My Favorite Disney Park

Asking me to pick my favorite Disney Park is like asking me to pick my favorite child. I love each of them for their uniqueness. Depending on my mood, one park may edge out another slightly (okay, maybe with one exception...I'm looking at you Hollywood Studios). EPCOT, Magic Kingdom, and Animal Kingdom though...they all hold a very special place in my heart. When pressed for a favorite, Animal Kingdom will be my answer, almost every time.

I know it has a reputation of being the "Disney Zoo Park," but it is so much more than that. 
First off, the details in Animal Kingdom are breathtaking! I adore getting to the park at rope drop and just taking in the beauty of the park. The Tree of Life greets guests as they enter. For those who don't know, the Tree of Life is a man made tree that is filled with carvings of wildlife. It is amazing, and you should really allow some time to walk around it to take it all in.

The Tree of Life

Carving near the Tree

There is a beautiful garden around the Tree of Life

Close up of some of the carvings

Animal Kingdom is divided up into different areas: Africa, Asia, Discovery Island, Rafiki's Planet Watch, and Dinoland USA. I hear people swear that this is a half day park, but I find that so hard to believe! At 500 acres, Animal Kingdom is by far the largest of the Walt Disney World parks. 
In Africa, you are welcomed to Harambe, Disney's East African village.

Here you will find one of my all time favorite attractions, Kilimanjaro Safari. For me, the earlier, the better, when it comes to this ride. Here you will encounter animals that live in the African Savanna. Each trip through is a completely different experience, as you never know who will be out roaming around. 

Some of the animals you may encounter on Kilimanjaro Safari

When you exit the safari, you may encounter some cast members from Africa that will be happy to talk to you about their culture, and they may even teach you a few words in their native language!
Other things not to miss in Africa are The Festival of the Lion King, The Pangani Forest Exploration Trail, plus the vibrant street entertainment through the village. 

Crossing into Asia, you will notice a lushness in the landscape. 

Welcome to Asia

One of my favorite pictures, on the bridge in Asia, looking at Africa.

The starring attractions here are Expedition Everest, and Kali River Rapids.

Escape from the Yeti on the thrilling Expedition Everest

A shrine at the base of Expedition Everest

When you add in all there is to do at Rafiki's Planet Watch, Dinoland USA, plus everything to explore on Discovery Island, it is so clear that this is a park to stop and smell the roses! Take your time, and savor the experience of Animal Kingdom. 

Flynn decided that he LOVED Donald on our last trip!

Meeting Donald in his safari gear is the best!

Rafiki's Planet Watch...because where else can you meet Rafiki!

The Affection Section at Rafiki's Planet Watch is the perfect place to unwind while the kids pet some animals.

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