Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Jul 24, 2013
    Alexandra Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Animal Kingdom: our kids are 3 and 5 and we wanted to do a private tour. Everything seems to be for kids above 8. Any suggestion how to "live" the African experience very close to the animals? We might need to choose a hotel in that area? THANKS!

    Hi, Alexandra!

    I completely understand your interest in getting a real feel for Disney's Animal Kingdom. There is simply nothing like it elsewhere...and it's such a wonderful place!

    First, to help your little ones really get up close with the animals in Animal Kingdom, take the Wildlife Express Train to visit Affection Section, Conservation Station and Habitat Habit! all of which are at Rafiki's Planet Watch. Check out more information about all of these on this link about options at Rafiki's Planet Watch.

    If you want a really authentic resort experience, then book your stay at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, where the savanna is right in front of you and Animal Specialists are so happy to share their knowledge of not only the animals but also their own customs and cultures back home. Activities, both here and at AK Lodge's little sister,  Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas-Kidani Village (right next door) always foster an appreciation for...and the flair of...the African savanna. There is African face painting, cookie decorating, animal tracking, Night Vision Animal Viewing, and so much more at these special resorts; you won't want to leave! In addition, be sure to dine at both Boma (at Jambo House) and Sanaa (at Kidani); each one is a family favorite, serving authentic African fare that's also kid-friendly. Yum and Yum.

    Send more questions as you plan your upcoming visit, Alexandra; we love to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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