Similar to Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom is organized into seven themed lands. Expedition Everest is located within Asia. It really cannot be missed as you walk through the park, since it is the tallest "mountain-like" attraction at Disney World.
|Mike and Adam entering Asia on our walk to Everest|
|My first ride on Everest in 2008, accompanied by my Uncle Norman and cousin Karen|
|Round Three, Dave and Maura got first row!|
Oasis is the area near the park entrance, featuring a number of animal habitats such as muntjacs, spoonbills, ducks, wallabies and anteaters.
Discovery Island is essentially the center of the park and features the Tree of Life as it focal point. It also has animal habitats for kangaroos, cranes and lemurs. Inside the Tree of Life is a comedic, 4-D attraction called It's Tough to be a Bug! from Disney's A Bug's Life. Discovery Island also has two of the park's largest restaurants as well as gift shops.
Camp Minnie-Mickey is essentially an area to meet Disney characters. It also houses Festival of the Lion King, a life-stage show with dancers, acrobats and music from the movie.
Africa is home to the Kilimanjaro Safari. Guests are in an open vehicle that drives through a large animal preserve. The animals include giraffes, hippos, lions and elephants. The Safari can be really cool, but it is hit or miss. Last few times I've been on it, the animals were far away or out of sight. Because we were afraid of the "miss", we passed this time.
Rafiki's Planet Watch is connected to Africa by a short train ride. It provides guests with a behind the scenes look into Disney's animal care as well as an overview of Disney's animal conservation efforts. There is also a petting zoo featuring goats, sheep, etc.
All in all, don't skip Animal Kingdom...Everest is reason enough to make some time for this park.