A guide to all Animal Kingdom rides and attractions

(Article last updated: July 27, 2017)

I think Animal Kingdom is a hugely underrated park.

It's a beautiful place with interesting things to see, impeccable theming and some fantastic attractions.

Here's a guide to all Animal Kingdom rides and attractions to help you decide what to do when you visit.

A quick overview

Animal Kingdom is the largest of all of the theme parks in terms of acres but has the least amount of attractions. The park icon is a the big man-made tree called The Tree of Life.

As the park's name implies, there are lots of live animal attractions here, but there are some good non-animal attractions as well (including the 2 best live shows in all of Disney World).

Let's take a look at each section of Animal Kingdom and what attractions are located there.

Animal Kingdom rides and attractions

Africa

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Safari vehicles that are driven by guides who really do drive (no tracks) and they are very knowledgeable about the animals. As you go, the drivers give you lots of info based on what you see along the ride and sometimes have to stop to wait for animals to clear the path.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: None
Suitable for: Everybody
Recommended? Definitely
When to visit: 1st hour (or later with FastPass+)
Tips: Visit first thing in the morning after the park opens. Not only does the line get really long really fast but the animals do seem to be out more in the morning. The earlier you arrive at Animal Kingdom, the easier it will be to get on this ride without a wait.

Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail

Walking tour that allows you to see birds, fish, gorillas and hippos.

Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Not a must-see unless you're trying to see lots of animals
When to visit: Anytime
Tips: The trail entrance is near the exit to Kilimanjaro Safaris and consequently it can become quite busy (and HOT) during the middle of the day. If you'd like to walk the trail, try to get there early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid the crowds and the heat.

Festival of the Lion King

This big, fun, Broadway-style show lasts for 30 minutes and is 1 of the best shows at Disney World. There is lots of music, dancing, stilt walkers and acrobats, featuring music and stories from The Lion King.

FP+ available? Yes
Suitable for: Everybody
Recommended? Absolutely
When to visit: Anytime, as scheduled
Tips: Check show times to see when it's scheduled, and show up 15-20 minutes beforehand, trying to sit near the front of a section for the best views.

Asia

Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain

Expedition Everest is a fantastic roller coaster (my favorite ride at Disney World, in fact). It starts off like a pretty normal coaster and then stops and goes backward before heading forward again on a thrilling ride.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: 44"
Suitable for: Coaster lovers. Although many kindergarten and 1st graders will be tall enough to ride, many get off of it bawling because it was way too intense for them. If your child is tall enough, make sure they're also ready for a big ride.
Recommended? Yes!
When to visit: 1st hour (or later with FastPass+)
Tips: Use a FastPass+ if you don't ride it first thing when the park opens. There is also a single rider option which would help people ride if they don't have a FastPass+ reservation.

Kali River Rapids

A river raft ride that has a very high chance of soaking you. I really love this ride but many people really dislike it. Watch the video below to see if you think it's something you'll want to do during your trip.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: 38
Suitable for: Anybody who doesn't mind getting wet
Recommended? Yes, unless you hate being wet (have I mentioned that it gets you wet yet?)
When to visit: 2nd hour (or later with FastPass+)
Tips: Wear a poncho to avoid getting wet, and plan on using the free lockers nearby to store your belongings

Maharajah Jungle Trek

A walking path through "ruins" that allows you to see tigers, Komodo dragons, giant fruit bats and other exotic animals.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Not a must-see but a good time-filler for animal lovers
When to visit: Anytime
Tips: If you love tigers try to go early in the morning when the tigers will be more active.

Flights of Wonder

An educational bird show that's outside but covered and out of the sun. Don't expect animals to do any special tricks here. Although it's structured in an entertaining way, the focus is on educating people about animals, not having the birds perform stunts.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Good time-filler, not necessarily a must-see
When to visit: Anytime, as scheduled
Tips: Arrive about 10-15 minutes before the show begins. Morning visits will be more comfortable to avoid the hot afternoon temps.

Baloo & King Louie (character meet)

Character meet

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
When to visit: 10:30am-2:10pm, 3:00pm-6:40pm

DinoLand U.S.A.

DINOSAUR

This ride takes you on a rough ride through history where you see lots of dinosaurs along the way. I've never taken a ride photo on this ride where I wasn't covering my face.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: 40
Suitable for: Bigger kids and adults
Recommended? Yes
When to visit: 2nd hour (or later with FastPass+)
Tips: If you're using Rider Switch, the Boneyard is nearby and is a good place to entertain little ones while the older people in your group ride.

Primeval Whirl

A jerky, spinning, coaster ride.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: 48"
Suitable for: People who like to get whiplash
Recommended? No
When to visit: 2nd hour (or later with FastPass+)
Tips: If you are using Rider Switch, the nearby Boneyard playground and Triceratop Spin (ride) are great alternatives for those not tall enough for Primeval Whirl.

