Mom And Son On Run
  • On Jul 10, 2012
    Vince from GA Asked

    've read that Animal Kingdom is a one-day park, especially if you have a 5-year old. Is that the case? I'm trying to gauge going to it, plus doing a Magic Kingdom activity in the evening. Also, are there places at AK that families could rest/take a break?

    Vince,

    I typically tell friends that you can experience most of Animal Kingdom in one day, but by that I mean one FULL, open-to-close day. Animal Kingdom has shorter hours than the other parks, often open only from 9-5, so we like to have every minute of that time to really enjoy the park. In fact, it is my family's favorite park, and home to our very favorite Disney Parade. The afternoon Jammin' Jungle Parade is not to be missed!

    As for taking a break, that can be tough. In order to be authentically African, the park was built without a lot of shade to be found. Some of the outdoor dining space at Flame Tree Barbeque is good for relaxing, as are some of the tables beside Yak and Yeti. If your little one wants to burn off some steam, The Boneyard playground is a huge hit with that age group, and there are some spots where the adults in your group could sit and watch.

    We also like to time shows like Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo the Musical for moments when we know we will need a break.

    Have a great vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Heather, Kentucky

I'm a member of the original 2008 Moms Panel and am happy to be back again to help you plan! We are DVC members who visit 2-3 times per year with our 3 young daughters, and I am only one visit away from being able to say I've stayed in every Disney resort! Learn More About Heather

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