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How Well Do You Know Disney’s Animal Kingdom?

By Caitlin Corsello

Guests who visit Walt Disney World love spending time in Disney’s Animal Kingdom enjoying thrilling attractions, beautiful scenery, and wonderful entertainment. Guests who visit the park can have experience like encountering the Yeti in the Forbidden Mountain, going on an African safari, exploring lush temple ruins, traveling back to the time of the dinosaurs, and shrinking down to the size of a bug. With so many amazing things to see in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, some guests might get wrapped up in hurrying along and trying to see it all which causes them to overlook some great details. There are plenty of great details, secrets, and Hidden Mickeys throughout the park, and guests who take the time to slow down and explore can really learn all there is to know about the different areas and attractions. Let’s see how well you know Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

10. Where Can You Find A Poster For Big Red? –

Kilimanjaro Safaris! Guests who visit the Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom can hop aboard Kilimanjaro Safaris which takes them on a two week safari into the Harambe Reserve. Along the way guests can see animals including cheetahs, lions, elephants, zebras, and giraffes in beautiful natural habitats. When the attraction first opened, there was a story that accompanied the journey which had guests try and save elephant Big Red and her baby Little Red from poachers. While the story line is no longer used, guests can spot a poster featuring Big Red’s name in one room on the queue for the attraction.

9. What Was The Original Name Of The Pangani Exploration Trail? –

Gorillas Falls Exploration Trail! The Pangani Forest Exploration Trail can be found near the exit of Kilimanjaro Safaris and it invites guests to embark on a self-guided walking tour past animals including meerkats and Grevy’s zebras. The highlight of the trail is a massive gorilla habitat with sprawling green hills and plenty of small waterfalls. Since the gorillas are such a large part of the Pangani Exploration Trail, the original name of the attraction was Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail.

8. What Can Fit Inside Kilimanjaro Safaris? –

The Magic Kingdom! Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the largest of the four theme parks in Walt Disney World, and guests might not realize just how big it is. Kilimanjaro Safaris is only one attraction in the park and it is so large that all of the Magic Kingdom can fit inside of it!

7. What Is The Name Of The Duo Who Founded Din-O-Rama? –

Chester & Hester! In the Dinoland section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is an area which is full of zany midway games, silly signs and props, and a pair of whirling attractions. The area is dubbed the Din-O-Rama and was founded by Chester and Hester. The duo originally ran a gas station in the location, but when fossils were found nearby they decided it was more lucrative to turn the area into a genuine roadside attraction.

6. What Is The Name Of The Institute That Found The Fossils? –

The Dino Institute! Guests who visit the attraction Dinosaur in Disney’s Animal Kingdom are invited directly into The Dino Institute which has created the technology to allow guests to travel back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. The Dino Institute had a major influence on all of Dinoland and guests can find mentions of it everywhere.

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5. Who Is Found Outside The Lobby Of It’s Tough To Be A Bug? –

David Greybeard! Nestled in the roots of the Tree of Life is the 3D show It’s Tough To Be A Bug. The show is hosted by Flik from A Bug’s Life and it shrinks guests down to the size of honorary bugs to show them just how important insects are in the world. Just before entering into the lobby of the theater, guests pass by a larger than life carving of a gorilla named David Greybeard. David was studied closely by scientist Jane Goodall and added to the Tree of Life after she realized that there was no representation of a gorilla elsewhere.

4. What Animal On The Tree Of Life Has A Hidden Mickey? –

The hippo! Located on the back of the Tree of Life facing the walkway between Africa and Asia is a large carving of a hippo. Guests who look closely will notice an upside down classic Hidden Mickey just above the hippo’s eye.

3. What Does Harambe Mean? –

Pull together! Guests who visit the Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom can enjoy the village of Harambe which is home to Kilimanjaro Safaris, the Pangani Exploration Trail, and the Festival of the Lion King. Harambe is a bright and cheerful place full of happy people which is fitting since the word translates to pull together.

2. What Are The Acrobats In The Festival Of The Lion King Called? –

Tumble Monkeys! The Festival of the Lion King is housed in the Harambe Theater and is one of the most beloved shows in all of Walt Disney World. Retelling the classic tale of The Lion King, guests can enjoy live music, aerial ballet, fire dancing, and a parade with familiar characters. Many guests love visiting The Festival of the Lion King specifically to see the Tumble Monkeys who perform daring acrobatic moves and are amazing to watch.

1. What Is The Name Of Finding Nemo – The Musical’s Theater? –

Theater in the Wild! Finding Nemo – The Musical retells the story of Nemo as he embarked on a huge adventure through the oceans. Guests love entering into the Theater in the Wild and watching the story told through larger than life puppets and familiar songs. No day in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is complete without stopping to enjoy this show!

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.