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We usually visit Animal Kingdom in the first couple of days of our holiday as this park is not too tiring and easy to stroll around.

However do not miss the Animal Kingdom Parade which starts in Africa and finishes in Africa so you can see it twice!

A great place to watch it from is the bar in Africa. If you arrive about 45 minutes before the Parade you can usually get a table fronting onto the street and you can enjoy a drink and have a light meal or snack while you wait for the Parade. You will also be entertained by a great acrobat act in the bar area.

As “Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle” winds through the park, a menagerie of abstract animal images comes to life in fun, theatrical designs handcrafted from an eclectic mix of natural materials and fabrics. Soaring animated puppets and towering percussive drum sculptures create bursts of living colour against Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s dense jungle greenery. Elaborate rickshaw taxis put selected guests in the middle of the parade, accompanied by Disney characters in customized musical safari vehicles. The crowd is usually only a couple deep at this bar area making it easy for the children to wave and shake hands with the characters.

A troupe of 8-foot-tall Party Animals and energetic Party Patrols interact with guests and direct them in the creation of the live call-and-response sing-along music fest. Up to 25 special guests will be selected daily to ride in the opening unit, three guest rickshaws and the finale unit. Guests will be given Kodak disposable cameras so they can capture the special moment aboard the parade.

Adventure Rover -- This opening rover is a brightly coloured red, orange and yellow safari vehicle. It carries the beloved Disney character Rafiki, from the Disney animated film “The Lion King.” Rafiki rides with a guest family, which is selected daily to participate in the parade.

Character Jeeps -- These three jeeps carry several of the most famous of all Disney characters including Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. The vehicles and floats are themed to the personalities of each character. Donald’s jeep pulls a float painted in various hues of blue with a sports and nautical theme. Minnie’s jeep and float are painted with her signature red and white polka dots adorned with a big red and white, polka dot bow. Goofy’s jeep and float feature a hodgepodge of items, ranging from oversized snowshoes to a pair of pyjamas.

Bon Voyage Caravan -- The Bon Voyage Caravan features a brightly coloured jeep carrying Mickey Mouse. This jeep pulls a float consisting of several different safari-themed segments. The float carries Mickey Mouse and another guest family.

In addition to the myriad of characters participating in “Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle” parade at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, guests can see Disney characters including Pluto, Baloo, Louie, Brer Rabbit, Brer Bear, Timon, Terk and Chip 'n' Dale.

Do try to see this Parade, both children and parents will enjoy it.

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Page added on: 9 January 2006
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Greet the Crowd

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Huge Elephant

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So Colourful

Disney Animal Kingdom

Disney Animal Kingdom

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Parade at Animal Kingdom

Parade at Animal Kingdom

Parade at Animal Kingdom

Tree of life at Animal Kingdom

Parade with Minnie Mouse

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