The Animal Kingdom park is made up of seven themed areas. The
Oasis, Discovery Island, Camp Minnie Mickey, Africa Rafiki's Planet
Watch, Asia, and Dinoland USA.
The Oasis is the park's main entrance. Along with providing various guest services, the Oasis
wallabies and giant anteaters, among others. The main paths lead deeper into the park, and onto
A Rainforest Cafe is also located at the entrance of the Oasis, although technically it is outside the
park boundaries. Guests may dine at the restaurant without entering Disney's Animal Kingdom,
while guests entering the restaurant from within the theme park are actually exiting the park and
must present their admission tickets to return to the park
Discovery Island is located roughly at the center of the park, in the middle of the Discovery River
zoological park located in Walt Disney World's Bay Lake. After that facility closed in 1999, Safari Village
was renamed Discovery Island.
Discovery Island is the "central hub" of Disney's Animal Kingdom. It connects to almost all of the other
sections of the park, except Rafiki's Planet Watch. The Tree of Life, the park's visual icon, is located here,
and is surrounded by animal enclosures showcasing kangaroos, black crowned cranes, lemurs and
others. Discovery Island is also home to the park's largest gift shops and two of its major restaurants,
each with a different design theme, such as décor based on nocturnal animals, insects and so forth.
The island's other major draw is It's Tough to be a Bug!, a comical 4-D film featuring appearances by
Flik and Hopper from Disney/Pixar's A Bug's Life.
as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and others. Located in the area's main theatre is Festival of the Lion
King, a live stage show featuring acrobatics and musical performances inspired by The Lion King.
Set in the fictional east African village of Harambe, this area contains a number of animal exhibits. According to Disney legend,
Harambe was once part of a Dutch colony, but a peaceful revolution made Harambe self-governing in 1963. Today, Harambe is
the starting point for tourists and students who want to observe Africa's animals in their natural habitats.
The Africa area features an exhibit of Silverback GorillasThe village is the namesake of the Harambe Wildlife Preserve, the
fictional home of Africa's main attraction, Kilimanjaro Safaris. Guests climb aboard an open-sided safari vehicle for an
expedition to see numerous African animals freely roam through acres of savanna, rivers and rocky hills, including reticulated
giraffes, hippos, African elephants and lions. On the adjacent Pangani Forest Exploration Trail, visitors trek into the forest in
search of gorillas. Along the way, the guest goes on a nature walk through a verdant African valley filled with Nile hippos, birds
Rafiki's Planet Watch:
natural homes. Along the way, guests can also learn how to provide animal habitats in and around their own homes.
complete with a two-way communications system so the veterinary staff can answer guest questions. Outside, Affection Section is a
petting zoo featuring goats, sheep and other domesticated animals.
Asia was the first expansion area added to Disney's Animal Kingdom, first opening in 1999. Like Africa, the
section's attractions are part of a fictional village, Anandapur. Much like Harambe, Disney legend states that
Anandapur is now a center of animal research and tourism. At the Caravan Stage, these two "worlds" meet in
Flights of Wonder, a live bird show where one of Anandapur's bird researchers educates a tour guide with a fear
of birds about natural bird behaviors and the effects of habitat loss and conservation efforts on bird species, such
as the Black Crowned Crane and American Bald Eagle.
The Maharajah Jungle Trek leads guests through the forests and ruins outside the village, which are home to a
number of animal species, such as Komodo dragons, fruit bats and tigers. Nearby, Kali River Rapids is a river
rapids ride along the fictional Chakranadi River through a rainforest, past an illegal logging operation and down a
waterfall. Looming in the distance behind Anandapur is the Forbidden Mountain, the home of Expedition Everest,
a roller coaster ride through the Himalayas.
DinoLand U.S.A. is inspired by the public's general curiosity about dinosaurs. The fictitious Dino Institute and it
surrounding facilities attract those with a scientific interest in the long-extinct animals, while Chester and Hester's
Dino-Rama recalls the many roadside attractions that were once scattered throughout the United States. Like the other
sections of Disney's Animal Kingdom, there are animals on display. These particular animals, such as the American that
have survived since the dinosaur era can be found along the Cretaceous Trail. At the edge of DinoLand U.S.A. is the
"Theater in the Wild," which hosts Finding Nemo - The Musical, a live-action musical stage show based on the story of the
Disney/Pixar feature film.
The Dino Institute is the home of DINOSAUR, a thrill ride featuring a trip through time to the Late Cretaceous Period. Just
outside the Institute is "Dino-Sue", a casting of a Tyrannosaurus rex fossil that is the most complete yet found. At the
nearby Boneyard, children enjoy a multi-leveled playground area complete with a mammoth fossil to be uncovered.
Chester and Hester's Dino-Rama, on the other hand, is about dinosaurs as fun. The TriceraTop Spin is a colorful ride for
families, while Primeval Whirl is a spinning roller coaster for thrill-seekers. Throughout the area are carnival games and
gift shops, as well as chances to meet Disney characters.
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