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AK in morning or afternoon?

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AK in morning or afternoon?

Planning on going to AK the week before Thanksgiving and spending a half day with my almost 3 and almost 6 yr olds. Staying at the Bay Lake Tower. To maximize our times and avoid the most crowds, and enjoy the experience more, would you recommend AM or PM, and is a half-day enough? We will be in Disney for a total of 3 1/2 days.

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1. Re: AK in morning or afternoon?

AM then if you really enjoy it you have the option to stay a little longer.

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2. Re: AK in morning or afternoon?

The morning is normally better especially if you are going on the safari ride as the animals are more active if it's cooler, i normally stay virtually a full day but if you only have a half day and know what you want to see you will be fine

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I agree, AM. You will be able to get round alot of the Park by the Afternoon Parade time and by then you may be ready for a little down time back at BLT

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4. Re: AK in morning or afternoon?

Definatley am as the park is not open all evening it closes way before the other main parks. Go early and combine it with a trip to downtown disney later.

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If you get there at rope drop you should be able to get on the Safari rather quickly and the animals are much more active in the morning. I also really enjoy heading over to the Kalahari Rapids area and watching the monkeys wake up. They are absolutely insane, screaming at each other and swinging around. They seem to sleep the rest of the day.

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Well, I'm the odd man out. We always see more animals, in the late afternoon. We go on the safari, twice, on every visit. First thing in the morning and last thing in the afternoon. While I agree that the animals are more "active" in the morning, this also means they get away from you. In the afternoon, they lay around, making for great photo ops. The King Lion is almost always laying on top of his rock, late in the day. Beautiful!

The biggest reason I suggest the afternoon, is the Jammin' Jungle Parade. It is one of our favorites. Wouldn't miss it, for the world. Of course, we spend the full day at AK. Far too much to see and do, for a half day visit.

With the ages of your children, be sure to take the train to Rafiki's Planet Watch. Great petting area, character greetings, and hands-on animal experiences. The Lion King and Finding Nemo the Musical, are among Disney's finest shows. Don't miss them!

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7. Re: AK in morning or afternoon?

Our first visit and we went early.

We saw all the animals on the safari ride and everything else and above all it was quite shaded which suited us with our 3 year old.

Only downside was we were too early for the character's so we had to hang about for a bit but then when they came out we were at the front of Que so hey ho.

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8. Re: AK in morning or afternoon?

Start the day there and see how long You can managed to be there we usually stay to the bitter end and can´t get enough of the park :-)


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9. Re: AK in morning or afternoon?

I say AM.

The morning is best at opening for any disney park as lines are shorter. As far as AK, they close early so aren't a night time park. Also, most of the animals are mroe active int he AMso the safari and trails are better.

If you aren't into shows, you can be finished at the park and be back at your resort pool or another park by early afternoon after lunch.

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