I’m going to be honest — I have a love/hate relationship with Animal Kingdom. As the newest of Disney Worlds theme parks, I have this deep feeling that it should be full of the best technology and the most innovative ideas. After all, it has the benefit of modern thinking and time on its side, right? My initial thoughts of Animal Kingdom though, is that it seems a little thrown together, and a bit attraction light. Like the execs at Disney one day decided to make a theme park without fully imagining a full day of rides and attractions for guests to enjoy. I always get excited on the day that I’m going to spend at Animal Kingdom, and then about four hours after I get there, I’m very ready to leave. I feel like the eating choices are light (with the exception of the amazing Flame Tree BBQ!), and the park closes so early most nights that if you don’t have a park hopper, it seems like a whole day has been wasted. My last grievance with Animal Kingdom is DinoLand USA, which in my humble opinion, is the worst section of any of WDW theme park.
Despite my above rant, I really do like the Animal Kingdom, and I’m getting ready to explain why. It’s an amazingly well themed park, thats painstakingly detailed and really seems to transport you to a different place. It’s the only park that I’ve often found myself getting lost in, because of how lush the foliage is and overgrown everything is. The attractions that are there, are immensely well themed — Expedition Everest and Safaris are two of the best attractions at WDW. I have high hopes for the massive expansion that’s coming to Animal Kingdom — I think a nighttime show, and Avatar land will breathe new life into this theme park. I really do believe that Disney is going to do it right, and it’s going to be the best thing that’s happened to Animal Kingdom, like when California Adventure added Cars Land and World of Color.
The completion of these things remain years away, and for the time being, Animal Kingdom will remain, in my mind, a very promising half day park.