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Christmas at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom

Our Christmas Disney World, park-hopping experience continued with a visit to Animal Kingdom.

If you haven’t read my general tips for visiting Disney World, read this first. If you’re all caught up, and know exactly how to make the most of your Disney trip, read on for my specific advice for Animal Kingdom.

We arrived wearing these fabulous shirts.

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And ran into other people wearing the exact same shirts!

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

I’m just kidding, we purposely met up with my parents, brother, and sister-in-law.

We made sure to take a good picture for next year’s Christmas Card, and Disney even gave us this electronic card too (here’s how).

As with the other parks, Animal Kingdom was draped with festive holiday decor, this time with an animal theme.

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Even though it rained off and on that day, we still made the most of it!

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Even when that rain turned into snow!

As far as rides go, here’s what I recommend doing (if you’re an adult)!

My favorite ride is Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain.

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

We did that one twice. The first time, the ride photography captured our normal reactions.

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The second time, we purposely created a “YMCA.” Although, based on Josh’s minimal effort with his “C,” it was really more like “YMcA.”

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

We also had a lot of fun on DINOSAUR.

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

As well as Kilimanjaro Safaris.

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Pandora – The World of Avatar is the most popular area of the park, and is beautifully decorated with imaginative flora from the movie.

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The most popular ride there, and in the entire park, is Avatar Flight of Passage. If you can get a FastPass for this ride, do it (here’s what you need to know about FastPasses). Otherwise, you’ll need to wait in line for at least 2.5 or 3 hours, sometimes even longer.

It is a good ride. However, when we went, there was either a problem with our 3-D glasses, or the screen, because our view was a little fuzzy. So while it was a really neat experience, it wasn’t quite as magical (and worth the wait) as it could have been if it had been clearer.

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

If you’re hungry, Tiffins Restaurant has delicious food that isn’t at all “theme-park.”

Our waiter was great, giving us advice for making the most of that evening’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom.

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Disney World offers special festive Christmas treats during the holidays, so we made sure to try Tiffins’ offering while we were there.

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Then we continued exploring the park, taking in all of the fun safari-themed features.

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And participating in them too!

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

While you’re there, make sure to stop by the Adventurers Outpost to meet Mickey and Minnie! It’s one of the few places at Disney World where you can meet these Disney OGs.

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Christmas at Disney World's Animal Kingdom - travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Merry Christmas and Krismasi Njema!

~A

For all of my tips for visiting Disney World, click here.

For all of my Florida travel posts, click here.

 

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