Animal Kingdom Part One

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If you like animals, are interested in conservation and yet also like the Disney thrill rides then Animal Kingdom is the ideal place to go. Originally opened in 1998 Disney’s fourth park now comprises of six different areas, Africa, Asia, Camp Minnie-Mickey, Dinoland U. S. A. , Discovery Island and Rafiki’s Planet Watch.

In Africa you will find one of Animal Kindoms most popular attractions Kilimanjaro Safari. Here you will travel through the Savannah in an open air safari vehicle, giving you the opportunity to photograph animals such as Lions, Elephants and Giraffes. For those wishing to safari on foot there is the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail where you will be able to see naked mole rats, hippos, mountain gorillas and many more African species.

Rafiki’s Planet Watch
Also situated in Africa at the end of the Pangani Forest Trail you will be able to board the Wildlife Express, which is an old steam train that will take you to the Conservation Station. Here you will meet animals and the people who care for them. You are able to watch the vets, researchers and keepers work with endangered animals and also learn about their habitats. There is information on conservation organizations you can contact to help make a difference to wildlife. You can also interact with goats and other animals at the Affection Section.

With its crumbling ruins, temples and even a maharajah’s palace Asia is probable the most exotic land in Animal Kingdom. It not only has a live action bird show called Flights of Wonder, the Kali River Rapids a white knuckle river ride, tigers, bats and gibbons but also the latest thrill ride Expedition Everest-Legend of the Forbidden Mountain. The ride begins in a Himalayan village where you board an old mountain railway bound for Mount Everest. You are taken at breakneck speed through icy canyons and caverns to find yourself face-to-face with the Yeti. The ride is 200 feet high thus making it one of Florida’s highest peaks.

Camp Minnie-Mickey
This is the place to go if you want your little ones to meet Mickey and his pals. A variety of characters including Simba, Baloo, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and the gang will shake your hand, sign autographs and allow photos to be taken throughout the day. Here you will also find Festival of the Lion King, a Broadway –style musical production and Pocahontas and Friends a 15 minute show ideal for youngsters but not quite as spectacular as the Lion King.

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