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Asia has gone through more changes in the history of Disney's Animal Kingdom than any other section of the park. When the land first opened it was not even close to being similar to the Asia we all know and love today.

When the park first opened the only current Asia attraction that was present was Flights of Wonder. This, however, was not considered part of Asia since Asia technically did not exist at the time.

On the one year anniversary of Disney's Animal Kingdom, Asia opened with Tiger River Rapids and Maharajah Jungle Trek. Eventually people began to question why Tiger River Rapids didn't have any tigers present and the attraction changed to the current name, Kali River Rapids.
To make guests feel like they really were in Asia, Disney decided early on that they would have to create a fictional area for the park that encompassed all of Asia instead of a specific country.

The town of Anandapur was then created with an elaborate storyline which would fully take form in 2006 when Expedition Everest joined Disney's Animal Kingdom's version of Asia. The story consists of guests stopping by a town at the bottom of the mighty Mount Everest. Some guests may take the trip to the top of the mountain (although you never actually are on Mount Everest. We'll talk about that in the Expedition Everest section of A Closer Look), while others may decide to take a stroll through old temples in search for tigers, bats, and other animals.

To help guests get the feel of actually being in Asia, Imagineers spent time in Asia collecting different artifacts for the land. The bicycles, carts, and crates you can see throughout the land really did make the trek from Asia, as did the statues, clothes, and artifacts found in Expedition Everest and Kali River Rapids queue lines.

The current attractions in Asia are Flights of Wonder, Maharajah Jungle Trek, Kali River Rapids, and of course, Expedition Everest.

Fun Facts: While walking through Asia pay close attention to the ground. Here you can see footprints and bicycle marks scattered throughout the area. To give the illusion that you are walking through a somewhat muddy street, Imagineers and their children walked through the land while the ground dried, which helped give the illusion that you really were walking around in this fictional city!


Touring Tips: If you visit on a hot day, make sure you grab a fastpass for Kali River Rapids. The attraction gets very crowded during hotter days and is the best way to cool off in Disney's Animal Kingdom!

Make sure you also get a Fastpass for Expedition Everest since this is one of the most popular attractions in the park. If you don't mind riding with a stranger, hop in the single riders line which cuts down the wait drastically. The single rider line is hidden off to the right of the Fastpass Return line.


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