Definitely the biggest surprise of the trip for me was Disney’s Animal Kingdom. There’s no comparison to anything in California so I thought it was going to be some run-of-the-mill animal park. However, I was pleasantly surprised. If you live on the West Coast, imagine Disneyland crashing head on into the San Diego Wild Animal Park. Yeah, it’s kind of like that.
Animal Kingdom is divided into lands, just like the other parks, but my two favorite were definitely “Africa” and “Asia.” And having been to Africa, Disney really did capture the feel of an African street – a the rundown bar and restaurant, a boarding house, a trading outpost. It was pretty cool. They left out the starving beggar children, but that would have been over the top.
The best ride in this section is definitely the African Safari – animals roaming free – where you get a fun experience with an energetic driver and sort of the feel of the Indiana Jones ride, but not as rough. Lots of great animals to see close up, but my favorite were the White Rhinos. I have a special place in my heart for this beast after one charged our vehicle on safari in Zambia, Africa.
In “Asia” (which had the feel of India and Thailand) found different trails where we saw exotic flora and fauna, including some really lazy tigers sleeping around a Tibetian Temple. We also saw the new “Matterhorn.” It just opened and is called Expedition Everest, complete with the Abominable Snowman stalking you.
If we had time, we would have taken in the Island section or the Dinosaur section – which I’m told hosts the Indiana Jones type ride, but with a dino theme instead of Indy. This is another one of those rides missing from the Magic Kingdom that found its way into another park under an assumed name.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom should not be missed!
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