Disney's Animal Kingdom opened April 22, 1998 and is the newest of the four Walt Disney World theme parks. Featuring a large collection of live animals in recreated habitats, this Animal Kingdom also celebrates Disney's animal and nature-themed IP, including "The Lion King," Pixar's "Finding Nemo," and James Cameron's "Avatar," which Disney now owns through its acquisition of Fox. You can learn much, much more about the park's animals and animal care in the Disney+ series, Magic of Disney's Animal Kingdom.
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Other notable attractions include the Dinosaur motion-base dark ride and TriceraTop Spin in Dinoland USA; Kali River Rapids in Asia; and the Wildlife Express Train to Conservation Station in Rafiki's Planet Watch.
Additional animal habitats include Asia's Maharajah Jungle Trek, Africa's Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail, and the Discovery Island Trails.
Other shows include It's Tough to Be a Bug!, a 4D theater show under the Tree of Life on Discovery Island and Disney's KiteTails in the Discovery River amphitheater. A new version of the Finding Nemo musical also is in the works.
Disney's Animal Kingdom is part of the sprawling Walt Disney World Resort, located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida – about 25 miles from Orlando International Airport.
You must reserve the day you want to visit in advance using the Disney Park Pass Reservation system. Once you have your dates reserved, you can start making restaurant reservations up to 60 days in advance of your visit.
Flight of Passage is the tough "get" here, so either do it first thing in the morning or last thing before the park closes. If you do Pandora first, then head over to Kilimanjaro Safaris, followed by the rest of the park at your discretion.
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