Obviously, Disney is huge draw for Florida tourism. Without a doubt, Disney does it up in grand fashion, but at a price, and a steep price at that. A one day pass to Animal Kingdom, one of Walt Disney World’s four theme parks, is essentially a hundred dollars per person plus parking. Is it worth it? Well that depends.
Generally speaking, Telephoto Florida highly recommends the Disney Brand. Who can resist fireworks, parades, costumed characters and exotic animals? A day at Disney is always an adventure. Expect to walk all day. You may find will be some respite on a slow train ride or bumpy jeep tour. Even on a slow day, expect crowds of tired moms and dads dishing out discipline to their overstimulated offspring who weigh down rental strollers with so many balloons tied to them they are at risk of floating away.
Bring your own water and small snacks to keep energized and hydrated during what can be a long hot day. As one would expect, food drinks and souvenirs are expensive. Telephoto Florida’s advice for a truly enjoyable day at Disney is to take your time. Be mindful of the weather and be patient. Explore with wonder and awe. Poke your nose around corners, particularly along the Discovery Island Trails.
Animal Kingdom offers a great deal of variety and is Telephoto Florida’s favorite park of the four. We don’t do rides here at TPF but Animal Kingdom does have a river rapids ride that is sure to get your camera wet. Walking the park you will be immersed in tropical jungle pathways and you will see a variety of animals from exotic locales like South East Asia, and Africa. There are lions, tigers, gorillas, monkeys, turtles, sharks, and even a komodo dragon.
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We recognize that for millions of visitors each year, Disney comes first, birding second. In truth, Telephoto Florida can’t say that Walt Disney World is a must have on a Florida birder’s checklist, however, any birder visiting the park must see the two onsite aviaries offering over fifty bird species. The birds of the Anandapur Royal Forest are for us, at least, the highlight of the day. We can easily pass on the thrill rides and kiddie parks to spend some quality time amongst our feathery friends.
Before you go check out this site for some interesting little secrets about Animal Kingdom.