|Animal Kingdom…not your average zoo. -2015
We are near the end of this very detailed Walt Disney World series. Part 5 of 6 will focus on the newest park in the pack, Animal Kingdom. Take a look at how you can plan a jam packed day full of fun at this park, that is definitely not just a zoo. If you haven’t seen my other posts on WDW, check them out below.
Animal Kingdom is a fantastic place. Walt always wanted to put real animals in his parks, and in 1998 that dream became a reality. I actually just read a fascinating blog post about the history of the park and how it almost never was. Read it here. I am so happy that did became a reality though because we always have a blast here. It is also home to my favorite attraction on Earth. More on that later. Read on to find out how to get the most out of a trip to this park.
Animal Kingdom -Tips and Tricks
- Fast Pass + – Make sure you have reserved your fastpasses for the day on your Walt Disney World account. See my tips on Fast Pass + in part 1 of this series. Attractions worth getting fast passes for, if possible:
- Expedition Everest
- Kilimanjaro Safari
- Kali River Rapids
- Primeval Whirl
Expedition Everest – The thrill of a lifetime!
- Remember: If you get three attractions reserved early in the day, you can go back and order more fastpasses on the My Disney Experience App once you have used them all. That is the only way to get more than three fastpasses in a day. Also, don’t forget to take advantage of the Extra Magic Hours at this park.
MVP (My Vacation Pants) Tip: This park is worth getting to when it opens. In fact, make sure you go to early hours if possible, because many of the animals are most active in the morning, and they are snoozing by noon. Ride and experience the non animal exhibits after the animals start escaping the heat.
Bird watching fun. They even have cards to spot the birds.
- Vintage Cool Attractions – Okay, so this park is pretty new in terms of Disney years, so vintage is kind of a stretch, but I guess if you are in your teens, this park will bring back some nostalgia. For one, you have to check out the Bug’s Life movie located in the tree of life. It’s so funny and has interactive fun. The Dinosaur area also reminds me of a late 50s, early 60s vibe. They have a fun little carnival style land, and the Dinosaur ride is very cheese in a fun way. Like an old TV show.
- My Vacation Pants Recommendations: Okay my favorite ride in the entire galaxy is at this park. Make sure you hit Expedition Everest multiple times during your visit. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s like no other coaster you will ever ride. It’s thrilling, amazingly themed, great technology. You’ll love it. We also love the Kali River Rapids. If you can hit it on a rainy day, you are golden because for some reason no one wants to get wet when you are already getting wet. We just put our ponchos on and they let us go round and round a couple times. Another must do attraction is Dinosuar. The premise is you go back in time in a jeep. You see some crazy dinos along the way. It can be quite scary for young children, so make sure your kiddos can handle it because you do only have to be 40 inches to ride.
My favorite ride in the world…Expedition Everest.
What To Eat
Yak and Yeti (sit down and counter service) – We love eating lunch at the counter service Yak and Yeti. They have a fantastic honey chicken and tangy teriyaki chicken bowl. The egg rolls are amazing too. They used to serve pot stickers there as well, but now you have to do the sit down restaurant to get those gems. We loved the open air ambiance of the restaurant. The food was tasty, but I miss those pot stickers being at the counter service restaurant. It was a perfect little lunch/snack spot. The sit down restaurant is also very beautifully decorated. You almost feel like you’re on top of the Himalayas.
The Asian Chicken Salad was HUGE and YUMMY!
Pot stickers are the BEST.
The kiddos posing out front.
Rain Forest Cafe – So they have two locations at Disney World, but I had to give you this little tip. Go to the Rain Forest at Disney Springs instead of this one. They are both cool. They have animantronics, waterfalls, and aquariums, but the one at Disney Springs is inside of a volcano that fake erupts every once in awhile. I think the architecture is so cool there. Make sure you make your reservations for at least one of these, especially if you have never been to a Rain Forest Cafe.
Have a great day at Animal Kingdom. I think you will agree this is not your average zoo experience. Feel free to write in or comment if you have any additional questions about the park.
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