Text of Pages 126-127 (Disney's Animal Kingdom)

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Updated 11/21/03
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Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the newest and largest theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort. Part zoological park and part theme park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom charms, delights and terrifies guests with a uniquely Disney look at the wild world. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is located the furthest west of all parks on the Walt Disney World property.


The Tree of Life towers above Disney’s Animal Kingdom, reminding us of the wonder, glory and fragility of nature’s creations. This is the quietest of the parks out of respect to the animals who make their home here, but “quiet” doesn’t mean “boring.” Adventure awaits, as discoveries lurk around every bend. Like Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a place to explore with open eyes and eager minds. Lace up your boots, grab your safari hat, and load your camera—the adventure is about to begin!


To set the tone for the day, all guests pass through The Oasis, a lush jungle teeming with exotic wildlife, sparkling waters and rocky crags. Then, standing on an island at the center of the park, the Tree of Life binds the seven lands of Disney’s Animal Kingdom in a circle of life. At its feet is the Safari Village, featuring the “It’s Tough to be a Bug” show1 within the Tree of Life, the Tree of Life Garden2, the Discovery River Boats3, and plenty of shops and eateries. Cross Discovery River on the left to reach Camp Minnie-Mickey, with the character greeting areas4, “Festival of the Lion King Show5,” and “Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends6” show. The next land is Africa and the village of Harambe, featuring the Kilimanjaro Safaris7, the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail8, and the Wildlife Express to Conservation Station9. The Conservation Station offers a look backstage at the animals, interactive fun, and the Affection Section. Next door is Asia and the village of Anandapur, the newest land, offering the “Flights of Wonder” show10, the Maharajah Jungle Trek11, and Kali River Rapids12. In the spirit of fun, DinoLand U.S.A takes you back in time with Countdown to Extinction13, Cretaceous Trail14, Dinosaur Jubilee15, Fossil Preparation Lab16, Theater in the Wild17, and The Boneyard18. See pages 130–131 for attraction details. Don’t be too surprised if attractions change frequently at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, as this new park is still “getting its wings” (so to speak). A new land (or two) may even open in the future.

Touring and Eating at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom Park Map

(a detailed map of the resort is located here--see graphic)

Restaurants and Cafés

Dining options at Disney’s Animal Kingdom are a bit more limited than at the other parks, but quality makes up for quantity. One full-service restaurant, Rainforest CafeA, may be entered from inside or outside the park (see the description on page 160). Cafés (counter service) offer sit-down quality with fast-food convenience at nothing lower than moderate prices (clockwise around the park): PizzafariD, Tusker HouseF, Flame Tree BarbecueM, and RestaurantosaurusO (a partnership with McDonald’s which offers a mix of familiar fare and items unique to Disney’s Animal Kingdom). The sheltered outdoor seating available at both Tusker House and Flame Tree Barbecue is delightful. Snack shops and carts include Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Cookie CabinB, Forest Trail Funnel CakesC, Dawa BarE, Kusafiri Coffee Shop & BakeryG, Harambe Fruit MarketH, Tamu Tamu RefreshmentsI, Mr. Kamal’s Burger GrillJ, Anandapur Ice Cream TruckK, DrinkwallahL, DinoLand SnacksN, and Dino DinerP.

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