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5 Reasons We Love Disney’s Animal Kingdom

A Walt Disney World vacation is sure to be an amazing experience thanks to the four theme parks found there. Each park has its own unique theme which is conveyed through beautiful detail found throughout theme areas, attractions, entertainment, shopping, and dining. Of the four theme parks, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is both the newest and largest and features a beautiful theme concentrated on nature. The park aims to teach guests about the beauty and pureness of nature while stressing the importance of conservation. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to some amazing experiences which allow guests to travel to far and exotic corners of the earth to enjoy African safaris, white water rafting, getting up close and personal with a Yeti, and traveling back to the time of the dinosaurs. With so many amazing experiences to enjoy in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, there are some which are so magical and amazing that they are the favorites of many guests. These amazing experiences are absolute must dos and part of why guests love the park. Here are the top five reasons why guests love to spend plenty of time in Walt Disney World’s Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

5. Dinosaur

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to a thrilling attraction that literally brings guests back in time. Dinosaur can be found in Dinoland and invites guests into the Dino Institute. There, scientists have perfected the technology to travel back in time and guests are sent on a top secret mission to bring a dinosaur back to modern times. While the mission sounds like fun, it is also very close to the massive asteroid impact and guests soon find themselves on a thrilling and bumpy adventure with plenty of surprises along the way. Guests who spend time in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and are looking for big thrills should definitely head over to Dinoland and enjoy a ride on Dinosaur! Since Dinosaur is such a popular attraction, guests should also plan on booking FastPasses for the experience to avoid long wait times.

4. Expedition Everest

Guests who are looking to enjoy big thrills when spending time in Disney’s Animal Kingdom should head over to the Asia section of the park. There they can find a thrilling adventure that combines myth and history. Expedition Everest brings guests to the foothills of the largest mountains in the world where they set off on a trip to bring supplies to base camp. What begins as a serene ride around the base of the mountains soon takes an ominous turn as guests encounter a piece of destroyed track. Having to take a detour, guests soon find themselves deep inside the forbidden mountain and face to face with its fabled protector the Yeti. Expedition Everest is one of the most thrilling attractions in all of Walt Disney World and guests who spend time in Disney’s Animal Kingdom absolutely love to enjoy it time and time again.

3. Kali River Rapids

The Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is also home to another thrilling attraction which often leaves guests soaking wet. Kali River Rapids has guests board family style rafts and set off down the Chakranadi River. Once floating down the river, guests encounter beautiful waterfalls and lush forests. Unfortunately, guests then learn firsthand the devastation of illegal logging when they encounter a bit of forest that has been destroyed. With plenty of drops, dips, and splashes along the way, guests who enjoy a ride on Kali River Rapids can either get splashed or end up completely soaked!

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2. Kilimanjaro Safaris

One of the most popular attractions in Disney’s Animal Kingdom can be found in the village of Harambe in the Africa section of the park. Kilimanjaro Safaris invites guests to embark on two week long safaris in the beautiful Harambe Reserve. Guests board authentic safari vehicles and take off on a thrilling adventure through the forests and savannahs of the reserve. Along the way, there are plenty of up close experiences with animals like elephants, rhinos, hippos, cheetahs, lions, giraffes, and flamingos. Since the animals are free roaming, guests can enjoy a totally unique experience each time on Kilimanjaro Safaris, making the attraction a major highlight in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

1. Tree of Life

The icon of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a massive and beautiful centerpiece that can be seen from many places throughout the park. The Tree of Life can be found on Discovery Island and is a massive structure with many different branches and thousands of beautiful green leaves which sway gently in the breeze. The trunk of the Tree of Life is intricately carved with hundreds of animals found in nature that guests can enjoy from different viewing spots. Since the Tree of Life is so beautiful, many guests love visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom just to be able to check it out and enjoy the amazing detail found on its trunk.

About Caitlin Corsello

Caitlin Corsello first visited Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of the trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning about the history and small details of the parks, enjoying a Lapu Lapu, and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York teaching preschool and spending her time counting down the days to her next trip.