Animal Kingdom

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The forth Walt Disney theme park celebrates one amazing adventure after another with wild animals, exciting thrill rides, stage shows and our favorite characters! Highlights include an authentic African safari, a white water raft ride, a thrilling race back in time to prehistoric worlds, and two Broadway- style musical stage shows based on hit Disney films.

Size: More than 400 acres

Project Announced: June 5th, 1995

Construction Began: August 1995

Grand Opening: April 22, 1998

Employees: More than 4,500 cast members to date

Animals: About 1,500, representing 250 species – most acquired from zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.

Landscaping: More than 4 million (3,000 species) trees, plants, shrubs, vines, grasses, ferms, etc.

Entry Garden: The Oasis- A lush botanical garden designed for guests to explore habitats of fascinating creatures including iguanas, a giant anteater, several species of colorful birds and other animals.

Major “Lands”:

Africa- In Africa you can take a journey through the “wild” savannah on Kilimanjaro Safaris. There you will find lions, zebras, giraffes and other animals roaming freely. And no folks, these are not animitronics!! They are the real deal!  The authentic African Village is filled with sights and sounds of that mysterious contentent. The Wildlife Express steam train travels from Africa to Rafiki’s Planet Watch, and interactive conservation center where guests enter a world of discovery about animals and their environments. Several animal interactions are offered.

Camp Minnie-Mickey – This is where you want to go to meet many of your favorite Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse and friends from classic Disney films. “Festival of the Lion King” is a musical stage show featuring animal characters made famous is “The Lion King.”  However, in 2014 (no specific date has been released yet) Camp Minnie – Mickey will be closing to make room for AVATAR land. Arrangements are being made for “Festival of the Lion King” to move to Africa.

DinoLand U.S.A. – Here is where the world’s fascination with dinosaurs comes to life. You will race back in time to save the last dino on the thrill ride DINOSAUR; enjoy time-warp adventures on the Primeval Whirl coaster and go for a twirl on TriceraTop Spin; let the kids dig, swing and slide at The Boneyard dig site and prehistoric playground. At Theater in the Wild, a stage show with original songs and larger than life puppets, “Finding Nemo – The Musical,” will take you to the magical ocean world of the Disney Pixar Academy Award- winning animated film, “Finding Nemo.”

Discovery Island- The park hub and home of the towering icon, The Tree of Life, which houses within its trunk “It’s Tough to be a Bug,” a humorous 3D effects show in The Tree of Life Theater. Discovery Island also has gift shops and restaurants that feature the bright tropical colors of hand carved animal architecture.

Asia- Home of Expedition Everest, a runaway train adventure that combines coaster thrills with the excitement of a close encounter with the mysterious yeti; Kali River Rapids, a white-water raft adventure through a threatened rainforest; Maharajah Jungle Trek, a surprising walking journey past Asian ruins and live exotic animals including tigers and giant fruit bats; and the “Flights of Wonder” exotic bird show.

Attractions:

  • The Boneyard (DinoLand U.S.A.)
  • DINOSAUR (DinoLand U.S.A.)
  • Primeval Whirl & TriceraTop Spin (DinoLand U.S.A.)
  • Character Greeting (Camp Minnie-Mickey)
  • Expedition Everest (Asia)
  • Kali River Rapids (Asia)
  • Maharajah Jungle Trek (Asia)
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris (Africa)
  • Pangani Forest Exploration Trail (Africa)
  • Wildlife Express (Africa/ Rafiki’s Planet Watch)
  • Rafiki’s Planet Watch (near Africa)
  • “It’s Tough to be a Bug!” (Discovery Island)
  • The Tree of Life (Discovery Island)
Shows:
  • “Festival of the Lion King” (Camp Minnie/Mickey)
  • “Finding Nemo- The Musical” (Theater in the Wild, DinoLand U.S.A.)
  • “Flights of Wonder” (Asia)
Parade:
  • “Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle” parade featuring Disney characters on safari
Where To Eat:
  • Yak & Yeti Restaurant (full service inside/ quick service outside/Asia)
  • Flame Tree Barbecue (quick service/Discovery Island)
  • Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery (quick service/Africa)
  • Pizzafari (quick service/Discovery Island)
  • Rainforest Cafe (full service/Entrance Plaza)
  • Restaurantosaurus (quick service/DinoLand U.S.A)
  • Dawa Bar (cocktails/Africa)
  • Tamu Tamu (quick service/Africa)
  • Tusker House Restaurant (buffet/character breakfast/Africa
Essential Services:
  • Baby Care Center (Discovery Island)
  • Banking ATM (Entrance Plaza)
  • First Aid (Discovery Island)
  • Guest Services; Kennel; Lockers (Entrance Plaza)
  • Lost Children; Lost and Found (Discovery Island)
  • Package pickup; stroller and wheelchair rental (Entrance Plaza)

 

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