With its abundance of animal habitats The Oasis is the entrance to Animal Kingdom Park for guests. This gives a great opportunity for guests to see animals such as wallabies, ducks, and giant anteaters. The paths in this part all lead to the same place, Discovery Island, which is the central hub of the park.
Camp Minnie-Mickey is a part of Animal Kingdom that is themed after a summer camp where Minnie, Mickey, and their pals have gone for a vacation. Their vacation here gives guests the perfect opportunity for some Character Meet and Greets. Also, located in this part of the park is one of the best live shows at Walt Disney World, the Festival of the Lion King. This show features great musical performances, outstanding acrobats, and an excellent atmosphere inspired by the movie The Lion King.
Kilimanjaro Safari in Africa
Rafiki's Planet Watch
Rafiki’s Planet Watch is the only part of Animal Kingdom not connected to Discovery Island and it is actually only reached by taking the Wildlife Express Train. After the short trip, which originates in the Africa section of the park, guests encounter several areas including Habitat Habit! and the Conservation Station. Once at the Affection Section visitors are able to get a behind the scenes look at Animal Kingdom’s animal care areas as well as some veterinary exanimation areas. There is also a petting zoo outside the Affection Section.
Expedition Everest in Asia
DinoLand USA is the final section of Animal Kingdom Park and is made up of two distinct parts, the Dino Institute and Chester and Hester’s Dino-Rama. Chester and Hester’s Dino-Rama is meant to invoke a sense of the many roadside attractions that were once available around the United States. This section of DinoLand USA is all about fun from the family ride TriceraTop Spin to the spinning roller coaster Primeval Whirl. The area also has numerous carnival games available for guests. Also located in DinoLand USA is Finding Nemo – The Musical which is an excellent display of music and puppetry based on the Disney-Pixar film. The final part of DinoLand USA is the Dino Institute which home of the ride Dinosaur. This thrill ride take riders back in time to the late Cretaceous Period and hopefully brings them back home again.
The central hub of Animal Kingdom is Discovery Island, which is home to the Tree of Life. There are a number of discovery trails around the tree for visitors to walk along and explore animal enclosures. Also, the 4D film It’s Tough to be a Bug! is located inside the Tree of Life. The animal enclosures in this part of the park are home to kangaroos, lemurs, and black crowned cranes as well as other types of animals.
Festival of the Lion King in Camp Minnie-Mickey
Disney went all out in creating the east African village of Harambe here in Animal Kingdom. This area contains a good number of animal exhibits in the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail, which includes the exhibit of Silverback Gorillas. The village is named after a wildlife preserve in Africa, or so Disney says, and the main attraction Kilimanjaro Safari takes on the role of the preserve. The safari will allow guests to get up close encounters with animals such as giraffes, hippos, elephants, and lions.
Affection Section at Rafiki's Planet Watch
The Asia section, which was added to the park in 1999, features a fictitious city if Anandapur. This authentic village is made up of the riverside village of Anandapur as well as Serka Zong, which is located in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. Asia is home to Flights of Wonder, a live bird show as well as the Maharajah Jungle Trek where guests can see the likes of bats, tapirs, Komodo dragons, and tigers. Also, Kali River Rapids takes guests on a rousing river rapids ride along the Chakranadi River and through the rainforest. But the keynote attraction in Asia is Expedition Everest: Legend of the Forbidden Mountain. This is a high speed roller coaster train ride, sure to please the thrill riders in any group.
Dinosaur in Dinoland USA