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4 Reasons Why You Don’t Want to Miss Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the newest of the Disney Parks; however, it is also the Disney Park that often gets left out. As people plan their trips to Walt Disney World, many Guests tend to cut out this Park.

We want to encourage you to reconsider Disney’s Animal Kingdom. For four reasons, you will want to visit this magical Disney Park during your next Disney vacation.

Avatar Flight of Passage, Disney's Animal Kingdom
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Outstanding Rides

Disney’s Animal Kingdom doesn’t have a lot of rides, but the ones they do have are some of the best that Disney has to offer.

Avatar Flight of Passage continues to be one of the most popular rides at Walt Disney World. Located in the magnificent land of Pandora, Guests enjoy a breathtaking flight on the back of a banshee as they soar around this beautiful world. This ride is fantastic and is truly one of a kind.

Kilimanjaro Safaris: another ride that is unique to Disney’s Animal Kingdom is Kilimanjaro Safaris. This ride is an authentic safari that takes Guests through the Harambe Wildlife Reserve. This at least 18-minute ride gets Guests close to some of the gorgeous animals that make Disney’s Animal Kingdom home. This ride brings some of the world’s most amazing animals to Disney, from giraffes to rhinos and elephants.

Expedition Everest Temple, Disney's Animal Kingdom
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Expedition Everest: If you are a coaster fan, Disney’s Animal Kingdom has one of the best rides for you. Expedition Everest is one of the more intense coasters in all of Disney. It goes backward, is partially dark, and has an epic drop. This is one of the most thrilling experiences in Walt Disney World. It also provides an amazing view if you can take it all in.

Dinosaur is a different type of thrill when compared to Expedition Everest. This ride takes Guests on a bumpy adventure as they track a specific dinosaur. This ride is extremely dark and has a lot of jump scares along the way.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom has some of the most thrilling and unique attractions.

Tree of Life
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Relaxing and Exploring

Another reason why we think Guests should visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom during their Walt Disney World vacation because it offers the chance to relax and explore. A handful of trails allow Guests to walk slowly and discover all the hidden gems this beautiful Park offers.

Discovery Island Trail: this trail is located around the Tree of Life. It is one of our favorites in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We love exploring the unique Tree of Life and the outstanding views. This trail is highly relaxing and peaceful, making it a great escape.

Gorilla Falls Exploration: this trail is an excellent exploration of different animals. The main focus of this trail is the fantastic gorillas that make Disney’s Animal Kingdom home. We could watch these magnificent animals for hours.

Jungle Trek
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Maharajah Jungle Trek: on this trail, Guests can see the beautiful tigers that make Disney’s Animal Kingdom home. They are stunning, and even though they aren’t as active as the gorillas, we still enjoy seeing them.

We love being able to explore these trails throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom. They provide such a unique experience that transforms Guests into a great wilderness.

Finding Nemo the Musical


Not only does Disney’s Animal Kingdom have thrilling attractions and unique trails for discovery, but there is also outstanding entertainment throughout the Park.

Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo: the Big Blue and Beoynd bring Broadway-caliber shows to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Both shows retell these beloved stories magically using talented performers and special effects.

Festival of the Lion King has fantastic vocal talent, and the high-energy performers, such as the tumble monkeys, make this show entertaining for the whole family.

The puppets used to bring Finding Nemo to the stage are beautiful. Seeing Crush, Bruce, and other friends of Nemo come to the location always leaves us breathless.

Although Finding Nemo and Festival of the Lion King are two stage shows, there are numerous other performances throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom throughout the day. Take time to catch these extremely talented performers as they want to make this Disney Park so magical.

Satu'li Canteen, Disney's Animal Kingdom
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Delicious Food

Disney’s Animal Kingdom has some of the best food of any Disney Park. From character meals to quick service dining, a dinner at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a must-do.

Flame Tree Barbecue is a top quick service choice. Here Guests can enjoy a variety of meats with great barbecue and excellent sides. Portions are often large enough to share, which is a nice bonus. If you want something unique and fresh, try Satuli Canteen in Pandora. Freshly made bowls full of protein and flavor are the top menu item.

Tusker House offers a fun, energetic character meal for Guests without them having to leave the Park. Donald and his friends are dressed and ready for a safari as Guests enjoy their meal.

Nomad Lounge
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Nomad Lounge is one of the top lounges in any Disney Park. This fantastic location allows Guests to enjoy being inside or outside. With unique drinks and a menu from the signature restaurant next door Tiffins has some delicious options.

No matter what food you want, you can find it at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Next time you plan a trip to Walt Disney World, we hope you will make Disney’s Animal Kingdom part of your plan. There is so much to experience at this amazing Disney Park, and so many Guests are missing out on the magic it offers.

Related: Hidden Details in Disney’s Animal Kingdom


Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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