Walt Disney World Resort’s Animal Kingdom will celebrate its 20th Anniversary this upcoming Sunday (April 22, 2018). So I figured what better way to celebrate this often passed over resort with my top 5 favorite things to do at the Animal Kingdom Park.
The Kilimanjaro Safaris:
I mean what better thing to do in Animal Kingdom than get pretty up close and personal to some animals?
What I really loved about the Kilimanjaro Safaris was just how many animals we really saw. I was kinda expecting it to be like the first ride through in Jurassic Park when none to the dinosaurs showed up, but nope we saw just about every single animal that is included on the ride including some of the more nocturnal ones like the lions.
I really cannot wait to go back and do the new(ish) nighttime safari.
Maharajah Jungle Trek:
This walk-thru attraction was pretty awesome for just so many animals you got so see roaming around. There are over 50 bird species, Sumatran tigers, Water Buffalo, Bar-headed Goose, and more.
What I really love is the Disney Cast Members that were readily available to tell you all about the animals, so much better than the standard information plaque you see at the zoo.
Watching the Monkeys:
All throughout the Asia island there are monkeys swinging around above you, going from one of their enclosures to another.
It was kinda zen to stop and watch them go about their day and do their thing. Again, there were always a few Cast Members available that were more than happy to tell you all about their monkey friends.
Street Performers/Live Shows:
Just like how Magic Kingdom has the Dapper Dan’s, Animal Kingdom has its own variety of street performers.
My favorites were the dancers in the African Harambe Village section of the park. There is also the Festival of the Lion King, and while I’ve only seen it online the show looks amazing.
I mean Disney food is pretty much awesome in all the parks, but for just wandering around grabbing something to snack on, Animal Kingdom does offer some different, maybe more unique offerings.
The spiced almonds (offered at the numerous spiced nuts carts throughout Animal Kingdom) is one of our all time favorite grab and go snack.
There are also some great offerings at places like Flame Tree BBQ, Yak & Yeti Local Foods Café, and while I haven’t eaten at the Satu’li Canteen, in Pandora – The World of Avatar, I’ve heard amazing reviews of the food.
So those are my top 5 favorites about Animal Kingdom but there is so much more to do at this park that I didn’t get to do on my first visit.
Let us know what some of your favorite memories or attractions are from Animal Kingdom in the comments.