Disney's Animal Kingdom is Walt Disney World's newest and biggest theme park. Yes, I did say this is the biggest of the parks. It's true in terms of acres. The safari itself is the size of The Magic Kingdom. There is a lot of walking to be done here, so wear comfortable shoes.
The Animal Kingdom is full of Animals (imagine that). There are also some good shows and a couple of really good rides. Let's go ...
The Oasis is the entrance area to the park. All of the other Disney World parks have shops right inside the gate. Not here. The Oasis is a buffer between the outside world and the animals on the inside. It's a great way to begin.
Camp Minnie Mickey
The Camp Minnie Mickey area of the Disney World Animal Kingdom is full of places to get autographs from Disney characters and see a really top-notched show.
Come to the Kingdom of Anandapur (place of delight) home of the Maharajah's Palace. The Palace is crumbling and inhabited by tigers and other creatures. The ruins are typically Disney and are very detailed and realistic.
This park doesn't have a lot of dining options. For most of the year, the park closes at 5:00, so dinner isn't a big meal. Over the last couple of years, Disney has been adding dining options to the parks menus. Check out some of the offerings.
Tusker House - "Awaken the Day" at Donald's Safari Breakfast buffet. You can also get a unique lunch and dinner buffet here.
Disney World makes Christmas time special. Even at Animal Kingdom there are lots of special touches that celebrate the holidays. One of the most imitative is Mickey's Jammin Jungle Parade. It takes the afternoon parade and turns it into a African celebration of Christmas.
Disney hass announced that the next land at Animal Kingdom will be an Avatar based land. It will have rides and entertainment based on the blockbuster movie Avatar. James Cameron (director of the movie) is leading Disney's Imagineering team as they design the new area. Disney World's biggest park is getting bigger.
Behind the Scenes
If you want a VIP guided behind the scenes tour of the Animal Kingdom, check out the Wild African Trek. It's a hiking tour through the Pangani Forest overlooking the Safari ride and the Savannah complete with foot bridges and riverbeds full of hungry crocodiles (keep a look out for Captain Hook). This 3 hour adventure is offered daily at 1-407-WDW-TOUR.
Making a plan to tour the park is pretty easy. While it's the biggest park in area, it's the easiest to maneuver around because there isn't any easy way to criss cross the park. While Dad normally recommends using a touring plan from Touringplans.com, it's not really needed for this park.
For Dad and Mrs. Mom's Disney Palooza 2012, Dad has a plan to complete all the rides before the parade. It's a pretty basic plan, but you might want to see what Dad has in mind.
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Disney's Animal Kingdom is growing into a great theme park or the best zoo on the planet, I'm still not sure which. What ever it is it's a great place to spend a day. The Safari is absolutely not to be missed. Where else can take a trip around the World, see exotic animals, and see the culture of parts of the globe that are far away, all without leaving Florida? What a concept.
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