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What You Need To Know

You may have noticed that things have changed because of COVID-19. Your trip to Disney will be no exception. Below are things you need to know before embarking on your trip:

  • Certain parks, hotels, restaurants and other offerings may be modified or unavailable, limited in capacity and subject to limited availability or closure, and park admission and offerings are not guaranteed. View important details.
  • To enter a park, both a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date are required for Guests ages 3 and up. Learn more.
  • Limited parking and reduced entrances
  • Temperature screenings prior to entry
  • Face coverings required for Guests ages 3 and up
  • Physical distancing practices including physically-distanced queues and physical barriers
  • Temporary operation modifications, including reduced hours at select locations and no scheduled entertainment offerings or high-touch interactive areas
  • An increased focus on disinfecting and sanitation, including the addition of hand-washing stations and hand sanitizers in key areas.
  • For detailed information, click this link https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/experience-updates/

While You Wait

Trying to secure a reservation for the parks and have to wait? We're big Disney fans and have compiled a list of some fun ways to pass the time.

  • If you haven't already done so, you have to watch 'The Imagineering Story' on Disney+. This 6 part documentary series takes you behind the scenes with the very Imagineers that developed and built the Disney theme parks. 
    This documentary was created by non other than Leslie Iwerks, Adademy Award-nominated filmmaker and granddaughter of Ub Iwerks, Walt Disney's oldest friend who created Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey Mouse alongside Walt. 
  • Go to Magic Moments on the Disney blog site to get your Disney fix!

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About Us

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Affection Section

Encounter a variety of adorable animals at the only petting zoo at Walt Disney World Resort.Come say moo to our domesticated goats, sheep, donkeys, cows and pigs at this expansive, outdoor animal enclosure. You can even pet and brush them!

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African Birds - Disney Animals

Follow the chirps to the African aviary located on the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail. It’s home to a variety of colorful species native to Africa.

Get an up-close look at some remarkable creatures, including fearless northern carmine bee-eaters, preening African pygmy geese, shimmering purple glossy starlings, hamerkop and inquisitive green woodhoopoes.

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African Elephants - Disney Animals

You can encounter a whole herd of African elephants on the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction or by experiencing Caring for Giants at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. Our elephant habitats are designed to enrich the animals’ lives and encourage them to display natural behaviors such as social interaction, foraging and play.

Spread out over 7 expansive acres (28,300 m2), the habitats include mud wallows, rocks to rub against, a variety of natural plants and trees for foraging and exploration and 3 pools—deep enough for several elephants to swim in at once!

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African Hogs - Disney Animals

As you undertake the wildlife excursion of a lifetime on the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park, you may spot a family of warthogs burrowing amongst the rocky outcrops and tall grasses.

Be on the lookout for other relatives of hogs, like the babirusa in The Oasis Exhibits and KuneKune pigs at Affection Section.

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African Lions - Disney Animals

Spot regal African lions on the grasslands of the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction at Disney's Animal Kingdom park. Or, take a Savor the Savanna safari and see the big cats in action at night.

You can also encounter lions and other creatures during a thrilling 3-hour Wild Africa Trek.

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Ankole Cattle - Disney Animals

Guests can see our Ankole cattle while experiencing the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction, Wild Africa Trek or Savor the Savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park and on the savannas at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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Asian Small-Clawed Otters - Disney Animals

Adorable, playful and all-around awesome, the Asian small-clawed otter is the smallest of all otters. You can see our amazing Asian small-clawed otters on Discovery Island Trails in Disney's Animal Kingdom park.

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Avatar Flight of Passage

Board your own mountain banshee and embark on a thrilling expedition, where interstellar explorers like you get an up-close look at this moon’s incredible landscape.

Bonding with a banshee is a crucial step in the life of a Na’vi hunter on Pandora—and flying on the back of one of these powerful creatures is an important rite of passage.

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Now, as a visitor to Pandora, you finally have the chance to test yourself like a Na’vi!

Butterflies - Disney Animals

Many of our parks and Disney Resort hotels grow special flower gardens designed to attract local butterfly species—and it’s working! Walt Disney World Resort is home to more than 70 butterfly species.

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Conservation Station

Explore a menagerie of furr-ific animal activities and experiences, including: 

  • Veterinary Treatment Room
    Get a close-up look at the place we care for the animals—and even glimpse a procedure in progress. 
  • Nutrition Center
    Watch experts prepare meals for the park residents. 
  • Amphibian, Reptile and Invertebrate Windows
    Creep over to see some tarantulas, scorpions, millipedes and snakes. 
  • Science Center
    Check out what our resident scientists are working on. 

