Animal Kingdom – the best park around?

The Animal Kingdom is one of four Disney theme parks located in and around Orlando, Florida. The Animal Kingdom was the fourth park added and is the largest theme park in the world. Situated on 580 acres of land the park is dedicated to conserving natural environment and animals. The well-known symbol of the park is the sculpted Tree of Life. It is 145 feet tall and fifty feet wide and is a replica of a baob tree.

Admission to the park will vary if you buy tickets at the gate the day you plan to visit the Animal Kingdom. However, if purchased in advance a two-day ticket to just the Animal Kingdom starts at $199.00 per person over ten years old. A Park Hopper ticket which allows you to move from the Animal Kingdom to the other three Disney Parks starts at $259 a person ages ten and up and is a two-day ticket as well. The Animal Kingdom has many rides and attractions for all ages. One of the most popular is the Kilimanjaro Safaris which takes you on a guided tour of the African savannah where you can see the wild animals in a natural habitat. Kali River Rapids is a raft ride through jungle landscapes. On Expedition Everest you ride a rollercoaster through the Himalaya Mountains while the Yeti chases you. Flights of Wonder features exotic birds in flight and teaches about the birds as well. Maharaja Jungle Trek allows you to explore mystical ruins and see tropical trees and wildlife. On the Primeval Whirl, you ride a dinosaur themed carnival-style rollercoaster.

There are many snacks and dining options available in the Animal Kingdom. Several restaurants like Pizzasaurus and Flame Tree Barbecue are considered quick service dining and do not need reservations. The most sought after table service restaurant in the Animal Kingdom is the Rainforest Cafe. It does accept reservations and they are recommended for quicker seating. The Rainforest Cafe offers a jungle-themed dining experience complete with animatronic jungle animals, sounds, and even a thunderstorm inside the cafe.

The biggest tip when visiting any Disney park including the Animal Kingdom is to plan ahead. Choose your dining times and places and make reservations is necessary. Familiarize yourself with the park layout and the Fast Pass system to take advantage of shorter wait times.