Leisure: Beauty and the Beasts

Stocked with real creatures and fantastic images, Disney's Animal Kingdom is positively zoo-issimo!

Visitors board Simba One, an oversize tram (seats 32) that will take you on a safari through "the Serengeti grassland system," and as one fellow steps into the open-air vehicle, he asks, "Is it air-conditioned?" No, mate, this is reality. Real crocodiles lazing primordially below that rickety bridge. Actual cheetahs motoring their stretch-limo bodies across the savanna. Genuine loamy smell over there near the warthog. (Hakuna matata, guys--it's only nature's perfume.)

And real work for the travelers. The recorded voice at the start of the adventure encourages you to "Grow eyes!"; there are dozens of shy creatures--Waldo-beasts, if you will--waiting to...

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