Disney’s Animal Kingdom

I have to admit, Animal Kingdom is one of my favorite Disney parks.  I love the atmosphere, the shows, and most importantly, the animals!  Animal Kingdom has been labeled by some as a glorified zoo, and I would partially agree with that.  I absolutely love zoos, and Animal Kingdom definitely has its fair share of zoo-like qualities, but it also has great shows and some rare meet-and-greet characters that can’t be found anywhere else!

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Our first stop in Animal Kingdom is ALWAYS Africa.  It is by far my favorite stop in this park.  I love the Kilimanjaro Safari, the Drummers of Harambe, and The Lion King stage show.  All of these bring Africa to life.

The first attraction we visit is the stage where the Drummers of Harambe perform.  I absolutely LOVE them!  They are so very entertaining.  They get the crowd involved every time.  Since we are usually at their first performance of the morning, it is not very crowded.  I have been picked every time to dance with them!  It is so much fun!

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The Lion King stage show is to die for!  The music, performances, and dancing are all beautiful.  There are all sorts of things to see in this show, such as acrobats, a fire dancer, performers on stilts, dancing, singing, and much more!  If you only make time for one show at Disney, this is the one to pick!

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Also, we made the mistake of using a Fastpass on this show during our first trip to Disney World.  Since the seating is 360 degrees around the stage and there isn’t really a best seat, so there was no benefit to using a Fastpass.  We have been several times since then and have gotten just as good seats without a Fastpass.

I am also a fan of Rafiki’s Planet Watch.  However, this is not everyone’s cup of tea. It takes a while to get there due to waiting for a train, which is the only way to access this attraction.  Once you arrive, there are several things to do and see.  You can watch live video streaming of the animals around Animal Kingdom. You can also see live animal shows were you get to come in contact with animals. I was able to pet a rabbit and meet a darling hedgehog.  The Affection Section is a favorite of mine as well.  You can pet and interact with MANY goats, all of which are happy to be handled.  It is here that you can also meet Rafiki and Chip and Dale!

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Chip and Dale are so much fun!  I love getting kisses from them.

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We loved eating at Yak n Yeti in the Asia area of Animal Kingdom.  It was delicious.  It was a little more than we wanted to spend; however, we got TONS of food.  The egg rolls are to die for!

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Flights of Wonder is a great show in Asia to see.  The live birds are amazing to watch! At one point an owl flies over the crowd and his wings actually brushed the top of my head.  This show is definitely a must-see for Animal Kingdom.

Also not pictured is DInoLand in Animal Kingdom.  Primeval Whirl is a fun ride in DinoLand.  The carnival-style game booths look like a lot of fun, but we chose not to do them because they cost extra.  I am a big chicken so the Dinosaur ride was a definite “no” for me!

The Finding Nemo stage show is a neat stop, especially for kids, or even for big kids like me!  It is located near DinoLand and is actually a little difficult to find.  We had to ask a cast member and almost missed the show because we were running behind.  I’ve only seen it once, but I definitely enjoyed it.

Pocahontas can be found at Animal Kingdom, as well as Tarzan.  I have met Pocahontas, but I haven’t met Tarzan yet.  That is at the top of my list for our next visit!

And finally a little couple selfie to wrap up this post.  We stopped to take this on the African trail.

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Stay tuned for the next post!  I’m going to give a little “guided” tour of each park with all of our favorite rides and attractions.

Love,

Anna Beth

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