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 and cannot believe I didn’t visit sooner. I highly recommend making this part of your trip. This is a newer part of Disney so it has some really amazing rides. Expedition Everest is an awesome roller coaster, one of the best at Disney World! Plus, it is just really well done and enjoyable to look at. There are so many little details.
Animal Kingdom tips:
- Fast passes and rider switch cards are available on seven 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 best place to meet Tiger, Pooh, and Eeyore because the line is always short!
The only other big ride in Dinoland 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! This is one of the only rides I skip out of all four parks.
You cannot hang out in Dinoland 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! This is a good way for parents to take a break while kids continue to play.
Be sure to go on the Kilimanjaro Safari and see all of the animals, including elephants, zebras, and more. The animals roam around so the safari is never the same twice. You might even get lucky and see one of the newborn animals. Last time we were there we saw the new giraffes.
There is a walk you can go on, the Maharajah Jungle Trek and look at animals from Southweast Asia like monkeys, tigers and more.
The Animal Kingdom also has its own parade, Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade. It is very unique and different then the ones in the other parks. The parade is usually at 3 PM every day.
If you do not want to ride the Kali River Rapids, go check out the monkeys instead. They are near by playing on this structure.
New Editions at the Animal Kingdom
They’ve added so much to the Animal Kingdom it is amazing. They’ve added a night time shows including the The River of Lights with music, lights, and water features and the Tree of Life Awakens. It’s definitely staying late to catch the shows or even coming back to the park to see. And I must say, riding Expedition Everest at night is a whole new experience.
The Rivers of Lights
The Animal Kingdom when all out on this show. It’s quite beautiful. Here is a video of the show I took.
The Tree of Life Awakens
The Tree of Life Awakes is a twice nightly show that is projected onto the tree.
Pandora the World of Avatar added two new rides to the Animal Kingdom, plus an entire new section of the park. This area is a must see during the day and at night. It looks completely different during the day.
Have you been to the Animal Kingdom? What is your favorite thing about it?