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Families will love:

  • Safaris, expeditions and wild rides
  • Animal viewings and character interaction
  • Broadway-style musical shows

Opened on Earth Day in 1998, Disney's Animal Kingdom showcases an amazing range of more than 250 species of animals, entertaining guests with exciting rides, Broadway-style stage shows and interactive experiences, all with an underlying conservation and animal theme.

From the enchantment of Kilimanjaro Safaris, an open-air ... more
Opened on Earth Day in 1998, Disney's Animal Kingdom showcases an amazing range of more than 250 species of animals, entertaining guests with exciting rides, Broadway-style stage shows and interactive experiences, all with an underlying conservation and animal theme.

From the enchantment of Kilimanjaro Safaris, an open-air jeep journey through an African savannah, to the thrill of Expedition Everest, a high-speed mountain coaster gone amok, adventurers will find an inspiring array of exhilarating experiences. On Kali River Rapids, a whitewater raft ride, the entire family can enjoy some wet and wild fun, while in Wild Africa Trek, a behind-the-scenes tour highlighting areas otherwise off-limits to guests, animal fans ages 8 and up will get an up-close look at exotic wildlife like giraffes, elephants, wildebeest and gazelles as they visit a private safari camp and explore untracked terrain.

Families with younger children will dig Dinoland, a pre-historic neighborhood that combines whimsical rides with wholesome carnival action. Little ones will love taking a turn on TriceraTop Spin, an up-and-down ride (similar to Dumbo), featuring a sweet dinosaur mascot, while older daredevils can experience DINOSAUR and Primeval Whirl, an intense motion simulator and a spinning mini-coaster known to inspire adrenalin surges. Nearby, at the Boneyard playground, a multi-level maze of slides, tunnels and a sandy dig site, smaller kids can search for fossils and burn off excess energy while parents take a break.

Finding Nemo fans won't want to miss Finding Nemo - the Musical, a Broadway-style show combining puppetry with live performance. Festival of the Lion King, another must-see, is a high-energy tribal circus celebration featuring favorite songs and characters, which recently moved to a new-and-improved home in the park's section of Africa. Before or after the shows, kids can meet up with their favorite characters at a number of locations throughout the park.

More than three times the size of Disney's Magic Kingdom, Disney's Animal Kingdom Park is the largest theme park in the world and encompasses an expansive 500 acres. Smart design makes it more manageable, but there's still a lot of walking involved. Come prepared with comfortable shoes, sunscreen, water, snacks and smart strolling options for small children.

In 2014, a major park expansion was announced. Enhancements and additions include a new Avatar-inspired Land featuring an "imagineered" mythical world of Pandora (scheduled to debut in early 2017) and new extended evening park hours with special activities and animal viewing opportunities.

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