Disney’s Animal Kingdom is perhaps the most immersive theme park at Walt Disney World. The park, previously billed as “nahtazu” (pronounced Not-a-Zoo), is more than just it’s animal exhibits, combining adventure, story, and thrilling attractions to provide a well-rounded experience.
The theme park is made up of seven distinct lands: the Oasis, Discovery Island, Africa, Asia, Dinoland USA, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, and soon to be Pandora. All of which are surrounding the Tree of Life, the park’s icon. Each land is meticulously detailed, and while not recreating any specific cities or towns, the intricately detailed lands make you feel like you have left Central Florida and are traveling the world. The trails in Africa and Asia will bring you close to animals native to those parts of the world. Expedition Everest in Asia will keep any thrill seeker entertained. The park is also home to two of the best stage shows at Walt Disney World in Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo: The Musical. Animal Kingdom also gives Epcot a run for its money in the dining category with restaurants like Tiffins, Flame Tree Barbeque, and the Nomad Lounge.