Animal Kingdom is Disney's newest park and opened in April 1998. With it's emphasis on nature and conservation it represents a completely different Disney experience. The park has a very relaxed atmosphere, elaborate theming and a lush tropical feel.
Disney has made a great success in combining animals, nature, conservation and thrill rides all in one wonderful package. The center piece of Animal Kingdom is the spectacular Tree of Life which is 145ft high, and covered in 325 animal carvings which represent the "Circle of Life" from lions to dolphins.
Animal Kingdom can get very crowded and it also seems to be a "hotter" park, so make the most of the earlier opening time. Animal Kingdom is split into 8 distinct areas.
Following a huge expansion plan on the 27th May 2017 the Animal Kingdom will debut it's brand new area "Pandora - The World of Avatar". Inspired by Academy-award winning filmmaker James Cameron's box-office hit, "AVATAR," the new 12-acre land will immerse guests in the lush world of Pandora about a generation after the film's human-Na'vi conflict. The magical new land will transport guests to a mystical world of bioluminescent rainforests, floating mountains and soaring Banshees. Two main adventures will beckon Disney's Animal Kingdom guests, riding a magnificent Mountain Banshee, you will soar across Pandora on Avatar Flight of Passage. This high-tech adventure will offer a thrilling flight through the jungles and floating mountains, and over the majestic oceans of this colourful world. On the family-friendly Na'vi River Journey you will sail down a sacred river hidden within a glowing rainforest. The expedition will end in an unforgettable encounter with a Na'vi Shaman, a figure who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora.
Guests will also be able to dine at Satu'li Canteen, grab a drink at Pongu Pongu or shop for Na'vi cultural items, toys, science kits, and more at Windtraders.
2016 Attendance figure = 10,844,000
Arriving at Disney's Animal Kingdom
The signs for Animal Kingdom are well laid out and you can follow these from the US-192 or I-4 to the Animal Kingdom Toll Plaza where you can purchase a Car Park ticket. Once past the Toll Plaza you will soon be at the Car Parks. You will be directed by the CM's as to where to park.
Make a note of where you parked, these car parks are vast and it's easy to forget where you left your vehicle.
You can either walk to the entrance or wait for one of the Trams, this will depend on where you are parked.
Once at the entrance you can purchase tickets if you do not already have them, if you do you can head straight for the turnstiles.
There are Guest Lockers available to secure your items located just outside of the park entrance and on the inside of the park near to the Rain Forest Cafe
There is a very wide choice of attractions to entertain everyone.
For details on the main attractions please select an item from the Animal Kingdom Menu on the left
There is a very wide array of dining experiences available in the park. These range from snack food to full restaurant dining.
For details of the main dining facilities please click on the Dining Link from our Top Menu.
There are lots of opportunities for you to spend your Dollars. This park has less shopping opportunities than the other parks but still has enough to lighten your pockets!
For more details on Shopping please click the Shopping link on the Top Menu.
Attractions & Entertainment
Pandora - The World of Avatar
Na'vi River Journey
AVATAR Flight of Passage
The Oasis Exhibits
Garden Gate Gifts
It's Tough to be a Bug!
Discovery Island Trails
Isle of Java
Flame Tree Barbecue
Discovery Island Ice Cream
Pangani Forest Exploration Trail
Wildlife Express Train
Festival of the Lion King
Tusker House Restaurant
Kusafari Coffee Shop & Bakery
Harambe Fruit Market
Tamu Tamu Refreshments
Rafiki's Planet Watch
Wildlife Express Train
Flights of Wonder
Maharajah Jungle Trek
Kali River Rapids
Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
Yak & Yeti Restaurant
Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes
Anandapur Ice Cream Truck
Serka Zong Bazaar
Fossil Fun Games
Finding Nemo - The Musical
Chester & Hester's Dinosaur Treasures
The Dino Institute Shop
Explore the marvels of the Animal Kingdom with one of the Behind the Scenes Tours.
Backstage Safari - Take a backstage walking safari for an insider's look at the innovative ways that Disney's Animal Kingdom cares for its special inhabitants.
Wild by Design - Discover how Disney's creative wizards looked at a huge Florida swamp, envisioned it as an exotic and untamed wild animal wonderland and led the effort to turn that dream into Disney's Animal Kingdom Park.
Download and print the Magical Beginnings Park Maps specially designed for Guests with little ones!
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