At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park at Walt Disney World Resort, you can explore the wonder of amazing rainforests, African savannas and Asian jungles in an immersive, incomparable wildlife experience,
all without leaving Orlando, here in Central Florida.
All the lands at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park will transport you to hauntingly gorgeous realms you’ve only dreamed of seeing. In the first area, Oasis, you can enjoy a self-guided tour at The Oasis Exhibits, which features fauna such as wallabies, giant anteaters, exotic boars and even barking deer.
Your next port of call is Discovery Island, the nexus of the park’s other lands and home to the iconic Tree of Life.
It also features a self-guided tour at Discovery Island Trails, as well as the family-friendly It’s Tough to Be a Bug.
You’ll want to visit Pandora- The World of Avatar next. Based on the hit motion picture, this immersive area is one of Walt Disney World’s most extraordinary accomplishments to date. In addition to the Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey attractions, it features out-of-this-world dining and shopping.
From there, it’s a short distance to Africa, which has a self-guided tour at Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail. You can also witness exotic creatures in natural environments by day or night at one of Orlando’s most unforgettable experiences, Kilimanjaro Safaris.
Africa also hosts one of the park’s most incredible shows, Festival of the Lion King. This Broadway-style spectacular will delight you with songs, puppetry, pageantry and beloved characters.
Keep moving and you’ll come to Asia, where a legendary creature awaits you at Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain. Keep an eye out for the vengeful Yeti as you race to escape the cursed mountain!
Kali River Rapids offers more white-knuckle thrills in Asia, where you can set a slower pace with a self-guided tour at Maharajah Jungle Trek. This area also features UP! A Great Bird Adventure, where you’ll get the chance to see birds from all over the world with fan-favorite characters from Disney-Pixar’s Up.
Once you’ve experienced Earth’s present and explored another planet’s future, it’s time to travel to the past at DinoLand U.S.A. Younger guests will particularly enjoy TriceraTop Spin and The Boneyard Dig Site, while those seeking more action won’t want to miss DINOSAUR.
Throw in the park’s shows, special encounters and other enthralling features, and it’s easy to spend a day or more exploring Walt Disney World’s zoological theme park. Prepare for a truly wild adventure in Orlando!
What To Expect In Disney's Hollywood Studios
Animal Kingdom is divided into six themed areas.
The Oasis provides the transition from the parking lot and the world of man, to the world of animals. The main paths feature animals, dense vegetation and trees that lead deeper into Discovery Island.
Discovery Island is located at the center of the park, in the middle of the Discovery River waterway. It is the central hub connecting the other sections of the park, with the exception of Rafiki's Planet Watch.
The Tree of Life, the park's sculpted, man made baobab tree, is located in this section and is surrounded by trails and animal enclosures. Inside the Tree of Life is It's Tough to Be a Bug!, a 3D film based on the film, A Bug's Life.
The park's largest gift shops and two of its major restaurants can be found at Discovery Island.
Pandora, The World Of Avatar
Pandora The World of Avatar is themed to the fictional alien exoplanetary moon, Pandora from James Cameron's Avatar series. The land's headline attraction is Avatar Flight of Passage, a 3D augmented reality flight simulator
that allows guests to fly on a banshee across the Pandoran landscape.
Another attraction, the Na'vi River Journey, places guests aboard a boat ride through Pandora's bioluminescent rainforests.
Africa is set in the fictional east African port village of Harambe, the village is the namesake of the Harambe Wildlife Preserve, the home of Africa's main attraction, Kilimanjaro Safaris, guests climb aboard an open-sided vehicle for an expedition to see African species in savanna, rivers and rocky hills.
The safari features hyenas, wild dogs, rhinos, lions, giraffes, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, wildebeests, buffaloes, crocodiles, antelopes and flamingos.
Asia, set in the fictional kingdom of Anandapur comprises two villages, Anandapur and Serka Zong.
The visual focal point of Asia is Expedition Everest: Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, a steel roller coaster ride through the Forbidden Mountain of the Himalayas where passengers encounter a Yeti.
The Maharajah Jungle Trek leads guests through the forests and ruins outside the village, which are home to species such as bantengs, sumatran tigers, blackbucks, eld's deer, gibbons and flying foxes.
