Did you know that nature documentaries were created by Walt Disney? Walt always had a love of animals; his earliest years were spent on a farm in Marceline, Missouri. Wanting to branch out from animation, in 1944 Disney went with Carl Nader to the New York Zoological Society to set the wheels in motion for telling the stories of the animals of the world. In 1948, after working with a photography duo in Alaska named Alfred an Elma Milotte, taking a trip with his daughter to Alaska to get more footage, Seal Island was released.
Animal Kingdom is an extension of Walt Disney’s vision and love of animals. The park is accredited by both the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. In order to be accredited with these organizations Disney had to exceed their standards in research, education and conservation. Disney’s Animal Kingdom resort is a truly unique animal and cultural experience and one I highly recommend.
A few of my favorite things at Animal Kingdom are Kilimanjaro Safaris (hubby’s favorite too), Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo the Musical. A few of the new things I am most excited to experience on our upcoming trip are Flight of Passage, Na’Vi River Journey and the night blossom drink at Pongu Pongu. All of these are in Pandora and that is because this will be our first time visiting Pandora since it opened.
I have heard nothing but AMAZING things about the night blossom drink (a non-alcoholic concoction) available at Pongu Pongu, (which means “Party Party”) in Pandora and I will be getting at least one of these! Pro tip, they don’t advertise that you can get this drink for much cheaper without the souvenir cup. The cups, in my opinion, are not worth the cost, so I recommend just getting the drink and saving that money. If you just have to have the souvenir cup and glow cube you are looking at a $20 drink; if you can forego the fanciness of the plastic souvenir cup and just get the drink, it’s only $5. No brainer in my opinion.
There are a few things you need to know about Flight of Passage from what I have read and been told. While Na’vi River Journey has no height requirements or any other restrictions and is a “tame” ride; you must be 44 inches tall to ride Flight of Passage and there are other restrictions as well although they are not advertised. Not many of Disney’s rides or attractions get negative reviews but what the Disney faithful are lovingly calling “pooh-sized” individuals may not be able to ride the most anticipated ride at Walt Disney World.
The chair of the ride is called a link chair, and looks similar to that of the seat and body of a motorcycle. The restraints clasp around the legs and back of the passenger, which, from what I gather is where the issues come into play. The restraints don’t seem to be designed for larger body types. I will have more detail on this after I experience the ride. Just be aware and possibly ask a castmember prior to waiting in line for over an hour to find out you may not be able to ride Flight of Passage.
As I’ve mentioned in other posts, my husband and I are foodies. I actually have listed out on our itineraries the new snacks and food I want to to try at each park and where to find it. I am so excited that we got reservations at Tiffins in Animal Kingdom. I have heard such great things and the decor just looks stunning!
The Tiffins menu has something for everyone. There are great outside the box options and some amazing looking things in all departments; i.e. appetizers, entrees, desserts and drinks. My favorite food item on the entire planet is passion fruit. So, if there is ever something passion fruit on the menu, I am all over it. This includes the night blossom drink which has passion fruit juice and boba balls, the Na’vi Cheesecake at Sa’Tuli Canteen and the passion fruit tapioca creme at Tiffins. It will be a delicious passion fruit filled day!
This is going to be such an incredible day! Rope drop at Animal Kingdom, Flight of Passage, exploring all that Pandora has to offer, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Festival of the Lion King, Nemo live, Everest, Tiffins and so much more!
What is your favorite thing to do at Animal Kingdom? Leave a comment down below and tell us what you love to do! Thanks for stopping by and for the love of the mouse, never forget, that it all started with a mouse.