A very Happy Birthday to one of the most beautiful Disney parks in the world.
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I think that the original park concept was a great one, it was just that the park debuted rather skimpy. Having gone that first year, it was just not enough there for a whole day. There were also some design mistakes, boats for around the Tree of Life for example. More design stupidity followed with the Dinoland.
All Animal Kingdom needed was MORE! More rides, more to do and more quality. Although, I have yet to ride Expedition Everest, I am very much looking forward to it. My hope is that the original concept, an animal-experience centered park, does not get watered down into a thrill ride park.
Having said all that, I wish Disney's Animal Kingdom many happy returns (of guests to the park!).
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