Earlier this year (in June) we went to Animal Kingdom and we spent just a few hours there, I walked away from it thinking that it was a park that I could take or leave. It’s not that it’s not a lovely park, I mean when you first walk in it’s quite stunning, it’s just that it’s a little light on attractions and therefor I feel like it’s not as easy to be entertained here. That is to say that the things to do are more subtle in nature. However, if you look past the fact that rides aren’t just coming up and slapping you in the face and enjoy the park for what it is (an spectacle of natural delights) then you can really appreciate the park!
While reading up on Animal Kingdom I saw several people say to only devote 1/2 day to it but I think that is selling yourself short. In a vacation where everything feels like rush, rush I think that this park allows a more leisurely pace and the ability to slow down and “rest”. I found walking among the different foliage and viewing the animals in very beautiful habitats very relaxing. I love to start the day with the Kilimanjaro Safari. We’ve done it twice in the morning and both times it was wonderful. The second time being even better than the first because there were several instances where the animals were right up by the road. And even one instance where we had to stop the car to let the rinos cross in front of us! The kids loved the dinosaur play ground. There was an area where you could step on the “tracks” left by dinosaurs and hear dinos roaring at you from the shadows. I love the details of Animal Kingdom, especially in Africa. It’s the little things that really bring this park to life. I really wanted to catch both The Lion King and Finding Nemo but we only had time for one and Nemo was closer. It was an AMAZING show and that is where we found out that Emma LOVES shows. She likes them more than rides or play grounds. Next time I definitely hope to catch both!