A Detailed Look at all 7 Areas of Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Disney World has four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Each park is made up of a number of smaller areas, each heavily themed and filled with its own attractions, eateries, stores and entertainment. Animal Kingdom is Disney’s theme park that focuses on the world’s animals. Specifically ones found in the southern areas of the world. Animal Kingdom is made up of 7 different areas. We’ve gone into detail on each of these areas to give you the information you need to decide where and what you spend your time doing. Simply click the area you wish to explore more of:
Oasis is found at the entrance of the Animal Kingdom. It’s your gateway into the park. Here you can discover beautiful animals in a close second to their natural habitat.
The newest area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is Pandora-The World of Avatar. Even though this is a fictitious world, the details found in this area of the park make it feel as though Pandora is in existence. The signs read a different language, there are no Disney World products to found in this section. All is as if you are on a different planet. Pandora is on the Western side of the park, with entrances through Discovery Island and Africa.
Discovery Island is placed in the centre of the park and is connected to all areas except for Rafiki’s Planet Watch. This is where you’ll find the iconic Tree of Life. It may seem like a thoroughfare but there are actually a few attractions to discover here as well as some delicious dining. I also love to get some shopping done here as the shops found in Discovery Island are large and spacious.
Africa is on the North Western side of the park, and is home to the Safari, which many guests opt to do first thing when animals are at their most active. This is also a great spot to grab some food during your visit with Harambe Market giving you lots of quick-service options and Tusker House being the only character dining experience found in the Animal Kingdom. Africa is accessible via Pandora, Discovery Island and Asia.
Asia is found on the North Eastern part of the park and home to the thrilling Expedition Everest. Our favourite Animal Kingdom restaurant, Yak & Yeti, is located in this area as well as the entertaining Gibbon monkeys. Kali River Rapids is also found in this section of the park, which is a fun way to cool off during a hot visit to the Animal Kingdom. Asia is accessible via Discovery Island, Africa and DinoLand U.S.A.
My very favourite area of Animal Kingdom is DinoLand U.S.A. One of the reasons is because I passed by it so many of our first visits to Animal Kingdom. I did not appreciate all that was available in the area and how it is designed. DinoLand U.S.A. is the perfect spot to visit with young kids: there’s the kid friendly rides, the amazing Boneyard and the easiest quick-service restaurant for families. DinoLand U.S.A. is found in the South Eastern end of Animal Kingdom. It’s accessible by Discovery Island and Asia.
Rafiki’s Planet Watch is found as far North of the park as you can go. The only way to get to this area is by train. It’s a common spot to visit for those who are doing the Wilderness Explorers challenge and for kids heavily interested in Veterinary Sciences. There’s an animal hospital located in this area that gives guests a chance to see up close and personal the efforts that go into caring for animals. There’s also a small petting zoo area. In my opinion, it’s not worth the extra trek to get to this area of the park, but I know there are those who love it.
In Animal Kingdom, the Main Entrance is its own area because it has a few shops and a restaurant. Rainforest Cafe is located at the Main Entrance of the park, which means you don’t require park admission to eat there.
Animal Kingdom is lush with trees, bushes and flowers. Creating shaded spaces for the animals that call it home. This can make it hard to get a good visual of what is found throughout the park. So be sure to study the map ahead of your visit to know exactly what you would like to explore and discovery. For more tips on your day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, check out the links below: