Animal Kingdom – an odd combination of contemporary environmental thinking and a zoo that takes us to whole new worlds with “Pandora – The World of Avatar”.
The latter has been Disney’s biggest news in Orlando for many years.

Animal Kingdom
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“Pandora – The World of Avatar” opened in May 2017. The numbers of visitors to this new Disney land at Animal Kingdom has set a new record.

The youngest Disney park in Orlando is a very well disguised zoo. The African animals you would usually expect to see on a safari trip. The same  goes for Asia’s nature in this park. And of course all in combination with entertainment, rides and restaurants – just like in all the other parks.

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At the “wrong” time of day, the savannah’s animals are lazy and there is a risk that you will miss the lions. On the other hand, Animal Kingdom gives children the opportunity not only to meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Pluto, also more modern characters from both the Jungle Book and the Lion King.

Animal Kingdom opens on evenings

Animal Kingdom now also opens on evenings with attractions like “Rivers of Light” and “Awakening of The Tree of Light”.

The great news of 2017 was the opening of “Pandora – the World of Avatar” and it seems strange that this film theme is featured here, not at Hollywood Studios. The explanation is that both Avatar´s creator, director James Cameron, and the Disney designers, stand for environmental awareness and have seen Animal Kingdom as the natural park for this science fiction adventure, including the floating mountains (or planets).

Animal Kingdom has seven different themes/parts:

Oasis

makes up the entrance itself (as Main Street in Magic Kingdom.) From here you get to all other parts, but first you arrive at the centrally located
Discovery Island

Discovery Island

Just like the Cinderella castle, the Disney symbol at the neighbor is The Three of Life, the spectacular symbol of this Disney zoo. The 4 D movie “It’s Tough to Be a Bug” to be seen inside the tree is recommendable.

Africa

is best known for the spectacular safari tour called Kilimanjaro Safaris. New in this part is the Festival of the Lion King, where you see and listen to parts of the popular musical. Check out the video!

Rafikis Planet Watch

The only part that is a little off. For those who really want to botanize among unknown animals.

Asia

As the name reveals, we are invited to see a lot of animals from Asia. Plus Expedition Everest, a roller coaster that promises close contact (?) with the Snowman (the Yeti).

Dinoland USA

The name speaks for itself. For those who like dinosaurs. The animals you can see in Animal Kingdom often are related to with the extinct gigants.

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