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Camp Minnie-Mickey is the main place to head
for within the Animal Kingdom if you want to meet and greet with
any of the Disney characters.
A light, bright respite from a day of running
from poachers and excavating fossil sites can be had strolling
through character-filled gardens and trails of Camp Minnie-Mickey.
The land is set up to resemble a mountain
retreat in the Adirondaks, a place for Disney characters to get
a little rest and relaxation after their hard days of signing
autographs, posing for pictures and making movies.
Attractions: Camp Minnie-Mickey houses two
shows based on Disney stories. Festival of "The Lion King" at
Campside Circle features live music, tribal celebration song,
dance and storytelling, including some of your favorite charcters
from "The Lion King."
Pocahontas and all her friends join park patrons
at Grandmother Willow Grove, where you can help the characters
search for the protector of the forest.
Character Greeting pavilions are also scattered
throughout the area. Each path or "trail" will take you to a different
cast of characters. Mickey Trail leads, of course, to Mickey Mouse,
with the Arbor Trail taking guests to Minnie Mouse, Goofy and
other longtime Disney favorites; the Jungle Trail to characters
from "The Jungle Book" and "The Lion King" and the Forest Trail
to Winnie-the-Pooh and friends. Guests should check park schedules
for dates and times of specific characters.
Dining: Two themed-dining experiences heighten
your stay at Camp Minnie-Mickey: Campfire funnel cakes which features
corn dogs and sodas, as well as the titular desserts; and Chip
and Dale's Cookie Cabin which sells sandwiches, ice cream and
Analysis: At first glance, Camp Minnie-Mickey
seems just for the little ones, but adults can find things to
keep them occupied, as well. Mickey and all of his friends will
sign autographs and take pictures with guests of any age.
The "Lion King" show is a definite must-see
for all ages. Whether you have seen the movie or not, the show
is spectacular. The leads are performers of the highest caliber
and the supporting players contribute enormously. The animatronic
animals and character puppets blend perfectly into the live action.
Bright colors and tremdous vocal, dancing and acrobatic talent
make it hard to find a better put-together show.
Pocahontas is a smaller show, akin to the
shows at Disney MGM or the Magic Kingdom. And even though the
character venues are mostly for kids, even the most jaded adult
can get into the act.