside of waiting is there is very little shade and in the summer sun its not a whole lot of fun. But, I think the show is worth the wait.
What is your favorite part of Animal Kingdom?
This is one of the most intense rides Disney has produced. Ever. The theme is that you are visiting a research facility that does tours back in the time of the dinosaurs. As you are getting ready to board your vehicle one of the scientists informs you that he has reprogramed car rover's settings to go back to the time right before the meteorite hits. His goal is to bring back a specific dinosaur that he had tagged on an earlier mission.
The rover takes guests on a rough and surprising road. There are sudden turns, lots of bumps, and many unexpected visitors. On the journey to find your dino you run across some friendlies, and some not so friendly dinosaurs. Of course the ride wouldn't be half as much fun if it didn't go until the very last minute to complete the mission.
This ride is loud, dark, and very intense. There are flashing lights and the motion of the rover is unpredictable. This is one ride where I would heed the warnings for small children.
Rafiki's Planet Watch
To get to this destination guests need to board a train. It is a née and relaxing ride, and a surprisingly good way to cool off in the summer heat. Once you get to Rafiki's Planet Watch there is so much to do. There are characters to meet, the petting zoo, a winding trail featuring different animals, and a behind the scenes look at how zoos work.
There is a veterinary treatment facility where guests can actually see animals get treatment. There are many different education animals that guests can get up close and personal with to learn more about them. The best part is most of it is inside, which means it is air conditioned and out of the weather. This attraction is great for children and anyone that wants to learn more about animals.
This is a roller coaster with a twist. Much like in tradition with many of Disney's other coasters this one takes place in a mountain. Guests board an old train that looks as if it has seen better days. Once the ride starts you will notice that something is off. Signs of the yeti are everywhere. While you wait in line you are bombarded with evidence of privies yeti attacks.
What is really unique is that this ride doesn't just go forwards and backwards. At the very top of the mountain the train suddenly stops, and things don't look good. That is where you will see him. Just in time your train breaks free and falls back down the tracks, in the opposite direction.
I've heard this ride is fantastic, but a little bumpy. Personally, I have never been on this ride. But, I love the premise of it, and I just love the way it looks in the skyline of the park. Viewed from far away the mountain looks beautiful and ominous.
This is essentially a giant playground. How many theme parks have an entire section dedicated to kids just being kids? There are 'sand boxes' of gravel where kids can dig for dinosaur bones. There are things to climb on, mazes, and even musical dinosaur bones.
If your little ones need to burn off some steam this is the place to do it.
Since they are so close to each other I will also include the fair grounds as well. I just love the entire concept. I love the rides, they are right out of something you would find at a roadside fair. I love all the colors, and the overall theme.
Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade
Flights of Wonder
I will start by saying this show isn't for everyone, but if you aren't afraid of birds then you should give it a try. The show focuses on the amazing skills associated different birds. Birds fly freely over guests' heads. The birds will even land on a few chosen participants before returning to the stage. This is where guests have the opportunity to view many large species of birds, and birds of prey. This show is beautiful, surprisingly comic, and educational. It is a lovely break from the busy day of a theme park day.