Agree! I have been to plenty of zoos, and not one of them has let me ride a roller coaster through Mt. Everest with a yeti, sing along to Circle of Life in a Lion King production, allowed me to eat exotic food ala Tiffins or Tusker House, or travel through time to search for Dinosaurs. Now we get to visit Pandora. It most certainly is not a zoo!
For what it’s worth, Tusker House was easily the worst meal we had on our trip, and judging by the number of adults eating off the kids buffet, I suspect I wasn’t the only one with that opinion. But my recommendation about considering skipping Animal Kingdom was targeted at people who frequent the zoo in Omaha. And yes, they have “exotic food” from Africa…
They’ve also had special exhibits in the past with dinosaurs. No, they don’t have a roller coaster (or a Yeti), but if you are looking for coasters, there are other parks at Disney with them.
I bring this up because a co-worker just returned from Disney, and she concurred that she was underwhelmed by Animal Kingdom as well. This is probably just an Omaha thing, because I don’t think many zoo’s can compare to Omaha’s. (Omaha’s zoo has regularly been ranked as one of the best in the world, ahead of even the San Diego Zoo.) You go to Disney to be wow-ed, and while many people are wow-ed by Animal Kingdom, I wasn’t because I experience better attractions several times a year when we visit our local zoo.