Disney's Animal Kingdom

Only Disney could pull off combining a zoo and theme park into a successful destination that feels unlike either. Animal Kingdom seamlessly blends animals in natural habitats, a safari expedition, live shows, and rides into the lush foliage of Africa and Asia. A bit of roadside Americana is thrown in to incorporate dinosaurs and archaeology. Often viewed as a half day park by thrill ride seekers, guests can easily fill an entire day exploring trails surrounded by roughly 1500 animals from 350 species and some 3000 species of plants. There are also unique theater performances, restaurants, character meet & greets, as well as the Wilderness Explorers adventure. Avartarland, based in part on James Cameron’s highly successful film, is breaking ground as a new addition to the 403 acre park.

Quick Facts

Grand Opening: April 22, 1998

Animals: About 1,500, representing 250 species — most acquired from zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.

Landscaping: More than 4 million (3,000 species) trees, plants, shrubs, vines, grasses, ferns, etc.


The Boneyard (DinoLand U.S.A.)
DINOSAUR (DinoLand U.S.A.)
Primeval Whirl and TriceraTop Spin(DinoLand U.S.A.)
Character Greetings (Camp Minnie-Mickey)
Expedition Everest (Asia)
Kali River Rapids (Asia)
Maharajah Jungle Trek (Asia)
Kilimanjaro Safaris (Africa)
Pangani Forest Exploration Trail (Africa)
Wildlife Express (Africa/Rafiki’s Planet Watch)
Rafiki’s Planet Watch (near Africa)
“It’s Tough to be a Bug!” (Discovery Island)
The Tree of Life (Discovery Island)


“Festival of the Lion King” (at 1,375-seat theater/Camp Minnie-Mickey)
“Finding Nemo-The Musical,” (at 1,500-seat Theater in the Wild/ DinoLand U.S.A.)
“Flights of Wonder” (at 1,000-seat Caravan Stage/Asia)


“Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle” parade features Disney characters on safari

Where To Eat

Yak & Yeti Restaurant (full-service, inside seating/quick dining, outside seating/Asia)
Flame Tree Barbecue (quick dining, outdoor seating/Discovery Island)
Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery (quick-service counter/Africa)
Pizzafari (quick dining/Discovery Island)
Rainforest Cafe (full-service/Entrance Plaza)
Restaurantosaurus (quick dining/DinoLand U.S.A.)
Dawa Bar (cocktails/Africa)
Tamu Tamu Restaurant (quick service/Africa)
Tusker House Restaurant (buffet/character breakfast/Africa)

Essential Services:

Baby Care Center (Discovery Island)
Banking ATM (Entrance Plaza)
First Aid (Discovery Island)
Guest Services; Kennel; Lockers (Entrance Plaza)
Lost children; Lost and Found (Discovery Island)
Package pickup; stroller and wheelchair rental (Entrance Plaza)