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Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Granted Accreditation by Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge were recently granted re-accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Only those zoos and aquariums that meet the highest standards of animal care and management will be accredited.

Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Grows New Roots

The Tree of Life, the iconic symbol of Disney's Animal Kingdom since 1998, recently went through a lengthy refurbishment. The construction walls have been removed to reveal an expanded central hub and "root" area of the tree featuring all-new carvings for guests to enjoy.

New Africa Marketplace Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2015

The expansion at Disney's Animal Kingdom continues with the recent announcement of an all-new Africa Marketplace coming in the spring of 2015. The Africa Marketplace is planned as a new dining and shopping experience for guests.

Several Disney Cast Members Fired for Refusing to Wear Dirty Costumes

Three cast members of the Festival of the Lion King at Disney's Animal Kingdom were recently fired for refusing to wear tainted unitards.

‘Festival of the Lion King’ Returning to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in June

After hibernating for the last few months, the 'Festival of the Lion King' is set to return to Disney's Animal Kingdom this summer.

The show went on hiatus in January of this year as construction for the park's Avatar-inspired land started.

The 'Festival of the Lion King' is scheduled to return to Disney's Animal Kingdom in June, but no official date has been announced.

The live show features songs from the hit movie in addition to dancers, acrobats, floats, and a fire twirler.

Celebrate Animal Kingdom’s 15th Anniversary on Earth Day, April 22

Disney's Animal Kingdom - the largest animal theme park in the world - opened to the public on Earth Day, April 22, 1998. This year marks the park's 15th anniversary and there's a "wild" celebration planned.

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The New Harambe Market At Disney's Animal Kingdom

I'm always excited to hear about new dining coming anywhere in Walt Disney World, but fun new food to try in the Theme Parks always make me exceptionally giddy. A brand new themed food court has opened in one of my favorite sections of Disney's Animal Kingdom. To me, the Harambe Village often feels like the living breathing heart of Disney's Animal Kingdom. It oozes community, with music and drumming, the theater and restaurants, artisans carving their wares in booths. Now added to this bustling area of the Park is the Harambe Market.

Touring Tips for Disney's Animal Kingdom

We've updated our previous tips for Disney's Animal Kingdom bringing you more expert advice on this Park than ever. By far is one of the most unique theme parks that Disney offers, Disney's Animal Kingdom themed entirely around animal conservation, it showcases the love and dedication that Walt Disney himself had to conservation of our natural world.

Best Spots to Take a Break at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Touring Disney's Animal Kingdom is a different experience than touring any of the other theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort. The terrain is different, the walkways a bit uneven at times, the park is spread out, and during most of the year it feels like they're pumping extra heat and humidity into the park.

3 Marvelous Margarita Bars To Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Walt Disney World

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Walt Disney World with a marvelous margaritas from one of these great Disney Bars & Lounges. They say that it's always five o'clock somewhere and a celebrations are in order to highlight Mexican cuisine, culture and music. We're doing our part to honor Mexico by sharing a few of our favorite places at Walt Disney World where you can raise a margarita glass and toast this victorious nation.

Can’t-Miss Attractions and More at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom is a theme park that you grow to love. It's always hot, sometimes hard to navigate, and if you don't give it a chance you might not appreciate it for what it is: an absolutely gorgeous theme park. There are quite a few incredible, must-do attractions (and more) at the Animal Kingdom and it's time to show them some well-deserved love.

Best Spots to Find a Quick Breakfast at the Walt Disney World Theme Parks

Maybe you've experienced this: you wake up before dawn at your Walt Disney World Resort hotel and you're the first people in line for the bus to your favorite theme park so you can get there at rope drop. But then as you're standing there waiting for the park to open you realize you're starving! You forgot to grab something quick at your hotel and now you need to eat breakfast before tackling your daily touring plan.

Magnificent Margaritas - Upcountry In Disney's Animal Kingdom

Looking for a spot to wet your whistle before you start your Asian adventure? Head on over to the Upcountry for some magnificent margaritas. I'd hesitate to put Upcountry in the category of bar or lounge, but it's one little kiosk serving up some really big flavors.

Walt Disney World for Grown-ups Most Popular Posts of 2014

2014 has been an awesome year here at Walt Disney World for Grown-ups, and our staff and guest authors have enjoyed every minute of bringing you all the exciting happenings from the Vacation Kingdom of the World. We compiled a list of the top articles representing each month of the year, as voted on by you (and by "voted on," we totally mean "clicked on").

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Honored for Conservation Work with Taveta Golden Weavers

Disney's Animal Kingdom was recently recognized for its successful Taveta golden weaver sustainability program.

The park was awarded the 2014 Edward H. Bean Award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for the aviary breeding program. The award recognizes programs that contribute to the reproductive success of a species or subspecies.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Welcomes Two Baby Gorillas

For the second time in a month, a baby gorilla was born at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

The first gorilla was born August 7 to mom Azizi and dad Gino, and the second gorilla was born September 3 to Kashata and Gino. Both gorillas are male.

The lowland gorilla family lives on the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail and also includes an adult female named Benga, and a four-year-old female named Lilly who was born to Kashata.