Disney's Animal Kingdom celebrates its 15th birthday -- so what should the park do next?
Written by Robert Niles
Disney's Animal Kingdom celebrates its 15th birthday today -- the park opened on Earth Day, April 22, 1998. Today, the park is the fourth most-visited theme park in America and third among the Walt Disney World theme parks, trailing the Magic Kingdom and Epcot but placing ahead of Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Theme Park Insider fans love the park for its Festival of the Lion King show, Kilimanjaro Safaris ride and the Expedition Everest roller coaster, despite the animatronic Yeti that's been frozen in place for years, due to a broken support structure.
If you've visited Animal Kingdom recently, please consider yourself invited to rate and review its attractions and dining facilities on our Disney's Animal Kingdom listings page. But let's also talk about the future of this theme park, the youngest park at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Animal Kingdom will be the home to the new Avatar project, currently underway with an opening date yet to be announced. But Animal Kingdom's been the subject of many other Disney plans and fan rumors over the years.
Looking ahead to Animal Kingdom's 20 anniversary in 2018, what would you most want to see the park have opened by then? Would you like to see the Yeti repaired? Or would you rather Disney focus on Avatar? What about adding a new continent, such as Australia, America, or -- to match SeaWorld Orlando's upcoming attraction -- Antarctica? What about those Beastly Kingdom plans that were once supposed to be included in the park? And now, some fans are talking about Animal Kingdom as a good home for a stateside version of the Mystic Manor ride that just debuted to wildly enthusiastic reviews at Hong Kong Disneyland.
You can't choose "all of the above." To see where's fans' priorities lie, please select the option that's your top pick for this park.
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