Explore the Wildness at Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park
Explore the world's largest animal theme park during your stay at BEST WESTERN Lake Buena Vista. Our Orlando hotel's location near Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park lets you relax and unwind in comfort after a day spent with animal encounters and musical productions. With complimentary shuttles to the theme park and tickets available for purchase at our hotel, we make it easy for you to discover the joys of Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park during your stay at BEST WESTERN Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel.Purchase Disney Tickets
Coming Spring 2017: Pandora - The World of Avatar
Opening May 27, 2017
Avatar fans, rejoice! On May 27th, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® will open the gates to its newest attraction: Pandora - The World of AVATAR! An otherworldly realm beyond belief, the forthcoming interactive theme park will whisk you into the unique universe of James Cameron's classic film. Featuring dining at the Satu’li Canteen, drinks at Pongu Pongu, a Na’vi River Journey, and a thrilling AVATAR Flight of Passage ride, Pandora promises to deliver unforgettable fun for AVATAR fanatics and newbies alike! Start planning your summer vacation to Disney's Animal Kingdom and get ready for a one-of-a-kind trip to PANDORA!
Alpha Centauri Expeditions
Strap in for your Alpha Centauri Expedition at Pandora, the World of Avatar! Your journey will begin with a voyage beneath the realm's spectacular mountains as daylight morphs into a bioluminescent glow. Next, you'll set sail on the Kaspavan River. Here, you'll drift on a reed boat into the dark forest, where glowing plants and scurrying animals set the scene. To conclude your expedition, you'll soar over Pandora atop a mountain banshee, where you'll take in the aerial views of the otherworldly landscape!
Buy your tickets today and start planning for the expedition of a lifetime!
Your Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park Experience
As the largest theme park in the Walt Disney World® Resort, Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park is dedicated to nature and conservation with a combination of attractions, adventures and entertainment, as well as cutting-edge animal care, education and research facilities. Home to more than 1,700 animals on 500 acres, Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park is divided into seven areas. Find out more about each of the areas below.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Summer Events
- “The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic” - Show filled with songs from the film infused with an Indian influence!
- The Tree of Life Awakens - Experience the iconic Tree of Life as it undergoes an awakening of animal spirits throughout the evening by magical fireflies!
- Kilimanjaro Safaris After Dark - Enjoy a safari in evening hours with special lighting allowing guests to explore the savanna well into the night!
- Harambe Wildlife Parti - release your inner party animal and enjoy lively African Music, exotic foods and drinks while exploring the local marketplace!
- Discovery Island Carnivale - Discovery Island guests can join the local community and celebrate their love on nature at this party featuring music, dancers, slit walkers, food and much more!
- Nighttime Attractions - Enjoy attractions operating during nighttime hours. Guests will be able to experience exciting attractions like the Expedition Everest and Kali River Rapids, only surrounded by darkness!
Animal Kingdom's Six Areas
Wallaby, barking deer, and exotic boar, oh my! When you visit Animal Kingdom's Oasis you can see all these curious creatures and more.
The iconic Animal Kingdom Tree of Life stands tall in the center of this area. Take a close look at the beautiful masterpiece featuring over 300 different animal carvings!
Take a thrilling expedition through the wild planes of Africa. Hike through Africa's frontier and explore animals in their natural environment. Hungry from the trek? Sample from the African-inspired snacks available in this area.
Rafiki's Planet Watch®
Learn about the preservation and care of all the wildlife living in Disney's Animal Kingdom at Rafiki's Planet Watch. Visit the Affection Section, an animal petting zoo, or take a discovery trail at Habitat Habit!
Discover the wonderous creatures of Southeast Asia on the self-guided tour through Animal Kingdom's Asia. Gibbons, Asian tigers, and blackbuck are just some of the animals you will see on your walk through this area.
Be transported back to a time when dinosaurs raomed the earth! Receive your mission from research control and it is up to you to complete the missin before the time runs out. Are you up for the callenge? Parents please note that Dinoland has loud sounds, dark scenes, and large dinosaurs that might be too scary for children.
Hotel Shuttle To Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park
Guests can enjoy our complimentary shuttle to Animal Kingdom. The shuttle picks up guests outside our hotel one hour before the park opens around 8am. Shuttle's run every 30 minutes thereafter, depending on traffic and conditions.
For a shuttle back to the hotel, look for Bus Route B at Spots 5 - 6 at Animal Kingdom Park.