Walt Disney World’s park Animal Kingdom has so many different things that you can do. From shows to rides to oh yes…THE ANIMALS. Quite a few years ago, when I first went to Walt Disney World I had the privilege of doing the Wile America Trek. It wasn’t open this visit, so instead I was able to do an Animal Kingdome backstage tour.
Here is our fearless tour guide along with Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps from Zootopia. You know their movie is now playing in theaters.
On the tour we learned all about how Disney cares for their animals at Animal Kingdom. They take very good care of them as far as I can see. Their health and enrichment are very important on the list. The animals are provided with toys, treats, and anything that could possibly improve their day. Disney does not force the animals to do anything, including animal check ups. They are encouraged quite a bit to make choices by food and other rewards. This also includes getting them in their “beds” at night. Animals know their routine and are usually done with their day before it’s time for food just because they know it’s about time anyway.
To get to the backstage tour you have to take the Wild Life Express train to the Conservation Station. Inside the Conservation Station there are so many different opportunities to learn about animals. You can even watch an animal that is going through a surgery. They do as many surgeries as they can in front of the public. It’s such an educational place but so much fun that no one realizes they are learning anything.
Another Tour you must take is the Kilamanjaro Safari Ride. This ride is super duper fun and has amazing close ups of family. It’s a ride through the African Safari with Giraffes, Lions, Zebras, Elephants, Rhinos and so much detail. It was my second time on this ride and I enjoyed it just as much the second time as I did the fist.
This was the first time that I rode rides at Animal Kingdom and I had a blast. I visited the Dinoland and rode two different rides. I rode TriceraTop Spin and Dinosaur both of which I enjoyed. Dinosaur is much like Indiana Jones in Disneyland and TriceraTop was just fun, it’s a mini coaster that spins a bit.
For shows, I can recommend two different shows. One is Finding Nemo’s Musical and The Festival of The Lion King. The Festival of the Lion King was so good it brought tears to my eyes. (remember yes I am one that cries)
You have to visit the tree of life..not just to get a selfie but also to try out the Bugs life show.
At Night be sure to catch the amazing night time show that is starting this summer, the Rivers of Light. The Rivers of Light will have lights projected into the sky, fountains, and water with the backdrop of Mt. Everest and the Tree of Life.
Food? There are lots of good places to get food but the one I have to recommend is Tusker House. It’s a bit pricey but tasty and all you can eat. Plus it’s a character meal.
There is plenty to do in Animal Kingdom, just make sure you have fun with whatever you decide to do. I didn’t have time to do it all.