“WELCOME TO A KINGDOM OF ANIMALS,…REAL, ANCIENT AND IMAGINED. A KINGDOM OF BALANCE AND SURVIVAL. A KINGDOM WE ENTER TO SHARE IN WONDER AND GAZE AT THE BEAUTY. COME GET WILD WITH US IN ANIMAL KINGDOM!” -Your Friends, Mickey & The Gang.

When most people think of Disney World, they think it’s geared towards children. True. But spending time in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of my favorite things to do. Even if you aren’t a Disney fan, you can most likely find something intriguing in this park. I’m going to try my best to not sound like a commercial, sometimes I get carried away, but trust me… it’s worth it.

I’ll start by saying that in my opinion, Animal Kingdom is the most underrated theme park. Between the live animals that you get to see and the animals that you recognize from the movies you grew up watching, you just can’t go wrong.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom has walkways that are almost hidden. It’s such a good break from the crowds once you find these paths. Of course, they have animals all along your journey. I personally can spend hours just exploring. The paths closest to the Tree of Life (Animal Kingdoms focal point) have such intimate views of the intricately carved animals which make up the tree.

If you get tired of walking these leisure paths, embark on a Safari with exotic creatures around each corner. Within a matter of fifteen minutes (varying on the circumstances) you will see animals that you wouldn’t commonly see in Florida, or anywhere in America actually. The Kilimanjaro Safari, which is located in the Africa section of Animal Kingdom, is by far one of my favorite experiences. Depending on how the animals are feeling that day, you can get extremely close. Before anybody gets angry… there is a lot of space during these Safari’s and it is the animals choice on how close or how far they’d like to be from guests. That’s probably my favorite thing about it. Each ride is very authentic and to the animals’ discretion.

If I had to choose just one Disney park to go to, I would pick Disney’s Animal Kingdom every time. The only downfall is that “imagineers” (Disney cast members) designed the park to be about ten degrees warmer than it actually is outside, to ensure that these exotic creatures are comfortable. But that just adds to the reasons why I appreciate this theme park so much. Go appreciate it yourself, you won’t regret it!