Animal Kingdom was my favourite of all the Disneyworld parks. I absolutely loved it. It may be because we went there on the first day so it had maximum Disney impact, it may be the fantastic theming or it may be that I found it more shady than other parks on a hot day. Or it could be all 3! Here are 10 things we loved about Animal Kingdom.


First ride on the first day and it was one of the best in Disneyworld. The theming was fabulous, you really felt like you were in the Himalayas (apart from the heat!). The queuing area was really well done although we were only queuing for a few minutes as we Fast Passed the ride. A real blast, this will blow off the jetlag.


We booked a FP for this after we had used our other 3 FPs for the day. It was a real treat. The audience is in a 360 degree theatre and this is entertainment with a capital E. Sensational singing, audience participation, animatronic animals, pyrotechnics, acrobatics, this show had it all. It was air conditioned and a nice break from the heat as well! Superb.


We loved the authentic feel of this safari around the Harambe Wildlife Reserve. The theming is again awesome, the driver commentary is excellent and there are some surprises along the way. A great way to see the animals, have a sit down for a few minutes and admire the truly amazing animal kingdom that Disney have built here. We fastpassed this. Not to be missed and suitable for all age groups.


Animal Kingdom is a zoo like no other. On the safari you can see elephants, lions (my daughter’s favourite), giraffes, zebra amongst others in a fantastically realistic setting and much more easily than you can on a real safari. As you wander through the park you will also see monkeys, birds and other animals in various enclosures that are designed to look like they are part of the landscape. You won’t see traditional cages or pens here, you will feel like you are part of the African plains or jungles of Asia.

GORILLA FALLS EXPLORATION TRAIL allows you to wander through the forest to see gorillas and hippos and visit various conservation points along the way.  You can see tigers on the Maharajah Jungle Trek.


We rode this twice, once with FP and once without as queues were short. It was an absolute hoot, we did get very wet and had to buy flip flops for DD after as her shoes were soaked. Great fun.


The theming and design of this park is just so impressive. I loved the detail of the Asian and African lands, the Harambe Village and the atmosphere that Animal Kingdom had. I could have spent a long time wandering round looking at the detail you really do feel that you are in an African village. Awesome. The shady trees and vegetation overhanging the paths give some respite to the heat of the day.


Singers, dancers, musicians wandering around lend themselves to the wonderful atmosphere in this park.


The tree of life is an eye-catching centrepiece to the park with animals carved all over it, at over 145 feet tall you simply can’t miss it!


For lunch we had the ribs from Chef Mwanga at the Harambe Food Market and these were absolutely delicious and worth the wait in the queue. There is a communal eating area outside in the Food Market with different outlets around the edge. Musicians play whilst you eat, very atmospheric. I had to have the famous Dole Whip whilst in Animal Kingdom to cool off and we also had  frozen drinks from Creature Comforts AKA Starbucks.


We didn’t make it to the Nemo musical so that’s on our list for next time!


Where Jo Goes other Disney Reviews

Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Florida/Disneyland Paris/Disney’s Broadway Hits at the Royal Albert Hall

Where Jo Goes other theme park Reviews

Legoland Windsor Top Tips/Legoland Windsor UK Favourite Rides


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  1. February 4, 2017 / 4:56 pm

    I’ve never been to Disney but would to take our little one when she’s older. This looks fab!

    Thanks for linking to #fearlessfamtrav – hope you can join again next month

    • February 5, 2017 / 9:40 am

      Animal Kingdom is definitely my favourite of the Disney parks

  2. February 8, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    I loved Expedition Everest! And I always think it’s so fun to see all of the animals at Animal Kingdom. The parks at Disney World are so picturesque! 🙂

    • February 10, 2017 / 7:12 am

      Thanks it’s definitely my favourite Park.

  3. March 22, 2017 / 11:39 am

    We love Animal Kingdom every time we go. My favorite is by far the Kilimanjaro Safari. I’m looking forward to when the kids are older and we can ride Kali River Rapids and Expedition Everest. #wanderfulwednesday

    • March 22, 2017 / 2:19 pm

      It was my favourite Park I would love to return and ride Everest again!

  4. March 22, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    Awe I love Animal Kingdom! I love feel of the park vs. the others. And Expedition Everest is top notch! #wanderfulwednesday

    • March 22, 2017 / 4:39 pm

      Expedition Everest is definitely my favourite!

  5. March 22, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    We went to DW on honeymoon (more than 10 years ago) and Animal Kingdom was a highlight. The Lion King show was ah-mazing and we loved the safari too. We had been on safari in South Africa not long before we went to DW, and the Animal Kingdom experience was just as exciting and felt so authentic. Reading your post makes me want to go back!

  6. March 22, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    Awww you’re bringing back memories for me! I LOVED animal kingdom, we used to go every spring when I was growing up 🙂

    • March 22, 2017 / 9:46 pm

      That would be amazing to go every Spring ! 😀

  7. March 23, 2017 / 10:17 am

    I love Animal Kingdom. It doesn’t get the love it deserves as far as parks go, but that’s okay – people missing out means less crowds for those of us who like it. It definitely has the best food out of the parks!

  8. April 21, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    I love Animal Kingdom too! The Festival of the Lion King was an unbelievable show!! And the safari was so cool, but I felt like we got a better look at the animals on the walk. I really want to go back. All of Disney was amazing! #thelistlinky

    • April 21, 2017 / 4:22 pm

      Me too and Animal Kingdom was definitely my favourite park!

  9. May 8, 2017 / 8:55 am

    I didn’t realise they had an animal kingdom. There are some lovely details in this review and I love that there’s music while you eat. #MarvMondays

  10. May 8, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    Hi, We love this park from the safari to Everest. I want to go back again now after reading this, Chloe #MarvMondays

    • May 8, 2017 / 6:41 pm

      Me too! It’s my favourite of the parks!

  11. May 8, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    It has been a long time since I visited Disney, but Animal Kingdom stays with me so strongly – I loved the theming, the trails, the tree of life, the animals, the safari ride etc. Great round up! #MarvMondays

  12. June 20, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    You have just named everything I loved about Animal Kingdom! I want to go back so badly to see the Avatar section they just recently opened. #citytripping

  13. June 21, 2017 / 9:19 am

    This sounds fantastic! Nemo the musical would definitely be a hit. I know we’ll be heading to Orlando at some point in the future so great to get all this inspiration! Thanks for linking #citytripping

  14. June 23, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    We’ve only ever been to Disneyland Paris and that was years ago when our boy was little. I can’t get my head around how vast Disneyworld Florida is and even within this attraction, there is so much to see. Amazing!

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