Take Five at Walt Disney World: Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Of all Walt Disney World theme parks, Disney’s Animal Kingdom perhaps offers my favorite “Take Five” moments – those little breaks in a touring plan that are opportunities to relax, enjoy some unscripted fun and appreciate details that make up the Disney Difference.I generally find Disney’s Animal Kingdom relaxing, particularly because of the wildlife and lush landscaping. But with E-ticket attractions as Expedition Everest and Kilimanjaro Safaris requiring some regimented touring, and the … [Read more...]

Disney World Quick Tips – Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom has the wrap that it is a half-day park. In order to get the full value of the park many seasoned Walt Disney World travelers will tell you that you MUST experience Animal Kingdom at various times of the day. There is a ton of sight, sounds, eats and attractions that can keep you and your family occupied for a full day.Enjoy these Animal Kingdom Quick Tips!!• Arrive early at park opening or stay until closing in order to get the best view of the animals around the park. … [Read more...]

Animal Kingdom – Top 5 Attractions For Seniors

Seniors have different expectations from Walt Disney World than the hordes of younger visitors that visit the parks daily. We look for things that we can sit back and enjoy rather than have our bodies bounced around and exposed to G-forces. Your choices at the Animal Kingdom may be different from mine but if you are a senior I think in most instances you will at least enjoy the ones I suggest.Festival Of The Lion King - Perhaps the best stage show at the Walt Disney World resort. It's more … [Read more...]

Baby Mandrill Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

After six and a half months of waiting, Disney's Animal Kingdom is welcoming a "colorful" addition to its animal family. A male baby mandrill was born May 30 to first-time mother, Kelley, and is the third one born at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Mom and baby are doing very well.Native to Africa, mandrills are among the largest species of monkey in the world and are considered endangered. They're known for their bright coloration, furry head crests, manes and beards. Adults also have thick … [Read more...]

Chip’s Animal Kingdom Touring Plan

I get a lot of questions and emails on Chip and Company asking me the best ways to tour the parks. I wrote this Touring Plan to help make your Disney World Vacation more enjoyable. In case you missed Magic Kingdom, Epcot, or Hollywood Studios be sure to check them out and let us know what you think.Disney Animal Kingdom or DAK is HUGE! Covering over 500 Acres. While not all of that is places you and I will go it is still a pretty big park. I enjoy walking around and looking at all the … [Read more...]

Disney’s Grand Gathering: The Experiences

If you’re traveling in a Grand Gathering, you have the option to enjoy exclusive experiences only for parties of 8 or more. Yes, these have an additional charge but they are wonderful experiences designed to delight everyone in your travel party.International Dinner and IllumiNations Desert Reception: Enjoy a buffet dinner with international cuisine (from five different nations) while you are entertained with live music and storytelling. Keep an eye out for some of your favorite characters, … [Read more...]

Disney World Play Areas: Animal Kingdom

In Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, a wonderfully themed play area is located in the DinoLand U.S.A. area.  Known as the"Boneyard,"potential paleontologists can play in an area filled with dinosaur discoveries.With a sand pit filled with"fossils," kids can dig, explore, and uncover bones from Wooly Mammoths to Triceratops.   The Boneyard Playground also has multi-level slides, tunnels, and other areas to climb and play.   The shaded sand pit area also offers benches and fans for adults to … [Read more...]

Disney lions, tigers and cheetahs find perfume “paws-itively” appealing

Cheap perfume and lions may not seem a likely match. But at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the scent of the wild can be found in hundreds of perfume bottles being recycled by Disney cast members.Animal experts have long used unique aromas such as perfumes and spices as enrichment tools to help maintain an animal’s physical and mental health. Special treats such as toys, foods or fragrance prompt animals to explore, make choices, and maintain a level of activity in their habitat similar to … [Read more...]

Disney’s Animal Kingdom: The one ride I MUST ride

In previous posts, I took a look at the one ride that I must ride at the Magic Kingdom and at Epcot.  Today, we are going to take a look at Animal Kingdom, that Imagineer Haven where you can find a different aspect of the park to enjoy and appreciate at every turn!My initial thoughts when it comes to Animal Kingdom and my must ride was that it wasn’t a ride at all that I must see – it was a show.  However, as good as Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo - The Musical are, there really … [Read more...]

Disney’s Animal Kingdom gets a new resident

Luna, the fifth elephant baby to be born at Disney's Animal Kingdom, is introduced to the park's savanna less than a month after her May 20, 2010 birth.Luna and her mom, Donna, spend part of the day with their elephant family group along the Kilimanjaro Safaris route.There are 12 members of the park's elephant herd -- four males and eight females.Disney's Animal Kingdom is part of a breeding program coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) that is focused on … [Read more...]