Hopefully, this page will provide you with some of Disney's Animal Kingdom park information so that your visit to the park will be as stress free as possible.
Going on a vacation is little bit stressful for most people especially if you do not know what to expect from your destination of choice once you arrive. Most people feel that vacationing should be spontaneous therefore they do not plan any of the details of the trip other than how to get to the desired location. I am not one of those people. I like to be prepared for the "what ifs" so that I will have a plan of action in case the need arises. My "what if" situation could be as simple as What if my child needs first aid while in the park? Or What if I forget to bring my camera? Whatever it is I like to be prepared.
The Animal Kingdom park information listed below is to help you be prepared for your visit to Disney's Animal Kingdom too!
Baby Care Facilities
The most important Animal Kingdom park information for parents with very small children or those who have an infant is to know the location of the baby care center. A baby care center is located near Creature Comforts on Discovery Island to help meet all of your baby care needs. The center provides changing tables, nursing areas that give a little privacy for the nursing mom, and even a small playroom to entertain other children while mom cares for baby. If you have forgotten or have run out of baby supplies, the center has a limited selection available for purchase. Items include such things as diapers, formula, pacifiers and over the counter medications.
Disposable cameras and camera supplies like batteries, memory cards and photo CDs can be purchased at several locations throughout the Animal Kingdom. Some of these locations are Disney Outfitters, Duka La Filimu, Mombasa Marketplace, and Chester and Hester's Dinosaur Treasures. You can even have your images transferred to a CD at Garden Gate Gifts.
Almost all of the Animal Kingdom Attractions, restaurants and shops are accessible to guests using wheelchairs. To acquire what services are available to guests with visual and/or hearing disabilities, or any other Animal Kingdom park information please visit the Guests Relations office located in the Entrance Plaza to the park. Disney offers a Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities that provides details about the different services that are available, including transportation, parking, and attraction accessibility throughout the Walt Disney World Resort.
To request and receive a free copy of this guidebook before your trip, write:
Disney World Guest Correspondence
P.O. Box 10000
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
It is always good to have a plan of action in case a medical issue should arise while in any park. This Animal Kingdom park information gives some reassurance that help is available if and when it is needed while in the park. A first aid center is located on Discovery Island near Creature Comforts. A Registered Nurse is usually on hand to help with minor medical problems such as scrapes and bruises, headaches, mild allergic reactions. They have a small selection of medications that they will administer to the patient after you sign a log book giving information such as your name, age and a brief description of the problem. Our family has used the first aid facilities at several of the theme parks throughout the years and has been given Tylenol for headaches, Benadryl for bug bites and even a brace for a twisted knee. The best part about the first aid centers is that you do not have to pay for most of the services they provide.
General Animal Kingdom Park Information
General Animal Kingdom park information can be obtained from Guest Relations Center which is located just inside the park entrance. The center has guide maps, and Times Guide to assist you as well as a group of cast members who are available to answer any questions you might have or to assist with any problems.
Rental lockers are located near Guest Relations. The cost for unlimited all day use is $7 for large lockers and $5 for a small locker. A $5 refundable deposit is also required.
Lost and Found
Guests can report any lost items and inquire about found items at Guest Relations located just inside the park entrance. If you get home and realize you have lost something while inside the park you can call 407-824-4245 to ask if the item has been found.
The most important Animal Kingdom park information for any parent should be knowing what to do in the case of a lost child. Report any lost children to the nearest Disney employee as soon as possible so that efforts can be coordinated to find the lost child. You can also go to Guest Relations or the Baby Care Center to report lost Children. Talk with your children before you leave home about what to do in case they can not find you or if they get separated from you. Plan on a central meeting location if your child is old enough to navigate the park on his/her own or better yet have them find the nearest Disney Cast member and tell them that they are lost. It might also be helpful for children to have their parent's cell phone numbers memorized or written on something they are carrying with them into the park. Plan ahead; it will save you a lot of panic and anxiety if you do get separated from your children.
To exchange currency; go to Guest Relations located just inside the park entrance the cast members there will be glad to assist you. An ATM machine can be found at the entrance of the park. Disney accepts cash, most major credit cards, Disney gift cards, Travelers Checks and Disney resort IDs for admission, merchandise, and most restaurants. Some of the snack carts only accept cash payments.
Disney provides park guests with a free service called package pickup. When making a purchase that you do not wish to carry around with you the rest of the day, request that your package be delivered to Garden Gate Gifts shop for pick up later that day as you exit the park. This service is free, but it takes about 3 hours for the packages to be ready for pick up at the front of the park. Disney will also deliver packages to your Disney resort room or ship them to your home.
Parking for day guest at the Animal Kingdom is $11 a day. Parking is free to Disney Resort guests and annual passholders with proper ID. Trams run throughout the day to transport guest from the parking area to the park entrance. Make sure you make a mental note as to where you parked your car. Parking tickets are good for reentry if used on the same day.
The most important Animal Kingdom park information for the animal lover is knowing where they can leave their pets while they are inside the park. The Pet Care Kennel is located at the Entrance Plaza to the park. They provide nice, clean kennels or cages for your pet while you are inside the park. The Pet Care area is air conditioned for the comfort of your pet. To find out more information before you arrive, call 407-938-2100.
Same Day Re-Entry
If you want to leave the park and re-enter on the same day, make sure you hold on to your ticket. Disney no longer requires guests to get their hand stamped prior to leaving the park. You will also need your ticket to prove you are a Disney resort guests if you plan on staying in the park for extra magic hours.
Anyone entering a Disney theme park carrying a bag of any sort must have the bags searched by a security officer prior to admission. Expect small bags like purses and camera bags to be searched as well as larger bags like backpacks, diaper bags, packages and coolers. This may be a bit of an inconvenience but it for the safety of all park guests so be patient.
Strollers and Wheelchairs
Electric carts, wheelchairs and single and double strollers can be rented from Garden Gate Gifts at the Animal Kingdom. Single strollers and wheelchairs are $10 a day and double strollers are $18 a day. Electric carts are $35 a day and require a $5 refundable deposit. Always hold onto your receipt if you plan on leaving the park and reentering on the same day or if you are park hopping on the same day as your rental.
Animal Kingdom park information would not be complete without telling you where to go to find out about the rides and attractions. To get current wait times for popular rides and attractions, check out the Tip Board located on Discovery Island. The Tip Board is helpful when planning where you should go and what you should do first.
Disney bus transportation is available from all of the Disney resorts and from Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Blizzard beach. Magic Kingdom guests will need to take the monorail to the Ticket and Transportation Center then take a bus to the Animal Kingdom. There is not any direct bus service from the downtown Disney area or from Typhoon Lagoon.
Now that you have all of the basic Animal Kingdom park information, you are well prepared for a perfect stress free fun day.
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