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    Disney's Hollywood Studios

    by cjg1 Updated Mar 5, 2009

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    Hollywood Studios has the theme of Hollywood Movies and the Glamour of Hollywood from the past. The Park has a variety of live action shows, rides, shops and restuarants. The focal point of the park is the Giant Sorcerer Mickey Hat that is over 100 feet tall. The park is divided into: Hollywood Blvd, Sunset Blvd., Street of America,Animation Courtyard and Echo Lake. Throughout the park you can find performers and characters entertaining and taking pictures with guests.

    Hollywood studios has some nice attractions: Star Wars, Muppet 3D, Aerosmith Rockin Roller Coaster, The Great Movie Ride, Indiana Jones, Lights Motors Action Stunt Show and the back lot tour. I'm not a fan of rollercoasters or heights so the Tower of Terror was not for me. Considering the few rides we wanted to enjoy, it was very easy for us to spend the morning in the park and then on to another adventure in the afternoon.

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    Animal Kingdom

    by cjg1 Updated Feb 19, 2009

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    Animal Kingdom is the newest park in the Walt Disney World collection. Animal Kingdom is definitely a park for all ages. The park is broken into sections: Asia, Africa, Dinoland, Camp Minney-Mickey and Discovery Island. There are some nice animal attractions and rides. We first visited Animal Kingdom on a very hot day and fortunately it was not crowded at all.

    One of my favorite things was the Tree of Life. You can't miss it; the tree is 145 feet tal and covered with over fifty animal carvings. It really is amazing. The base of the tree has a theatre for a kids show called: It's Tough to be a Bug". Liz has sat through it before and thought I wouldn't enjoy it.

    The Kilamanjaro Safari was a nice way to see the park animals via a jeep ride. We saw some rhinos, warthogs, lions, gazelles and a hippo. I was warned that the safari has a cheesy element: the radio of the jeep anounced that there are poachers in the park. The jeep driver then spees to see if we can catch the poachers. We arrive to see the poachers are caught and the animals are safe on the reserve. It made for some fun for the kids on the tour who looked really excited at the show.

    The Kali Water Rapids were so much fun. I was warned ahead of time by Liz (who had ridden the ride many time before) that we need to wear rain ponchos and wear flip flops because thiis ride will soak you. The lline was relatively short and our wait went by very quickly. We were qued through various rooms that had colorful and interesting Asia artifacts, statues and costumes. When we were able to see the boats we geared up in our rain ponchos. We hopped into a large round inner tube looking boat with ten other people. The rise was so much fun with waterfalls, dips, spins and tons of water. We made it off the ride with some wet legs but some of our fellow riders were soaked to the skin.

    Expedition Everest was an incredible ride. We boarded the "steam train" and rode through the forest, mountains and stops at a chunk of twisted metal. After many twists turns and steep drp you manage to escape the Yeti. It's a fast paced and fun ride...but don't eat before going on this adventure.

    Animal Kingdom if uncrowded can definitely be done in a half day as we did.

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    Animal Kingdom

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Aug 23, 2007

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    Animal Kingdom focuses not only on rides and animal shows but also gives awareness on animal preservation, its welfare and conservation. The Tree of Life serves as the hub and meeting point and fromt here you'll find your way to the Oasis, DinoLand USA, Asia, Africa and Camp Minnie & Mickey.
    The whole park is covered with lush green trees, grass and plants which give you the feeling that you're inside the jungle.
    The African Safari is one of the major attractions here. Boarding a safari vehicle and travelling to the w ild and seeing the rhinocerous, ostrich, elephants etc is really a treat.
    They also have their Jammin parade in the afternoon (time permitted ~ check the brochure for schedule) wherein you will see Minnie and mickey in their safari costumes.

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    Take A Safari

    by VeronicaG Written Nov 9, 2005

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    A visit to Africa!

    The African safari ride is by boat and you explore the depths of the jungle, weaving your way through the water as you encounter various animals. Realistic creatures make this ride exciting! Watch out for those elephants if you don't want to get wet--ha,ha! Keep your eyes on the hippos, too.

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    ANIMAL KINGDOM

    by moiraistyx Written Sep 10, 2008

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    I was looking forward to visiting Animal Kingdom the most of all the parks, but alas, I was very disappointed with the park as a whole. First of all, this park was the most crowded of all the parks, it also had the longest lines, and the rides were the most boring of all the parks. I honestly was so excited to do the safari, but when we started out I soon learned that the driver was going so fast it was hard to get a good picture and the tour was so cheesy I couldn't stand it. The new roller coaster there, Expedition Everest was all right, but it really wasn't scary and if you're older than 10 it really isn't thrilling. Patrick loved it though. I think the best parts of this park was the animal exhibits at the beginning of the park and the performers in Africa.

