Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Mar 1, 2009
    Emily from MO 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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    Thanks SO much for your help! Trying to decide whether to visit AK. Going in April with 3 kids (10,6,2) We visit the STL zoo often and the kids love animals but not really thrill rides. Is AK worth the time if they already see animals at our zoo?

    Hi Emily,

    Love the St. Louis zoo and have been there often. We also visit our local zoo many times a year, but never miss the chance to enjoy Disney's Animal Kingdom. It is so much more than a zoo.

    You will find animals at Animal Kingdom, lots of animals, but Animal Kingdom is an enviroment where the animals live in a habitat almost indentical to their home and it still allows the guests a chance to learn and enjoy the animals. The park is a great mix of theme park thrills and the wild animal world we live in. There are a couple of thrill rides that your children may want to skip (Dinosaur, Expedition Everest and Kali River Rapids), if that is not their thing, but there are still plenty of things to occupy your time, like amazing stage shows that should not be missed( Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo the Musical). There is also a fun 3D movie located inside the Tree of Life named appropriately enough It's Tough to Be a Bug. The Kilamanjaro Safari ride takes you out onto the savannah for an up close view of the animals-be sure to have your camera ready. A great place to take the kids is Rafiki's Planet Watch. Here you will find live animal encounters and hands on activites..

    Animal Kingdom is full of hidden paths that lead you to breath-taking views of many animal species that you may never see in your local zoo. Then for some crazy family fun, wander over to Chester & Hester's Dino-Rama in Dinoland. Here you will find a roadside carnival complete with games and prizes. Just a few steps away is the Boneyard where the kids can crawl, climb, run and slide themselves silly while you take a break.

    It really is like no zoo experience we have ever had and has given us the ability to see and learn about animals we had never encountered. You can find additional information about Animal Kingdom here. I think you and your kids will have an unbelievable time!  
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Hiya friends. I’m Margaret, mom to four young men and wife to my Prince Charming. Raised on the southside of Chicago, we have now moved our castle to the suburban cornfields. We are a pin trading, Hidden Mickey hunting, resort hopping family who loves to debate the best Disney World resort or attraction over the dinner table. I am thrilled to share some of our favorite tips and tricks in hopes it will add even more magic to your Disney World adventure. Learn More About Margaret

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