AAA Editor Notes
Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, on Osceola Pkwy., celebrates nature and promotes conservation. At the island's center stands the 14-story Tree of Life® with more than 300 intricate carvings of animals. Shown in a theater inside the tree, “It's Tough to be a Bug!®” is a comical 3-D, special-effects adventure inspired by the Disney/Pixar movie “A Bug's Life.” In the attraction queue and on the Discovery Island Trails there are many opportunities for up close viewing of the Tree of Life. Bridges branch off from the island into themed lands.
Cross into Africa to explore Harambe, a village designed to look like a modern-day African town. Kilimanjaro Safaris® Expedition takes passengers on a bumpy ride in an open-air vehicle through a 100-acre savanna where antelopes, cheetahs, crocodiles, elephants, giraffes, lions, ostriches, rhinos and other animals roam freely.
Safari guides drop riders off at the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail where animal viewing includes gorillas. The Wildlife Express Train transports visitors to Rafiki's Planet Watch, an interactive, educational experience that includes Conservation Station, Habitat Habit! and Affection Section.
Festival of the Lion King, an extravagant theatrical show based on the film, is performed in the new Harambe Theatre.
The land of Asia features Expedition Everest®, a high-speed train ride through the Himalayas, where the legendary yeti, also known as the abominable snowman, lurks. If getting wet isn't a deterrent, experience a white-water rafting adventure at Kali River Rapids®.
Beautiful Asian tigers can be seen from multiple vantage points on the Maharajah Jungle Trek®, where the pathway provides glimpses of other animals, including a Komodo dragon. Try to time your excursion to Asia to coincide with one of the scheduled 25-minute Flights of Wonder shows. A bird handler presents demonstrations with nearly two dozen exotic birds.
DinoLand U.S.A. has the thrill ride DINOSAUR, which blasts back 65 million years to rescue a dinosaur from a deadly asteroid speeding toward Earth. Young kids and adults can hop on TriceraTop Spin to ride a flying dinosaur. The Boneyard is an open-air playground and dig site where children can maneuver through a maze of dinosaur skeletons and look for giant mammoth “bones.”
Chester & Hester's Dino-Rama! is a roadside carnival featuring dinosaur-themed games; it is also home to Primeval Whirl, a time machine-themed coaster that spins riders back through the ages to encounter crazy prehistoric creatures.
The undersea world from the Disney/Pixar film “Finding Nemo” is re-created in the stage show “Finding Nemo—The Musical,” which features puppetry, dancers, acrobats, special effects and animated backdrops.
Note: Pandora: The Land of Avatar is scheduled for an early 2017 opening.
Food is available.