An Overview of Animal Kingdom at Disney World

Animal Kingdom is the newest of the 4 theme parks. This park may seem like it is simply a zoo-themed park, but it is so much more. Journey to Asia, Africa, and even the World of Pandora!

Animal Kingdom's Tree of Life

This park is divided into 6 lands:

  1. Oasis
  2. Discovery Island
  3. Pandora - The World of Avatar
  4. Africa
  5. Asia
  6. Dino-Land U.S.A.

For a full map of this park, you can head to Disney's website or the My Disney Experience app.

animal kingdom map

Each area is known for specific landmarks or attractions:

Oasis

  • The Entrance to the park
  • The Rainforest Cafe

Discovery Island

  • The Tree of Life

Pandora - The World of Avatar

  • Flight of Passage
  • Na’vi River Journey

Africa

  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • The Tusker House

Asia

  • Expedition Everest
  • Rivers of Light

Dino-Land U.S.A.

  • DINOSAUR

Rides

Animal Kingdom is home to many amazing rides. The biggest draw usually being Flight of Passage. Other popular rides include Expedition Everest, DINOSAUR and Na'vi River Journey. Check out my complete list of rides at Animal Kingdom, including descriptions, locations, height requirements, and more.

Food

You'll also find several amazing food options at Animal Kingdom. If you are an adventurous eater there are African and Asian food options that will knock your socks off. But if you (or your kids) don't want to get too adventurous with food, don't worry. You'll find plenty of American fare at this park as well.

Check out my complete list of restaurants at Animal Kingdom for more information on restaurants, reservations, dining credits, and more.

Transportation to Animal Kingdom

There are a few options available to get you to Animal Kingdom.

Parking

You can park for free at Animal Kingdom if you are a resort guest or annual pass holder. Otherwise, parking is $25/day.

Buses

There are bus stops to and from the resorts that stop in front of the park.

Minnie Vans

Using the Lyft (Use code doubleyourwdw to get a discount on your first ride) app you can call a Disney Cast Member to pick you up in a special van that looks like Minnie Mouse. All Minnie Vans have 2 car seats available and can take you anywhere on the Disney property. Cost varies depending on how far you’re traveling.

Bringing items into the Park

At Animal Kingdom you CAN bring a bag or backpack on to every attraction. So feel free to pack a bag with your essentials for the day.

What can I bring in to the park?

  • Food
  • Small cooler
  • Milk/formula/other drinks
  • Small tripods or monopods (they have to fit into your backpack)
  • Your own stroller

What items can’t I bring?

  • Wagons (You can’t bring anything that your child has to be pulled in)
  • Folding chairs
  • Selfie sticks
  • Weapons
  • Large coolers
  • Straws (for the safety of the animals)
  • Balloons (for the safety of the animals)

Have fun!

Check out our touring plans for Animal Kingdom, and have fun!

Still confused or need help?

I am happy to help! Contact me.

See you at the parks,
-Julie

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