May 18, 2012

Animal Kingdom - go wild!

Yes, the title of this post is really cheesy.  Yes, I own that! :)  I have to admit that I was highly skeptical about Animal Kingdom prior to my first visit to the park.  I assumed it was going to be an overpriced zoo.  Boy was I wrong!  Animal Kingdom is like the best zoo you've ever visited on steroids.  It has amazing animals that you can see through rides or walking trails, cool rides and a great parade (Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade). 

Animal Kingdom is broken up into sections sort of like Magic Kingdom.

Oasis - When you walk into the park, you'll immediately notice the lush garden where you'll see some neat plants and may spot a few animals.

Discovery Island
Pam: I love the Tree of Life.  It's Tough to be a Bug is a really cute show!  Island Mercantile is a great spot for souvenirs.
Christine: You'll notice that the Tree of Life has all sorts of animals carved into the trunk of the tree.  If you're a meat eater, Flame Tree barbeque is a great spot for lunch. The barbecued chicken salad was very tasty.

Camp Minnie-Mickey
C: I like seeing all of the classic characters dressed up in safari-wear! 
P: Festival of the Lion King is a great show - the costumes are great and there's not a bad seat in the house.

P: My favorite thing is the Pangani trail where you see the gorillas.  I could stand there for hours watching those guys.  Tamu Tamu refreshments is set up like a market and they have great fresh fruit and veggies for snacks. 
C: I like the safari and while common lure tells you to go first thing in the morning, I recommend hitting it at 3 different times of day - morning, mid-day and late afternoon.  I promise you'll see cool animals each time.  And if you don't....well, blame your guide, not me!

Conservation Station
C: I'll admit that I was skeptical to head out to the Conservation Station, but I was an immediate convert when we got there.  They have some neat areas to watch the vets in action taking care of wounded or sick animals.  You learn about the food for each type of animal.
P: I like seeing how the animals are cared for and what they eat.  I really like seeing how much they eat....some of the animals are real piggies! 

P: I love the Kali River Rapids ride.
C: I am not a fan of the Kali River Rapids because generally speaking, I hate getting wet on rides...when I rode last February, I curled up under my windbreaker to try to stay dry.  I'm a big fan of Expedition Everest which is one of my favorite rides in all of the Disney parks. 
P: The Jungle Trek is really great - you see the tigers there.
C: Ooh I love the tigers!

Dinoland, U.S.A
P: The Finding Nemo musical is great.
C: I love that too.  I also love the DINOSAUR ride.  I also got to meet Donald and Goofy near TriceraTop Spin in their archaeologist garb.


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