It’s all just personal preference. I like AK, but not for the same reasons you do. One factor is that I live a stone’s throw from a world class zoo. I’ve been to that zoo so many times, it’s like walking around my backyard. We used to go to the zoo on rainy days, or just on any random nice day, just to go walking around for an hour or two. Yearly passes for 8 years, I can mime the words of the guy announcing the dolphin show. I know how to time a photo of when the big dolphin finale happens and 5 dolphins will be at the height of their leaps. I know where the big gorilla goes to hide. I know when lion feeding time is. We go to the zoo on New Years eve when it’s 0 degrees out because they have an awesome party. Totally not bragging in any way, shape or form, but I’m setting up this statement: We can go to AK, not do any trails, OR the safari, OR want to see any animals, and really not have any regrets. I asked the fam if they wanted to try the Savor the Savannah tour last trip, and you know the response I got? “Those tour vehicles are way too bumpy.” Spoiled, spoiled, spoiled. Conversely, we love FOP, Everest, Dinosaur, and the river rapids. (I secretly like to giggle in ITTBAB, when parents have to rush screaming scared kids out - it happens EVERY time - tee hee) Also, Lion King, Flame Tree’s ribs, and a Dole Whip are mandatory. Just not a full day for us. OTOH, we LOVE Hollyweird, even back when GE was under construction, and TS Land wasn’t open. Back when everyone said there was nothing to do there. LOVE Hollyweird. We usually spend three 1/2 days there (We use hoppers.)
You’re not wrong, I’m not right - just personal preference.