At the eastern edge of DinoLand U.S.A. is the Theater in the Wild hosting a new Finding Nemo musical soon, it will feature a live action musical stage show based on the story of the Disney Pixar film Finding Nemo.
Attractions & Ride Guide
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park's attractions and rides highlight the beauty of the natural world and our connection with animals in a fun and unique way. Feel like you’re on safari or an incredible expedition
as you stroll through a rainforest or dodge the Yeti on a climb up Mt. Everest.
Pandora - The World of Avatar
Step into a world like no other with a bioluminescent rainforest and rivers that glow, and set sail on winged creatures that take you above the moon to somewhere unimaginable and incredibly otherworldly. Join Alpha Centauri Expeditions as they explore a land so filled with splendor it defies explanation.
Avatar Flight of Passage
Venture deep into the Valley of Mo’ara, where you’ll take flight on a winged mountain banshee granting you spectacular views of the moon’s magic, highlighting an unforgettable ride through a unique world.
Na’vi River Journey
Find yourself adrift on the Na’vi River in a reed boat as you search for the Na’vi Shaman of Songs. Stream past caves and a sacred bioluminescent rainforest with plants that glow and creatures that astound. Once you encounter the Shaman, she’ll share her powerful connection to Pandora while sending out positive energy throughout the rainforest with her music.
Valley of Mo'ara
Smile at the serendipity of new amazing sights and sounds. You’ll discover Na’vi totems and cultural icons, exotic plants, and a Na’vi drum circle. You might even bump into an Alpha Centauri Expeditions tour guide or scientist from the Pandora Conservation Initiative. Explore floating mountains and enchanting landscapes throughout the valley.
Enter a lush tropical setting with sprawling pathways and walking trails leading to impressive animal viewing opportunities. Wildlife abounds with adorable otters, storks and porcupines plodding along the flora and fauna of this natural setting.
The Oasis Exhibits
Walk down shaded, scenic trails and experience soothing waterfalls and meandering streams while spotting amazing wildlife: giant anteater, exotic boar, barking deer, wallabies and spoonbills.
Wander past the Tree of Life and explore pathways and trails that lead to phenomenal wildlife encounters. Take your time as you see a diverse array of wildlife come into view: lemurs, storks, porcupines and more.
Team up with Russell and his loyal dog, Dug, from the Disney movie, Up! Participate in several self-guided activities encompassing everything from animal observation to learning essential nature skills. Earn up to 30 badges as you compete in challenges and fun interactive games throughout the park.
It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
Flik, from the Disney’s It’s a Bug’s Life, serves as your guide during a comical, nine-minute, 3D movie adventure. Put on your “bug eye” glasses and experience an assortment of special effects: bug spray and stink, fog, rain, and black widow spiders dropping down from above. Meet a Chilean tarantula, termites, rhino beetles and more as you get a first-hand look at a bug’s life.
Discovery Island Trails
Explore an exotic paradise as you wander along picturesque trails surrounding the majestic Tree of Life®. Relax and soak in the tranquil setting at your own pace. While exploring pathways, you may even encounter wildlife creatures such as Galapagos tortoises, flamingos, ring-tailed lemurs, red kangaroos and otters.
Tree of Life
Towering at 145-feet and covered with over 100,000 leaves, the Tree of Life is a magnificent park icon celebrating all animals found within Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Unique, intricate carvings of creatures small and large, from tiny insects to enormous elephants, appear on the impressive tree trunk and its sprawling roots. It’s the centerpiece of the park as well as the venue for an amazing nighttime spectacular show, Tree of Life Awakenings.
Venture into the heart of an awe-inspiring and mysterious continent. Set off on a safari, board a rustic train for behind-the-scenes fun, wander down picturesque pathways, and witness the most amazing animals.
Set off in an open-air vehicle for either a day or evening tour, where you’ll explore the diverse terrain of the Harambe Wildlife Preserve: grassy plains to shaded forests to rugged wetlands. Hold on, as it can be a bumpy but extraordinary trek. Experience some of the most amazing creatures in the world: cheetahs, gazelles, giraffes, hippos, hyenas, rhinos, wildebeests, zebras and more. Don’t worry, gawking is expected.
Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail
Full of captivating scenery, The Pangani Forest Exploration Trail is a rich tropical rainforest you won’t want to miss exploring. Learn more about the western lowland gorillas, often just as curious as onlooking guests. You’ll also spy delightful meerkats and intriguing African flora and fauna.
Whisk down whitewater rapids in the ultimate river raft ride, face down a legendary snow beast, be entertained by exotic birds, and enjoy the marvels of the largest continent in the world. Live out your world explorer dreams.
UP! A Great Bird Adventure
Join Russell and his furry friend Dug on a flap-happy adventure sure to send spirits soaring. Led by a senior Wilderness Explorer, this unique birding experience features a close-up look at various bird species from around the globe - including the marabou stork, which boasts a magnificent 10-foot wingspan.
Maharajah Jungle Trek
Traipse through secret lush pathways that lead into a jungle revealing an overgrown ancient Indian hunting camp and a centuries-old palace. Find yourself in an otherworldly scene, where you’ll behold the exquisite beauty of over 50 species of birds, Asian tigers, gibbons, Malayan flying foxes, water buffalo and more.
Kali River Rapids
Splash and dive through whitewater rapids as you bob and spin on a river raft ride like no other. Cool off as geysers blast water around you, while guests from above mischievously squirt you as your raft passes by. Invest in a poncho or bring spare clothes, because there’s also a thrilling 20-foot plunge bound to soak everyone on board!
Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
Trek up the steep sides of the colossal Mt. Everest while narrowly escaping the clutches of the legendary snow beast, the Yeti. Exhilarating drops, loops and curves await as you careen through ominous caves within the mountain. Grip yourself for the shadowy image of a growling Yeti within close range. If that doesn’t shake you up, perhaps the train almost leaping off the rails and on to the edge of the mountain will.
Dinosaur-lovers will love this area devoted to the fascinating prehistoric creatures that roamed the planet millions of years ago. From digging up fossils to zooming into the jaws of a dinosaur, the fun never ends.
Climb aboard a Time Rover and venture back in time to over 65 million years ago to save the Iguanadon before a meteor collides with Earth, dooming it to extinction. Lightning bursts, thunder booms and menacing dinosaurs roar as you speed past in the darkness. Will you escape danger or face a prehistoric beast?
Walk under this massive dinosaur looming above you at an expansive 13 feet in height and 40-feet in length. Sue is the size of a 4-story building, and she’s also the largest replica of a Tyrannosaurus rex to be found. Just imagine her walking the earth 67 million years ago.
Fossil Fun Games
Try your hand at dinosaur-themed games like Bronto-Score basketball and Mammoth Marathon racing. Oh, and don’t forget the popular Whac-A-Packycephalosaur, where kids bop mischievous dinosaurs with a mallet as they pop out of their holes.
Enter this dig site and play junior paleontologist — excavate fossils from a triceratops and a Tyrannosaurus rex. Jump into a jeep for a make-believe driving session, or step on a huge dinosaur footprint.
Little dinosaur-lovers are sure to adore this ride that resembles a giant toy top with cartoon-like triceratops vehicles that spin about. Move the lever up and down to control your triceratops and keep him on the move.
Exotic entertainment featuring native musicians from countries in Asia and Africa will amaze you with unique choreography and rhythms. Plus, there’s a terrific nighttime light show that add to the unique fun.
Tree of Life Awakenings
YYou'll be entranced by the vivid and radiant Tree of Life, as luminous fireflies awaken incredible animal spirits. Celebrate the harmony of nature while being inspired at the beauty of the world’s animal kingdom.
BBurudika in Swahili means “to be refreshed.” As captivating as it is entertaining, it's bound to renew and enliven everyone as you find yourself easily moving to the upbeat jams from authentic African musicians.
Festival of the Lion King
IIt’s a larger-than-life performance inspired by the hit movie, The Lion King. Expect a Broadway-quality show featuring singing, dancing, stilt-walking, fire-juggling and daring acrobatics. During the interactive show, Simba and friends share their own version of the tale. Experience the iconic story of a beloved lion prince and his destiny to be king, all over again. You’ll be cheering Simba every step of the way.