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Cotton-Top Tamarins - Disney Animals

Delight in the antics of the tiny cotton-top tamarin on Discovery Island at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.

Cotton-Top Tamarins in the Wild
Cotton-tops are amazing athletes, weighing only 1 pound but able to leap 15 feet from a stationary branch. Cotton-top tamarins are found only in the tropical forests of northwestern Colombia in South America, where they can be observed high in the trees foraging for fruit and insects.

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Stand in the shadow of an incredible replica of the largest and most complete T-Rex fossil ever found. Pose for pictures with the meticulously detailed, 13-foot tall, 40-foot long prehistoric superstar. 

Only 67 million years young, Sue was discovered in the Black Hills of South Dakota in 1990. Named after fossil hunter Sue Hendrickson, the skeleton is one of the most famous fossil finds of the 20th century. It’s also the most complete, with over 90% of her bones found and excavated. 

While the real Sue is on display at The Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois, Dino-Sue makes her home here in sunny Florida.

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A paleontologist recruits you for a secret mission to bring a 3.5-ton Iguanadon back to the present. There’s just one problem—the giant meteor that wiped out life on Earth is on the way! 

Board a rugged Time Rover vehicle and set off on a thrilling adventure through a primeval forest filled with life-like dinosaurs. Careen through unpredictable hairpin turns. Dart around a fearsome Velociraptor hunting for prey. Avoid the clutches of a Cearadactylus soaring overhead!

As the clock counts down, fiery meteors crash down around you. Will you make your escape before the dinosaurs—and you—become extinct?

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Discovery Island Trails

Meander down serene paths, cross wooden foot bridges and journey through cave-like tunnels on a self-guided trek below the great tree.

Along the way, spot captivating creatures from convenient observation stations amid a backdrop of picturesque trees and plants.

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Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain

Wander into a Tibetan village at the base of Mount Everest and board a train to the “top of the world.” Beware: Some say a legendary snow monster lives deep in the mountain.

After a steep ascent, your train picks up speed and races into the darkness. Without warning, a broken and twisted track appears in front of you. Brace yourself as you plummet backward into total darkness. Inside the cavern, the mythical tale comes true as you see the shadow of a massive, growling beast!

Race to escape the cursed mountain—before the Yeti claims another expedition.

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Flamingos - Disney Animals

Flock over to see the largest flamingo species—the greater flamingo—on the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction, Wild Africa Trek and Savor the Savanna.

A smaller flamingo species (the lesser flamingo) strolls the grounds under the Tree of Life.

Visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and you may spot flamingos roaming the savanna near Jambo House.

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Fossil Fun Games

Test your skills and compete to win prizes at these dino-ized versions of classic boardwalk games. Whack mischievous dinosaurs, squirt targets, toss “comets,” roll balls down holes and shoot hoops so well you could make a T-Rex wish it had longer arms.

In keeping with the carnival theme, the Fossil Fun Games area also includes a curved carnival mirror, painted photo backdrop, concession stand and a picture booth.

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Gibbons - Disney Animals

These playful and very vocal primates call the treetops home, but you don’t have to trek into the forest to find them.

You can spot 2 species of gibbons near the entrances to Kali River Rapids and Maharajah Jungle Trek: siamangs and white-cheeked.

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Giraffes - Disney Animals

There are several ways to spot the world’s tallest land animal at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.

You’ll see giraffes on the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction, Savor the Savanna and Wild Africa Trek.

Giraffes also graze the savannas near Jambo House and Kidani Village at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. You can enjoy a special up-close look at our resident giraffes during Sense of Africa, a program offered at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail

Encounter exotic animals as you trek through dense forests and sprawling savannas. Embark on a self-guided tour of the Pangani Forest and experience amazing creatures in their natural habitats—up-close and personal!

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Gorillas - Disney Animals

Guests can see our growing family (troop) of western lowland gorillas on the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.

Gorillas in the Wild
There are 2 gorilla species, western gorilla and eastern gorilla, and each has 2 subspecies—one that lives in the lowlands, one that lives at higher elevations. These awesome apes make their home in 8 countries across central and western Africa, typically in lowland tropical rainforests. Gorillas are the largest primates, with males weighing up to 450 lbs (204 kg) and standing up to 6 feet tall (2 m) when upright. The upper body strength of an adult male gorilla is 6 times more powerful than that of an adult human!

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Habitat Habit!

