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Animal Kingdom – 28 Things You Must Do From Rope Drop To Close

Animal Kingdom is a great park, even if it is not what most people would consider a full day park. It does have shorter hours than Magic Kingdom, Epcot or Hollywood Studios, so keep that in mind when planning a trip. I have tried to cover all the must see’s, do’s and places to eat, in order of the land they fall in.

From the beginning

  • 28. The Oasis – Check out the many paths and explore the animals in each of the exhibits. Each of the paths will lead you Discovery Island.
  • 27.Wilderness Explorers – While you are adventuring all over you can collect 32 badges for completing puzzles and activities
  • 26. DeVine – Can be found sometimes near The Oasis, but can usually be found between Africa and Asia – she is a must see. You can be standing a few feet from her and not ever know she is there until she moves.

Africa

  • 25. Ride Kilimanjaro Safari – 18 minutes through the Wildlife reserve. 34 different species of African animals can be found including: Lions, Hippos, Thompson’s Gazelle, Impalas, Wildebeest, Zebra, Giraffes and Rhinos
  • 24. Pangani Forest Exploration Trail – Walk through zoological exhibit where you will see gorillas, hippos and an aviary exhibit. Easily accessed right after you exit Kilimanjaro Safari.
  • 23. Festival of the Lion King – Located in the Harambe Theater – One of the more popular shows, your best bet is to go first thing in the morning or one of the last shows of the day.
  • 22. Wildlife Express Train – Africa Station – 7-minute ride that lets you have a backstage look through areas of the park on the way to Rafiki’s Planet Watch.
  • 21. Tusker House – Character dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner– table service – all you can eat buffet.

Rafiki’s Planet Watch

    • 20. Wildlife Express Train – Rafiki’s Planet Watch Station – 5-minute ride that lets you have a backstage look through areas of the park coming back to the Africa Station.
    • 19. Habitat Habit! – Self-guided tour with exhibits about animal conservation.
    • 18. Conservation Station – Check out the interactive exhibits and onsite facilities, there are more than 10 areas to explore and see what Disney is doing to help.
    • 17. Affection section – Petting zoo for the little ones.

Asia

  • 16. Kali River Rapids – Water raft ride through a forest, temples, waterfalls. Every time is different so beware, you can get drenched on this ride. Ponchos would be helpful if you do not want to be soaking wet.
  • 15. Ride Expedition Everest – Travel through the Himalayans and take a tour and a trip through the museum about the Yeti, to board a train to the top of the world. On the way up, there is a break in the rail and you go hurling back in the other direction. Will you survive?
  • 14. Yak & Yeti – for table service – Chinese fusion – located in Asia.
  • 13. Watch Flights of Wonder – It is covered but not air conditioned, so you most likely want to go early morning or late afternoon if heat is a factor
  • 12. Maharaja Jungle Trek – Walkthrough zoological exhibit in Asia – Similar to Pangani Forest Walk but the animals here are Asian, such as Komodo dragons, Bengal Tigers and Blackbuck Antelope.

DinoLand USA

  • 11. Triceratops Spin – Spin around above the ground (Closed for refurbishment until May 23, 2015 tentatively)
  • 10. Dinosaur – Travel back in time to rescue a dinosaur with Bill Nye the Science Guy.
  • 9. The Boneyard – Open air playground for the kids.
  • 8.rimeval Whirl – Check out this dinosaur themed roller coaster, in DinoLand USA.
  • 7. Finding Nemo – Musical with dancing, special effects and more – located in DinoLand USA
  • 6. Dino-Sue – Check out the replica of the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton ever found.

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Discovery Island

  • 5. It’s Tough to be a Bug – Inside the Tree of Life, catch this “Off-Off Bugway” Show, 3-d glasses provided for an enjoyable trip inside A Bug’s Life.
  • 4. Wildlife Express Train – 7-minute ride that lets you have a backstage look through areas of the park on the way to Rafiki’s Planet Watch.
  • 3. Discovery Island Trails – Located at the base of the Tree of Life – self-guided tour, with the potential of seeing several animals including: White Stork, Asian Small-Clawed Otter, Red Kangaroo, West African Crowned Crane, African Crested Porcupine, Galapagos Tortoise, Lesser Flamingo, Macaw, Red Kangaroo, Ring-Tailed Lemur, Saddle-Billed Stork, and Lappet Face Vulture
  • 2. Flame Tree BBQ – for counter service – Yummy BBQ for lunch or dinner, no breakfast offered at this time. Tables are outside but covered. (Closed until June 3 tentatively for refurbishment)
  • 1. Check out the Tree of Life – How many animals do you recognize?

Notable:

  • Rainforest Café – Right outside the park entrance – reservations available – Standard American themed food but you are completely going there for the theme.

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About Kelly Marie

I am a lifelong Disney fanatic and mother of a future Disney fan. I've run several of the RunDisney events, including hte Disney Princess Half Marathon and Walt Disney World Half Marathon. When I'm not planning my next vacation to WDW, I can be found online at http://www.amothersdesign.com