Review of "Disney's Animal Kingdom"

published 14/01/2005 | musicmaker2904
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Pro Animal Theme, Relatively Quiet, Proffessional AND friendly
Cons closes at 5:30.....thats about it!
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"Where Animals Roam......"

Disney's Animal Kingdom is refreshing change from the usual theme-park format. Its a lot more laid-back than the other Disney Parks and the emphasis is on entertainment and education rather than thrills and spills!

'Camp Minnie-Mickey' is where the disney characters 'live' and can be met for autographs and the like. Theres usually someone out and about, and if not there is a timetable telling you when there WILL be characters around. Its usually a pretty quiet area too, with lots of areas to sit and relax.

'It's tough to be a bug' is an excellent 4D simulator style-ride. Young kids will probably find this very scary but its an incredibly clever ride, as animated bugs fly around you and you feel them scurry behind you on the seats. A very memorable ride!!

'Dino-land USA' is great for kids of al ages. The play area is second to none, but beware the DINOSAUR ride as, whilst it is a perfectly good ride and very enjoyable, it did make many in our party feel quite ill. This zone does feel out of place in the park, but it should not be missed! Also, make sure you see the Tarzan Rocks show....ok it isn;t really 'rock' but its still pretty good, and the extreme skaters (dressed as monkeys) do some excellent stunts!

'The Oasis' is a lush 'jungle' habitat filled with tropical birds and colourful plants. Its fantatsic for photo opportunities and provides some vital shade from the sun! it also contains animal enclsures including a Kangaroo....great!:)

'The Tree of Life' has some of nicest theming in any of the Disney parks. The odd animal enclsure is scattered around and the small twisting walways make you forget you are even in a theme park!!

'Kilimanjaro Safaris' - Don't be put off by the long queues, this attraction is well worth the wait! You travel along in a jeep as you guide tells you all about the animals that you pass....sometimes very closely!! We went in the morning when most of the animals were out, but apparently they have a mid-day sleep in the heat, so get to this one early or late. A true highlight!

'The Kali River Rapids' - are fantastic. True they aren;t the wettest in the world (that award goes to the Universal Studios Popeye Rapids by far!!!), but they are some of the best themed. The ride starts off quite tamely but soon livens up as you pass through the 'jungle'...great fun for all!

The cost of actually getting in to all of the Disney Parks easily tops the cost of entire holidy in Britain, but the range of tickets on offer allow guests to tayor make their holidays around what they actually WANT to see rather than being sold a ticket for something they don't want.

The range is too large to describe here, but we bought a '7-day park hopperplus' ticket, which allowed us to to any of the Disney parks for a total of 7 days (you could go to more than one park on a day and it only counted as ONE days admission), the ticket also gave us access to water-parks for up to three days and the 'Downtown Disney' clubs and bars.

Another good pointer for Animal Kingdom is to make sure you arrive early, as the park closes early so the animals can be looked after. If you have a park-hopper ticket then you could always go to Magic Kingdom or EPCOT to see the fireworks if you aren't ready to leave when the park shuts.

The restaurant that has the most appetising menu and is the most fitting is The Rainforest Cafe. The fake thunderstorms (don't worry no water!) add greatly to the 'jungle feel', as do the huge fish tanks and fake animatronic animals! The menu can be a bit pricey (expect about 10-15pounds for an adult main course!) but it is well worth the price....I personally recommend the vegetarian lasange (not a veggie myself, but still a very nice dish!)
I'm afraid I can't comment on the snack-style food as I took sandwiches (as I do to most parks because of the cost of food inside!). But there were plenty of stalls around the park and cafe's that looked to be pretty clean (albeit pretty busy) from the outside!

Public Ammenities were very good inside the park. The toilets were clean and well furnished and had baby-changing facilities. No hand-dryers though, it seems that paper-towels are still very much IN in the US! There were also frequent water sprayers around the park that let out a fine mist of cool, refreshing water....a great idea for the long hot days! The overall cleanliness of the park was excellent, there were plenty of friendly staff and I would not hesitate to reccomend this aspect of the park to anyone.

Whilst I have tried to divide this review into age sections, the emphasis in this park really is on the family. There is no real reason for anyone of any age to be left alone whilst everyone else does something. Its enjoyable for everyone and (as with the other Disney Parks) I would recommend this to anyone!

Hope you enjoyed reading and that, if you decide to go, you enjoy your holiday!

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  • MAFARRIMOND published 15/01/2005
    Sounds a great venue for a family holiday. Maureen
  • scampi1 published 14/01/2005
    Re-rated with pleasure, Martin.
  • scampi1 published 14/01/2005
    Your review was borderline VH, if you add a bit more about the enterance costs, catering facilities, public toilets Let me know via my guest book and I'll gladly re-rate. Martin
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