Best Theme Parks, Things to Do with Kids, Water Parks: Seven unique areas encompassing the world's many colorful cultures and the majesty of nature make Disney's Animal Kingdom the apex predator of its theme-park savannah. With myriad rides for all ages, from the TriceraTop Spin, where kids can control the altitude of their flying herbivore, to Expedition Everest, a high-altitude adventure coaster that brings those who dare into the den of the snarling Yeti before sending them careening from the world's highest peak, this park's allure runs the spectrum from young to old with first-rate shows, wonderful rides and of course, some 1,700 beautiful and fascinating animals to encounter along the way. Not to be missed: the Kilimanjaro Safari, an outdoor ride in an open-sided vehicle (with a little trademark Disney drama thrown in for excitement) brings explorers face-to-face with antelope and elephant, cheetah and hippo, zebra, wildebeest, rhino and more. No two expeditions are ever the same.
Local Expert A.D. Thompson Says:
Recommended as Best Theme Parks Because: Between its exotic residents, its incredible coaster and its beautiful Disney-driven details, Animal Kingdom is a definite Top-10 park.
Local Expert Sarah Sekula Says:
Water Parks: "Board the wildlife express train to the Rafiki's Planet Watch area which is tucked away in the back of the park. Here you will experience the housing and care areas for elephants, rhinos and other species."