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  • On Jan 23, 2010
    Rhonda from VA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are thinking about visiting the parks during the first week in May 2010. Is the Animal Kingdom park going to be open?

    Hi Rhonda!

    Absolutely.  Disney's Animal Kingdom is one of the four major theme parks at Walt Disney World.  The theme parks are open every day of the year, though not every attraction in necessarily open.  You can get the operating hours for May here.  The park is currently scheduled to be open from 9:00 to 5:00 every day that week.

    If you have any thrill ride fans in your party, be sure to experience Expedition Everest and Dinosaur.  Expedition Everest is a spectacular roller coaster; it is my 10 year old's favorite attraction at Walt Disney World and has become a "must do" on every trip.  I recommend experiencing Kilimanjaro Safaris early in the morning; it's been my experience that the animals are most active early in the morning, especially during the hotter times of the year.

    If you need a dining recommendation, I highly recommend Tusker House.  It is an all-you-care-to-eat buffet with African flavors.  I think it is great'; my favorite buffet in any of the theme parks.  Tusker House is also home to Donald's Safari Character Breakfast.  If you have young children, they may enjoy that experience.

    If you get the chance, be sure to watch Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade.  I think it is a fun parade to watch.  I especially enjoy watching it from the second level of the Yak and Yeti Table Service restaurant; there are a few tables near a window that over look the parade route.  If interested, be sure to get an Advanced Dining Reservation; I recommend getting one for 30 to 45 minutes before the parade.

    Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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