After visiting Animal Kingdom last week I found myself most enjoying the animal experience attractions in the park: Kilimanjaro Safaris and both the African and Asian treks. The enclosures and experiences were unlike anything I had ever seen at a conventional zoo and it was the perfect blend of Disney-quality themed experience and animal encounters (though I do miss the Kilimanjaro poacher storyline).
However, most of these exhibits are original to the park and new additions like Expedition Everest have not really brought new animal experiences to the park. Avatar likely also won't incorporate animals. Sea World's new penguin attraction seems to prove that animal based attractions can still be developed in ways that are entertaining, story-driven and have the ability to present effective animal encounters. So my question is: will we ever see new animal experiences incorporated into the park or is Animal Kingdom slowly being steered in a different direction?