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The Animal Kingdom is Disney's newest park. Opened in 1998, this park was designed to give the guest the feel of being in a wildlife refuge. The biggest attraction here is the Kilimanjaro Safari Ride. You must get there early though in order to see the animals. By mid-day a lot of the animals have gone into the brush to sleep or to keep out of the sun. The reviews that follow are only for the shows that I have seen to date.

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1. IT'S TOUGH TO BE A BUG  (R)

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 6

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 9

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: *****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES, ONCE INSIDE

(6) SUMMARY: A 3D movie based on the Disney film "A BUGS LIFE". You'll find this film very amusing with a few surprises thrown in to boot. Your host is Flik, the ant from the movie. Well worth seeing. While waiting in line look around at The Tree of Life, in which the theater for the movie is located, and get a close up view of the carvings in the tree. You may also see a few animals that are not visible from the path around the tree.

(7) WAITING TIME: 60 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: EARLY OR LATE IN THE DAY

 
2. KILIMANJARO SAFARI

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: 5 AND UP

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 7

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 8

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: *****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: Ride around the jungle habitat in a jungle transport. As you move around the paths your guide will point out different animals. Just about any creature that you might expect to encounter in the wild is running around loose here. They do not have free roam of the entire compound though. The compound was designed to look like it was all one area but hidden barriers prevent these wild animals from roaming beyond their own areas. Moats, deep ravines and other barriers keep them in. Over all worth seeing but you should plan on riding before 10 AM if you want to get the most out of your tour.

(7) WAITING TIME: 60 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: 7:30 AM TO 10 AM

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3. CONSERVATION STATION (R)

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 4

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 6

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ***

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES, WHILE INSIDE AT THE ATTRACTION

(6) SUMMARY: A short train ride to and from Conservation Station is required to get there. Here you will observe how Disney employees take care of all the different animals in the park. There is also a petting zoo for the children. Unless they are caring for an animal there isn't really too much to see here. Just the different areas in which care is given. Very educational but not exactly a thrill a minute.

(7) WAITING TIME: TILL NEXT TRAIN

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME

 
4. KALI RIVER RAPIDS (H) 38

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: 7 AND UP

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 8

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 7

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: *****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: This ride is very similar to the river raft ride at Islands of Adventure's "TOON LAGOON". You will get wet. This ride is not for those of you who get motion sick easily. It is a lot of fun.

(7) WAITING TIME: 40 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: MID DAY ON

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5. DINOSAUR (H) 40

 

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: 8 AND UP

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 8

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 6

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: ONCE INSIDE

(6) SUMMARY: Here you take a trip back in time to the period just before the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs impacts earth. Very bumpy with a lot of twists and turns. The scenery isn't exactly state of the art but it isn't that bad. My son loves the ride but I can take it or leave it. A little too much movement from side to side and up and down.  This ride recently had a name change from "Countdown to Extinction" but that is the only thing that changed.

(7) WAITING TIME: 50 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: EARLY MORNING AND LATE IN THE DAY

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6. FESTIVAL OF THE LION KING

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 4

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 8

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: Located in Africa, this live show features singing, acrobats and an assortment of other performers in a lively show that is a favorite of young and old.  Young children are selected from the audience to participate in the opening of the show.  Definitely worth seeing.  Currently closed while they move to a new theater.

(7) WAITING TIME: NONE

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: SEE SCHEDULE OF SHOW TIMES

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7. FINDING NEMO THE MUSICAL

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 6

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 9

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: *****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: This is Disney's newest show.  In a similar style to Festival Of The Lion King, this live show follows the adventures of Nemo and friends and follows the same story line as the movie, Finding Nemo.  This is a great show for all ages.

(7) WAITING TIME: EXPECT LONG LINES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: SEE SCHEDULE OF SHOW TIMES

 

 

8. TRICERATOPS SPIN

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 2

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 2

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: **

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: This is a Dumbo type of ride.   Round and round she goes and where she stops nobody knows.  Replace Dumbo the elephant with bright green Triceratops, change the scenery and you have a new ride.  Toddlers and young children should love it.

(7) WAITING TIME: 30 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME

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9. PRIMEVAL WHIRL (H) 48

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: 7 AND UP

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 6

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 5

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ***

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: This is the other new ride in DINOLAND.  Some of you may recognize it by the name, crazy or wild mouse coaster.   The coaster car spins from time to time as it travels the track.  Not a very fast ride but fast enough to give you a little bit of a thrill.  If you have never been on one of these type of coasters you should definitely try it.  Veterans of these will find that it does not perform as well as some of the others.

(7) WAITING TIME: AROUND 45 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME

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10. EXPEDITION EVEREST (H) 44

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: 7 AND UP

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 8

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 5

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: This ride opened in February.  It is a roller coaster with a few twists.  During the ride you encounter a yeti.  This coaster is fast going in both directions, forward and backwards.  It is a great addition to an all to benign Animal Kingdom.  Watch for the Yeti standing above the track near the end of the ride..  A good ride but it falls a little short.  Give me Revenge of the Mummy at Universal which has a similar concept.

(7) WAITING TIME: AROUND 45 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME

 

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