TriceraTop Spin

Dumbo but with dinosaurs.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Young kids
Recommended? No, unless you're just trying to kill time with little ones
When to visit: Anytime
Tips: It is easy to take multiple rides on here without much of a wait, especially early in the morning.

Finding Nemo - The Musical

A Broadway-style show featuring super talented performers who sing and control puppet-type versions of the characters. Really great show and I feel like it keeps getting better.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Yes, unless you have young kids who aren't into shows. I think everybody will like Festival of the Lion King because it's so high energy and fun. This one is great for people who tend to enjoy musicals.
When to visit: Anytime, as scheduled
Tips: You'll want to check the times guide for the show time and then show up about 15-20 minutes before a show begins. The best views are in the top, middle section.

Fossil Fun Games

Carnival games themed for this section.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Just as a time killer if you're looking for something to do
When to visit: Anytime
Tips: Don't forget that if you win a prize you'll have to carry it around with you, so if you'd like to try your luck on the games consider playing right before you head out of the park.

The Boneyard

Pllay structure that's great for letting little ones run around and burn off some steam. If you're using <a href="http://wdwprepschool.com/how-to-child-swap-at-disney-world/">Rider Switch</a> on a couple of nearby rides, this is a good place to entertain little ones while the older people in your group ride.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Young children
Recommended? Not a must-see, but a great way to let cranky kids run around and not worry about being restrained in a stroller or standing in a line somewhere.
When to visit: Anytime (often opens an hour after the park)
Tips: This area usually opens an hour after the park does so don't plan to stop by until then.

Donald Duck (character meet)

When to visit: 10:20am - 5:30pm

Goofy & Pluto (character meet)

Height req.: None
When to visit: 10:50am-2:30pm, 3:00pm-6:40pm

Discovery Island

Discovery Island Trails

These trails go all around Discovery Island (hence the name, right?) and you have a chance to see Galapagos tortoises, African crested porcupines, lemurs and tamarins.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Only if you have extra time and/or want to see as many animals as possible.
When to visit: Anytime
Tips: These trails can be extra hot during the middle of the day, so if you want to visit them aim for mornings or evenings.

It's Tough to be a Bug!

This 3D show is inside of the Tree of Life and features characters from "A Bug's Life." As you're looking at The Tree of Life from the front of the park, the entrance for this show is located just to the right side, near the paths that you'd take to DinoLand, U.S.A.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: None
Suitable for: Big kids and adults
Recommended? It's not a must-see, but it's a fun time-filler and a nice break from the heat.
When to visit: Anytime
Tips: Many families are drawn to this attraction because it's cool to be able to go inside the tree and the characters are from a kid-friendly movie, but I have to warn you that little ones often scream at this show. It's dark and there are scary parts that freak kids out, leaving everybody to sit in a theater with inconsolable tots.

Timon (character meet)

Character meet

Height req.: none
Suitable for: Anybody

Tarzan (character meet)

Height req.: None
When to visit: 2:10pm-2:50pm, 3:15pm-3:55pm

Russell & Dug (character meet)

Height req.: None
When to visit: 1:30pm-6:30pm

Pocahontas (character meet)

Height req.: None
When to visit: 9:45am-1:00pm, 2:50pm-5:55pm

Flik (character meet)

Height req.: None
When to visit: 1:30pm-2:10pm, 2:30pm-3:10pm, 3:30pm-4:10pm

Meet Disney Pals at Adv. Outpost (character meet)

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: None
When to visit: Intermittently from 9:00am until 30 minutes prior to park closing

The Oasis

DiVine

DiVine is a vine-covered character performed by a performance artist. She's mesmerizing to watch. Check the daily times guide so you know when to look for her.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Everyone
Recommended? Yes
When to visit: As scheduled
Tips: If you arrive at Animal Kingdom before park opening, you can often catch her just to the right after entering the turnstiles for her first set of the day.

Rafiki's Planet Watch

Affection Section

A petting zoo area with animals like goats, sheep, donkeys, cows and pigs.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? No, unless you really want to see the animals here
When to visit: Anytime

Conservation Station

A behind-the-scenes look at the care provided for the animals in the park. What you will see will vary depending on what's going on that day but could include watching surgeons operate on animals, experts presenting various wildlife and veterinarians who are available to answer questions.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Only if your interest in seeing the animals being cared for is strong enough to justify the time it takes to get there and back.
When to visit: Anytime (opens 30 min. after park)
Tips: This section opens 30 minutes after the rest of the park does. If operations are going to be performed that day, they are usually performed in the morning.

Habitat Habit!

