Disney's Animal Kingdom

Overview

The largest animal theme park on earth, and spread out over 580 acres that house more than 1,700 animals from 250 different species, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the most recently built of the four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort. Deeply rooted in the animal conservation ideals of Walt Disney himself, the park has received many awards for excellence in conservation, research, and education, all while entertaining millions of guests from around the world with exhibits that celebrate the living beasts of today as well as extinct animals of long ago.

Information

The park is divided into seven themed lands: Discovery Island, Oasis, Africa, Asia, Camp Minnie-Mickey, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, and DinoLand, U.S.A. The Festival of the Lion King is a live stage musical where song, dance, visual effects and puppetry evoke an African tribal celebration involving lions, zebras, giraffes, elephants and other creatures of the savannah. DINOSAUR is a ride loosely based on the Disney film of the same name, and takes guests on an exciting journey through the Cretaceous era, with life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and falling meteors rendered through fiber-optic lights. Expedition Everest — Legend of the Forbidden Mountain is a roller coaster based around the legend of the mythical Yeti. Listed in the 2011 book of Guinnes World Records as the most expensive roller coaster ever built, it also features the tallest artificial mountain in all of Walt Disney World.

Price range

Admission for children 3-9 years of age is $84, while admission for guests 10 years of age and up is $90. Multi-day ticket packages are available, from two to five days, with costs ranging from $54 to $92 per day, depending on the package length and age of each guest. Park Hopper and Water Park Fun & More Tickets, range from $39 to $84. The Park Hopper Option allows same-day access to Disney's Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, and Disney's Hollywood Studios. The Water Park Fun & More Option allows two visits to select Walt Disney World destinations/attractions.

Best time to visit

Interactive events and tours like the Wild Africa Trek (for all ages) and the Backstage Safari (for guests 16+) are offered year-round, though the park’s longer summer hours allow for more opportunities to book one of these memorable excursions.

Near by POI

Epcot’s utopian Future World and cosmopolitan World Showcase invite visitors to explore exciting technological possibilities and the wonders of foreign shores, respectively. Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park has a layout inspired by the Disneyland Park in California, and features iconic rides like the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. Disney’s Hollywood Studios celebrates Tinseltown’s Golden Age with movie-themed attractions and exhibits based around legendary animated productions.

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