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Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL

Posted by ustop20themeparks on April 9, 2009

Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World

Lake Buena Vista, FL

America’s 5th Most Visited Park of 2007

According to themeit.com, the park saw an estimated 9.49 million visitors in 2007, making it the 5th most visited theme park in the US.

Interesting Fact:

To keep 1,000 animals happy takes about four tons of food a day . . . that’s a four-and-a-half year supply for the average person.

Source: http://allears.net/tp/ak/ak_fact.htm


Websites

Disneyworld.disney.go.com

http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/animal-kingdom/

Pros

· Well organized into categories

· Easy to look for the required information

· Includes all basic information

· Includes “Fun Facts”

  • Makes surfing interesting

· Recommendations on other interesting attractions within Disney World

· Includes a photo and video slideshow

  • Acts somewhat as a virtual tour of the park

· Includes detailed coloured maps

Cons

· Information on opening hours and ticketing prices not available on the Animal Kingdom page.

  • However links are available to direct an individual to the page which has the required information
  • Rather troublesome

Accuracy & Authority – 5/5

Being the main website, its authority in providing such information is unrivaled and it has to be accurate to meet the needs of potential visitors.

Objectivity – 1/5

Also, due to the fact that this is the main website for the park, its main aim would be to sell tickets and make the park look like an ideal place to spend a vacation. Information may be tweaked in such a way that places the park in a good light.

Currency – 5/5

Website is regularly updated.

Coverage – 4/5

Coverage is rather extensive however there is no sense of value-addedness.


Books

Frommer’s Walt Disney World & Orlando 2007

Miller. L., Wiley, 2007,Hoboken, NJ.

Pros

· Detailed reviews of all the rides, shows, and attractions

· Opinions of what is worth a visitor’s time or not.

· Exact pricing

  • Ticketing
  • Accommodation

· Includes suggestions, experiences, undiscovered gems and take on newest attractions

· Includes all basic information

· Includes large foldout maps

Cons

· Book is rather wordy

· No pictures

· Can be a chore to read

Accuracy & Authority – 4/5

Part of the renowned Frommer’s travel guide book series, it is known for providing a wide range of good information on a wide range of topics.

Objectivity – 4/5

Having no affiliation with Walt Disney, it can be said to be objective as it does not seek to sell tickets and thus would not overhype its information to make the park look good.

Currency – 4/5

Published in 2007, it is rather current.

Coverage – 5/5

Provides all the vital basic information and even extras which may make a visitors’ visit to the park extra enjoyable.

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