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Disney's Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom - swimming tigers
Who knew, that tigers like a cooling dip?
Highlights:
  • Amazing animals! In large habitats.
  • Top attractions such as Expedition Everest, Kilimanjaro Safari, Kali River Rapids
  • Excellent live stage shows: Finding Nemo, and Festival of the Lion King

Disney's Animal Kingdom

My personal favorite of the four Walt Disney World theme parks, Disney's Animal Kingdom> opened in 1998 and attractions have been added since, including Expedition Everest roller coaster with terrific Himalayan theming.

With 500 acres, Disney's Animal Kingdom is five times the size of the Magic Kingdom. Much of this acreage is taken up by the vast Kilimanjaro Safari attraction -- which recreates an African wildlife safari-- and other areas for wildlife habitat.

Zoos, thankfully, have changed greatly in the last decade and Disney-- with its deep pockets-- has created some large and beautiful "natural habitats" for its animals. The gorillas, for example, have acres to play in.

Note: Disney's Animal Kingdom closes early! Often, the closing time is 5 p.m. You can extend the fun by having dinner at the wildly-themed and fun-food Rainforest Cafe.

Pictures and Tips for Disney's Animal Kingdom:

Disney's Animal Kingdom: Kilimanjaro Safari

Disney's Animal Kingdom- jungle trek tigers
Disney's Animal Kingdom - Tree of Life

See also: Disney World Overview

- Top Tips for Visiting Disney World

*photos copyright Teresa Plowright.


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