Outdoor trails in the Rafiki's Planet Watch section where you can see cotton-top tamarins.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? No, unless animals are a focus
When to visit: Anytime (opens 30 min. after park)
Tips: If you're looking for a real "trail" to explore and view animals, try the Maharajah Jungle Trek instead.

Wildlife Express Train

This train departs every 5-7 minutes (though lines to board the train can be lengthy) to take people to visit the Rafiki's Planet Watch section.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Not unless you plan to spend time at the Conservation Station, the Affection Section or Habitat Habit.
When to visit: Anytime
Tips: It sometimes takes 1.5 hours round trip so be aware of that before you board

Doc McStuffins (character meet)

When to visit: Starting late February 2017

Chip 'n' Dale (character meet)

Height req.: None
When to visit: 1:40pm-5:20pm

Rafiki (character meet)

Height req.: None
When to visit: 1:50pm-2:30pm

Pandora

Na'Vi River Journey

A gentle boat ride through the bioluminescent rain forest complete with a spectacular encounter with a Na’vi shaman.

Height req.: none
Suitable for: Anyone
Recommended? Yes, ride first thing in the morning or with FastPass+
Tips: Unlike Flight of Passage, this attraction is family-friendly and can be enjoyed by all.

Avatar Flight of Passage

Unlike any other attraction at Walt Disney World, guests mount their own "virtual banshee" to soar above the Valley of Mo'ara.

Height req.: 44"
Suitable for: Guests 44" and taller and those that can handle rides that are simulator based.
Recommended? Yes. If you are tall enough and don't tend to get sick on simulator-based rides, this is the most unique attraction at Disney World and is definitely worth a try.
Tips: If you are prone to motion sickness, try riding in the middle of your row. The seats here are notorious for not being accommodating of all body types. If you are worried, there is a "test seat" outside of the queue that you can practice on. Be sure to lean in and slide your feet all the way forward as far as possible to maximize the seat and leg space.

Nighttime entertainment

Tree of Life Awakenings

At night you can watch the Tree of Life "awaken" and come to life with flickering fireflies and magical animals. This show uses the same projection technology as Celebrate the Magic and has 4 different shows that rotate through the evening.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Yes
When to visit: As scheduled (nighttime entertainment). The last one takes place 15 minutes after park closing.
Tips: Since a new show starts approximately every 10 minutes this is easy to catch on your way out and is a perfect end to an Animal Kingdom visit.

Rivers of Light

Height req.: None
When to visit: As scheduled (nighttime entertainment)

Dining at Animal Kingdom

I have a dining guide below to help you decide on dining options at Animal Kingdom.

Animal Kingdom ridesThe pros and cons of all Animal Kingdom restaurants
There are a few great places to eat at Animal Kingdom, including a character dining location that's a good option when others seem to be fully booked up months in advance.

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Alice stop

This is a fantastic way to see what I can do and see at Animal Kingdom. I have a back injury and you helped me decide what attractions I can try. Really appreciate this. I will to see if you have toured the other parks for you recommendations. Thank you!

Amanda

I’m wondering what everyone thinks about going mid Sept vs Oct… I see that there is typically less rain in Oct and ive been told it’s less busy in Sept than it is mid-Oct… thoughts?? This is our 1st time and I really don’t want a bunch of rain days, yet I chose this time frame bc of the lighter crowds… advice Please & Thank you!!

THANK YOU for this! My family is going for the first time in two weeks. We have never done anything Disney… I just hurt my knee skiing, and I can walk, but not backtrack all day, so I was looking through this website to figure out what we really want to do and which order makes sense. I Can’t tell you how much I appreciate the details and videos!!!

We are very grateful,
Jane

Tricia

How crowded would AK be the week of Christmas or on Christmas Eve? Traveling to FL for family occasion and hoping to dedicate a day at one of the parks with our 4 and 5 year old boys. Many thanks for a wonderful guide!

Jennifer Chrobocinski

Hi! We will be going to Disney with our 7-year old daughter on Jan 30th – Feb 7th of 2016.
We will be spending 2 1/2 days in MK and then 1 day each at the remaining parks.
We have one “open” day that we will choose to visit a park for the second day.
I’m torn between Epcot and AK. It seems like I had to skip a lot in AK because of time constraints and the fact that the park closes early.
What park would you suggest as a second day? PS – I didn’t get the hopper passes because I felt they were a waste of time for us.

amy

How long does it take to park in the parking lot and then get inside at AK? I’m sure it’s not as long as MK, but just want to plan accordingly!

