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‘Good Morning America’ Weather Anchor Sam Champion Talks Disney Parks, Conservation

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Earlier today, “Good Morning America” weather anchor Sam Champion emceed the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund Awards here at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Sam, who is passionate about conservation issues, took time out of his schedule to share highlights from his day with our Disney Parks Blog readers. Check it out!


  • Hi,
    Take the train ride over to Rafiki’s Conservation Center and you will find more useful information and a beautiful animal mural . Also try to see the bird show; I forget the name of the show but how they train these wild birds is a must see. My husband and never miss this show when we are at the AK!
    Just enjoy your time at this wonderful park!

  • My favorite restaurant:
    Artist Point at Wilderness Lodge Resort

    cedar plank-roasted salmon

    My latest information is:
    It is approaching time to be receiving this years freshest catch.


  • Don’t miss ‘DiVine’ on the path between asia and Africa!!

  • Conservation Station, part of Rafiki’s Planet Watch, is a great place to spend some time. The Wildlife Express Train ride makes a pleasant way to start the journey.

  • Good Morning Sam Champion! I would take a spin on Kali River Rapids. It has a theme about conservation and it is a ton of fun. Also the safari, the jungle trek and expedition everest are must does. I would recommend watching The Finding Nemo show as well. It is amazing. And if you have time I would head to Magic Kingdom and check out the new Dumbo and then all the classics there such as Haunted Mansion , Splash Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean. Have fun!

  • You have to ride Dinosaur! Thats just a must on my to do list and is right up with going to watch The Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo!

  • Sam,

    If you get the opportunity, take the Wild Africa Trek at DIsney’s Animal Kingdom. It is an amazing opportunity to get up close and personal with the animals and spend extra time on the savannah of Kilimanjaro Safari. I took the Trek in January and it was amazing! I agree with Sebastian; head to Epcot and enjoy Test Track and Soarin’ and take in the beauty of the Flower & Garden Festival.


  • Hey Sam,

    If your going to be staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. You have to check out the Kilimanjaro Safari, I would suggest to go around 10-11 o’clock. That’s when they are out and about. Also, Expedition Everest is a must do! Then from there you can head over to Epcot, and visit the many topiary’s of Disney characters they have at the Flower & Garden Festival. Also, hurry and go ride Test Track before they close is it for new changes. If you like California, head over to Soarin’. One of the most innovative rides at Walt Disney World. Those are just some of the few things you can do at the Disney Parks.

  • Hi Sam,

    We watch you every morning on GMA. So excited to hear that you are in our family’s favorite place WDW, especially Animal Kingdom. We really enjoy watching the tigers on the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Asia inside AK. It is a must see for us on every trip, we know you’ll love it!

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