The wilderness must be explored! After arriving on the Wildlife Express Train, you’ll trek through wild terrain on your way towards the Affection Section and Conservation Station. On your way, you’ll have opportunities to become an official Wilderness Explorer and earn badges.

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Hippopotamuses - Disney Animals

Behold basking hippos on the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction and while walking the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.

You can also get a behind-the-scenes perspective of the hippopotamuses on the Wild Africa Trek.

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Invertebrates - Disney Animals

Invertebrates aren’t just insects—they’re also shrimp, horseshoe crabs, sea stars, corals, clams and more. You can see some of these underwater wonders at The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot. Bug out while visiting Conservation Station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, along the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail and while you’re earning badges with the Wilderness Explorers, all at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park..

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It's Tough to be a Bug!

Become an honorary insect as you take your seat in the theater hidden at the base of the Tree of Life and don a pair of “bug eye” glasses. Enjoy a delightful 3D movie and live show hosted by Flik, the loveable ant from A Bug’s Life, and learn how insects survive in the wild.

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Kali River Rapids

Skim across an erupting geyser, drift below a canopy of lush vegetation and be whisked along fast-moving rapids. Graze gushing waterfalls and bedrock amid the raging current. Then, as the harmony of nature is disrupted, you’ll plummet down a dramatic 20-foot slope!

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Kilimanjaro Safaris

Explore the Harambe Wildlife Reserve, home to 34 species living in 110 acres of picturesque open plains, shady forest landscapes and rocky wetlands. Your rugged safari vehicle is driven by an expert guide, who helps point out animals and shares fascinating wildlife facts during this extraordinary 18-minute expedition.

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Komodo Dragons - Disney Animals

Explore the breathtaking wonder of the Asian rainforest as you walk along the Maharajah Jungle Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park, and you may just come across a Komodo dragon along the way!

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Maharajah Jungle Trek

Cross towering footbridges, roam around jungle bends, behold cascading waterfalls and stand in the shadow of a palace frozen in time. Hop into a chirping aviary where over 50 species of birds soar free.

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Meerkats - Disney Animals

Guests can see meerkats hard at work on the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.

Meerkats in the Wild
Busy above the ground and burrowing just beneath the surface, meerkats make their home the same way at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park as they do in the arid climates of Africa. A single meerkat complex can consist of up to 3 levels, 15 entrances and stretch more than 50 feet (15 m) across. The open plains of southwest Africa are the ideal habitat for meerkats, offering these dust-colored creatures the perfect combination of dry flatlands, short grasses and shrubby woodlands. Countries where meerkats are found include South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Angola.

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Migratory Birds - Disney Animals

Disney’s Animal Kingdom park is home to some very special migratory bird species. Watch for bar-headed geese at Maharajah Jungle Trek and white storks at the Tree of Life. Spot Northern pintail ducks at The Oasis near the main entrance to the park and other species throughout the treks and trails in Africa, Asia and DinoLand, U.S.A.

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Na'vi River Journey

Feel a sense of wonder as the full beauty of the extraordinary dreamscape unfolds before your eyes.

On this visually stunning and mysterious river, you’ll glide through a series of caves and into a bioluminescent rainforest alive with the sights and sounds of exotic plants and creatures on all sides—even overhead.

Soon, you’ll join the legendary Na’vi Shaman of Songs, who demonstrates her deep connection to the life force of Pandora—and sends positive energy out into the forest through the power of her music.

Na’vi River Journey offers explorers an experience that has to be seen—and heard—to be believed!

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Okapis - Disney Animals

The elusive striped okapi may be a rare sight in the wild, but you’ll get the chance to spot them here.

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom park, you may see okapis while trekking along the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail or on the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction. You can get an up-close look at these gentle creatures during Sense of Africa, a program offered at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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Primeval Whirl - Operates Seasonally

Sweep through a series of sudden dips and turns as your time machine spins on its own path. Whiz by cartoon dinosaurs hastily preparing for their impending extinction and glimpse a shower of kooky meteors.

Glide through a fossilized jigsaw puzzle of dinosaur bones, before leaving the past behind—just in time!

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Rhinos - Disney Animals

Meet our resident “crash” (herd) of rhinos—the massive, heavy-horned mammal that looks downright prehistoric.

Guests can spot white rhinos and black rhinos at the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction and on the Wild Africa Trek at Disney's Animal Kingdom park. For a more intimate encounter with white rhinos, check out the Up Close with Rhinos tour.

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The Animation Experience at Conservation Station

Uncover the secret of how Disney animators bring your favorite characters to life—using real life animals as inspiration!

