“Welcome to a kingdom of animals… real, ancient and imagined: a kingdom ruled by lions, dinosaurs and dragons; a kingdom of balance, harmony and survival; a kingdom we enter to share in the wonder, gaze at the beauty, thrill at the drama, and learn.” — Michael D. Eisner, April 22, 1998
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park is a lush and exotic oasis in the concrete world of theme parks, home to wild beasts and storied imagery from around the globe–and beyond–with the introduction of its newest land, Pandora–The World of Avatar.
At its center is The Tree of Life, a towering 145-foot work of art, crafted by 3 imagineers and 10 artists over 18 months. With over 8,000 man-made branches and 102,000 leaves that rustle in the wind, it features over 300 intricately carved animals intertwined in its roots, trunk, and branches. Arrayed around this majestic icon are the lands of Africa, Asia, Discovery Island, Dinoland, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, and Pandora, based on James Cameron’s film Avatar. Animal Kingdom is also a zoological theme park offering up-close views and educational experiences, including safari adventures and animal encounters. Learn where to view the wildlife.
Avatar Flight of Passage. Do everything in your power to get a FastPass+ reservation for the mind-blowing, immersive, 4D simulation where you soar through the gorgeous Pandora landscape on the back of a Banshee. Lines have been up to 3 hours long, and I’m not gonna say that it’s NOT worth it…
Sign up the kids to be Wilderness Explorers like Russell from the Disney-Pixar film Up! and earn badges by completing quests around the park. When you sign up, you get a field guide that guides you through animal and cultural exhibits to gather insights that you might otherwise miss while strolling by.
Animal Kingdom comes to life at night and offers spectacular sound and lightscapes in Pandora’s glowing waterfalls and luminescent rain forest, imaginative projections in the Tree of Life Awakenings display, and the Rivers of Light evening show, a tranquil celebration of light and sound on the lagoon.