Review of "Disney's Animal Kingdom"

published 05/09/2011 | Meggysmum
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"Real Animals not just an Oversized Mouse!"

On safari. Disney's Animal Kingdom

On safari. Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disneys Animal Kingdom was opened in 1998 and is the newest of the Disney Parks in Orlando and it also covers the largest area although a lot of this is not area that is accessible to the public.

The difference between this and the other Disney Them Parks is evident as soon as you enter. The atmosphere is more natural with lots of trees and less of the garish colours and frantic activity that you associate with Disney. Even the footpaths are made to look as if you are walking on forest trails with imprints of leaves and animal footprints set into the concrete. The huge “Tree of Life” structure is in the centre, this artificial tree has hundreds of animal sculptures cast into the trunk and it is a delight to spend a few quiet minutes seeing how many you can spot.

The Africa area is the one that most people arrive at first. Decorated to look like an African village with native musical groups and lots of chances for interaction for children the area is always buzzing with activity. Asia has a great feel of the Himalayas about it and houses the awe-inspiring “Everest”. Dinoland is a complete contrast; it is loud and frantic and is more like an American fair of the 1950s. Rafikis planet watch is reached by train and allows animal interactions. Camp Minnie-Mickey is the setting for the Lion King and also allows character meet and greet. This is a general overview of the areas and each contains various attractions.

If exciting rides are your thing then there are several to choose from:

Expedition Everest is a white-knuckle ride bringing you to a close encounter with the Yeti. The theming in the waiting area is fantastic and there is also a single rider queue which moves quite fast. This is probably one of my favourite rides in the whole of Orlando with the coaster going both forwards and backwards and giving a magnificent view from the top.

Kali river rapids is a raft ride that is great fun, guarantees that you will get wet and also introduces education aspects about deforestation. It is possible to get really soaked so wear a cape and put your bags in the central waterproff console.

Kilimanjaro safaris takes you on a jeep ride across huge animal enclosures. Arrive early to see the most animals, look out for the lions lying on their air-conditioned rock! Ensure everyone remains seated or the driver does have to stop because of the danger of children being thrown from the jeep.

Dinosaur is a fast dark and very noisy ride back in time. Personally I find this the worst ride in the whole of Disney as it is so violent and noisy I don’t get chance to actually enjoy the ride but everyone else seems to think it is fantastic.

There are some slightly slower rides in Dinosaur land, particularly the triceratops Spin and Primeval Whirl. Under the Tree of Life there is a 3D presentation of Its Tough to be a Bug. There are extra effects including sp-iders running up your legs and I have seen children leave crying but my family have always thoroughly enjoyed the film.

There are several walking trails with guided notes that take you past some fantastic animal enclosures and lovely theming that are certainly worth doing. These present many animals in better habitats and closer than you will see in many zoos.

Animal Kingdom does offer some good shows which are ideal when you need a break but arrive early as seating is limited and they are very popular.

Finding Nemo replaced the Tarzan show, this offers wonderful costumes and music and is a truly enchanting show. My daughter adores this and sings the songs all the time to drive us insane!

Festival of the Lion King celebrates the film in a colourful spectacle with all the film favourites. Some children get to be involved and it is great family show.

Flights of wonder is an educational display of birds that fly very close over your heads. Set in a shady outside arena this is a pleasant place to stop.

The highlight of the afternoon is always the Mickey’s Jammin’ jungle Parade. This colourful parade of Disney Characters all dressed for a safari is brilliant. The floats are all animated by the drivers and the characters interact far more with the crowd than in any other Disney parade. The music is infectious so make sure you have got yourself a shady viewing spot to enjoy this spectacular. This is one of my favourite Disney parades as it feels more personal and interative and the flooats have more fun elements to them.

The dining opportunities are not great in this park, mainly fast-food type places. There is a Rainforest Cafe at the entrance. The shopping activities are more interesting with items to buy from around the world.

The park closes early because of the animals so there is no firework or evening displays. This works fine as I find that we have usually exhausted the activities here by late afternoon anyway. It makes a nice change from some of the busier parks and has some educational value too. Certainly a park that is worth visiting and one that we usually do on our first day as we build ourseolves up to the stamina needed for the more intense themeparks!

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  • mumsymary published 06/09/2011
    Good read
  • catsholiday published 05/09/2011
    You are the expert in Disney theme parks
  • Alyson29 published 05/09/2011
    An enjoyable read :o) x
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