Let your creativity shine—no matter your skill level—as a talented Disney animator gives you step-by-step instruction on how to illustrate your own version of a popular Disney character.

Each 25-minute class will offer something different. Featured Characters change periodically, so you can keep adding to your art collection!

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The Boneyard

A world of prehistoric marvels awaits! Kids ages 10 and under are invited to clamber across rope bridges, climb through mysterious caves and hurl down twisting slides.

At the dig site, help excavate fossils from a Triceratops and a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Discover lots more dino-sized surprises as you have a blast digging up the past.

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The Oasis Exhibits

Explore the untamed beauty of the natural world. Stroll shady trails past gentle waterfalls, meandering streams, imported flora and fascinating creatures. Keep your eyes open for the local residents of the Oasis: giant anteater, boar, barking deer, wallabies and spoonbills.

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Tigers - Disney Animals

Sleek and powerful, tigers are the ultimate apex predator. Prowl on over to the expansive tiger habitat on the Maharajah Jungle Trek to encounter the rarest of all the tigers—the Sumatran.

Tigers in the Wild
Tigers can be found in tropical rainforests, mangrove swamps and forests that provide dense cover, access to water and sufficient large prey. They currently survive only in scattered populations from India to Southeast Asia.

The Sumatran tiger is the smallest subspecies of tigers in the world and found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

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Tree of Life

The Tree of Life honors animals and the place they all share in the great Circle of Life.

At 145 feet tall, the massive tree towers over the land. Marvel at its gnarled roots and outstretched branches, then step closer to see the shapes of over 300 animals carved into the tree.

It’s an epic visual symbol of the diversity, beauty and interconnected nature of Earth’s creatures.

Look Closer
Stroll the picturesque Discovery Island Trails around the great tree for an close-up view of the animal carvings. You may even discover a famous mouse hiding among its branches!

Animal Encounters
Nestled amid the burrowing roots at the base of the Tree of Life is a serene landscape of pools, meadows and trees—home to a variety of live animals, including lemurs, flamingos, kangaroos and tortoises.

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TriceraTop Spin

Climb into a 4-person triceratops gondola and prepare for liftoff! Bob up and down, forward and back, as you sail through the air to festive music. Don’t be surprised if something prehistoric appears from the giant crown in the center of the top.

Designed for little ones and the young-at-heart, TriceraTop Spin is a blast from the prehistoric past.

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Vultures - Disney Animals

You can spot multiple vulture species on your visit. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom park, look for lappet-faced vultures near the Tree of Life and American black vultures at Rafiki’s Planet Watch. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, spot Rüppell’s griffon vultures on the savanna. And to see native turkey vultures around the Walt Disney World resort, just look up!

Vultures in the Wild
Vultures are Earth’s caretakers—they keep the planet clean by eating dead animals. There are 23 species of vultures and they live on every continent except Antarctica. Lappet-faced and Rüppell’s griffon vultures are native to Africa, while black and turkey vultures are native to the Americas.

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Wilderness Explorers

Set out on a series of fun, nature-themed challenges on your way to becoming an official Wilderness Explorer.

Self-guided activities range from animal observation to learning important wilderness skills. Collect over 25 badges and earn the right to echo the Wilderness Explorer call: Caw! Caw! Roar!

Complete the activities on your own, or take on each task as a group.

Get ready to experience Disney’s Animal Kingdom park in a wild new way!

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Wildlife Express Train

Board the Wildlife Express Train for a peaceful 7-minute, 1.2-mile journey to Rafiki’s Planet Watch, an area dedicated to the preservation and conservation of animals.

Get a close-up look at the inner workings of Disney's Animal Kingdom park and enjoy fascinating educational activities for all ages. Travel past animal housing and veterinary facilities for our resident rhinos, elephants and more.

After your visit to Rafiki’s Planet Watch, board the Wildlife Express Train for your ride back to Harambe, Africa.

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Zebras - Disney Animals

Walt Disney World Resort is home to 3 unique types of zebra—Grevy’s zebras, Hartmann’s mountain zebras and plains zebras. Look for Grevy’s zebras trekking along the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail and Hartmann’s mountain zebras on Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. Catch Hartmann’s mountain and plains zebras gracefully grazing on the lush savannas at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Zebras in the Wild
Zebras can be found in shrublands, savannas, mountains and plains across Sub-Saharan Africa. Many zebras congregate in large herds referred to as “dazzles” for protection. While some species form smaller, secluded populations, others participate in one of the world’s largest animal migrations, traveling across the Serengeti--an African superhighway for thousands of animals who relocate each year to find better grazing.

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