Disney's Animal Kingdom

Alas, the animal kingdom.  We spent one day at Disney's Animal Kingdom on this trip (more like half a day really).  The bottom line is that the park needs more rides for the entire family, and not just thrill rides.  The animal trails are nice when the animals are actually out and not just hiding under cover, and the shows are okay if you're into that sort of thing.  But the park still needs more rides.

Disney's Animal Kingdom - Let the Memories Begin!

The busiest part of the park was Harambe in Africa.  This area can get packed in the mid-afternoon especially when it's time for the daytime parade.  Asia wasn't as busy this time as the slightly cooler weather (only the low 80s and not 90s like in the summer) didn't have as many people flocking to Kali River Rapids.  Everest has reasonable wait times (pretty short waits for the single-rider line), and Dinosaur maintained a 10-15 minute wait.  The only disappointment was that Primeval Whirl was closed for refurbishment.

Disney's Animal Kingdom - Primeval Whirl closed for refurbishment

Boo!  I know that attractions have to close every once in a while for regular maintenance, but I think I hit an all-time high for the overall number of rides and areas of parks closed during one visit to Florida.

Disney's Animal Kingdom - Tree of Life Gardens

It looks like there's a new little animal house in a small area in front of the Tree of Life.  Is somebody new going to be moving into Disney's Animal Kingdom soon?

Disney's Animal Kingdom - Harambe Disney's Animal Kingdom - Tusker House Restaurant

The Tusker House Restaurant in Africa has moved to a new location and also become a buffet-style restaurant instead of being counter service.  I wasn't a huge fan of Tusker House, but I certainly don't like this trend of converting counter service places into buffets.

Disney's Animal Kingdom - Pangani Forest Exploration Trail - 01 Disney's Animal Kingdom - Pangani Forest Exploration Trail - 02

A male gorilla was pretty active on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail, and off to the side was a female gorilla with a tiny baby.

Disney's Animal Kingdom - Wild Africa Trek - 01 Disney's Animal Kingdom - Wild Africa Trek - 02

The newest attraction is the Wild Africa Trek in the Africa section of Disney's Animal Kingdom.  This is a more adventurous tour through and above the animal exhibits in Kilimanjaro Safaris and the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.  Next time on the safari, look above the hippo and crocodile exhibit and see the new bridges, and also keep your eyes open for the new safari vehicles.  That's just part of the adventure that awaits you in this special up-charge tour.