My family finally visited Animal Kingdom for the very first time this past May. We had not visited before because I had read mixed reviews that Animal Kingdom was geared towards older children, etc. so we waited for the kids to be a little older. After visiting, I can say that Animal Kingdom is geared towards children of ALL ages. I wish we had visited sooner actually! My children, ages 8, 5 and 4 absolutely loved Animal Kingdom!! They enjoyed the Safari ride the best and they loved the Dinosaur ride. The Lion King show is absolutely fabulous and really comparable to a broadway production in my opinion. The Lion King show captured my children's attention and they were all mesmerized. My son wanted to see it again.
Be sure to meet Mickey & Minnie who are dressed in adorable safari attire. I would recommend using a Fast Pass for this meetngreet.
The Mombasa Marketplace is wonderful. This was a great spot to shop, relax, listen to the live music and grab a drink at the bar.
There were some really authentic African gifts available in the Mombasa Marketplace
Tip: if staying on property take advantage of the free package delivery service to your resort so you don't have to carry around your park purchases.
My son wanted to purchase these African drums :)
Tips on visiting Animal Kingdom:
Arrive early and head directly to the Kilamanjaro Safari ride. The earlier the better because the animals will be up and active.
We saw many beautiful animals on the Safari including giraffes, hippos, lions, elephants, etc.
Be sure to bring a stroller for your little one because Animal Kingdom is a big park and you will be doing a lot of walking.
Pick up a park map and show times and be sure to watch the Lion King show and Finding Nemo Musical. These are must see shows if you have little one's. Also a great way to cool off inside!
Take time to explore the area around the Tree of Life. There are some really neat exhibits with animals throughout the Tree of Life area.
Fast Pass recommendations if you are visiting with younger children:
Mickey & Minnie MeetnGreet
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