As a follow up to my Top 5 Things You Won’t Want to Miss in EPCOT I’m here to tell you about Animal Kingdom today. My lists are, of course, my opinion only. The attractions listed in this series are meant to be for all ages and stages so no matter who is in your party these are great stops for one and all. While large in square mileage, Animal Kingdom offers far less thrills but other areas that might appeal to younger children, those who wish to have a slower paced Disney day or animal lovers of all kinds. There are so many wonderful updates happening at Animal Kingdom soon…I can’t wait to add some new ones to this list! Let’s talk about my current Top 5!
This amazing safari ride takes you right onto the Harambe Wildlife Preserve. You’ll board the large all-terrain vehicle and meet your tour guide. 18 minutes later you’ll have seen animals you ever thought you’d get such a great view of. My favorite time to take this tour is first thing so the animals are out lounging before that Florida sun is too high in the sky. Everyone will love this from my two year old to your 80 year old Grandpa!
I will preface this with the fact that I am not a huge musical fan. But I am a huge Disney fan and we all know Disney does everything right! The colors and music and sounds you will experience will stun even the non-musical fans. This is the next best thing to catching your favorite characters on the Broadway stage. It’s also a nice cool break mid-day for your group.
I’m a real sucker for a train ride through Disney, I’ll just say that now! This 7 minute ride transports you from Africa to Rafiki’s Planet Watch and vice versa. The best part is going through the back areas of the animal enclosures and veterinary facilities. This is a really cool way to relax and get a view that you wouldn’t get on foot.
This awesome trail encircles the Tree of Life giving you some close up views of the ornate animal carvings and wildlife. You will see live flamingos, porcupines and kangaroos, among other animals. Who knows what else you may bump into! The paths will bring you into what feels like lush jungle and are easy to navigate.
You can’t pass up the opportunity to see the glorious tigers, tons of exotic birds and even a flying fox. You pass waterfalls, footbridges and elaborate palace replicas. To experience the full effect of Animal Kingdom you simply must get to see as many of these creatures as possible.
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