Animal Guide

Opportunities for learning about animals and their habitats abound at Animal Kingdom park. To help identify the many animals you may encounter during your visit, Animal Guides are available wherever you pick up park guide maps.

IMG_3163These guides point out all the animals you may possibly see, organized by land. There are over 100 species listed! The animals that have a highlighted icon are supported specifically by the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. You, too, can contribute to the Fund at Guest Relations and at merchandise and select dining locations. During your next visit, pick up an Animal Guide and challenge yourself to find as many animals listed as possible.

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Jungle Cruise

The Jungle Cruise is a classic favorite at Walt Disney World. Guests board canopied steamer boats for a leisurely cruise down the river, complete with corny jokes from the skippers. During your trip you’ll encounter animals, landscapes, and cultural references to four different regions of the globe. While the friendly skippers and their groaners are a big part of the fun, there are real facts mixed into their banter. Believe them when they tell you how long the Nile River is and how you can tell Indian elephants from African elephants.

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In fact, the original concept for the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland was a much more serious, educational experience based on Walt Disney’s True-Life Adventure films. Walt famously wanted to have real animals in the attraction, but this proved to be a logistical nightmare. So the Imagineers created animatronic animals and a storyline that took guests down four of the world’s rivers: the Amazon, the Congo, the Nile, and the Mekong.

The Jungle Cruise is one of the longest rides at Magic Kingdom, so it’s a perfect opportunity to rest your feet as you take in some fun facts (along with those silly skipper antics). You may be surprised how much you can learn from the Cruise!

 

FL Sunshine State Science Standards:
SC.K.L.14.3, SC.2.L.17.2, SC.5.L.17.1
FL Sunshine State Social Studies Standards:
SS.K.G.3.2, SS.912.G.2.1

The Oasis

The Oasis is the first themed area that you encounter when you step into Animal Kingdom park. Many guests breeze through this area on their way to the attractions that lay beyond. But if you’re an animal lover, take some time to explore the Oasis Exhibits.

The Exhibits showcase some interesting and rare species of both animals and plants. Look up and around you to see beautiful orchids and tropical plants. And many of the animal habitats provide a closer look than the other walking trails in the park. Some of the species you may encounter include the rhinoceros iguana, wallaby, babirusa, and many different kinds of birds.

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Plaques provide information about each animal, such as where it lives in the wild, what it eats, and special features or characteristics. The plaques also include quotes from famous naturalists and peace figures. Be on the lookout for a very special plaque near the entrance to the Oasis that marks the dedication of Animal Kingdom park. It emphasizes the wonder, beauty, and chance to learn from our natural world.

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FL Sunshine State Science Standards:
SC.K.L.14.3, SC.1.L.14.1, SC.2.L.17.2, SC.5.L.17.1

Uzima Pool

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of those places that is chock full of things to explore and learn. So we’re giving you bite-size pieces, starting with Uzima Pool. This main feature pool at Jambo House was one of the first on Walt Disney World property to be built with a zero-depth entry point to mimic a real beach. Visiting the pool is always a great, relaxing way to spend some vacation time. But when you’re at Uzima, be on the lookout for special signage that teaches a bit about the circle of life.

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Just beyond Uzima Springs pool bar is a singular post with four in-depth facts about how animals and plants depend on each other and their environment for survival. There are explanations of certain animal behaviors, such as how animals recycle in the wild and why they develop co-dependent relationships. You can also read about breeding seasons and how seeds travel miles and miles to be planted as food for future generations.

 

FL Sunshine State Science Standards:
SC.1.L.17.1, SC.2.L.16.1, SC.3.L.17.1, SC.4.L.17.2, SC.4.L.17.4, SC.5.L.17.1, SC.7.L.17.1, SC.7.L.17.2, SC.7.L.17.3, SC.912.L.17.6

Wilderness Lodge Lobby

Whether you’re staying at or just visiting Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, there’s plenty to learn while you’re there.
This resort is themed around our great National Park lodges and the Pacific Northwest. As you look around, you’ll spot nods to the wildlife, Native American influences, and natural wonders of the area.

A centerpiece of the lobby is the 80 ft tall fireplace that replicates the geologic makeup of the Grand Canyon. On each floor of the resort, you will find a case that shows examples of the rocks, fossils, and minerals that are found in each canyon layer, on level with the layers in the fireplace.

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From the balconies in the lobby, little ones can have fun spotting the different animals carved into the towering beams or painted on the giant totem poles. And if you’re wandering outside, challenge the kids to look for buffalo tracks in the sidewalks.

 

FL Sunshine State Science Standards:
SC.1.E.6.1, SC.2.E.6.1, SC.3.G.2.5, SC.4.E.6.2, SC.6.E.6.1, SC.7.E.6.4