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Disney's Animal Kingdom

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At A Glance Disney's Animal Kingdom opened on April 22nd 1998, and is over 500 acres in size.
Open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m, the park opens and closes earlier than the other Disney parks because of the animals. There is no early opening programme.


The Animal Kingdom was scheduled to open in May 1998, however building work was well ahead of schedule, and so Disney's newest park eventually opened on the 22nd of April 1998, with various preview days being scheduled for Disney cast members from March. It features an enormouse new theme park with live animals and thrill rides, dominated by the 14-story tree of life in which a short animated presentation is shown in a subterranean cinema.

Originally WDW was looking at calling it Wild Animal Kingdom, they soon realized that it was in conflict with Wild Kingdom a TV show that's name is copyrighted. So Disney quickly dropped the Wild and it is known as Animal Kingdom. Technically its full name is Disney's Animal Kingdom.


Lights or Fireworks ?

In deference to the wellbeing of the many Animals at The Animal Kingdom Disney haven't contracted to anyone to supply fireworks for a close of day show at the Animal Kingdom.

Access for the Disabled

Disney's Animal Kingdom is fairly well laid out as far as access goes, especially for those guests that need to use Wheelchairs. Generally the aisles and pathways are plenty wide enough to acommodate any of the electric mobility vehicles that can be rented within the park, although many of the paths are uneven with small hills and dips, which could make pushing a wheelchair bound guest very tiring for a family member.

Generally if the disabled person has some experience maneuvering electric vehicles in tight spaces there should be no problem whatsoever at the Animal Kingdom. All of the boats and trains are also readily accessible which is nice to see.


Disney's Animal Kingdom is located at the end of the Osceola Parkway on the western end of Disney property, between Blizzard Beach and the Disney All Star resorts. Guests can take the regular Magic Kingdom entrance (exit 25B off Interstate 4) and follow the signs for Blizzard Beach.


All-day parking at Disney's Animal Kingdom costs $6 for day visitors, and is free to resort guests on presentation of the guest's resort ID card. Transportation from the parking lot to the theme park entrance is provided as with the other Disney theme parks in the form of free trams, which run every few minutes.



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