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Disney's Animal Kingdom: Africa

Showcasing the most famous animal species on the planet, Africa is considered by most guests to be the most memorable part of Disney's Animal Kingdom. This is where you'll find African entertainment, African food (be sure to stop by the BBQ Termite cart), and shops filled with authentic African Disney souvenirs. Some guests claim that they've even picked up African diseases!

Lions!Kilimanjaro Safaris
Guests board authentic African safari vehicles to journey into a stretch of African wilderness actually imported directly from Africa (Disney traded it for a hunk of Florida swamp land and tried not to laugh out loud when they did it). During this bumpy ride, guests might see wild-roaming cheetahs eat hippos, gazelles, antelope, baboons, giraffes, ostriches, warthogs, and maybe even an elephant! Originally this attraction had a storyline involving a chase after poachers, but in 2007 the poachers were eliminated (possibly because Disney was running out of animals).

Some guests have complained that the animals are "fake" or "cartoonish," but rest assured that everything here is completely authentic (as can be seen in this actual photo from the Safari). If an animal looks a little too much like a Disney animated character, then you should spend more time honoring Disney animators for their ability to create realism than criticizing Imagineers for perceived attempts at deception. Seriously people, why are you so suspicious?

Pangani Forest Exploration Trail
On this leisurely walk through natural-ish habitats, guests can get a close look at naked mole rats, meerkats, hippos, and birds. There is also a large family of gorillas, but we can't promise that they'll be naked (they sometimes put on hats and ride bicycles).

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