animal kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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The fourth gate opened in Central Florida on April 22, 1998 – Earth Day. It is Disney’s largest single park in the world and spans more than 500 acres. Naturally, the theme of the park is the kingdom of animals – real, ancient and imagined; a recurring theme from Walt’s life and great works. The park is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and focuses the guests’ experience on education, conservation and research.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to some of the most amazing animals alive today. The doctors, researchers and scientist that work at the park are dedicated to learning all they can about the natural world and how we can limit our negative impacts on the environment.

The park is also home to some of the most spectacular rides at Disney and has the newest mountain at The Walt Disney World Resort; Expedition Everest. Expedition Everest is a thrilling ride along a forbidden mountain where you encounter the Yeti – a ride that is not to be missed.


The park is divided into 7 themed lands that reflect the core themes of the park: engage, entertain and educate.


When entering the park, all pass through the Oasis. A beautifully shaded walkway leading you into the park, winding its way through habitats with amazing animals and captivating flora and fauna from around the globe.

Discovery Island

Home to the Tree of Life, the centerpiece of the park and It’s Tough To Be A Bug 3-D attraction.

Camp Minnie-Mickey

This is the place to see your favorite Disney Pals throughout the day.


The beautiful continent is well-represented here at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. From traditional musician’s to an amazing safari and more, Africa is home to many of the world’s most beautiful animals and Disney has brought many here for conservation, study and education.

Rafiki’s Planet Watch

The place to see some of the great work that the scientists, doctors and castmembers are doing on behalf of the research at the park.


Home to some of the oldest civilizations in the world, their cultures and legends are showcased here as well as some of the most amazing animals you can see up close in the Jungle Trek.

DinoLand U.S.A.

When the park opened, one of the biggest attractions was Sue, the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton ever found. That spirit of archealogical adventure is alive throughout this part of the park.