Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of the most popular places to spend time in Walt Disney World thanks to its incredible theming, beautiful atmosphere, and amazing experiences waiting to charm and thrill guests. The Disney Park opened on April 22, 1998 and has been amazing guests ever since with its entertaining yet educational experiences that aim to help showcase the beauty of nature and share the importance of protecting it. While Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to popular areas such as Pandora – The World of Avatar, Africa, and Dinoland, there is another area of the park that is home to the perfect mix of attractions, entertainment, dining, shopping, and more. The Asia area of the park features amazing theming that helps to bring the location to life and truly feel like the far reaches of the world filled with adventures. From self-guided walking tours and thrilling experiences to wonderful dining and shopping, there is much to enjoy in this corner of the park. Here are eight favorite things found in the Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
1. Expedition Everest
One of the largest and most popular attractions in all of Disney’s Animal Kingdom can be found in the heart of the Asia section of the park. Expedition Everest brings guests into the foothills of the mountains where they soon board tea trains to take a shortcut through the Forbidden Mountain to Everest’s base camp. Along the way, guests meet a few surprises culminating in coming face to face with the fabled Yeti who is the protector of the mountain. With plenty of big thrills and some amazing views of the rest of the park, Expedition Everest is a must do!
2. Yak & Yeti Restaurant
Guests who are looking to enjoy an amazing full service meal in Disney’s Animal Kingdom can find the perfect location in Asia. Yak & Yeti Restaurant spans two floors and is themed to feel like a unique location that was opened by a family after their extensive travels throughout South Asia. Filled with amazing artifacts and items from the region, guests can enjoy a wonderful atmosphere while dining on lunch and dinner options such as Ahi Tuna Nachos, Lobster Garlic Noodles, Chicken Tikka Masala, Bhaktapur Duck, Korean Beef, and Teriyaki Chicken.
Guests who aren’t able to score a reservation for Yak & Yeti Restaurant or who are looking for a faster meal while in Disney’s Animal Kingdom can head to Ye & Yeti Local Food Cafes for a quick service meal that is absolutely delicious. This convenient location features several walk up ordering counters that are open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and nearby outdoor tables offer up great areas to dine while enjoying the ambiance. Guests are sure to love menu options such as Asian Chicken Wrap, Honey Sesame Chicken, Teriyaki Beef Bowl, and Rib Tips.
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4. Maharajah Jungle Trek
Located in the rear of the Asia area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a beautiful self-guided walking tour that offers guests the chance to enter into the Royal Anandapur Forest. The Maharajah Jungle Trek brings guests through beautiful temple ruins and lush jungle areas where they can enjoy up close encounters with animals such as Asian tigers, water buffalo, komodo dragons, many species of birds, and more. With a serene pace and typically quiet paths, the Maharajah Jungle Trek is a wonderful area to explore in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
5. Kali River Rapids
Found right near the Maharajah Jungle Trek is a thrilling adventure that is sure to leave guests soaked. Kali River Rapids has guests board large family style rafts and set off down the Chakranadi River into the lush jungle. The beauty soon turns to devastation as guests discover illegal mining and forest destruction before plummeting down a steep hill into the roaring waves below. With an important message of conservation and big thrills, Kali River Rapids is a wonderful attraction to enjoy in Asia!
6. Serka Zong Bazaar
Guests who are looking to shop for the perfect souvenir in Disney’s Animal Kingdom are sure to love a location located right at the exit of Expedition Everest. Serka Zong Bazaar features amazing theming and details and a wide array of items to browse including attire, accessories, toys, and more. Guests can find merchandise that is both specific to Disney’s Animal Kingdom as well as Expedition Everest and there is sure to be the perfect item to for everyone.
7. Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks
A great location to stop and enjoy a refreshing beverage and take in the sights in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is found just off the main path in Asia. Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks is an open air bar that features both delicious on the go snacks and cocktails that guests are sure to love. Some popular menu options include a Frozen Banana, Mickey Pretzel, the Pink Lotus, Flying Yak, Singapore Sling, and Dragon’s Breath.
8. Rivers of Light
The Asia area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is nestled along Discovery River which comes to life each night with an amazing show that celebrates the beauty and harmony of nature through a celebration of water and light. Rivers of Light can be viewed from a large outdoor seating area in Asia and guests will absolutely love watching the combination of moving floats and boats, special effects, and projected animation that is screened on a mist of water. This stunning show is the perfect way to end any evening in Disney’s Animal Kingdom!