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Top 10 Mind Blowing Experiences At Walt Disney World’s Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Guests who visit Walt Disney World are sure to have a wild time in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The park is the largest of the four Disney theme parks and aims to bring the beauty and diversity of nature to life while stressing the importance of conservation and preservation. Guests who spend time in Disney’s Animal Kingdom can enjoy plenty of amazing experiences like embarking on an African safari, conquering raging rapids, entering into the Forbidden Mountain, and traveling back to prehistoric times. With so many amazing experiences to be had in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, guests might have a hard time deciding which experiences are the absolute must dos. While every experience in the park is amazing in its own way, there are some that are so mind blowing that they simply can’t be missed. Here are the top ten mind blowing experiences at Walt Disney World’s Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

10. Kilimanjaro Safaris

Perhaps the most popular attraction in Disney’s Animal Kingdom can be found in the Africa section of the park in the fictional village of Harambe. Kilimanjaro Safaris invites guests to enter into the Harambe Reserve for a two week safari through the lush forests and savannahs of Africa. Along the way, guests can enjoy up close encounters with animals like rhinos, elephants, cheetahs, lions, zebras, wild dogs, and giraffes. No experience on Kilimanjaro Safaris is the same thanks to the live animals, so guests love to return time and time again.

9. Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail

Found near the exit of Kilimanjaro Safaris is a self-guided walking tour that showcases beautiful scenery and animals. The Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail definitely shouldn’t be missed by guests as it offers peaceful walkways and up close encounters with plenty of animals including gorillas. The gorillas are the highlight of the trail and can be found in a massive hilly habitat filled with waterfalls near the end of the trail.

8. Kali River Rapids

Guests looking for adventure and the chance to cool off on hot days in Disney’s Animal Kingdom should look no further than Kali River Rapids in the Asia section of the park. The attraction brings guests on a thrilling journey down the Chakranadi River where the devastation and destruction of illegal logging is prominently shown. Guests who enjoy a ride on Kali River Rapids can learn an important message about conservation as well as get soaking wet!

7. Maharajah Jungle Trek

In addition to the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to a second self-guided walking tour that allows guests to explore nature at their own pace. The Maharajah Jungle Trek can be found in the Asia section of the park and invites guests into the royal forest of Anandapur. Along the way guests can enjoy a massive aviary, beautifully detailed paths, and gorgeous Asian Tigers lounging in their large habitat.

6. Expedition Everest

One of the most popular attractions in Disney’s Animal Kingdom can also be found in the Asia section of the park and brings a mythical beast to life. Expedition Everest begins as a serene tea train tour but soon takes a thrilling turn as guests find themselves scrambling to escape the Forbidden Mountain and the clutches of the fabled Yeti. With plenty of thrills and close encounters with the Yeti, guests should definitely not miss out on Expedition Everest!

5. Dinosaur

Another thrilling attraction found in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is Dinosaur which is located in the heart of Dinoland. The attraction invites guests into the Dino Institute where the technology to travel back in time has been perfected. While guests are supposed to enjoy a serene tour through prehistoric times, they find themselves on a thrilling race to find a particular dinosaur before a massive asteroid impact. With plenty of dark moments and big thrills, Dinosaur is a mind blowing attraction in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

4. TriceraTop Spin

Also found in Dinoland is an attraction which takes a classic Disney ride concept and turns it prehistoric. TriceraTop Spin is a spinner type attraction similar to the classic Dumbo the Flying Elephant found over in the Magic Kingdom. However, Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s version features triceratops for guests to ride in while checking out the sights in Dinoland below.

3. Primeval Whirl

After enjoying TriceraTop Spin, guests should also enjoy a dizzying ride on Primeval Whirl in Dinoland. Primeval Whirl takes guests on a constantly spinning and zig zagging roller coaster ride that pokes fun at the impending doom of the dinosaurs’ extinction. With plenty of thrills and fun along the way, guests definitely shouldn’t skip a ride on Primeval Whirl.

2. It’s Tough to be a Bug

While many guests are familiar with the Tree of Life in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, they might have their minds blown when they find out that there is a theater housed in the roots of the massive tree! It’s Tough to be a Bug is a 3D show which is hosted by Flik from the Pixar film A Bug’s Life. The show aims to teach guests how bugs are not disgusting or menaces, but rather an integral part of the environment. With some surprises and familiar faces along the way, guests should not miss out on a showing of It’s Tough to be a Bug!

1. Tree of Life Awakenings

Once night falls in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the Tree of Life experiences its own amazing show which uses technology to bring nature to life. The Tree of Life Awakenings occur every ten minutes on the Tree of Life and use projection technology to showcase vignettes that bring nature and its beauty to stunning No visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom is complete without enjoying the beauty and wonder of the Tree of Life Awakenings!

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.