19 Things I Love About Disney’s Animal Kingdom

19 Things to Love at Disney's Animal Kingdom | Rolling with the Magic

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.

19 Things to Love at Disney's Animal Kingdom - Rolling with the Magic

1. Tree of Life

19 Things to Love at Disney's Animal Kingdom

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

19 Things to Love at Disney's Animal Kingdom

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

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.

Tusker House

4 .Rivers of Light

19 Things to Love at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Rivers of Light

5. Flights of Wonder

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

Maharajah Jungle Trek

Maharajah Jungle Trek

Maharajah Jungle Trek

Maharajah Jungle Trek

7. Safari Mickey and Minnie

Safari Mickey & 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

Festival of the Lion King

9. The Discovery Island Trails

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.

Discovery Island Trails

Discovery Island Trails

Discovery Island Trails

10. Pineapple Dole Whip with Rum!

Dole Whip at Disney's Animal Kingdom

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

Pangani Forest Exploration Trail

12. Finding Nemo – The Musical

Finding Nemo - The Musical

13. The Seating Area at Flame Tree BBQ

Flame Tree BBQ

Flame Tree BBQ

Flame Tree BBQ

Flame Tree BBQ

14. Close Encounters on Kilimanjaro Safaris

Kilimanjaro Safari

15. Harambe Market

Harambe Market Disney's Animal Kingdom

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.

Harambe Market Disney's Animal Kingdom

16.The Details

Harambe Market Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Dinosaur | Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom

17. Live Music

Disney's Animal Kingdom

18. Sugar Cane Mojito from Dawa Bar

ugar Cane Mojito

Dawa Bar is one of our favorites. Make sure to stop by on your next visit to Harambe.

19. Holiday Decorations and Character Costumes

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8 responses to “19 Things I Love About Disney’s Animal Kingdom”

  1. roemottola says:

    Oh man, Melissa, these photos are gorgeous! Quick story about Animal Kingdom – we always visited in August and it was always brutally hot. We never really spent much time doing anything outdoors. When I was on my college program in the fall, I took the time and walked all the trails, and man, did I have a different appreciation for this stunning park.

  2. Your beautiful photos make me wish I was at Animal Kingdom – especially that last one! I love Dinosaur!

  3. There are no words to describe how much I love this post. Probably because I love this park so darned much! EXCELLENT post with amazing pictures!

  4. Fantastic post, Melissa- your photos are beautiful. Happy Birthday, DAK!

  5. MercyVelly says:

    Nice one