Walt Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the fourth theme park built at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida, near Orlando, Florida. Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened on Earth Day, April 22, 1998. It is the second largest theme park in the whole world, behind Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. Animal Kingdom is the largest single Walt Disney theme park in the world, covering over 500 acres, and is also the first Walt Disney theme park to be themed completely around animal conservation, a thought once pioneered by Walt Disney himself.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, meaning they have met or exceeded the standards in education, conservation, and research. In 2013, the park received/hosted approximately 10.19 million guests, ranking the fourth-most visited amusement park in the United States and seventh-most visited in the world.
At Disney’s Animal Kingdom you can encounter exotic animals while having exciting adventures. Animal Kingdom is the home to more than 1,700 animals across 250 species, the park projects Walt Disney’s dedication to conservation and is committed to animal care, education and research. At Animal Kingdom you can explore 6 enthralling lands: Oasis, Discovery Island, Africa, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Asia and DinoLand, U.S.A. areas.