I love this park. Going to just jump off right there and say it. It’s arguably the prettiest park in Walt Disney World with stunning views and fantastic photo spots. It also seems to be a more laid back, we don’t have to see everything all at once, kind of park too. So why does it have a bad reputation?
“It’s the hottest park!” I hear this one a lot and while sure it does seem to be the most humid park, I also find it to be the one with the most shade. I will say that it is much harder to find cool indoor spaces to relax in, aside from a couple of the quick service restaurants, but this park is definitely not hotter than say, the backside of World Showcase with no shade.
“It’s nothing but a zoo!” Does your local zoo have one of the hottest ticket attractions in the “world”? Probably not, but Animal Kingdom has Avatar Flight of Passage which has one of the longest wait times around. PRO TIP: keep an eye on wait times, especially in this era of no fastpasses. The wait tends to drop later in the day. And for another pro tip, be sure to check out our Facebook page to see Jim’s Pandora Tip!
“It’s a half-day park!” Ok, I might agree with you here, at least right now when the park is lacking in the show department. But the good news is that a modified version of Festival of the Lion King IS coming back this summer! For now though, be sure to check out the walking trails that tend to get skipped, look beyond the obvious to find those special views around the park.
“It’s confusing to find our way around!” Imagine this – when the park first opened they had planned on not even having maps! The point was to get a bit lost, so you focus on the details instead of the “what’s next?”. The good news is that the Tree of Life can be seen from just about anywhere in the park and that will always lead you back to the center.
“What is with that Dino Land?” Ok, I’ll give you this one! Aside from the DINOSAUR ride, and Restaurantasaurus quick service, this area is confusing. Just know that it is actually meant to look like a roadside carnival, and you can see that they nailed it. Walk through on your way to DINOSAUR, let the kiddos ride TriceraTop Spin and try to let it go.
Any other objections I missed? The good thing is that Animal Kingdom is home to some great food, which we will be going over in next week’s podcast, coming out on February 4. Trust me, you do not want to listen to this one on an empty stomach!
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