If animal encounters, learning about natural habitats, and wandering beautiful trails sound fun, you must spend a day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. One of the selling parts of this Disney Park is how it feels like a mix of natural space, zoo, and Disney theme Park. You’ll love this list if you are one of the many Park-goers searching for an off-the-beaten-path Walt Disney World Resort experience with exotic touches. Have you had these exotic Animal Kingdom experiences?
Sample African Cuisine At Tiffins
Let’s start with some exotic cuisine. This Animal Kingdom eatery will not disappoint! International flavor, discovery, and exploration are cuisine themes at Tiffins. Located on Discovery Island, Tiffins takes Guests on a culinary journey as they enjoy the succulent African and Indian cuisine served there. Tiffins serves both lunch and dinner daily.
Exotic dishes like Lobster-Popcorn Thai Curry Soup, Pan Seared Duck, and desserts like the mango lava-laden Calamansi Mousse keep Guests marveling at each plate that exits the kitchen. Be sure to secure an advanced dining reservation for Tiffins to ensure you have a seat.
Watch Animals Undergo Medical Exams
An often-forgotten exotic and fantastic experience at Animal Kingdom is the opportunity to learn a little more about the veterinary care that goes on behind the scenes at Animal Kingdom. A short train ride to Conservation Station will bring Guests to an observation window where they can catch a glimpse of veterinary care with Park animals. Don’t worry, you’ll only see routine wellness care of animals at Animal Kingdom theme Park. Watching professionals keep these wild animals in tip-top shape is super interesting.
Nearby, Guests can watch animal nutritionists mix specialized, nutrient-dense feed rations for the numerous animals at the Park. Disney Cast Members are always nearby to answer Guest questions. Aspiring zoologists and veterinarians will not want to miss this exhibit.
Pro Tip: Did you know you can book a special meal with an animal expert at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge? It’s true! Book this exclusive experience online and prepare to learn about exotic animals worldwide.
Shop Nepali-Made Products Expedition Everest
One of my favorite shops at Walt Disney World Resort is the Expedition Everest gift shop outside the ride exit. After learning about Nepal and enjoying the ride queue, I love to browse the regionally-made products Disney stocks in the shop. Necklaces, scarves, headbands, and carvings, to name a few, are great Disney souvenirs to take home that have a story behind them. Products made by Nepali artisans are labeled.
Immerse Yourself In Asian Culture on the Maharajah Jungle Trek
Of course, the Maharajah Jungle Trek is a no-brainer for Guests hoping to see tigers, gibbons, and Komodo dragons. Exploring the beautiful architecture of the Maharajah Jungle Trek, along with viewing animals, makes for a fun way to spend a morning at Animal Kingdom. I suggest visiting this walk-through attraction in the morning when temperatures are cooler. Admiring murals, forgotten temple ruins, and the tropical trail will provide a cultural experience without the need for a passport stamp.
Learn To Mountain Climb
Expedition Everest is at the top of my favorite Disney attraction list. This rip-roaring coaster that takes Guests to the forbidden mountain is breathtaking and so much fun. As a Disney and culture geek, I also love Expedition Everest because of the gorgeous ride queue.
Guests learn about Nepali culture from the artifacts, mountain climbing products, photos, and factoids posted throughout the long and winding ride queue. After being fully briefed on Mount Everest and Nepali facts via ride queue information, Guests can enjoy the thrill of riding Expedition Everest.
Taste New Drinks
If the hot and steamy adventure in Animal Kingdom has worked up your thirst, look no further than Dawa Bar to cool off and refresh. Located in Harambe Village, Guests can enjoy their choice of African beer and wine, specialty beer, and of course, delicious frozen drinks with an exotic twist. With African Margaritas, Watermelon Mimosas, and Sugar Cane Mojitos on the menu, choosing one drink will be no simple task.
Ride Kilimanjaro Safari
The staple attraction of Animal Kingdom, Kilimanjaro Safari, has been delighting Disney Guests since the Park opened in 1998. Guests feel that they are on an authentic safari as a guide drives a safari truck through the Harambe Wildlife Reserve. Close glimpses of giraffes, flamingos, elephants, wildebeests, and lions keep Guests returning for more. Safari drivers remind Guests that each safari is different due to the behavior of the animals. Guests can return to Kilimanjaro Safari on each visit to Animal Kingdom and enjoy a new safari experience.
Kilimanjaro Safari After Dark
In 2016, Kilimanjaro Safari put a new spin on this attraction leading nighttime safaris through the savanna. This experience gives Guests a closer look at nocturnal animals that are stirring during the evening safaris. After all, some of the exotic animals at the Park usually sleep during the day safari treks.
Lower evening temperatures mean that animals are often stirring a bit more during evening safaris. You may see lionesses moving, hippos surfacing, and giraffes gathering during evening safaris. Experiencing this attraction in daylight and after dark is worth it!
Wild Africa Trek
The Wild Africa Trek is the chart-topping exotic experience for Guests seeking adventure at Animal Kingdom. This experience is an additional cost and can be booked prior to your vacation on the Disney World website. This three-hour behind-the-scenes tour gets Guests the star treatment as they enjoy close (and safe) encounters with Animal Kingdom wildlife.
During the tour, a Disney photographer captures the moments to enjoy long after their safari has ended. Learning more about the animals, asking the guide questions, and viewing animals closer than ever is a treat for Animal Kingdom enthusiasts.
Which of these exotic experiences at Disney Animal Kingdom have you done before, and which are on your to-do list for your next vacation?