Last year in May, we went to the AK as part of our 3-day stay in WDW. Upon arrival, we noticed (as did others) a pungent and completely unpleasant animal smell in the parking lot. It only became worse as we entered the park. I was 6 wks. pregnant at the time, so I was more sensitive to it, but my husband & son also found it yucky. We went on one ride (the Kilimanjaro Safari) and then I had to leave--I just could not take it anymore. I went into Guest Services and they handled my complaint very appropriately. The GS rep scanned my ticket to see when we entered the park and compared it to the current time (to verify that we'd been there only a short time) and offered us all a free ( with no expiration date) ticket to any other WDW theme park. We accepted the ticket, left AK and headed over to MGM where we had a great day. What I am wondering is, IS THAT SMELL A PERMANENT PART OF THE AK THEME PARK? I was there in 1998 but don't recall the smell. I am returning to WDW in 10 days and was thinking about trying the AK again (my son would love it) but am not going to go if the smell is bad again. Would love to hear from anyone recently there and how the park smelled!