disney world – animal kingdom

Finally wrapping up my series on the Disney World Parks. Posts on Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios are linked here.

Overview

Animal Kingdom is one of Disney Worlds most interesting parks with a theme unlike any other. With the center of the park being the infamous Tree Of Life from Lion King, the rest of the park is broken out by unique countries that all celebrate wildlife and nature.

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Pandora – The World Of Avatar

This section of the park opened in 2017 and is truly unlike any experience in the other Disney World parks. With large looming rocks and ravines that are braided across the walking paths and a low hum of critters pipped through the speakers, you truly feel as though you’ve stepped into a new world. Even those that may not be fans of the Avatar movie, you can’t help but feel the magic when exploring Pandora.

Na’vi River Journey – In my opinion, one of the most magical rides in all of the parks. You leisurely float along a river in the dark with only the bioluminescent flora glowing. A must-do ride for everyone.

Flight of Passage – This ride is really coveted and racks up long wait times. On this ride, you’re strapped into a banshee (as seen in the movie), which feels like you’re sitting on a motorcycle of sorts, and then you soar through different Avatar scenes. Although visually stunning, I didn’t love how tightly strapped in I was so it’s not a ride I’ll be seeking out again.

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Rides Through The Rest Of The Park

Expedition Everest –  Animal Kingdom has some of the best rides! Phil’s all-time favorite ride and one of mine, this rollercoaster packs in some fun surprises (like zipping around backwards).  Wait times do add up so if you’re spending the day in the park I’d use one of your fast passes on it.

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Kilimanjaro Safaris – Another one of my favorites as you ride through an African safari. You can spot lions, elephants, zebras, giraffes and more. Plus, the driver guides are hilarious and always point out interesting facts.

Kali River Rapids – A fun ride that will definitely get your heart racing and leave you soaked. You whip and spin through the rapids in a circular boat and if you don’t mind getting wet, it’s a must-do.

It’s Tough To Be A Bug– Not exactly a ride, this feels more like a show, but it’s cute and is a good way to get off your feet and out of the sun for a bit. I also love it because it’s under the Tree of Life which is a unique experience. Definitely suitable for younger park guests.

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Where To Eat

Satu’il Canteen – Found in Pandora, this place has amazing food that is as pretty as it is delicious! I’ve gotten the chicken bowl that’s served with a crunchy slaw and fun Boba Balls. There’s also plenty of covered seating at this restaurant.

Yak and Yeti – A good stop for breakfast if you’re in the park! That have yummy breakfast burritos and sandwiches. Also, Phil loves their beef bowls here for lunch.

Flame Tree Barbecue – This is my go-to spot for lunch in Animal Kingdom. It’s near the center of the park so it’s easy to find and has good sandwiches and salads.

Entertainment

Be sure to download the app before your visit to see when performances will be! I recommend seeing a Lion King Show which is always stunning. There are also many talented street performers with music, drums and dances that you don’t want to miss.

Rivers of Light Show

One of the better nighttime shows where the river and the Tree of Life are colorfully lit. If getting a good spot for the nighttime show is important to you, you can book a fast pass for stadium seating right in front of the river!

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