Ok, I’m just gonna say it – The Animal Kingdom is my least favorite of the four Disney parks in Orlando. I don’t care for many of the rides there, I dislike a lot of the restaurants and frankly, if my kids didn’t want to go, I would skip it all together. But, the kids like it, so we keep going back…..for now.
There are basically three things that they like to do at the Animal Kingdom and they are as follows: The Kilimanjaro Safari ride, the Kali River Rapids (a raft ride) and Dinoland U.S.A. Usually, we bang those things out and then move on to another park and this year was no different with the exception of the fact that no one wanted to get wet, so we skipped the Kali River Rapids this time around.
The majority of our time at the Animal Kingdom is almost always spent at Dinoland U.S.A. The boys absolutely LOVE The Boneyard, which is a play space designed to look like a dinosaur dig site. It includes the following:
- A giant, multi-level maze with covered slides
- An archeological dig site where kids can excavate fossils from a Triceratops and a Tyrannosaurus Rex
- A set of hands-on musical bones set into the side of a hill
- A Jeep® for climbing and make-believe driving
- Interactive exhibits, including dinosaur footprints that make sounds
Once they’ve gotten their fill of the climbing structure, we crossed a 52 foot Brachiosaurus Bridge to get to an actual “dig site”.
Here are my little diggers trying to unearth the remains of a Wooly Mammoth in the sandpit.
The boys played in Dinoland U.S.A. for hours and had an absolute blast. On our way out of the park, we came across Pluto and Goofy and the boys wanted to stop for a quick picture – which wasn’t really quick because we waited a good 20 minutes in line to meet them, but who’s counting?
And that about covers it. Until next year when we’ll be doing it all over again!