Walt Disney World’s newest major Theme Park is the Animal Kingdom. But don’t let the name fool you, it’s definitely not a zoo. The Animal Kingdom offers thrilling rides and spectacular attractions in the tradition of Disney’s other major theme parks.
Animal Kingdom’s newest thrill ride is Expedition Everest. Alas, I saw it being constructed but haven’t yet had the chance to ride this colossal rollercoaster myself. But it’s described as a thrilling journey through the treacherous Himalayas featuring hair-pin turns, high speeds and a massive 80 foot drop. The mysterious Yeti guards the mountain and stalks every rider who dares enter his realm. Expedition Everest sounds like reason enough to spend a day at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, but there’s so much more.
One attraction I did get to experience and fell in love with is Dinosaur. Dinosaur features a time rover that sends you back 65 million years to rescue one harmless prehistoric beast. But you’ll come across several dangerous dinosaurs on your mission and experience a handful of other prehistoric hazards such as a meteor shower. This is one bumpy, fun ride you just might want to experience twice.
I love water rides and the Kali River Rapids is one of the best. You’ll get drenched as you explore an Asian rainforest aboard a large raft on the Chakranadi River.
For a somewhat tamer experience, head over to the Tree of Life for the 3D show, It’s Tough to be a Bug. This show is just plain creepy, as the chairs help you experience a bug’s life by producing smells and sensations that just might bug you out.
If you don’t think you’ll ever make it to Africa’s Serengeti, I highly recommend you try Animal Kingdom’s Kilimanjaro Safari. Like all safaris, you might be disappointed if the animal you’d most like to see is hiding or snoozing out of sight. But this open-air safari is an exciting experience nonetheless.
There are also a lot rides designed especially for kids. The Primeval Whirl looks like a lot of fun. There are also a few shows. The Festival of the Lion King, a 30 minute live musical, is very popular. And Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade seems to be a favorite with the kids.
Overall, Animal Kingdom ranks right up there with Walt Disney World’s other three theme parks. It’s got the rides, the shows, the characters, and the food – all the ingredients that make Walt Disney World the most magical place on earth. Don’t forget to check out my reviews of the Walt Disney World hotels and resorts, as well as my articles on dining and the other parks!