It’s hard to believe, but this Florida native had never been to Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. Well, I was finally able to fix that and spent the day wandering around one of the largest animal theme parks in the world.

 

When I was a kid, my family often drove up to Orlando during the summers to spend some time at Disney World. Most of the time we only went to Magic Kingdom, Epcot, or MGM (now called Hollywood Studios). So when a friend of mine was coming to visit and suggested we go to Animal Kingdom, I was super excited to finally be able to go and see it for myself.

 

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Animal Kingdom

 

We got there right as they opened and headed straight to Kilimanjaro Safari. If you only get one thing out of this post, let it be this: Go to the safari as soon as you get to the park. It’s one of their most popular attractions so the lines get ridiculously long (so my friend tells me). We walked straight through and maybe had to wait 5 minutes. Plus, because of the Florida heat, the earlier you go the more likely you are to see animals wandering around. We saw a lot of animals, more than any other time my friend had gone on the safari. Even the driver of the vehicle mentioned how lucky we were to see so many animals.

 

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Animal Kingdom

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Animal Kingdom

 

After the safari, there are many different routes you can take. If you’re a thrill seeker and want to get on the park’s newest ride, Expedition Everest, I would suggest heading there pretty early as well.

 

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Animal Kingdom

 



 

You’ll also want to keep track of the time. There are a lot of great shows so you want to give yourself ample time to get get in line before the show start time. For the Finding Nemo musical, the line was forming over half an hour before the show was supposed to begin. The lines are worth it though. We also went to Festival of the Lion King and It’s Tough to be a Bug! and both shows were really great. The music, the costumes, the props. It was all so cool! I mean, it’s Disney after all, so that shouldn’t really be a surprise.

 

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Animal Kingdom

 

If you’re trying to be a little more budget conscious, obviously head to the park after you’ve gotten a good breakfast. Take snacks as well. Because we all know that food at any park is going to cost a lot. At some point, you will get hungry though. We decided to give Pizzafari a try and were really happy with the pizza, salad, and garlic rolls. Besides restaurants, there are also smaller places you can stop for treats and drinks. I may have stumbled upon some rum punch on my way to Dinoland…

 

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Animal Kingdom

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Animal Kingdom

 

But of course, the main reason to go to Animal Kingdom is to see the animals. I loved that there were different trails and paths to take to see all kinds of animals. From snakes, to birds, to tigers, Animal Kingdom has it all.

 

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Animal Kingdom

 

I really enjoyed my day at Animal Kingdom. I was so happy that I was finally able to visit the park and that I was able to see as many animals as I did!

 

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Animal Kingdom

 

Have you been to Animal Kingdom? We’d love to read your comments below! 🙂

 

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Our first visit to Disney's Animal Kingdom was epic! We saw so many animals, enjoyed amazing shows, and rode a thrilling roller coaster!