On the Saturday of Disney's 50 Teachers Celebration, I made it to Animal Kingdom. I didn't like the Avatar movie for its violence and overarching preaching about climate change, but I wanted to see the area that Disney was building last time my family visited. The Pandora area boasts two ride features - a 3D flying simulation and a floating dark ride.
This is one area where Disney demonstrates its embrace of the latest technology.
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The Asian area (above and left) - and the African area (at the bottom of this article have some large walk-through features where animals are on display in natural, "ancient" environments. The park is linked with a river system so boats can deliver a different kind of entertainment, one form of which is a new kite show, with kites pulled behind personal water craft. Another area of the park is basically a parking lot carnival themed to cheap dinosaur rides. One larger attraction is a jeep ride through the dinosaurs before they were extinct.
The African area is beautifully-themed piece of land, where the buildings look very real. If not for the tourists, I might be a little bit scared. This is where a guest could stand in line for the safari ride.
My morning was well-spent in this park, photographing the environment. I bought a Mickey Bar earlier, but I needed something more substantial before heading out to hop to another park in the afternoon. Food is pretty expensive, but I found a simple pizza slice to tide me over for a while.