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Oct 07

Disney Traveling Around the “World” – Animal Kingdom – Part 1

 

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Welcome back “World” travelers! Today we’ll head over to Disney’s largest theme park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But beware, this place is crawling with bugs and creatures of all sorts. Be alert because you don’t want to miss any of this.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the fourth theme park built at the Walt Disney World Resort, and opened on Earth Day, April 22, 1998. It is the largest single Disney theme park in the world, covering 580 acres and is also the first Disney theme park to be themed entirely around animal conservation, a philosophy once pioneered by Walt Disney himself. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, meaning they have met or exceeded the standards in education, conservation, and research.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom is divided into seven themed areas: The Oasis, Discovery Island, Camp Minnie-Mickey, Africa, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Asia, and DinoLand USA. Over the next few weeks we’ll explore each area and see what they each have to offer. Beautiful Mini Waterfall in Animal Kingdom's Oasis

The Oasis

The Oasis serves as the park’s main entrance, providing ticketing, and guest services. As you stroll through this walk-through area, you’ll encounter a variety of animal wildlife. This serene area truly is an oasis and features a canopy of tropical plants and trees, a small waterfall, and a pond that houses brightly colored flamingos. There are many viewing areas scattered amidst the lush landscape where you can see a giant anteater, a two-toed sloth, wallabies, tree kangaroos and several exotic birds. Cast members are also available to assist guests with questions about the wildlife here.

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Dining

The Rainforest Cafe is located at the entrance of the Oasis. For those who wish to dine without visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom, an entrance is available at the front of the building just outside the park entrance. A second back entrance is available for those that wish to visit from inside the park. Those guests must present their admission tickets to return back to the park.

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The Rainforest is a perfect companion restaurant to the Animal Kingdom. Your dining experience will make you feel as if you’re in a tropical rainforest. Your experience will include a tropical thunderstorm and you will dine amongst a variety of Audio-Animatronic wildlife. You can watch the giant butterflies flap their wings, the mother and baby elephant wave their ears and trumpet, and the watchful cheetah perched on a branch swinging his tail. Be sure to look for the gorilla, a monkey that hangs on a vine, and a crocodile that opens his massive jaws to show his impressive dental work. A 3500-gallon aquarium displays brightly colored tropical fish. In addition to all of this, guests can satisfy their hunger with delicious pasta, chicken, meat and seafood dishes. The full service Rainforest Café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and priority seating is recommended.

Here’s a peek at what we’ll encounter as we explore Disney’s Animal Kingdom! See you next time!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-B3cyTJDxuU

 

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