Review of "Disney's Animal Kingdom"

published 16/07/2001 | Dalesman
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"Disney Animal Kingdom Florida"

Over the last few years we have watched the building going on at the site of the new Animal Kingdom, and the hype build up through local advertising in Florida and also here in the UK....the park opened just afer we left Florida in 1999, however, as we go to Florida most years we don't normally do Disney unless we have friends or Family with us, but we did decide on spending almost $100 (£65)(for two of us) plus $5 car parking to see Animal Kingdom Last year ( September 2000)...

I have to say my first impression was that it looked interesting, we we greeted at the gate by wardens ( actors) with small insects and animals in cages, also actors in various safari themed costumes walking around on stilts...

As is typical for Disney there were loads of expensive shops selling Film, camera, Souvenirs etc... we picked up a guide sheet and tried to follow a logical path around the park so that we could take in as much as possible in a day ( not intending to return for a second day!!)..

The Safari was typical Disney Theatre, an actress drove us around on a open minibus all done up to look like a safari truck, she followed a set path with a set script pointing out animals en route that did not look all that happy to my eye..

We then managed to catch the train for a well earned and welcome ride, saw a side show about Birds of Prey ( which was quite interesting) and got to meet quite a few various Birds of Prey in real life...I managed to pass all the various Restaurants selling themed food either on a sit in or to go ( Take out) basis all quite expensive.....

and then we saw the famous tree of life in all its plastic glory...trouble is it looked plastic which by Disney standards was a bit of a shock, normally Disney go all out on the effects...I wasn't impressed, and didn't feel that I had got $100 worth of day out...there are some terrific parks in Florida who give you as much if not more and are far superior... I did not think that the animals we saw looked particulary happy or content....

I would have prefered to have gone back to Busch Gardens ( which I will this year) or one of the Gulf Coast Zoo's, some of whom are excellent and charge around £15 admission....Disney is really great at Themed Parks like the Epcot Centre which I adore, and go to see most years...but Animal Kingdom !!!, sorry I wasn't overkeen nor for the record was my wife .....

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  • Birky published 27/10/2003
    Wish I'd not read this now I'm going there in 2 weeks !
  • elspeth334 published 17/07/2001
    We gave this one a miss. EPCOT is without a doubt my favourite though my sons prefer the roller coasters so Busch Gardens has something for everyone Cheers Elspeth
  • DoubleTrouble published 17/07/2001
    good op Andrew..sounds a great place Ana x
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