Tree of Life at Sunset
  • On Sep 5, 2019
    Angela from MN Asked

    I am wondering how much time I should anticipate spending on Majarajah Trek, Gorilla Falls Trail, and Rafiki's Planet at Animal Kingdom? The children are very curious about animals.

    Hello, Angela! Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I love each of these experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. The Maharajah Jungle Trek will not only allow you to see Asian tigers, but you also might see Komodo dragons and flying foxes! The aviary is one of my favorite parts of the Trek, where you’ll see dozens of different species of birds. Along the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail, you’ll have the chance to wander at your own pace and perhaps catch a glimpse of zebras and meerkats in addition to majestic gorillas. The last time we were there, we saw two gorillas just sitting and watching the waterfall. Even though a gentle rain was beginning to fall, we stood there watching them for 15 or 20 minutes!

    Rafiki’s Planet Watch has undergone a bit of a transformation as a part of a re-imagining of Conservation Station, and now you’ll not only find information about global animal habitats and veterinary care at Walt Disney World Resort, but you’ll also have the opportunity to participate in The Animation Experience at Conservation Station. This attraction (which offers both FastPass+ reservations and standby seating) gives Guests an opportunity to learn to draw a Disney character under the tutelage of a Disney artist! Classes are typically offered at 45-minute intervals from 10 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. daily.

    Please keep in mind that each of these attractions may operate on different hours than the rest of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. That said, I would give yourself at least two or more hours to fully experience all that they have to offer. My suggestion would be to look at the weather on the day of your arrival at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and plan around the warmest parts of the day and/or any rain that might be in the area. In my experience, the animals are most active in the late morning hours, so I would recommend checking out these attractions between 10 a.m. and noonish and then enjoying lunch at one of the many restaurants available at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. (My personal favorites are Satu'li Canteen and the Yak & Yeti Restaurant.)

    Depending on your children’s ages, you might also want to consider a “behind the scenes” experience such as Up Close with Rhinos or Caring for Giants. Both of these experiences have limited availability, so I would recommend trying to book them as soon as possible.

    Please let us know if there are any additional questions we can answer for you, Angela! We hope to see you real soon.

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