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Disney Summers: Animal Kingdom’s Gorilla Family

I know Animal Kingdom is Disney’s hottest park. And I know I’m begging you to go in the dead of our hottest season. But believe me…you cannot miss this park this summer.

And it’s not because of the Lion King moments.

Or the Rivers of Light: We Are One show.

Or even the new Bugs ‘N Grubs cone – available at the Anandapur Ice Cream Truck.

No…none of these are the reason why you CANNOT skip Disney’s Animal Kingdom this summer. Instead, it’s because of what’s waiting for you at Gorilla Falls Exploration Trails.

This is never an area to miss. It’s the kind of off the beaten path experience at Disney that makes for real memories and quality time together. 

We love grabbing a bird guide and searching for the different birds together.

And checking out the fish and the reptile house.

But the real reason that we love it – and the reason why it’s a must do right now – is the gorilla family. Because well into this trail, behind glass in a massive area all their own – is an incredible family of gorillas, including an adult male, two adult females, two four year olds…

And baby Grace – who was born just 3 weeks ago, on May 1st.

Gorillas carry their babies continuously for the first 6 months. 

That’s right – her mother will NEVER put her down for the first 180ish days of her life. And you can watch them go about their lives together at this incredible stage all summer long and into the fall.

While the 4 year olds continue to play and their dad continues to brood on his own.

Gorillas share 98% of our DNA – and in their baby state they are even more strikingly similar to us. When I tell you that I could happily watch them all day I’m not exaggerating. This was true even before baby Grace was born. But now they are my most favorite thing.

You’ll find Gorilla Falls Exploration Trails near the exit to Kilamanjaro Safaris at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. And I cannot urge you strongly enough to visit. It might not be on your to do list of roller coasters and shows. But I beg you to take some time out of your day to experience it. It’s the kind of thing that you and your kids will be talking about for weeks, months, or even years after your trip is over.


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