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Tips when visitng Animal Kingdom
We have visited Animal Kingdom several times over the years and are always discovering tips worth considering when you go there.
We love the gorilla exhibit but it is very popular and gets very crowded at the observation window. Last time we went we struggled for about fifteen minutes for a good view and decided to move on. Just as we went round the next turn, we were on a bridge overlooking the gorillas from the right-hand side. We had a perfect view of the male silverback, and also of a couple of females and youths. Now we know that if the viewing area is crowded we just move along to get another viewing opportunity.
I hate getting wet so always avoided the Kali River Rapids although I was longing to go on it. However I have never minded getting wet when I am in a swimsuit. I decided on my last visit that I would put dry clothes and a towel in my backpack put them in a locker at the entrance to Animal Kingdom. I went on the ride four times in succession before returning to my locker and getting changed in the bathrooms nearby.
If you go to the park as it opens instead of rushing for a Fastpass take the first train to Rafiki' s Planet Watch. If you get there early and are interested in animals this is a hive of activity at this time of day. There are medical procedures being performed, animal food being prepared and lots of characters (Rafiki often sits on the floor meditating). In the Affection Section the animals are wide awake and eager to be hugged, petted and brushed. Listen to the Cast Members who are full of fun information and stories about the animals. Rafiki, Pocahontas and Stanley are usually available for pictures and autographs here at this time of day.
If you go to see the Tarzan show you might want to consider sitting in the upper part because the rollerbladers come up into the walkway behind you if you sit in the lower section. A lot of the people in the lower section then have to turn around to see parts of the show.
If you enjoy the tigers on the Maharajah Jungle Trek, but would like to see them do something other than sleep, visit the Jungle Trek at the end of the day, sometime after 4 p. m. The tigers know that they will be going backstage ' soon, ' and they all congregate near the fountain. It is a great opportunity to see them moving around and often you will see them chase each other or even take a dip in the water!
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