Head under this majestic sign to enter the wild Magic Kingdom.
If you are planning your very first visit to the Walt Disney World Resort, I’m sure you’ve made lists of what attractions you want to see, what characters you want to meet, and I bet you even made those dining reservations the day you booked your trip, right? But despite all your planning and newly accumulated park knowledge, it’s still easy to make those Disney World Rookie mistakes. My goal today is to let you in on some tips and info that I wish I had known before my park visits to help your first time trip to Walt Disney World run smoothly. I’ve already covered What I Wish I Knew Before My Trip to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot; and so for today, I’m tackling What I Wish I Knew Before My Trip to Animal Kingdom!
Asia’s Maharajah Jungle Trek
It Is Meant To Be Explored & Discovered
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is all about the magic of nature and living things, and in staying true to that theme this park features a more organic design and encourages guests to explore. The Oasis–the entryway into the park–is quite a departure from the Magic Kingdom’s Main Street, U.S.A. or Hollywood Studios’ Hollywood Boulevard in that there’s no one way to reach the main part of the park and no visible icon pulling you down the pavement. Instead, The Oasis is thick, lush, and has a number of exhibits to enjoy at your own leisurely pace.
A resident of the Discovery Island Trails
Animal Kingdom also offers a number of wildlife trails throughout the park, such as the Discovery Island Trails and the Maharajah Jungle Trek. Unlike centerpiece attractions or eye-catching shops, these trails somewhat blend in with the environment and may be missed if you’re not looking for them. Unlike shuffling through a line or seeing a choreographed show or effect, the trails are self-guided and can be enjoyed at a guest’s own pace. I also appreciate the little paths and hidden seating areas that lay off the beaten path throughout the Animal Kingdom Park and some of which offer spectacular views! So when you visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom, remember that this is a different kind of park that it’s meant to be explored and discovered.
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One of the many great things about going to Walt Disney World without kids is that you can take time to stop and smell the roses every once in a while. Don’t get me wrong, I’m usually up at the crack of dawn and running around all day with my friends. But every once in a while we take a little breather and get away from the hustle and bustle of the beaten path. There are several ways to escape the crowds and craziness of the parks throughout Disney property. I find when I take a break to check out a hidden gem like the Discovery Island Trails, I’m rejuvenated and ready for more touring. As a Disney dork I really enjoy taking in all of the Disney’s detail. I’ll take a look at several of these places in future blogs.
Today’s entry is dedicated to a hidden gem in the Animal Kingdom. On my last trip, my friend and I got the opportunity to explore the Discovery Island Trails. It seems like most people don’t know about these paths so they are rarely crowded, providing a nice retreat. Guests can find entry points at several points in the center of Discovery Island, the central area of the park. The paths allow you to get a close view of the Tree of Life. The tree’s bark is composed of carvings of animals all over its trunk. While it’s easy to spot some of the animals from far away, they are really incredible from these paths. You can see the details of the bald eagle’s feathers and how different creatures meld together to create the complete picture. We spent at least a half an hour just wandering and pointing out the different animals. I hope you’ll do the same on one of your next trips to Animal Kingdom.
Next week I’ll feature my favorite performance group around World Showcase…