Animal Kingdom

I went to the Animal Kingdom for the very first time last August when we brought our kids to Disney World for the first time. I didn’t know what to expect. I had not heard a lot about the Animal Kingdom and in fact I had not even bothered to go there on previous trips. So, needless to say that when we finally did go, I was blown away. I highly recommend making this part of your trip. This is a newer part of Disney so it has some really amazing rides. Mt. Everest is an awesome roller coaster!

Animal Kingdom tips:

  • Fast passes and rider switch cards are available on five of the rides.
  • It is often much quicker to meet the characters at this park. I am not sure why, but every time we have tried it has been quite quick. This is the place to meet Tiger, Pooh, and Eeyore because the line is always short!
We started our day out by walking towards Dinosaur land. On our way we stopped to see the It’s Tough to be a Bug show. It was a good 3-D show with some fun surprises.
I have to stop and mention two other shows that are at this park. Nemo and Lion King. Both are very good and definitley worth seeing. These are not a movie like It’s tough to be a Bug, but live shows with dancing and singing. If you only have time for one go see the Lion King.
Then we were on the dinosaur ride. The name of it escapes me at the moment, but it is one of the best rides I have ever been on. It will scare you! Here is a picture of us going back in time to the age of the dinosaurs!

The only other big ride in dino land is the Primo Whirl. This is a good ride and has a height requirement on it. It was a little too rough for me and after a few trips here I now skip this ride, because I don’t like getting banged around that much!
Primo Whirl at the Animal Kingdom
You cannot hang out in Dino land without making some time for the Boneyard. This is a massive playground. There is an area where you can dig for bones, slides, tunnels, climbing and more!

The Boneyard at the Animal KingdomBe sure to go on the Safari and see all of the animals, including elephants, zebras, and more.
There is a walk you can go on and look at animals like monkeys, tigers and more.The Animal Kingdom also has its own parade. It is very unique and different then the ones in the other parks. The parade is usually at 3 PM everyday. 

This is a picture from the bridge overlooking the Kali River rapid ride. Beware you can get totally soaked on this ride! In the middle is a storage space where you can place items you do not want to get wet. After getting soaked on here a few too many times we no longer ride the rapids.

Kali River Rapid Ride at the Animal Kingdom

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