Wild Fun in Orlando at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Flickr: joeshlabotnikThe largest of Orlando’s Disney parks, Disney’s Animal Kingdom incorporates the best features of zoos, thrilling attractions for every member of the family, and – of course – that famous Disney magic. 


Disney’s Animal Kingdom boasts 1,700 animals from 250 different species.  Numerous trails, exhibits, and treks take you into habitats of animals from around the globe on foot.  If you are looking for a bit more adventure, ride an open sided safari vehicle right through the African Savanna on Kilimanjaro Safaris Expedition.  The safari trek is as close to a real one as you will find in Orlando and offers the chance to see giraffes, lions, rhinos, warthogs, and zebras as they roam the shared land with you. 


Much more than a zoo, Disney’s Animal Kingdom offers fantastic family-friendly attractions.  The crown jewel is Expedition Everest: a fast-paced, thrilling roller coaster ride in route to “Mt. Everest.”  Thrilling effects along the way take riders forward and backward, eventually whizzing past an unhappy Yeti at the peak.  Cool off on a hot day by riding the Kali River Rapids through the Asian Rainforest. 

If your family loves dinosaurs, visit Dinoland U.S.A., located in the park.  Primeval Whirl, a thrilling (and spinning) roller coaster offers big time thrills, and the ride, DINOSAUR, places riders back in time on a safari trek through the ages.  Smaller guests will enjoy the TriceraTop Spin ride, a Dumbo-esque ride that takes little ones and their families flying high over the surroundings.  In the Boneyard, kids can dig for fossils and get energy out while running through the play equipment.


In addition to loads of animals and thrilling fun, Disney’s Animal Kingdom features world-class theatrical entertainment.  Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo: The Musical offer animal loving families the chance to watch 30-minute, full scale, live musical productions during their trip.  It’s Tough to be a Bug features fun 3D, interactive surprises and is located inside the iconic Tree of Life.  Live parades and mini-shows run throughout the day at the park.  If you are in search for a live-animal show, check out “Flights of Wonder,” which features over 20 species of birds. 


Private and semi-private tours are offered for guests seeking a more personal experience.  The Wild Africa Trek, Backstage Magic, and Backstage Safari are all great options for first time guests and get visitors up-close and personal with the animals, trainers, and behind-the-scenes magic of Disney.


Three full-sized, sit down restaurants are located within the park: The Rainforest Café, Tusker House Restaurant, and Yak and Yeti Restaurant.  Tusker House is an easy option featuring a buffet and even character meet and greets.  Numerous quick service restaurants are located around the park. 

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One Response

  1. Cairns

    While these themed parks do offer great family entertainment, are they whats really needed on a family holiday?


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