Everything we loved about Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Disney’s Animal Kingdom has undergone some major changes over the past few years. It’s always bittersweet for me when they change things up at the parks. This was my first time visiting the park since they made a majority of these changes so I was really excited to check it out! It was also my first time going to Animal Kingdom as a mother! Here’s Everything We Loved About Disney’s Animal Kingdom this trip:
I’ll admit, I’ve never actually made it to the end of the movie Avatar – is so long and I always fall asleep at the same exact spot. I really wasn’t sure how much I was going to enjoy this new area of the park since I’m not fan of the movie but wow! Pandora is absolutely breathtaking! They did such an incredible job making it really feel like you’re in a completely different world. You could seriously just spend your entire day in Pandora admiring its beauty.
We spent most of our time in Pandora adventuring through the Valley of Mo’ara. Ella loved running around and exploring this area. You are surrounded by all different kinds of exotic flowers and plants – some that even glow! One of Ella’s favorite parts was the native drum circle. Her and a bunch of other children got to play the drums and other instruments right in the middle of the Valley. The best part of the Valley of Mo’ara was the floating mountain. Yes, you read that right a floating mountain! Only in Disney right?
If you think the Valley of Mo’ara is incredible wait until you float down the Na’vi River! We were able to get fastpasses for the Na’vi River Journey through the My Disney Experience app ahead of time so the 60+ minute wait was only about 5 minutes for us. I’m always a little nervous taking Ella on rides for the first time, and since this was my first time as well I had no clue what to expect. It ended up being one of her favorite rides in the park! She loved the music and could not keep her eyes off the Shaman at the end of the ride!
I usually just walk right past this area when visiting Dinoland U.S.A. but this time I stopped to give Ella the opportunity to run around and play. The Boneyard is a large open air play area for kids and it’s themed like a dinosaur dig site. This area is super cool because it has so many different things for the kids to enjoy. We spent about an hour in The Boneyard. Ella would have stayed there all day if I let her. She loved climbing up the stairs and going down the slides in the toddler area. We also climbed up to the top of the dig site and ventured over to the large sand pit to dig for dinosaur bones. The Boneyard is definitely worth the stop if you’re visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom with young children.
Kilimanjaro Safaris is a guided safari tour through the African outback. Some of the animals you see during the safari include: antelope, baboon, rhino, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, lion and much more! The animals seemingly roam free so its awesome to see them up close. What I love so much about this attraction is that each safari is completely different! We did the wildlife adventure during the day, then went back and did nocturnal encounters in the evening! I had never done the safari at night before and I was amazed at how different it was from the daytime tour. Many of the animals that are inactive during the day are awake and very active at night!
Tree of Life Awakenings
Disney’s Animal Kingdom recently extended their park hours to 8pm and Tree of Life Awakening is one of their new evening experiences. The feel of the park is completely different at night time and in my opinion the park needed this nighttime upgrade! Tree of Life Awakenings is a light and projection show on the iconic Tree of Life. The show begins after sundown and runs every 10 minutes until the park closes. Awakenings is mesmerizing! Each animal comes to life and has a show of its own. The tree glows with lights and colors and beautiful music to match. Tree of Life Awakenings is something I never knew I needed in my life! It was incredible and it is high on my list of things to do during my next visit.
Street Performers in Africa
Ella jumped right out of my arms when she heard the street performers singing and playing the drums. She loves all things dancing and music so she was so excited when they offered her her own instrument and invited her to play along. The performance was super upbeat and interactive. It was so much fun to watch her dance and sing with all the other kids! See videos of Ella dancing with the street performers in the Animal Kingdom Recap video below.
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