10. Sample African Cuisine At Tiffins.
This brand new Animal Kingdom eatery will not disappoint! International flavor, discovery and exploration are cuisine themes at Tiffins. Located in Discovery Island, Tiffins takes guests on a culinary journey as they enjoy the succulent African cuisine served there. Ranging between thirty-nine and sixty dollars per adult, Tiffins serves both lunch and dinner daily. Exotic dishes like Lobster-Popcorn Thai Curry Soup, Pan Seared Duck and desserts like the mango lava laden Calamansi Mousse keep guests marveling at each dish that exits the kitchen. Be sure to secure advanced dining reservations well in advance for Tiffins to ensure you have a seat.
9. Shop Locally Made Products Created in Nepal at Expedition Everest.
One of my favorite shops at Walt Disney World is the Expedition Everest gift shop outside the ride exit. After learning about Nepal and enjoying the ride queue (see number 7) I love to browse the locally made products Disney sells in the shop. Necklaces, scarves, headbands and carvings just to name a few, are great Disney souvenirs to take home that have a story behind them. Products made my Nepali artisans are labeled.
8. Immerse Yourself In Asian Culture on the Maharajah Jungle Trek.
Of course the Maharajah Jungle Trek is a no brainer for guests hoping to see tigers, gibbons and komodo dragons. Exploring the beautiful architecture of the Maharajah Jungle Trek along with viewing animals makes for a fun way to spend a morning at Animal Kingdom. Admiring murals, forgotten temple ruins and the tropical trail will provide a cultural experience without the need for a passport stamp.
7. Learn About the Art of Mountain Climbing at Expedition Everest Ride queue.
Expedition Everest is at the top of my favorite Disney attraction list largely because of the gorgeous ride queue. Guests learn about Nepali culture from the artifacts, mountain climbing products, photos and factoids posted throughout the long and winding ride queue. After being fully briefed on Mount Everest and Nepali facts via ride queue information guests can enjoy the actual thrill of riding Expedition Everest.
6. Cool Off With Local Drinks at Dawa Bar.
If the steamy adventure in Animal Kingdom has worked up your thirst, look no farther than Dawa Bar to cool off and be refreshed. Located in Harambe Village guests can enjoy their choice of African beer and wine, specialty beer and of course delicious frozen drinks with an exotic twist. With African Maragritas, Watermelon Mimosas and Sugar Cane Mojitos on the menu, choosing one drink will be no simple task.
5. Experience A Wild Lunch at The Rainforest Café.
Lunch at the Rainforest Café is a tasty and fun way to cool off and enjoy dining at Animal Kingdom. Located at the front of the park, this Rainforest Café is one of the largest Rainforest restaurants of all. This “wild place to shop and eat” boasts impressive tropical aquariums in the waiting and dining area, animatronic jungle animals of many species spread throughout the dining room as well as rainstorms that darken the dining room every twenty minutes. While the ambiance makes the restaurant famous, the food consistently impresses guests as well.
4. Watch Exotic Animals Undergo Medical Exams and Surgery.
An often forgotten exotic and amazing experience at Animal Kingdom is the opportunity to learn a little more about the veterinary care that goes on behind the scenes at Animal Kingdom. A short train ride to Conservation Station will bring guests to an observation window where they can catch a glimpse of veterinary care going on with park animals. Nearby, guests can watch animal nutritionists mix specialized, nutrient dense feed rations for the numerous animals at the park. Disney cast members are nearby to answer guest questions. Aspiring zoologists and veterinarians will not want to miss this exhibit.
3. Enjoy Kilimanjaro Safari.
A well-known staple of Animal Kingdom, Kilimanjaro Safari has been delighting Disney guests since the park opened in 1998. Guests get the feel that they are on a real safari as a guide drives a safari truck through the Harambe Wildlife Reserve. Close glimpses of giraffe, flamingo, elephants, wildebeests and lions keep guests returning for more. Safari drivers remind guests that each safari is different due to the behavior of the animals. Guests can return to Kilimanjaro Safari on each visit to Animal Kingdom and enjoy a new safari experience.
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2. Re-ride Kilimanjaro Safari After Dark for An Entirely Different Experience.
New this summer, Kilimanjaro Safari is taking a new spin on this ride by leading nighttime safaris through the savanna. This new experience gives guests a much closer look at nocturnal animals that are stirring during the evening safaris as they usually sleep during the day safari treks. Lower evening temperatures mean that many animals are stirring a bit more during evening safaris. During my first evening safari ride this summer I was surprised to see hippos active on the surface of the water, a lioness alert atop the rocks and giraffes playfully running across the road in front of the tour jeep.
1. Experience the Wild Africa Trek Tour Experience.
It is likely no surprise to hear that the Wild Africa Trek is the chart topping exotic experience for guests seeking adventure at Animal Kingdom. This three hour behind the scenes tour gets guests the star treatment as they enjoy close (and safe) encounters with Animal Kingdom wildlife while a Disney photographer captures the moments for guests to enjoy long after their safari has ended. Learning even more about the animals, asking the guide questions and viewing animals closer than ever before is a treat for Animal Kingdom enthusiasts.
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