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    AFRICAN SAFARI

    by moiraistyx Written Sep 24, 2008

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    I would like to say that I really loved this attraction, but the truth is that I can't get those words out of my mouth in regards to the safari. We waited nearly an hour to take the tour through the lands of Africa only to find that the jeeps they loaded everyone into went so fast it was difficult to get a decent picture. I really liked all the different plants used to make this look authentic. My favorite were the trees that grow with their roots above the ground. They looked really spooky and dark. The lions were fast asleep when we were here but there were plenty of other animals to look at. Patrick loved the animals and each time he saw something kept jumping up to point it out to us. The driver truly got on my nerves. I think it was his thick accent and really lame attempt at entertaining the group on the jeep. Some of the animals you will see include, lions, elephants, monkeys, wildebeests, hippos and rhinos. If you luck out and get a driver that goes just a little bit slower than our driver you will get some good pictures as well.

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    Animal Kingdom: Africa

    by Jefie Updated Aug 11, 2009

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    The Africa section of Animal Kingdom is home to one of the coolest attractions at Walt Disney World: the Kilimanjaro Safaris! You take place aboard a safari vehicle while your driver/guide takes you on a photo safari - now of course, having never been on a safari I can't compare it with the real thing, but the illusion was good enough for me :o) We got to see reticulated giraffes, African elephants, crocodiles, lions, rhinos, flamingos and more! And as if this wasn't enough, there's also quite a bit of action towards the end when our driver gets notice that poachers are believed to have kidnapped a baby elephant and we go on a wild race in an effort to uncover them. It was so much fun!

    Next to Kilimanjaro Safaris, you'll find the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail, a short but nice jungle trek that allows you to see some more animals such as gorillas and hippos. Also in that section you can ride the Wildlife Express Train that takes you to Rafiki's Planet Watch, the educational section at Animal Kingdom. Kids can learn about wildlife and animal habitats, pet some of the animals and interact with Disney veterinarians. Oh, and there's air conditioning there!

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    Animal Kingdom: Asia

    by Jefie Updated Aug 11, 2009

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    There are four major attractions in the Asia area of Animal Kingdom and they're all amazing! Perhaps the most popular one are the Kali River Rapids (you'll probably need a fastpass), a really cool white-water rafting experience. Be careful though: while some passengers might only get a few drops during the ride, others can get soaked! To see who was the "lucky" one in our group, just take a look at my 2nd pic...

    The Maharaja Jungle Trek is a bit similar to Africa's Pangani Trail, but I thought the setting was better. The path takes you through the ruins of an abandoned city, where animals and vegetation have taken over what used to be human land. You get to see tigers, fruit bats and various bird species, among other things. Asia is also where you will find "Flights of Wonder", a live bird show that we all thought was very impressive, interesting and funny at the same time. I especially liked the singing parrot!

    Finally, the Asia section is home to "Expedition Everest", a roller-coaster set in the humongous Forbidden Mountain. This is the only ride at Walt Disney World I could not bring myself to go on - the trains are pulled on a track that is over 100 feet high at its highest point, which is something that would not have gone well with my slight fear of heights. My niece and nephew did go on it though, and they enjoyed it so much that they did it twice in a row! They told me that at the beginning the ride goes forward, but after an encounter with the abonimable snowman, the train starts racing through the mountain backward! If you'll take their word for it, it was a great ride :o)

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    Animal Kingdom: The Oasis & Discovery Island

    by Jefie Written Aug 10, 2009

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    Animal Kingdom is the most recent of Walt Disney World's theme parks. It opened in 1998 and technically, it is the biggest of all the parks since it covers over 500 acres, but because there are less attractions it's the only park we were able to visit in just one day. As soon as you set foot in the Oasis section of Animal Kingdom, you immediately get the feeling you've been transported to some far away tropical jungle. There are a variety of animal habitats to visit, though when you're on a fastpass hunt, chances are you're more likely to visit them on your way out.

    Discovery Island sits at the center of the park and it is home to the Tree of Life, a huge artificial tree almost entirely made up of animal wood carvings. Though it does not stand out the way Cinderella's Castle or the Sorcerer's Hat do, the Tree of Life is the official Animal Kingdom icon. Right underneath the tree there's a theatre where you can catch the 3D movie "It's Tough to be a Bug", inspired by the popular movie "A Bug's Life". As with most 3D movies at Walt Disney World, this one also comes with pretty cool "4D" effects that'll keep you laughing 'til the end!

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    Animal Kingdom: DinoLand, U.S.A.

    by Jefie Updated Aug 12, 2009

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    The DinoLand, U.S.A. area at Animal Kingdom is a bit different from what you usually find at Walt Disney World in that it is somewhat reminiscent of small town traveling carnivals. There are some traditional carnival games such as Whack-a-Mole and skee ball games (for which you have to pay to play), and even some of the rides have that slightly outdated carnival look - doesn't mean they're not fun, though! We went on the Primeval Whirl, a spinning roller-coaster, and although it was a fairly tame ride we all enjoyed it.

