5 Attractions that I Hope Never Close at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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With an Avatar expansion in the works, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is going to be undergoing some changes and refurbishments over the next few years. All of Disney World, rides are closing, attractions are being updated, and things are changing. I am holding tight to a few of my favorite attractions that I hope never close at Animal Kingdom.

Expedition Everest: Take a journey into the Himalayas and risk a run-in with the Yeti. Expedition Everest is a fun adventure with none of the real danger. Besides the occasionally ride maintenance, I hope Expedition Everest never closes.

Dinosaur: Dinosaur is the one ride left on property that I will still scream out of sheer terror at! In the future, they can update the animatronics if they like, but I hope they keep this attraction open for the adult and teen guests that visit the park. Unless your child if impervious to fear, save this ride for when they are a little older, because if I have my way, it will still be around next time you visit.

Kilimanjaro Safari: For me, this is what Animal Kingdom is all about. The chance to see animals up close is a great opportunity that I hope they keep open for a very long time. I’m sure the animals will need to be replaced as they, um, pass their prime. And I’m sure they will update the ride vehicles and routes eventually, but I don’t see this attraction going anywhere!

The Festival of the Lion King: One of my favorite live-shows on property, the Festival of the Lion King is so just so great. The singing, acrobatics, dancing, and costumes really bring the Lion King to life. As long as guests still adore the Lion King, this attraction is sure to remain in the parks.

Kali River Rapids: I have a love/hate relationship with this ride. I love the twists and turns of the rapids, and I love the thrill it has to offer. I hate when I am the once that gets stuck under the waterfall and I have to wring out my underwear after the ride. Bring a poncho, or a full wet suit if you can swing it, and have fun feeling like a kid again on this attraction.

What are some of your favorite attractions at Animal Kingdom? Anything that you would like to see stay or go? Tell us your thoughts!

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Monica is an Alumna of the Disney College Program. When she is not walking down the middle of Main Street USA you can find her wandering the World Showcase, or enjoying a Dole Whip while racing to her favorite attractions. When she is forced to endure life outside of Walt Disney World, you can find her in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she lives and works. You can visit her Disney lifestyle blog here.


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