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Children at Animal Kingdom
There is so much for children to do at Animal Kingdom and I thought I would share some tips we have discovered since the park opened in 2001.
We used to play Animal ABCs. As we went around the park to see the animals, rides and attractions, the children used to make note of their names and try to make a list by going down the alphabet. A-Africa, B-Boneyard, C-Cretaceous Trail, etc. Great fun especially when you are looking for X, Y & Z! This can be a good way of passing time especially if you are queuing for a ride.
If your little one loves animals be sure to catch the Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends Animal Training Show. They demonstrate how they train the animals for the show, and since the animals are still learning, sometimes things do not go perfectly. Your Times Guide will tell you which shows are going to be Training shows.
If you have younger children, head over to the Boneyard in DinoLand. Once inside the play area, go to the upper level and cross over the Dinosaur bridge, which goes across the entrance to DinoLand. On the far side you will find a shaded ' archeological dig' complete with large fans and fun music. Here the adults can relax on the rocks while the kids dig up bones in the large dig site.
If you want great pictures with the Winnie the Pooh characters, from the entrance head toward the Tree of Life and go to the right. Look for a sign pointing you to a Character Photo Opportunity that is set back from the main path. We have never had to queue here to see Pooh, Tigger, or my Mother’s favourite, Eeyore. You will find them waiting under a covered landing to take pictures.
When riding on the Kilimanjaro Safari we always used to point out the animals to the children as we saw them. Unfortunately this lead to them often missing them and becoming increasingly frustrated that they were missing them. This results in both of you missing the next animal. Now we just sit back and relax while watching the animals and they get very excited showing them to us!
We treat the children at the end of our visit and allow them to play the games in Dinoland, we are on holiday after all! My Dad usually joins in and we end up with numerous cuddly toys to add to our ever growing collection as other guests do the same and also leave them behind at the villa!
Finally we go to the Tusker House to eat. It has great food and if you would like a little quieter atmosphere than the noisy dining room, go through the doors near the restrooms and there are tables with umbrellas along the outside wall.
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Page added on: 25 January 2009
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