In this, the third part of our series about Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the things that you can see and do in the Camp Minnie-Mickey and Africa sections of the park.
Camp Minnie-Mickey Rides and Attractions
There aren’t any rides in the Camp Minnie-Mickey area of the park, but you can see the fantastic Festival of the Lion King show. This show lasts for 30 minutes and features music from the Disney animated movie, The Lion King, together with dancers, acrobats and puppets. You can also join in with parts of the show, so young children will love it.
The other main attracion in this area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park is the Camp Minnie-Mickey Greetings Trails. Here, you’ll get the opportunity to meet some of your favourite Disney characters and children will love being able to have their photo taken with them or getting their autographs. Just decide which character you want to meet and follow the relevant path to find them!
Camp Minnie-Meeting Dining and Shopping
There are no restaurants or shops in the Camp Minnie-Mickey area of the park, but there are a number of stalls where you can buy drinks, ice cream and snacks.
Africa Rides and Attractions
There are two main attractions in the Africa area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Kilimanjaro Safaris and the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.
Kilimanjaro Safaris is one of the park’s most popular attractions, so you may find that the queues for this are fairly long. You can take advantage of the park’s FastPass system for this attraction, however – just use the machines near the ride entrance to get a FastPass ticket and come back during the allocated time-slot, and you’ll get fast-tracked to the front of the line.
On this fantastic ride, you’ll travel across the savannah in an open-sided jeep and you’ll be able to see a range of animals. The savannah area is home to elephants, giraffes, hippos, lions, cheetahs, rhino and many other species, so should be able to see many animals during your journey and each trip will be different! During your safari, you’ll also encounter poachers and will embark upon a high-speed chase to rescue a baby elephant.
After the excitement of your safari, you can take a relaxing stroll along the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail. You can stop at the various viewing points to see okapis, meerkats, hippos, gorillas and other animals, and there is also a walk-through aviary along the way.
Dining in Africa
There are a number of places within the Africa area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom where you can grab a bite to eat or relax with a cool drink.
Tusker House Restaurant is a table service / buffet restaurant which is open for character breakfasts, as well as for lunch and dinner. The menu at Donald’s Safari Breakfast at Tusker House includes bacon and sausage, ham, scrambled eggs, pastries, fruit and yoghurt, and you’ll be able to meet Disney characters such as Donald and Daisy Duck.
Dishes available at lunch and dinner at Tusker House Restaurant include salads, couscous dishes, curried chicken, salmon, spiced tandoori tofu and a range of desserts. There is also a special menu for children, which includes corn dog nuggets, macaroni and cheese, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
The Dawa Bar, next door to Tusker House Restaurant, serves a range of alcoholic drinks, including beers, South African wine and cocktails, whilst the Tamu Tamu Refreshments kiosk’s menu includes cheeseburgers, sandwiches, desserts and soft drinks. You can also enjoy a wide range of fruit and snacks from the Harambe Fruit Market, and pastries and coffee at the Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery.
Shopping in Africa
If you’re looking for souvenirs, you’ll find plenty to choose from in Mombasa Marketplace and Ziwani Traders, including a wide range of African-themed gifts, such as carved animals and t-shirts. You can also buy batteries and memory cards for your camera in Duka La Filimu.
In the next part of our guide to the Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park in Orlando, we’ll be taking a look at some of the things you can see and do in the Rafiki’s Planet Watch area of the park.
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