Disney’s Animal Kingdom

What’s an amusement park disguised as zoo when there are Cinderella’s Castle, the entire world around a small lake, two waterparks, Hollywood and Hogwarts within some miles? But Animal Kingdom it’s worth a visit instead.

Animal Kingdom may not be as magic as other Disneyworld sites, but it amazes at every corner, especially if you don’t know what to expect – I’ll try my best to describe it without major spoilers.

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Thanks to Davide Alfano.

 

Trees and rivers surround this park and its six areas – Oasis, Discovery Island, Africa, Asia, DinoLand U.S.A. and Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Each area has its peculiar characteristics, but there’s one common denominator: nature. Animal Kingdom is inhabited by a huge amount of different species of animals and plants – that’s what makes this park unique.

 

Discovery Island, accessible from Oasis, is the main hub – you can reach the other areas from there, except Rafiki’s Planet Watch, linked to Africa by train. Each zone is worth a visit – Asia is worth as many visits as possible before having enough of it -, not only because of the attractions, the paths in greenery and the unusual animals you can find there, but also for Wilderness Explorers, a “game” for young and not-so-young that will teach you lots of interesting stuff about nature, environment and how to help protecting them (Rafiki’s Planet Watch is committed to this as well).

But my heart beats for Asia, and that’s my favourite area, alongside Harambe Market in Africa (but that’s because I’m a foodie). Asia is where you find Expedition Everest, Kali River Rapids, monkeys climbing ruins, the best view for Rivers Of Light, and… Someone said no spoliers?

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Attractions worth a second ride: Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, Dinosaur

Spots worth going back to: Tree Of Life, Asia, Harambe Market

Worthwhile activities: Rivers of Light, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Wilderness Explorers, queuing at Expedition Everest

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