- Attraction Seating
- Basic Services
- Calendar of Events
- Character Meet and
- Extra Magic Hour
- Fun Facts
- Guide Map
- Operating Hours
- Overlooked Attractions
- Reader Tips
- Rehabs and Closures
- Restaurant Photo Gallery
- Ride Restrictions
- Smoking Policy
- Special Needs Travelers
- Animal Kingdom
in a Wheelchair
- Ticket FAQS
AT A GLANCE...
Pandora the World of AVATAR
-- 2017 Opening
- Flight of Passage E-Ticket Attraction
- Na'vi River Journey Family Canoe Ride
- The Tree of Life
- It's Tough to be a Bug
- Discovery Island Trails
- Adventurers Outpost Meet & Greet
- RIVERS OF LIGHT - 2016
- The Boneyard
- Chester and Hester's
- Finding Nemo: The Musical
- Chester and Hester's DinoRama
- Dinoland USA - Part 1 - Part 2
- Discovery Island Shops
- Expedition Everest Part 1 - Part 2
- Everest Temple
- Lights at Animal Kingdom
- Pangani Forest Exploration Trail
- Pwani View Guest House
- Rafiki's Planet Watch
- Royal Couple of Anandapur
- Seats in Animal Kingdom
- Animal Kingdom Youngsters Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3
- Asian Tigers
- Nile Hippopotamus
- West African Crowned Crane
- Animal Kingdom Turns 15
- Animal Kingdom Turns 10
- Animal Kingdom Turns 5
- Kaleidoscopic Kingdoms
OTHER WALT DISNEY WORLD
OTHER DISNEY THEME
Welcome to Disney's
In January 1990, Imagineering Concept Designer Joe Rohde met with Michael Eisner about a proposal for a new animal park. His concept was simple: a traditional theme park, an Epcot style pavilion, and a nontraditional zoo. Disney's Wild Animal Kingdom Project was announced June 5, 1995 and ground was broken in August 1995. The name changed a bit during the next couple years and the Grand Opening of Disney's Animal Kingdom was held on April 22, 1998. Animal Kingdom celebrated its 10th Anniversary on April 22, 2008!
Disney's Animal Kingdom is a spectacular theme park unlike anything you have ever experienced!
The Adventure Begins at Animal Kingdom --
The Tree of Life, an impressive icon, stands tall in the distance as you emerge from the entrance, called the Oasis. Then think of the park as a bicycle wheel, the Tree of Life is the hub and the various lands stretch out like spokes.
Animal Kingdom now consists of several areas: Oasis, Discovery Island, Africa, Rafiki's Planet Watch, Dinoland USA and Asia.
Some say Animal Kingdom is only a half-day park and not worth the price of admission. I disagree, yet there is a fair group of visitors that feel that way. I tend to think those are the folks who run from attraction to attraction, with the sole purpose of checking off what they have done and to hurry and get to what is left. By doing so, you'll miss much of what Animal Kingdom is about.
The exquisite detail that Disney is known for shines through in Disney's Animal Kingdom where landscaping and attention to details dominate the 500 acre park.
Two special tours are avilable for booking. The exciting Wild Africa Trek is a true encounter with African creatures in their native habitat. A calmer tour is the new Backstage Tales here you go behind the scenes to learn about housing, care and feeding of the inhabitants of Disney's Animal Kingdom.
On the southwestern edge of the Walt Disney World Resort, Imagineers have created a nature rich and protective environment for exotic animals. Most of the barriers between the animals and you are natural looking or invisible.
Disney craftsmen had the difficult task of making something brand new look very old - with crumbling walls and roots sticking up into the walk ways. To create just the right feeling, buildings are a maximum of 30 feet tall, while many of the trees are more than 40 feet tall.
The park is beautiful with wondrous vegetation, broadway class show (Festival of the Lion King, Finding Nemo), a 20-minute journey into an African savanna (Kilimanjaro Safaris), an adventure to find the Yeti (Expedition Everest) time travel back to the Cretaceous Period (Dinosaur), and lots of exotic birds and animals to discover.
New Tour entitled Backstage Tales
Winged Encounters - Moved to the front of Tree of Life (where the new carvings are).
Disney Outfitters on Discovery Island is being expanded to include the addition of a clock tower. The construction is expected to be completed sometime in November 2015.
RIVERS OF LIGHT - Construction underway - 2016
Nightime Version of Kilimanjaro Safari and 2 New Animals - Spring 2016
- Pandora the World of AVATAR - Construction underway - 2017
What's Going - Going - Gone...
The Main Times Board in Discovery Island
wide variety of sources were used to obtain the Animal Kingdom information
found on AllEars® including: Discussions with Cast Members, various Animal
Kingdom Guide Maps, WDW Media Releases, the Backstage Safari Tour, Cast publications such as Eyes and Ears,
"The Field Guide to Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park", and "The
Making of the Animal Kingdom Theme Park", by Melody Malmberg.