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Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom is Disneys newest and smartest park. Opening in April 1998 Animal Kingdom is a peaceful and relaxing park where you can roam around the many acres of safari plains, which feature some of the most unique animals on the planet. The park is split into six areas, The Oasis, Discovery Island, Camp Minnie-Mickey, Dinoland, Africa and Asia.

To see the wide array of distinct animals you can walk the Pangani Forest exploration trail or ride the Kilomangaro safari. The wildlife in the park is amazing. You can experience sights of rhinos, elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions, baboons, antelope, ostriches and hippos all spread out in their own natural environment. The Kilomangaro Safari is a fantastic adventure onboard a safari truck, which takes you across the animals natural habitat allowing you to come up close and personal with all these fabulous animals. To get the most out of this adventure I would suggest arriving first thing in the morning before the sun gets too hot as the animals don’t move around much in the heat. The photo opportunities here are not to be missed, so make sure you have plenty of film in your camera.

The Pangani Forest Exploration Trail allows you to see some of the animals at your own leisure as you wander around this overgrown nature trail. There are several research centres along the way, where you can learn more about the animals. There is also a walk through aviary and a silverback gorilla habitat.

The centrepiece in the park is the Tree Of Life. This giant tree is over 145 ft high and its trunk and roots are covered in 325 animal carvings which represent the circle of life. Definitely one not to be missed.

My two favourite shows are at this park, Pocahontas and The Festival of the Lion King. Both are a must see, but get to the theatre early to ensure a good seat. The Pocahontas show only lasts for 15 minutes but includes various animals such as rabbits, racoons and even a skunk. The Lion King is a 40 minute show with giant moving animated figures, dancers and singers. Start queuing for this one at least half an hour before show time.

There is defiantly something for everyone one at this park, and there are also some lovely eating places. Why not try out the Rainforest Café? An experience in itself and the foods not too bad either!

Have a great day.

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