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“A Different Sort of Disney Experience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom
Bear Island Road, Orlando, FL 32819 (Walt Disney World Resort)
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Ranked #26 of 239 Activities in Orlando
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Amusement/ Theme Parks, Disney, Performances
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Dining
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: "The largest of the 4 theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort, Disney's Animal Kingdom park is filled with attractions, adventures and entertainment that reflect Walt Disney's dedication to nature and conservation. The park leads the way in animal care, education and research—for an enchanting experience that blends learning with family fun.Home to more than 1,700 animals from 250 species and sprawling across 500 acres of lush landscape, Disney's Animal Kingdom park is the biggest animal-themed park in the world!Disney's Animal Kingdom park is divided into 7 areas:OasisDiscovery Island® areaCamp Minnie-MickeyAfricaRafiki's Planet Watch® areaAsiaDinoland, U.S.A.® areaEncounter rare and majestic animals—and get close enough to pet some of them! Exciting attractions await, along with live and wild entertainment like Broadway-style musical shows and parades that invite you to be part of the excitement.From the spectacular scenery of the African savanna—where you may spot zebras, elephants and hippos—to the high-altitude, roller coaster thrills of Expedition Everest® in Asia, global adventures abound at Disney's Animal Kingdom park.
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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“A Different Sort of Disney Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Disney World is associated with a variety of stereotypes - immersive rides, plenty of characters strutting their stuff, and a focus on theme-park extravagance.

Animal Kingdom, in my opinion, is the most un-Disney Disney experience you could have.

I say this because of the organic, natural theme. There are no 'magic' gimmicks here. There's not princess to come around and sign your autograph book. There's a focus on the product, and that product is nature and animals.

Many people may review this as just a zoo, but I stress it is a zoo done in the way that only Disney could. That's what makes it the Disney experience - the attention to detail is impeccable.

From the minute you walk into Animal Kingdom, you are greeted with lush greenery and stone paths. The walkway will lead you to very distinct areas of the park. Most memorable is Asia, where it looks as if you're winding through Buddhist temples and run-down streets. Africa will captivate you, as well, with its clay-like buildings and sandy grounds. No other 'zoo' takes the effort to literally transform the landscape in order to tailor your experience.

An important note - Animal Kingdom is HUGE! Unless you're a speed walker, there is no way you can see the whole park in one day. If I'm not mistaken, it's about three times the size of Magic Kingdom, so do yourself a favor and split the park between two days. If you have someone in your party who needs assistance walking, plan accordingly - it's the park with the roughest terrain.

Animal Kingdom is also the park that will close the earliest - usually around 5 or 6 o'clock. The morning crowds are by far the heaviest, but the park is deserted after 2 or 3pm.

While you're there, check out Expedition Everest, my favorite coaster of all time. It's not the wildest of rides, but the experience is completely immersive. Use the single riders line if you're not afraid of splitting up your party - the wait time is WAY less. Kilimanjaro Safari is amazing you if you want a bird's-eye view of the animals. And Dinoland USA is great for the kiddies - the rides are fun, and the carnival theme will have you smiling.

Just a zoo, you say? I think not. Disney's Animal Kingdom is more like it.

Visited May 2013
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“Real life Safari”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Best on this park is the safari ride. You feel your in Africa, Asia you see wild animals up close. Staff make you feel great!

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Intervale, NH 03845
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“The Safari is Great, and We Enjoyed the Live Shows”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

We visited The Animal Kingdom during our vacation to celebrate our 49th anniversary. I liked The Animal Kingdom best of all the Disney park attractions. We were able to see quite a few animals up close on the safari ride and we took several pictures. "Nemo, the Musical" was very well-done, and we enjoyed "It's Tough to be a Bug." The parade held late in the afternoon was entertaining and featured floats operated by Disney staff that featured most of the animals seen in the park in a mechanized way. We took our time, so the walking did not bother us. We ate in Dinoland, and the food was good and the price was quite reasonable. I wish we had our six-year old grandson with us, because he would have loved the entire park experience. I recommend The Animal Kingdom with no reservations.

Visited February 2014
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Trondheim, Norway
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“Second time visit, still like it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014 via mobile

We visited this park also last year, but it was worth visiting this year as well! Would recommend Nemo - the musical, which is suitable for any age, also toddlers. The plot is similar to the film. Another must-do is the Kilimanjaro Safari, a great experience and sometimes you get really close to the animals. Last time we had to stop due to crossing rhinos! Character greeting is also an option at this park and of course a must do. As always, Disney is very well organized and every detail wrt to decorations is thought about. Highly recommended!

Visited February 2014
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Whitesboro, Texas
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“Nice zoo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Difficult if your handicapped in a wheel chair or scooter. Lots of hills and stairs. Guaranteed to wear you out, lots of walking.As with all of the Disney and Universal attractions. Each one is at least a day in itself. Tickets are designed to be 3-5 days at each location. Usually 6 full days on two packages. You have to skip one of the kingdoms. Tough choice to make. As hard to say, I would suggest one or the other unless you have two full weeks. Universal uses a fingerprint scan to go with your ticket when entering the park and is used again to getting lockers. Had problems getting back into the lockers. says free for 1 hour, but none of the rides from start to finishing the lines are usually less than an hour. Lockers are required for purses, cameras, etc on any of the more active rides. Finger scanning kids can be bothersome. The major attractions have very long lines. I found it unfair to people on a modest budget to have to watch while people that. purchase a 'fast pass' go in front of you every time. At least Disney has a kiosk at the more major attractions that you can get a 'fast pass' free. (limited to one at a time). If you go to the front of the park at universal, food if pretty reasonable. Disney was way over priced. If you wind up with an unused day on Disney, you can sell it to a number of vendors for about 20.00 (not much but beats nothing). If you only going to be one day at Disney you can buy a ticket from these vendors (most of the souvenir shops around town) for about 1/2 price. Universal tickets are not transferable because of the finger scan. While all of the parks are very entertaining its pretty much over priced. Still once in a lifetime trip for many. Enjoy.

Visited May 2013
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