Encounter exotic animals and exciting adventures at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park, one of the largest animal theme parks in the world. Home to more than 2,000 animals across 300 species, the park reflects Walt Disney’s dedication to conservation and is committed to animal care, education and research. Explore 6 enthralling lands: Oasis, Discovery Island, Africa, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Asia and DinoLand, U.S.A. areas
With so much to see and do you really feel at one with all the animals and encounters with the animals. This is definately not your typical “zoo” experience, but is anything Disney does typical? So let’s get to my top 3:
1. Admire the Tree of Life
As you can see from my picture above there are so many things going on within this tree that you could look at it multiple times and see something new every.single.time. Belive me I have. Celebrating all living creatures, this iconic centerpiece is the symbol of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. PLUS- If you didn’t know: INSIDE the Tree of Life is a fun 3D film and live show called “It’s Tough to Be a Bug” which features all your fun friends from the Disney•Pixar film, A Bug’s Life.
Ride off in an open-air vehicle for a day or evening tour of a lush African savanna, home to real-live exotic animals. It truly is the gem of the park. It’s like you have traveled to Africa. There are SO many animals to see that you could easily ride it once in the morning and once in the evening to see the difference in what animals are up and at it vs. which animals are sleeping. You get SO close. There have been many a times where giraffes took over the trails and our driver just had to wait till they were done hanging out. In fact if you look close in the next picture you will see a male Lion just hanging out on his Pride Rock in the middle. It was hard to catch a great shot of this majestic creature, but man oh man is her something powerful and beautiful.
3.Nemo The Musical
Based on the hit animated movie, this must-“sea” adventure makes a splash with spectacular music and stunning theatrical puppetry. I’ve seen it numerous times and each time makes me smile and sing! You will hear familiar songs, but you will also walk out singing: “Go With The Flow.” I LOVE a good show and Animal Kingdom has multiple to choose from. This one is perfect for young and old AND it’s a great way to get out of the heat for a bit. I promise you will love it.
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As you can tell, Animal Kingdom is full of both animals and fun interactions with characters, great rides, AND shows. Again, take everything you think about a typical “zoo” and throw it out of your mind because that is NOT what Animal Kingdom is. Also, Animal Kingdom closes earlier than other parks so if you time it right you can do Animal Kingdom then pop over to another park with your parkhopper ticket and catch a few more rides and maybe a fireworks show…SPEAKING of fireworks shows I have to tell you guys what is coming to Animal Kingdom so count this as a bonus to the list:
Rivers of Light
The show, set on Discovery River in the Asia section of the park, will depict an ancient lantern festival guided by two storytellers who call forth four animal Spirit Guides: an Asian Tiger, Tropical Turtle, African Elephant and Great Horned Owl. These Spirit Guides return at different points during the show to lead the audience through their journey through the Rivers of Light. It debuts April 22nd. I’m SUPER excited about this because I’ve always thought a Animal Kingdom needed a finale’ to the day.
The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a
place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But
when rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a
police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” a comedy-adventure directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,”“Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”), opens in theaters NOW!
***Disclosure: I attended the #ZootopiaEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***