Animal Kingdom Appreciation: Sounds of Harambe

If you are sensing a theme with my Animal Kingdom Appreciation posts this month, you’re right. Anyone can tell you about the thrills of Expedition Everest, the spectacular sights on the Kilimanjaro Safaris, or watch your back (and your butt!) in the It’s Tough to Be a Bug 3D show. One thing I believe that […]

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The Quietly Epic Side of Animal Kingdom

In January, James and I were most looking forward to spending an entire day in Animal Kingdom. The park was open until 8; we had nowhere else we had to be and it was going to be awesome. (It was especially awesome when Amanda from Nerds in Wonderland caught up with us; it was not […]

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A Wild Animal Kingdom Inspired Shopping Guide

It’s been MONTHS and MONTHS since I’ve brought you a shopping guide and I can’t leave you stranded — especially when shopping is concerned. So because of THP’s Animal Kingdom Appreciation month, I thought it would be the perfect time to work on one of these again. Here’s a little collection of some items that […]

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Yakking about DAK with Safari Mike

It’s impossible to visit the Animal Kingdom or even think about the Animal Kingdom without JAMBO EVERYONE popping up in my head. Brothers Dave and Mike (a.k.a. Safari Mike) run the only website + blog dedicated to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, keeping up with news, writing features, and also spearheading their own (brilliant) Animal Kingdom podcast […]

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The Gift of DAK: A Short Tour for a Friend

Every since This Happy Place Blog started in 2011, the month of April has been dedicated to Animal Kingdom Appreciation. So here we are once again! (I know, I know… we just had Muppets but what can I say — I like themes!) Hope you’ll follow along this month for an eclectic collection of AK […]

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Kill Refurb Marry: Animal Kingdom Park

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 […]

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Animal Kingdom Appreciation: Before Animal Kingdom in 1995

One summer morning when I was 15, I received a FedEx package from Burbank. My parents demanded to know what mischief Iโ€™d been up to on the computer and why anyone was sending me a FedEx package. When I opened it up, my credibility was restored and threat of being grounded had dissipated when they […]

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Animal Kingdom Appreciation: Back to 1998

One reason Animal Kingdom holds a special place in my heart is because it is the only park I’ve seen from its opening year. When I was home last weekend, I went through our old albums and picked a few photographs to share with you from thatย inaugural trip.ย (You can catch a few others from my […]

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The Return of AKA: 15 Years of Animal Kingdom

Exactly a year and a day ago, I launched AKA, Animal Kingdom Appreciation, a month-long series celebrating a park that I felt didn’t get as much love and attention as it should. In 13 months, I’m happy to report I’ve befriended others who find this little park to be special, a place to spend an […]

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Broadway in the Parks: Great Buggy Way

I’m not shy about my affection for Animal Kingdom. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that I do like the “It’s Tough to be a Bug” attraction, even if I have seen it countless times. Back when you actually had to stand in line, I loved catching a glimpse of the posters donning the space […]

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