I have been going to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for almost 20 years. Opening on Earth Day 1998, and I remember just having my oldest daughter and visiting for the first time. It was known as the park that was easy to do in a day. It closed earlier than the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT and Hollywood Studios, so it gave you the chance to spend all day there and ending the night in one of the other parks. Disney’s Animal Kingdom From day to night offers some unique attractions that can be enjoyed best once the sun starts to go down.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom From Day to Night
The Wild African Trek
I have done this more than once and if you are looking for a fun and very special look at the Animal Kingdom wild life, this is a must do! A privately guided VIP expedition, you are given a harness vest, a water bottle, and a headset as you take a journey along a grassland path, cross a rope bridge and ride in a rugged safari vehicle over an open savanna—with a chance to view African creatures including towering giraffes, powerful rhinos, hippos, and crocodiles. It’s such a fun experience.
Our guides gave us insights about the wildlife and shared with us about the operation of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park and their dedication to animal conservation.
Festival of The Lion King
I type it and I start to sing the songs. I love The Lion King and the Festival of The Lion King show is so entertaining. With your favorite songs and characters from the film, combined with the talent of the Disney cast members, another must do. Really, there is no better way to explain how great the show is than this video, straight from the mouths of kids!
Kilimanjaro Safaris at Night
When the sun starts to go down, a must do is the new Kilimanjaro Safaris at night option. The animals are more active and not to mention, it is a little cooler out, so it’s a little more enjoyable. I have been on the safari countless times and I can easily count on one hand how many times I have seen the lions active. The night safari gave us a special look at them walking around and well, doing their business.
Pandora -The World of Avatar at Night
I have covered Pandora -The World of Avatar and it’s no secret how much I LOVE this world that Disney has perfectly put together. Hands down the best ride anywhere (over 90% of guest agree) and a must do while at the park is the Avatar Flight of Passage. Hopping on the back of a banshee and going on the ride of your life with smells and feels like nothing you’ve ever felt before.
When spending the day at the park, I hugely encourage you to see this world during the day and then go back at night. The beautiful back drop of water falls and exotic plants have an iridescent glow that you must see! It’s so magical!
Guests staying at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels will have the chance to enjoy “Extra” Extra Magic Hoursavailable only for Pandora – The World of Avatar from 10:00 PM to midnight nightly through August 19, 2017. Other Disney’s Animal Kingdom park attractions and areas will not be available during these “Extra” Extra Magic Hours.
Rivers of Light
Get swept away in a timeless show that celebrates the beauty of all living things. With a brilliant fusion of water, sound and light, it’s quite unlike anything you’ve experienced before!
As sunlight fades and the stars begin their twinkle, remember that we are all bound together by earth and spirit—past, present and future.
Eat at Tiffins
I spent 3 days at Animal Kingdom and I ate at Tiffins 3 times and at Satu’li Canteen once. Both are worth checking out.
Dining inside Tiffins is like sharing a meal inside a renowned adventurers’ club. The theme of travel can be seen and felt everywhere you look. Hike your way through the rustic front doors and behold an enormous map of the globe, before unearthing 3 elegant dining rooms honoring the spirit of Africa, Asia and some of the world’s most exotic animals.
Lavish artwork—including photograph collages, paintings and sculptures inspired by actual notes and field sketches of the Imagineers who created Disney’s Animal Kingdom park—can be found throughout the restaurant, while earth tone colors give this hideaway an authentic, warm and inviting feel… perfect for explorers looking for something new.
The bar offers drink specials that give a percentage of proceeds towards conservation. I don’t know about you, but having a tasty drink and knowing it’s helping the earth makes me happy.
I was invited by Disney to Animal Kingdom as part of the #LionKingBluray and #BornInChinaBluray event. All opinions and fun had are 100% authentic.
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