When I knew we would be discussing the history of lands of Disney parks, I knew I was going to choose Africa in Disney's Animal Kingdom. I chose it for the simple fact that when Animal Kingdom first opened in 1998, I did not appreciate what this park had to offer. Now it has two of my top ten favorite things to do in Walt Disney and having a child who loves animals, I have an entirely new appreciation for all that this park has to offer. Walt Disney had a passion for animals, even wanting to put live animals in the Jungle Cruise. They never worked out. Luckily, Walt's love of animals was never forgotten and is now represented in Disney's Animal Kingdom. It is a park that is entertaining, educational and brings attention to conservation efforts.
Kilimanjaro Safaris is an attraction that has gone through story line changes over the years. When originally opened, it had a story line of capturing poachers and saving Big Red, and even had wardens aboard the jeeps. Today, the focus of the attraction is more on the animals along the safari with the poacher story line taking a back seat. For me, I actually enjoy just listening to details about the animals. I wouldn't be bothered if the story line were dropped completely. Though I have never been to Africa and experienced a true African safari, I can say that I feel like this is just what it must be like. As you make your way around the Harambe Wildlife Preserve in your jeep, you observe animals in habitats that Disney created to replicate their habitats in Africa.
I no longer consider Disney's Animal Kingdom a half day park. We take at least an entire day to take everything in, talk to cast members about all the types of animals and enjoy all that it has to offer. It is an amazing way for the Walt Disney Company to bring Walt's love of animals to life.
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