Nothing like ripping apart a park the week of its 15th birthday. But hey, that’s the way we roll sometimes. You know that I love Animal Kingdom quite a bit but I’m here once again to make some tough decisions when it comes to the park. Kill, Refurb, Marry — by now you know the drill. Gosh, I can only imagine some of the answers people could come up to this one.
(Sidenote: My Kill Refurb Marry partner-in-crime, Melissa @ Mouse on the Mind, has her own AK-themed post today… the eateries!)
Here are my thoughts:
Camp Minnie Mickey. It pains me to say this because I think the area has a ton of potential, but folks… they took the sign down that points this spot out. I also know with Festival of the Lion King moving back to Africa, this area is basically a bathroom and a stroller queue. The proposed spot for Avatarland, too. Do I want to see Avatarland happen? Not really. I wasn’t a fan of the movie, and I don’t think the franchise is going to have the longevity that the company is going to want. Either way, Camp Minnie Mickey might as well say its goodbyes now. It needs some life, some meaning, and really – some attractions!
(Am I cheating with this one?)
Conservation Station. I haven’t hung out at Conservation Station for 2 years, and before that, it had been probably five or so. With character meet and greets, some rainforest sounds, a petting zoo, and an animal hospital — it’s still not enough to make it a “must do” for me every time I visit the park. I wish Disney would focus on its own conservation efforts and maybe even explain more about how the animals are taken care of in the park. For once, I’d really like to WANT to get on a train to CS and not just do it because I’ve done everything else or it’s been a few years and I might as well give it a shot.
(Second and third choices? It’s Tough to Be a Bug 3D Show + the Jammin Jungle parade.)
The safari, Dawa Bar, Tusker House, Pangani Trail, and the introduction of Festival of the Lion King in the near future? I think Africa is the most put together part of the entire Animal Kingdom theme park. After 15 years, it just feels complete. There’s a ton to see and do, experience and listen to, and I could go back to Africa various times during a day at the park and still not experience it all. Africa should be the area that other zones of the park aspire to be.
So what do you think? What would you kill, refurb, and marry at Animal Kingdom?