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9 Reasons Your Family Will Love Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World

9. It’s Educational

The educational value of a trip to Animal Kingdom by far surpasses that of any other Disney theme park. While Epcot comes in a close second, I think that a trip to Animal Kingdom is definitely the most educational Disney experience. As someone who puts a high value on education, I love that guests can go to Animal Kingdom for the day and come home with all kinds of newfound knowledge about the animal world. This is also something that sets Disney apart from the competition, as there are few other theme parks out there that focus on education in the same way that Animal Kingdom does.

 

8. Some of the Best Disney food is in Animal Kingdom

My two favorite quick service restaurants, Satu’li Canteen and Flame Tree Barbeque, are located in Animal Kingdom along with other favorites like Tiffins, Tusker House, and Yak and Yeti. I’m not a huge fan of the Rainforest Café, only because there is one in my local mall, so it’s not at the top of my to do list, but it is a fun experience if you’d like to go there as well. Animal Kingdom is also home to pineapple soft serve with rum, and the Dawa Bar located outside Tusker House that has some of the best margaritas at Walt Disney World. Plus, don’t forget about Mobile Ordering at some of Animal Kingdom’s quick service spots!

7. Conservation Message

Animal Kingdom promotes a strong conservation message that allows guests to leave the park with a newfound desire to make a difference in their environment and help animals all over the world. Guests can even immediately help make a difference by donating to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund while in the park, and the money they donate goes to helping animals all over the world, and their donation amount is even matched by Disney.

6. Hidden Gems

Animal Kingdom is full of hidden gems, like some of the street performers such as DiVine. Another hidden gem in my opinion is the UP! The Great Bird Adventure show. This show, though often overlooked, is actually one of my favorites in the entire park but has recently gotten a face-lift that includes UP characters Russell and Dug! I also love exploring the flora and fauna of Pandora – The World of Avatar. Some plants will interact with you!

5. Entertainment

Animal Kingdom is home to the Festival of the Lion King, which has consistently been ranked as the number one show at Walt Disney World. This park is also home to my personal favorite show, Finding Nemo: the Musical. I especially love the nighttime entertainment such as Rivers of Light, The Tree of Life Awakenings, and the Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party on Discovery Island.

4. Learn about Extinction

Dinoland U.S.A. allows guests to learn about extinction through the study and interpretation of Dinosaurs. If you ever need some motivation to help the animals in today’s world so that they don’t become extinct, check out the mural in the Dino Institute gift shop. The mural across from the photo preview area shows animals that have become extinct, with some of today’s animals featured on the far end of the wall.

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3. Rides

With the addition of Pandora – World of Avatar, Animal Kingdom is now well known for their awesome attractions! In the rides category, Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey, Expedition Everest, and Kilimanjaro Safari are definitely at the top of my list. Others like Kali River Rapids, Dinosaur, and Primeval Whirl are loads of fun as well. The cool part about all of the rides in Animal Kingdom is that they have some message of conservation, that ties in perfectly with the storylines of the rides.

2. Wilderness Explorers

The Wilderness Explorer program is a great way to get your kids excited for learning about the animal world during your next trip to Animal Kingdom. Through this program, kids (or adults!) can complete activities around the park to earn badges and become Wilderness Explorers themselves, like Russell from Up!

1. Not Your Average Zoo

If you’re used to visiting your local zoo as a family, you might be pleasantly surprised after your trip Animal Kingdom. My favorite thing about Animal Kingdom is the fact that it doesn’t feel like a zoo, but it is. I love how Animal Kingdom allows me to see animals in their natural environment, which is a welcome change from your typical zoo. Special touches like bioluminescent lighting that glows at night in Pandora – World of Avatar set Animal Kingdom apart from any zoo, and the other theme parks as well!

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a graduate of St. Anselm College, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in History. She completed two Disney College Programs, one at Dinoland U.S.A., in Animal Kingdom, and one at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Hollywood Studios. She is the author of “Brittany Earns Her Ears,” a memoir about her experiences on the college program, and she currently resides in Massachusetts.