This gateway to the adventures of Disney's Animal Kingdom is a cool,
natural place of flowering glades and tumbling waterfalls. Guests explore
several lush paths that lead to natural animal habitats of miniature deer,
brilliant macaws, an anteater, iguanas and tree kangaroos. The park is laid out in a classic hub-and-spoke Disney style. Here's a
Towering 145 feet above this island village of brightly colored shops and
restaurants is the giant Tree of Life, the park's centerpiece and principal
icon. 325 images of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects are
intricately carved into its trunk and branches. Several species of animals
including Galapagos tortoises and red kangaroos live in pools and meadows
around its base. Deep inside the trees is a 430-seat 3-D film/special effects theater
featuring "It's Tough to be a Bug!", the hilarious 3-D spectacular crawling
with special effects. Flik and Hopper from Disney/Pixar's A Bug's Life are
joined by an all-new cast of creepin', leapin' characters that'll have you
screaming with laughter. Bridges lead across Discovery River to other lands and attractions.
Begins in an open-air, paleontological dig where scientists have
reassembled gigantic dinosaur skeletons in The Boneyard, a playground for
families and an introduction to one of the park's most thrilling adventures,
DINOSAUR, where huge dinosaurs move and breathe with life-like realism.
Adventurers take a fantastic, careening, high-speed journey back 65 million
years through a primeval forest in a desperate race to save the "last
dinosaur" from threatened extinction in the fiery crash of a giant asteroid. Nearby, is "The Boneyard", a hands-on dino dig site. Come dig up a
life-size woolly mammoth skeleton. Then climb, slide and slither around the
prehistoric playground. An outdoor amphitheater, Theater in the Wild, features "Tarzan Rocks!" a
live musical stage show based on the Disney animated feature film, "Tarzan."
Dinosaur Jubilee celebrates the discovery of dinosaur artifacts, complete
with genuine casts of one-of-a-kind dinosaur skeletons. DinoLand U.S.A. is
presented by McDonald's.
Expeditions into the wilds of Africa begin at the edge of a typical
wildlife reserve in the coastal village of Harambe, with its bustling
marketplace, white-washed walls and reed-thatched roofs typical of
present-day Swahili architecture. A huge, gnarled baobab tree, traditional
icon of the African savannah, serves as the starting point for Kilimanjaro
Safaris. Traveling in large, open-sided safari lorries, guests follow bumpy
trails exploring 110 acres of forests, rivers, hills and grasslands filled
with free-roaming antelope, rhinos, hippopotamus, zebra, crocodiles, baboons
and other creatures. The high adventure culminates in a race to save an
elephant herd from a gang of dangerous ivory poachers. The journey ends at Pangani Forest Exploration Trail where guests can
disembark and walk through a bamboo jungle inhabited by two troops of
lowland gorillas, see hippos from an underwater viewing area and explore a
forest of exotic birds. And they can board the well-worn steam trains of
Wildlife Express to Rafiki's Planet Watch for a backstage look at the
veterinary headquarters and center for Disney's Animal Kingdom conservation
programs. Visitors can enjoy interactive experiences and meet wildlife
experts to discover how they can help endangered animals around the world.
In The Affection Section, guests meet and touch fascinating animals.
In this character greeting and show area, animal characters made famous
in "The Lion King" and other Disney classic animated motion pictures come to
life to greet visitors and perform in special stage shows including
"Festival of the Lion King," presented on huge moving stages in an outdoor
pavilion. "Festival of the Lion King" is a Broadway-style spectacular, and
is among the most talked about Walt Disney World productions ever. Simba,
Pumbaa, Timon and a cast of singers, dancers and acrobats surround you with
a lion's share of fun. Live animals from American forests perform with Pocahontas in "Pocahontas
and Her Forest Friends" at Grandmother Willow's Grove. Resembling an Adirondack summer camp, the area features themed shelters
where guests meet individually with their favorites like Mickey Mouse,
Minnie Mouse, Winnie the Pooh and "The Jungle Book" characters.
Guests explore an ancient palace and exotic rainforest where jungle
animals inhabit mysterious ruins along Maharajah Jungle Trek. Tigers,
gibbons, giant fruit bats and other animals roam freely and fly without
apparent barriers from guests or one another. Most thrilling of the new Asia adventures is Kali River Rapids, a
white-water raft adventure along a raging river through a rainforest
threatened by lumber operations. You will get wet! Caravan Stage features "Flights of Wonder," an exciting free-flying
demonstration of the many skills of falcons, owls and other exotic birds in
performances several times each day. The open-air theater seats 1,000. Live bands, "Streetmosphere" characters and other moving entertainment
add to the non-stop fun at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
The park also includes a 100-acre parking area for 6,000 vehicles, plus
many shops and restaurants and snack facilities including the exciting
Rainforest Cafe at the main entrance, Flame Tree Barbecue, Pizzafari,
Restaurantosaurus and Tusker House Restaurant.