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The 7 Most Beautiful Sights at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

By Katie D

Animal Kingdom is full of amazing and beautiful sights. Part theme park and part wildlife refuge, Animal Kingdom has unique rides and attractions that you will not find anywhere else. The park appeals to a wide variety of guests. It is authentic enough to please nature lovers, but also does a great job of introducing nature-novices to wildlife and the outdoors. There are many sights around the park that will take your breath away. Here is my take on the seven most beautiful:

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7. The view of Everest –

It’s no surprise that Expedition Everest is one of the most photographed sights at Animal Kingdom. The park’s rendering of the famous mountain is spectacular, and it towers above everything else in the surrounding area. The view of Everest is spectacular from across Discovery River, especially at night. It’s also beautiful when prayer flags crisscross the view as you walk towards the ride entrance.

6. Pink Flamingos –

Kilimanjaro Safaris, located in the Africa section of the park, offers countless amazing sights as it takes you on an 18-minute trek through the Harambe Wildlife Refuge. I could fill a very long list with all of the beautiful things you will see on this attraction but, out of fairness to the rest of the park, I have limited myself to two. The first is the pink flamingos that you see along your safari. Most of us, even native Floridians, have only seen Flamingos as lawn ornaments. The real thing is even more beautiful, and you will usually get to see a whole flock together during the ride.

5. The King and Queen of the jungle –

Another beautiful sight on the Kilimanjaro Safari is the lions. They roam about a little, and wherever you see them, you are in for an awesome sight. Most of us have only seen lions in zoos before, and it is amazing to see these majestic creatures with so much space around them. If you are lucky, you will catch them while they are sunning themselves on their favorite rocks, which makes them look especially regal.

4. DiVine –

As you are walking between Africa and Asia, or sometimes in the Oasis, you might be startled by moving foliage. Do not run away! Keep still and keep watching. It’s probably DiVine! Part plant, part human, DiVine is one of the most beautiful sights in the park! DiVine is actually a stilt walker who is elaborately decorated in foliage and blends right in with her surroundings. Her shows last about twenty minutes and she does not have a published schedule. It is most fun when you run into her unplanned, but you can always ask a cast member when and where she will be to up your chances.

3. Finding Nemo – The Musical –

With so many natural beauties at Animal Kingdom, you may be skeptical about an indoor show making the list. If so, you probably have not seen the show! The Broadway-quality musical features amazing puppetry, animated projections, and creative lighting that create a mesmerizing visual experience. This is a must-see for kids and adults alike.

2. Gorilla waterfall –

In the back of the gorilla habitat is a secluded area that most guests miss, with a beautiful waterfall. You can often find a gorilla sitting right next to the waterfall, which makes for an awesome view. The relative remoteness of the area adds to its beauty. The rushing of the water, the lush jungle feel, and the quietness create a relaxing atmosphere to take in the scene.

1. Animal Kingdom at night –

We always knew that Animal Kingdom would be beautiful at night, but for 17 years the vision lived only in our imaginations. Thanks to the dedicated staff at Disney who worked hard to find ways to keep the park open at night without harming the animals, we get to see the beauty of the Animal Kingdom at night! The Animal Kingdom Park at night offers a number of visually engaging experiences.

About Katie D

I grew up in New Jersey in a family where the word “vacation” was synonymous with “Disney World.” After a few years of visiting regularly, my family became Disney Vacation Club members which meant we visited even more! Going to Disney always felt kind of like going home, and some of my best childhood and teenage memories occurred there. Now that I live in Jacksonville, FL I am excited to be a short drive from this magical place and look forward to making new memories for years to come.