Animal Kingdom is one of my favorite parks, there’s so much to explore and to do there in addition to the rides and entertainment in the park. The Tree of Life is incredible, and nothing beats Everest when you’re looking for a thrill. And if you’re looking for the hidden gems in the park, I’ve got you covered. Here are 5 things you didn’t know you could do at Animal Kingdom.#waltexpress #disneyworld #disneysanimalkingdom do at animal kingdom

5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could do at Animal Kingdom

There is a HUGE misconception when it comes to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park! People tend to think it’s only a “half day” park or “just a zoo”. We tend to disagree!

1. Drawing lessons straight from Disney animators

In a hidden little area of Animal Kingdom, you’ll find the Conservation Station. The Station itself has several fun things you can do there (see below for a few more you didn’t know you could do!). One of our favorites is the animation class. Using the animals from Animal Kingdom and from Disney classics as inspiration, you’ll take a lesson from a Disney animator. They’ll show you how to draw your own animated animal character, which makes for a fun free keepsake. Right now, you’ll learn to draw some of the animals from the upcoming Raya and the Last Dragon movie.

2. Wilderness Explorers

If you have kids, this is one activity you don’t want to miss. (And honestly, it’s a fun activity for adults too.) Named for the Wilderness Explorers in the movie up, you earn your very own Wilderness Explorer badges by completing activities throughout the park. Pick up the map at the bridge by the Oasis and follow the map to find activities to complete. It’s fun, it helps you explore the entire park, and best of all, it’s free!

3. Observe veterinary procedures and operations 

Going back to the Conservation Station, one of the biggest draws is the animal care center. This is where the animals of Animal Kingdom receive veterinary care and check ups. You can view from the windows and may even get to see animal surgeries and procedures. Definitely something not to miss if your party is interested in animal care!

4. Walk through the Tree of Life

One of my absolute favorite things about Animal Kingdom is the Tree of Life. There are over 300 animals carved within the tree, and I’ve literally spent hours just looking and trying to find them all. But what you might not know is that there are trails that walk through and around the base of the tree. You can see the tree up close and personal from all angles. Plus, there are tons of hidden animal exhibits within the trails around the tree. Go in the early morning when it’s least crowded, and you’ll have stunning photos all to yourself. And there’s nothing like the early morning sun lighting up the Tree of Life.

5. Explore for an entire day… or more! 

You may have heard that Animal Kingdom is a half day park and that there just isn’t much to do there. But there are so many hidden nooks and crannies and so much to explore at this park that you truly need a day (or more!) to fit it all in. From the Savannah in Africa, to the bioluminescence and fantastic rides of Pandora, the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Asia, exploring dinosaurs in Dinoland U.S.A., to the Conservation Station and more… there’s so much to do that you will definitely want to take the entire day here. Don’t miss out on all that Animal Kingdom has to offer and plan for an entire day to explore the parks. We believe in this so much, we wrote an entire blog post on why Animal Kingdom is more than a one day park.

There’s so much to do at Animal Kingdom besides just the big name rides like Flights of Passage and Everest. Hopefully this list helps you to think outside the box to find the hidden gems inside the Animal Kingdom! Join our Facebook group over at DISNEY EXPRESS LANE!


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Kristen Stiles

Kristen is a wife, mom of two AND Disney-obsessed. She first visited Walt Disney World when she was 6 years old and it sparked the Disney fire that quickly turned into a Disney passion. When she had a family of her own, she brought her family to Disney World and was able to pass on her love of Disney to her two kiddos and her husband. Now, the family visits Disney World at least once a year! It’s truly a family passion. She loves helping others plan their Disney trips and can, quite literally, talk about Disney all day long.

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