    But our favourite attraction at DinoLand, U.S.A. was DINOSAUR, a thrilling fast and bumpy ride through time that goes back to the dinosaur era. Our least favourite was "Finding Nemo - The Musical". We weren't planning on going, but as we were walking past the theatre someone gave us a set of fastpasses so we thought we'd give it a shot. Visually the show was kind of nice, but the songs were kind of boring, verging on depressing. It doesn't help that young children were crying throughout the show because they were scared of the sharks and other villains in the Finding Nemo story. We ended up leaving before the end and the cast member who opened the door for us could hardly suppress a knowing smile...!

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    animal kingdom

    by dila Written Feb 25, 2003

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    the operation of i think a cheetah or a tiger.they were cleaning his/here tooth.
    touching a snake.
    tip: do the animal things first .they are more active in the morning.
    kilimanjaro safaris. the little rhino on the picture was first standing on the road so we could not drive any further.
    tree of life (look for the "wooden" figures in the tree)
    tarzan rocks, festival of the lion king, kali river rapids.

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    Disney's Animal Kingdom

    by mikelisaanna Updated Nov 16, 2008

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    Disney's Animal Kingdom is a huge animal-themed theme park located in the Walt Disney World complex outside of Orlando. The park is divided into a number of sections with different themes, the largest of which are Africa and Asia. These areas branch out from the park's central section, the Discovery Island, which features the Tree of Life, a large, whimsical baobab tree that is one of the park's two best-known icons (the other being Mount Everest in the Asia section).

    The Africa section of the park is the largest. Its primary attraction is the Kilimanjaro Safari, a safari ride through a very natural-looking rendering of the African landscape. Animals that you can see on the Kilimanjaro Safari include lions, elephants, okapi, giraffes, rhinos, and wildebeests. In addition, there is a smaller walk-through animal area with gorillas and hippos.

    The Asia section has the park's two best rides, Expedition Everest and the Kali River Rapids. Expedition Everest is a roller coaster that winds around and through a man-made mountain, while the Kali River Rapids is a water coaster. The other must-see feature in Asia is the Maharajah Jungle Trek, in which you walk through a well-crafted palace ruin filled with tigers and other animals (tapirs, monitor lizards, etc.).

    Other theme sections of Disney's Animal Kingdom include Dinoland (dinosaur theme), Camp Minnie-Mickey (where kids can meet Disney characters), and Rafiki's Planet Watch (small animals).

    Disney's Animal Kingdom is a large park and you should expect to do a lot of walking. It will take you most of the day to see all of its major attractions. If you get tired of rides and animals, there are several shows that you can see, including a Lion King show and a show about bugs based on the Bug's Life movie. There are also numerous restaurants spread around the park. Our favorite was the Flame Tree Barbecue, a fast food joint with a pleasant outdoor seating area on Discovery Island.

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    Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

    by Gillybob Written Jul 25, 2010

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    When you are resident at one of the Walt Disney World resorts, you can visit as many of the others as you like for free!!

    Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is styled as an African lodge within a 43-acre wildlife preserve. It offers authentic African-inspired architecture with 'kraal' African-village landscape design. The resort is a semi-circle design and offers great views of the surrounding bushland with its many animal inhabitants. Here you can enjoy watching giraffe, kudu, buffalo, zebra and many bird species.

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    Kilimanjaro Safaris

    by riorich55 Written May 4, 2009

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    The Kilimanjaro Safaris Ride that is located in the Animal Kingdom is part fun, part educational with some good photo opportunities. Although not nearly as exciting as going to Africa itself I'm sure, it is a very good opportunity to see a variety of different animals in a more natural habitat then in most zoos.

    Along with this you get a pseudo ride through the African savannah and a story line about some poachers, who get caught in the end. Good fun!

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    Animal Kingdom

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Jul 8, 2012

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    Having spent the morning in the lackluster Hollywood Studios, we decided to spend the rest of the day in the other park we weren't sure would fill our time - Animal Kingdom. Our first stop was on the Dinosaur ride, which as an adult was a blast, but it scared the heck out of the little ones. After that, we needed to calm it down a bit, so we did the Kilamanjaro Safari, which was really cool (felt like a real safari, complete with spotting poacher camps.) The animals are plentiful on this attraction. We enjoyed the Oasis, Maharajah Jungle Trek, and the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail - very zoo-like opportunities to see some animals.

    We ended up spending quite a bit of time over in Camp Minnie-Mickey. We happened to walk up right as the Festival of the Lion King show started, so we went in. My four year old got a little restless, but the six year old seemed to enjoy it. What really is appealing in this area of the park is the character trails. Here, you can pose for a picture with Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy. There usually are a few others milling about as well (Thumper's girlfriend and Pocahontas were two we saw.) The lines weren't bad at all, especially in comparison to some we saw later in the trip.

    It turned out that an afternoon was just about the perfect amount of time for us to spend here - if they were a little older, we might have been able to stretch it to a full day. This park did close around 7:00 - which is much earlier than the other parks at WDW. As with the other parks, food choices abound, but be aware of which need reservations.

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