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Old 02-19-2013, 06:00 PM   #1
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AK park for Canadians

So totally on the fence about this park....living so close to African lion safari I'm picturing it as such....just on a larger scale. We thought about skipping this one... Thoughts? I'm reading a lot of good things about the patk....

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Old 02-19-2013, 07:39 PM   #2
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If you have time for it, I wouldn't skip it. Its such a unique park and there are tons of other things to besides looking at animals. There are some really awesome shows such at Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo Musical. It depends on how old your kids are but the rides there are pretty awesome too.

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Old 02-19-2013, 07:45 PM   #3
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I've been to African Lion Safari and its as much like Animal Kingdom as Storybook Gardens is like Magic Kingdom. Basically not alike at all. African lion safari is fun but its not Animal kingdom.

If you are undecided and have hoppers just do half a day there. My family can do everything we really want to do and be out of there by 2pm. Go take a nap and then hop over to Epcot in the evening.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:36 PM   #4
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African Lion Safari is nothing like AK except for the lions. AK is a great park just take your time touring, many people just rush to the rides. Go early or later in the day to avoid the crowds.
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Don't miss AK- it isn't anything like African Lion Safari, it is NOT anything like Toronto Zoo, it is not anything like Canada's Wonderland.
I think the only thing I've seen that would be somewhat like it, would be Busch Gardens Tampa (and I'm reaching way back 20 yrs ago)
Festival of the Lion King- AMAZING!- Finding Nemo Musical -Fantastic! The Safari- is not "let's just ride around in a jeep & look at animals", no it's only 1 ride of many.
This is true Disney, just themed with Africa, Asia & jungle paradise. It's also a small park so can be done easily in one day.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:52 PM   #6
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I'm actually going to go against the majority and say skip it unless you're desperate for something to do. It's by far our family's least fav park and we will be skipping it on our next vacation. Especially since they're shutting down the Festival of the Lion King which was the only thing we liked!
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:45 PM   #7
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Ummm agreed! AK is NOTHING like African Lion Safari!! AK is our favourite park......
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:04 AM   #8
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I'll second on this and say DAK is nothing like African Lion Safari or the Toronto Zoo.The safari ride is more along the lines of what it would be like if you took one in Africa.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:13 AM   #9
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Nope, not even close to African Lion Safari. Expedition Everest alone makes it stand out, that is such a great roller coaster. There is Kali River Rapids, Dinosaur, Primeval Whirl along with all the other attractions everyone else mentioned. There is so much more than just the animals!
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Animal Kingdom is entirely different from African Lion Safari. It has many different rides and shows. Even the Kilimanjaro Safari ride is different from the car/bus trip through the game reserve.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:36 AM   #11
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The Kilimanjaro Safaris Expedition ride at AK is similar to what you see on a African Lion Safari tour bus but that's about the only thing that's similar. AK has lots more activities, rides and good places to eat.

IMO, it all depends on how many days you're at WDW and who you're going with. I have young kids so AK was a nice relaxing day. And its especially nice when its hot outside as AK has got alot of shade and places to sit

If had older kids and were only going for a few days, then I wouldn't place AK high on my list to visit. But if your going for a 5+ days, I would say AK deserves a visit. Especially if you haven't been there before. But as everyone says, its worth a 1/2 visit especially if you have a hopper.

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Old 02-20-2013, 01:15 PM   #12
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AK is our absolute favorite park. Some of the best rides, shows, the best themeing and Disney social engineering at its best. The animals are pretty cool too, but they aren't the only thing to the park by any stretch.
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:52 AM   #13
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African Lion Safari will seem like amateur hour once you experience Animal Kingdom.
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apples, oranges...enough said. lol

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Old 02-21-2013, 02:12 PM   #15
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Animal Kingdom is nothing like African Lion Safari. When we were there it was pouring rain all day and we still had such a great time. Best part was there was no lines for anything. We enjoyed it and would definitely go again.

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