Disney’s Animal Kingdom: What’s To See In The Florida Theme Park?

Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida is considered as the Single Largest Walt Disney Theme Park in the World and is also the first theme park which has animal conservation as its theme. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the 4th theme park at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. It opened on April 22, 1988 and is considered as the single largest Walt Disney theme park in the world. It is also the first theme park that has a theme on animal conservation.

The centerpiece and icon of the whole Florida theme park is the Tree of Life which was sculpted and is 145 feet tall and 50 feet wide. Some 1,700 animals of 250 species are housed in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for exceeding the Education, Conservation and Research standards.

The Oasis is right at the Animal Kingdom’s entrance. It features some of the animal habitats. Muntjacs, a type of small deer; spoonbills, a kind of large and long-legged wading bird; wallabies, a type of macropod commonly found in Australia; ducks and giant anteaters are the main attractions in the Oasis.

Next to the Oasis is the Discovery Island. It connects almost all the other sections of Animal Kingdom. The Tree of Life is located here. Kangaroos; black crowned cranes, a type of bird usually found in Africa; and lemurs, a type of primate found in Madagascar, are found in Discovery Island.

Camp Minnie-Mickey is a rural summer camp where guests can meet Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and others.

One has to ride the Wild Express Train to get to Rafiki’s Planet Watch, where guests can see cottontop tamarins, a type of monkey weighing less than 1 lb. The Conservation Station, where guests can learn about Walt Disney-supported animal conservation efforts, can also be found in the area. Guests can pet domesticated animals at the Affection Section of Rafiki’s Planet Watch.

Guests can get around Africa, another area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, by riding open-sided Safari vehicle. Hippopotamuses, African elephants, lions and reticulated giraffes, an interbred species normally found in Somalia, are found in this area.

“Asia”, another area in the park, is home to Komodo dragons, a large species of lizard found in Indonesia; tigers; fruit bats; and tapirs, similar looking to a pig and found in Southeast Asia.

Dino Land USA is inspired by the general public’s penchant for dinosaurs and is home to American crocodiles and Asian brown tortoise, which are said to evolve also at the time of dinosaurs.

Restaurants serving Asian, African and American cuisines can be found scattered around Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Souvenirs items are also available.

Guests are advised to bring umbrellas, ponchos or light raincoats because of the unpredictable Florida weather. Drinking lots of fluid during the whole Animal Kingdom experience is also advised.

Transportation to and from Disney’s Animal Kingdom should not be a problem as there are buses going around the Walt Disney World Resort. Ample parking space is also available for guests who choose to bring their own cars.

Discount tickets to Disney’s Animal Kingdom are available online.

Useful links:

http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/animal-kingdom/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disney’s_Animal_Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom