Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the newest of the Disney World theme parks. Opened on 22 April, 1998 it is also the biggest of the four Florida parks. The entire theme of the park is animal conservation that is organized into seven areas. The park features wildlife from Africa and Asia, as well as extinct animals, such as dinosaurs and animals from myths, such as unicorns.
Oasis is the first part of the Animal Kingdom that visitors see. Here are the habitats for some of the amazing creatures that live here, including the Eleonora cockatoos, swamp wallabies, ruddy ducks, and African spoonbills.
Situated right in the middle of the park Discovery Island is home to some of the park’s most popular residents and the iconic Tree of Life. Some of the wildlife you’ll see here are Easter grey kangaroos, greater flamingos, black-necked swans, and a variety of different types of storks. The biggest gift shop in the Animal Kingdom is located here, as is the fun and educational ‘It’s Tough to Be a Bug!’ film.
This is where visitors will embark on their journey to see Africa’s great animals living in natural habitats. It is home to the always popular lions, elephants, giraffes, and cheetahs. It is also home to lesser known animals, such as mandrills and okapis.
Rafiki’s Planet Watch
While anyone can enjoy this section of the park, it is geared towards younger children. Visitors will learn all about conservation efforts that take place to protect wildlife in their natural homes. It also gives fun ways you can help create your own mini habitats in your own backyard. You’ll get a behind the scenes peek at how the animals living at the park are cared for, questions and answers with veterinarians, and an animal petting area.
Visitors will get the chance to experience a jungle trek where they’ll get to see some rare, unusual, and well-known animals. Popular residents include Bengal tigers, komodo dragons, and plum-headed parakeets. The focus of the trek remains on conservation issues that affect Asian wildlife. It is close to two of park’s main rides – Kali River Rapids, which takes you on a trilling river trip and over a waterfall, and the Expedition Everest roller coaster, where you’ll have watch out for the Yeti.
Dinosaurs are always highly popular wherever they are exhibited, and there’s no exception at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This area is home to the Dino Institute where you’ll find the Late Cretaceous Period ride DINOSAUR. Not far from DinoLand is the Boneyard where children can play and uncover fossils.
The park has a number of themed restaurants serving a variety of cuisine, including BBQ food, pizza, and Asian dishes. The rides are limited here, as that is not the purpose of the Animal Kingdom. Instead, you’ll leave having see in person some of the world’s most beautiful creatures and having learned a little bit on how to protect them.