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You can move from Africa into Asia by crossing over the bridge and here you will find the mythical Kingdom of Anandapaur. The name means a place of delight and it has many old ruins as well as its own temple and a maharajahs palace.
In Asia you can enjoy a high-speed roller coaster, a white water raft ride, go on a walking animal trail or just enjoy its bird show.
Expedition Everest is the roller coaster ride and it can be found between Kali River Rapids and Tarzan Rocks. As the queues can be very long for this I would really recommend you get a Fastpass.
There is a height restriction of 44 inches and the ride can be scary for some children. Each train has 17 rows seating 2 persons each. Each seat has its own lap bar, which lowers like the one on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
The story begins when guests are transported to a distant world of exploration and the mythical village of Serka Zong where you find out that the yeti's role is as protector of the sacred mountain.
Although the proprietors of Himalayan Escapes tour company are warned not to they prepare to take you as explorers on a train journey to the mystical Everest.
The train goes across a teetering bridge into the mountain, then proceeds down into shimmering glacier valleys before climbing up through the snow-capped peaks.
Suddenly the train screeches to a halt to find that in a fit of rage the yeti has torn apart the track. Then the thrills begin but I wont spoil it for you by telling you what happens! Older children like this ride but Nanny and our youngest girl were too scared to go on it.
The girls love Flights of Wonder which is supposedly a show about birds but if you actually go to see it you realise it has more serious conservation themes.
A variety of birds swoop down from the set and over the audience's heads to the stage after which a trainer comes out and shows you the natural abilities of a number of birds, including macaws, a crowned crane, and different types of hawks. If you or your family are interested in birds you will really enjoy this show.
Kali River Rapids is a Fastpass attraction and I would recommend you get your Fastpass, and then take a walk through the nearby Maharajah Jungle Trek while waiting for your Fastpass time.
As you proceed through a very long outdoor queue area, you will see birds and artifacts brought to Animal Kingdom from Asia.
Once through the turnstiles, you are on a very large rotating disc that moves at the same speed as the rafts. You will get right into a raft, seatbelt yourself in and off you go.
The raft heads upwards and then down a waterfall. It then goes back and forth through a rainforest before twisting and turning through the rapids until you finally are returned to safety.
Be prepared you are going to get very wet!
I hope you enjoy your visit to Asia but be prepared to get Fastpasses for Everest and the Kali Rapids.
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