Day Two – Relax and Explore
Begin your day at Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Accessible only by Wildlife Train, this area offers a backstage look at animal care throughout the park as well as several exhibits designed to spread the message of conservation. Medical procedures from checkups to surgeries take place daily between 9 am and 10 am. The procedures are fully viewable via a full size glass wall, and a Cast Member offers narration and answers questions throughout each procedure.
After you have your fill of Rafiki’s, make your way out to any of the miles of hiking trails. The trails give the appearance of truly going into the back country, and animals in naturalistic habitats appear around every corner. Keep your eyes and ears open, for you may just find yourself face to face with a bat, gorilla, or even tiger at any time.
Be sure to see the shows today. As mentioned above, Festival of the Lion King is the biggest and most Broadway production style. Nevertheless, all of the shows are top quality and highly worth your time. From the Flights of Wonder bird show to Pocahontas and her Forest Friends, animals are the stars across the board.
Be sure to spend some time simply wandering through the park. Pause outside the Dawa Bar and listen closely, you might just hear an African landlady trying to collect rent from some student researchers. Keep an eye out in the trees, and you may suddenly be face to face with Devine, a performance artist with an incredible act. Sit outside the Tusker House Restaurant and listen to authentic African music performed live. Whatever you do and wherever you go throughout the park, small surprises and amazement lurk just around the next corner.
On Day Two, you should not be tied to your park map. It is impossible to get hopelessly lost within Animal Kingdom, but quite easy to follow paths until you are not sure *quite* where you are. This adds to the mystery and excitement of this incredible park. In fact, when Animal Kingdom first opened to the public, guide maps were not distributed. The original intent of the park was to offer guests the feeling of exploration and new discovery. Allow yourself to follow this idea and the rewards will be immense.