Disney’s Animal Kingdom – DAK

When I go on stage, I am in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, also known as DAK. I’m glad about that too because it is a great park — possibly my favorite next to EPCOT.

I like that this park is laid back and more relaxed. In fact, this is the only park of the four Walt Disney World Resort parks that the major icon is not visible when you first walk in the gates. The Magic Kingdom has Cinderella’s Castle, EPCOT has Spaceship Earth (the giant golf ball), and Hollywood Studios has Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat. All of these can be seen when you walk into the park.

Animal Kingdom of course has the Tree of Life, but you don’t see it when you enter. Instead you go into an Oasis. Why? To slow you down, help you relax. It’s not a rushed park. I dig that.

The park opened April 22, 1998 (Earth Day). The parking lot closed after 20 minutes on opening day because it was full.

DAK is the largest Disney park. In fact, it’s big enough to hold the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and Hollywood Studios combined. Here’s the map.

Though it features only two continents exclusively (Africa and Asia), there are plants from every continent (sans Antarctica) in the park. There are also over 300 species of animals in the park; over 300 animals on the Tree of Life.

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