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Tree of Life
The largest of Disney World's four main theme parks, Animal Kingdom is themed entirely around animal conservation, a philosophy that Walt Disney promoted. The park opened on Earth Day in 1998. It is split into various sections, including Asia and Africa sections that look and feel amazingly authentic.
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The symbolic heart of the Animal Kingdom park is the Tree of Life, which stands 145 feet tall and towers above streams, flowers and exotic birds. Carved into the tree's gnarled roots and sturdy trunk is a rich tapestry of more than 350 animals.
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Pandora - The World of Avatar
Nearly a decade after wowing audiences on the big screen, the amazing bioluminescent world from James Cameron's seminal film "Avatar" has become a reality in Disney World's Animal Kingdom theme park with the opening of "Pandora - The World of Avatar." To visit is to feel like you've stepped right into the Valley of Mo'ara, which is alive with exotic glowing plants and iridescent creatures, unique food, interactive scenery and attractions that truly are out of this world.
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Avatar Flight of Passage
The crowning glory of Pandora is Avatar Flight of Passage, an amazing and incredibly immersive ride that puts you in a saddle atop a mountain banshee as you soar above Mo'ara's floating mountains, swooping through treetop canopies, skipping over sparkling water, and plunging into bioluminescent caves. Thanks to the genius of Disney imagineers, this 3-D simulator thrill ride very convincingly makes you feel like you are really flying, as your senses awaken to the sights, sounds, smells of the Pandora.
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Na'vi River Journey
The second unmissable ride in Pandora is Na'vi River Journey. Your family will board a slow-paced reed boat that glides along the Na'vi River through an eye-popping bioluminescent rainforest full of exotic glowing plants and iridescent alien creatures making the pilgrimage with you to meet the Shaman of Songs.
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Kilimanjaro Safaris: Elephants
Kilimanjaro Safaris, in the Africa section of the park, simulates an open-sided safari ride through the Harambe Wildlife Reserve in East Africa. African animals on view include elephants, giraffes, antelope, addax, gazelles, crocodiles, monkeys, hippos, lions, cheetahs, warthogs, ostriches, rhinos, flamingos, wildebeest, okapis, and zebras.
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A wonderful example of the incredible detail found throughout the Animal Kingdom is this handpainted Coca-Cola ad on a wall outside Drinkwallah, a snack-and-beverage shop in the Asia section.
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Expedition Everest: Riding to the Top
One of Disney World's best thrill rides, Expedition Everest is a steel roller coaster themed around the Yeti hiding in Mount Everest. It opened in 2006 and remains the tallest of the mountain coasters at Disney World.
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Expedition Everest: Conquest for Kids
Kids must be at least 44 inches tall to ride Expedition Everest.
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Expedition Everest: View From the Ascent
If you dare look down, the view is spectacular on the ascent up the 199-foot mountain.
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Expedition Everest: End of the Line
At the top of Everest, riders get a nasty surprise.
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Expedition Everest: Yeti Sighting
After reaching the top to discover that the tracks have been torn apart, the train reverses through a dark cave where the shadow of the Yeti appears.
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Kali River Rapids
Kali River Rapids is a whitewater rafting expedition along the Chakranadi River with the fictional Kali Rapids Expeditions company.
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