Today is not only Earth Day but it is also Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s anniversary. In honor of the occasion, I decided to list 19 things that I love about the park. It was hard making this list, I could have easily added so many more. But since I can’t include everything (that would have been a really long list) here is what I am loving at the Animal Kingdom right now.
1. Tree of Life
145 feet tall, 50 feet wide at the base, over 300 animal carvings, and absolutely beautiful. And soon Nighttime Awakenings, an evening show, will begin. “At various times, flickering fireflies magically appear and awaken the wondrous animals spirits carved into the tree’s towering trunk—bringing to light a stunning visual extravaganza swarming with vivid color and animated imagery.” I can’t wait to see it in person!
2. Expedition Everest
Expedition Everest is my favorite Disney coaster. Thrilling, but not too crazy, and the themeing is amazing. It’s also a great coaster to try if you use a wheelchair.
3. Breakfast at Tusker House
Tusker House is hands down our favorite character meals at Walt Disney World. Breakfast has all of they typical offerings, Mickey Waffles, pastries, fruit, and scrambled eggs. But there are also some great African inspired and other unique options like Mealie Pap, Coconut-Sweet Potato Casserole, Beef Bobotie, and Mealie Cornbread. There is a little something for everyone. Plus the interaction with the character has always been awesome.
4 .Rivers of Light
5. Flights of Wonder
I love all of the shows at Disney’s Animal Kingdom but Flights of Wonder tops the list as my favorite. It’s funny, educational, and you get to see some beautiful birds. Some of the birds will swoop above audience members so sit towards the back if you don’t want to experience that particular part of the show. 🙂
6. The Beauty of the Maharajah Jungle Trek
7. Safari Mickey and Minnie
Mickey and Minnie can be found in their cute safari outfits at the Adventurers Outpost on Discovery Island. FastPass+ is available.
8. Festival of the Lion King
9. The Discovery Island Trails
The Discovery Island Trails were closed for a long time. But they are back open and ready for you to enjoy! There are some great views of the Tree of Life so have your camera ready. You’ll also see animals that you won’t find in other parts of the park.
10. Pineapple Dole Whip with Rum!
The adult version of this Disney treat can be found at Tamu Tamu Refreshments. You can get it with dark rum, coconut rum, or just plain in a cup.
11. Western Lowland Gorillas
12. Finding Nemo – The Musical
13. The Seating Area at Flame Tree BBQ
14. Close Encounters on Kilimanjaro Safaris
15. Harambe Market
One of the newest areas at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Harambe Market, is beautiful. Inspired by the street foods in Africa, you can visit Kitamu Grill, Famous Sausages, Chef Mwanga’s, and Wanjohi Refreshments. We recommend trying Grilled Chicken Skewer, African Milk Tart, Tangerine Lemonade, and the Red Sangria.
17. Live Music
- Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe
- DJ Anaan
- Viva Gaia Street Band!
- Discovery Island Carnivale
- Harambe Wildlife Parti
18. Sugar Cane Mojito from Dawa Bar
Dawa Bar is one of our favorites. Make sure to stop by on your next visit to Harambe.