Finding Nemo - The Musical
Phenomenal special effects blend with state-of-the-art puppetry and music to bring the magical undersea world of Finding Nemo to life. It’s certain to tug at your heartstrings. Reminisce with the wonderful adventures of Marlin, Dory and Nemo in a brilliant musical format.
Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe
YYou’ll have a ball dancing and clapping to the wondrous rhythm of the Congo. Talented drummers spill out onto the streets with electrifying African music.
Character Meet & Greets
It’s no secret that characters enhance the overall experience. Make your visit even more unforgettable with these fantastic character meet-and-greet and photo opportunities.
Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost
Hang out with Mickey and Minnie, who are outfitted in khakis and ready for their next safari excursion. Be sure to check out their mementos and souvenirs from all their globe-trotting exploits.
Meet Pocahontas on Discovery Island Trails
Pocahontas welcomes all with open arms. Chief Powhatan’s daughter is looking forward to hearing about your homeland and sharing her knowledge of the natural world with you.
Meet Russell and Dug at Discovery Island
Find out what’s “Up!” with Russell and his trusty companion, Dug. the pair not only enjoy earning badges, but taking time to meet you!
Dining Hot Spots
Savor a varied mix of American, African and Asian cuisines at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park with menu items ranging from chicken fingers to sushi to wontons to hearty, African-inspired dining. Whether you opt for a buffet, sit-down meal or counter service, there really is something for everyone.
Here are a few guest favorites:
Rainforest Café at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Encounter all the sights and sounds of a real rainforest complete with audio-animatronic gorillas, monkeys and tropical birds. Expect the sounds of thunder and rainfall, as well as shots of cool mist to add to the jungle ambience. Be sure top off your meal with the ever-popular Volcano dessert.
A quirky, well-themed eatery centers around the storyline of a group of paleontology students on a dig expedition. Check out fossils, artifacts, dig tools and even a student bulletin board. Quick-service food such as grilled chicken sandwiches and burgers can be enhanced at the premium topping bar with items like guacamole, specialty pickles and grilled veggies. A variety of indoor and outdoor seating is available.
Of course, the airstream trailer seats are the most popular.
No visit to Pandora is complete without a bite at this themed dining option, designed to look like a former RDA mess hall! Immerse yourself in the culture of the Na’vi people while you dine on Pandora’s bounty.
Anticipate smiling faces when your kids encounter Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy outfitted in their safari attire and ready for adventure. Adults will be pleased with the versatile menu. House specialties include carved sirloin, rotisserie chicken and pork, as well as Indian-inspired curries and chutneys.
Yak and Yeti
You might find yourself a little hungry after escaping the Yeti on Mt. Everest. No worries, this Nepalese-style restaurant is located nearby and features American and Asian cuisine. Popular entrées and appetizers include spicy Korean barbecue ribs, ahi tuna nachos and fried wontons.
Whether you’re on safari on the African plains or venturing up Mt. Everest, there’s so many wonderful shops along the way. Stop in and purchase wonderful mementos of your Disney’s Animal Kingdom experience.
What’s not to love about this open-air market with tons of authentic African treasures and hand-crafted pieces? There’s also Ziwani Traders nearby, which is perfect for the younger set, featuring a variety of plush animals of all the Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park creatures.
Serka Zong Bazaar
As you descend from your Mt. Everest expedition, you won’t want to miss this inventive shop featuring a variety of interesting keepsakes. The store, set in the mythical town of Anandapur, is adorned with artifacts and carved figurines, which give it a mystical feel. Shop for a Yeti plush animal or a rare Asian souvenir.
Chester & Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures
Make a pit stop at this unusual roadside store. Shop for all things prehistoric and dinosaur-themed. Go ahead, pose with the dinosaur. Also, it’s fairly certain you won’t leave without a dinosaur egg or two.
Wander around this multi-room, expansive store where an array of murals, large wood carvings painted by Balinese craftspeople, and a massive T. rex are part of the décor. Discover beautiful animal carvings, unique collectibles and all the Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park gift and souvenir essentials.