Disney's Animal Kingdom Orlando

Animals, attractions, shows and more!

animal kingdom theme park

You'll find lots and lots of animals, but Disney's Animal Kingdom is definitely not just a zoo. Roaring lions, a giant Yeti hiding on towering Mount Everest, unique jungle treks and terrifying dinosaurs are all part of the adventures at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park.

Disney storytelling comes to life throughout a kingdom brimming with fun, wonder and adventure – not to mention thousands of animals! Join together with your circle of loved ones to savor thrilling attractions, live shows, the majesty of nature and fascinating creatures from around the world.

Guests at Animal Kingdom Orlando can encounter more than 1,700 animals across 250 species, including lions, tigers, giraffes, zebra and apes.

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Explore intriguing lands of adventure at Animal Kingdom

Oasis - the park's main entrance, Oasis features a variety of animal habitats while offering up several main paths that lead deeper into the park. Exhibits include African Spoonbills, Australian white ibis, buffleheads, scarlet macaws, swamp wallabies and more.

Discovery Island - the park's central hub, located in the middle of the Discovery River waterway, this island connects the other sections of the park. The highlight is the towering Tree of Life, a 145-foot tall, 50-foot wide, sculpted, man-made Baobab tree. The tree features more than 300 intricate animal carvings, including lion, deer, eagle, monkey, pelican, rhino, hippo, bear, lemur and dolphin. Inside the tree, you'll find It's Tough To Be A Bug, a comical 4D film.

Africa - representing a fictional east African village, this area offers animal exhibits, the Harambe Wildlife Preserve - fictional home of the Kilimanjaro Safari attraction, the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail and the Festival of the Lion King live show. Animals in Africa include elephants, black rhino, blue wildebeest, cheetah, lions, mandrills, okapis, hippos, warthogs, sable antelopes, reticulated giraffes, gorillas, colobus monkeys, and more.

Rafiki’s Planet Watch - dedicated to younger children, this section offers the narrow gauge Wildlife Express Train, Conservation Station, the Affection Section petting zoo, and more. Animal exhibits include ball pythons, butterflies, central bearded dragons, chinchillas, cockatoos, emperor scorpions, tarantulas, hermit crabs, opossums, pygmy goats, snakes, tawny owls, sloths, parrots and more.

Asia - Visit the kingdom of Anandapur where you'll find two small villages and the towering sight of Mount Everest - home to the thrilling Expedition Everest roller coaster. The Maharajah Jungle Trek takes you through the forests and ruins outside the village where you'll find animals such as Bengal tigers, blackbucks, Eld's deer, iris lorikeets, Komodo dragons, Malayan flying foxes, and more. The nearby Kali River Rapids is another fun-filled river ride along the fictional Chakranadi River.

Dinoland, U.S.A. - Explore the Dino Institute, home to DINOSAUR, a thrill ride offering a trip back in time to the Late Crustaceous Period where you'll come face-to-face with a terrifying T-Rex. This area also features Finding Nemo - The Musical, a live musical stage show, plus carnival games, the TriceraTop Spin ride, Primeval Whirl, the Boneyard play area and animals such as American crocodile, Abdim's stork, Asian brown tortoise and red legged seriemas.

Pandora - The World of Avatar - An all new $400 million Avatar-themed land is currently under construction.

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