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“A nice change of pace”

Disney's Animal Kingdom
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$36.99*
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Orlando Helicopter Tour from International Drive Area
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$48.29*
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Orlando Helicopter Tour from Walt Disney World Resort Area
Ranked #9 of 439 things to do in Orlando
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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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed December 7, 2013

Animal Kingdom is much less hectic than the other Disney theme parks. There are less rides here and more activities that involve seeing and experiencing. Kilimanjaro Safari is a visual treat as you ride through the African savannah and view the animals roaming (mostly) free. There are safety protections in place, but they are not apparent as you ride through and see the animals. You should definitely use a fst pass to do the safari. Rafiki's Planet Watch is an eductional and hands on area of animal interaction. You must ride the train to get back to this area. There are two exploration trails which let you walk through and observe the plants and animals native to Africa and Asia. The Festival of the Lion King is a great show for all ages. You do not want to miss this show. A Bug's Life is still a good 3D movie experience. Flights of Wonder is a fun bird show. Finding Nemo is a good show, but we preferred the show it replaced, Tarzan Rocks. Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade is the holiday version with everyone in Christmas spirit.

For the thrill seekers, Expedition Everest is a very good roller coaster and Kali River Rapids is a great water ride nearby. You will want to use fast pass for both of these rides. Primeval Whirl and Dinosaur are also good thrill rides.

There are character greeting spots in Animal Kingdom, but they are not as obvious as in the other parks. They are usually located down a path off the main road. Check your map and you will find all you want.

We usually eat at Pizzafari because our kids always like pizza. Okay, go have a great time.

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Reviewed December 5, 2013

This is a nice park but not an all day adventure. Some nice restaurants and I would recommend doing the buffet style which offers the best bang for the buck and they have car actors too! We never spend more than half a day here.

2  Thank Charles1019
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

Just returned from 2 weeks in Florida and we loved the Animal Kingdom. We spent 2 days there and our 8 year old daughter loved the Wilderness Explorer sticker book which is a freebie!
We did not queue for anything for more than 5 minutes and our daughter also loved the Bone Yard in dinosaur land. The food is expensive in Disney so our advice is stop at a Subway on the way and load up a rucksack with sandwiches crisps and drinks and avoid the overpriced park food.
We would recommend this park to anyone with children and the Kilimanjaro ride is excellent for children.
Staff are helpful and very friendly and the park is spotlessly clean as expected.

Thank GUYSwansea_Wales
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Reviewed December 4, 2013

Really enjoyed the experience and the safari ride. It was our first day of our trip and it was excellent. The Everest ride was good, my daughter loved it - me not so much but still....... it was an experience. However, to buy a photo afterwards total rip off. But that's Disney for you.

Thank HellyLimerick
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Reviewed December 4, 2013

We really liked this place. Spent hours there. Loved the Safari ride through the park. The Bugs Life show centered in the tree of life was fantastic and very entertaining. Remarkable display of wildlife and the habitats were top notch. I would highly recommend a visit to Animal Kingdom for young and old alike. Great for photos of animals.

Thank billibud
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