Darian

My husband and I have dinner reservations at Sanaa during our upcoming trip to Disney World (only 21 days away!!!!!) and I’m curious to know if you can walk from Animal Kingdom theme park to the lodge or if it’s necessary to take the bus. Thanks for all of your fantastic information! 🙂

Lindsey Hawks

Shannon, thanks for all the useful info u post. It’s been so helpful to plan our trip. One ?. How long does it take to walk from animal kingdom entrance to Kilimanjaro safaris. That will be our first stop and I have a fastpass for 9:10-10:10 but considering trading it for a 1pm FP for the Nemo show. Couldn’t find anything through Google searches listing walking times. We will be there 5/2 and are fast walkers. Thanks!

amy

Looks like you’ve already been to AK and found the answer to this? I’m curious how long it took to walk there? I was wondering the same thing!

jeni

me too!

Jessica

It will only take you about 5 minutes to walk back there if you’re headed straight there and don’t stop to look at anything along the way.

Jay

My family is planning on going to WDW in May of next year. I was wondering when at AK , what is best way to travel to the Hoop-De-Doo by 6:15. How much time is needed to get their from AK and are their any monorails to take to ease the burden?

Brooke Benn

I love these guides – do you have one for the MK? I found it for the other 3 parks but not that one.

Jay

Anyone know how long the Nemo show is? I have heard 30 minutes from some, 45 minutes form others.

Mark

I love Animal Kingdom. This is a very thorough overview of it. Love the videos. What I miss the most are the PM Extra Magic Hours. We really loved Animal Kingdom in the dark. Great article!

Launa

This is wonderful. Makes me so much more comfortable navigating this park and know what to focus on. Looking forward to the other 3 parks (first time going to Disney in Sept).

Thank you for this wonderful in depth post. You are very talented in explaining and laying out information to make things so much easier on us first timers! Our first trip is coming up in December and I am hoping you do a park review for the other three parks as well! Thank you thank you!!!!

Vinny

Would you recommend taking a 3 and 6 year old here?

Christy

I literally love you so much for posting this!! I worked Merchandise in Dinoland USA on my college program, and I can’t tell you how many times people would be like, “is there anything to DO here?!” Are you kidding!? I love DAK and it breaks my heart that it’s usually people’s least favorite park! I almost cried watching the video of the Dinosaur ride because I miss riding it all the time! I literally have it memorized, guests always find it either funny or annoying how I recite it 😛

Annamari Curtiss

Our first day of our first ever trip is going to be in Animal Kingdom. Now, I am really excited about that!! Thanks again 🙂

Sally Andress

My husband and I also did the Wild African Trek 2 years ago when we made our first trip without kids. It is a behind the scenes excursion of the Safari. We were harnessed, walked through part of the ‘jungle’, crossed over 2 rope bridges over crocodiles, saw the hippos getting fed, rode in a special truck that stopped on the safari trail, had lunch on a platform on the savannah where we had a great view of the giraffes and elephants. It took about 3 or so hours. It was amazing and we will probably do it again some time. We have our second trip by ourselves planned to WDW this September. The guides took pictures and we all received a CD with the pictures. We were also able to choose where part of the proceeds ($185 per person,, I think, was the cost) went – large cats, general fund – I don’t remember all of the choices. You must be at least 16 years old and in decent physical condition. Maximum number of people in the group is 12.

Catherine Kenny

My husband and I went this past July. In addition to getting to “hang out” over the hippos and crocs, (this is probably what you saw from the safari) we did the rope bridge (leave it to Disney to leave out a bunch of the planks!) . The best part was the guided trip through the African plain, with no other vehicle behind us to worry about, we got to hang out for quite awhile when animals were spotted. And our guides were much better informed about the animals, and Disney’s care of them then the KS guides were. The pix the guides took were awesome, some of the best I’ve ever gotten from Disney photographers. You can bring your own camera, but you MUST be able to attach it to the vest securely, not just stick it into your pocket, no dropping things in with the hippos!

James

SUPER HELPFUL!
Though, I would be interested to see what your take would be on a half-day AK trip, as that is what many of us do. I would suggest hitting Kilimanjaro Safaris first, then get fast passes for Everest. How would you plan a half day at Animal Kingdom (Surely I am no thte only person who considers it a half-day park 🙂 )

Sue

Hi Shannon!

We are not first time visitors, and I still LOVE your website…. I always learn a new tidbit. Here is my two cents worth…. Take the time to seek out Gi-Tar Dan in Camp Minnie Mickey area. We came across him by accident (like DiVine one time) and he just asks you a few quick questions and then makes up an awesome song right up on the spot! It sounds like it might be a little odd but it was honestly one of the coolest little hidden gems / magical moments that make Disney so awesome.

Anyway… Thanks for the info. Well done as usual!

Nina

Great in depth review of Animal Kingdom. I have a question; I dont know if you remember this, but about 10 years ago, they had an attraction where there was a real looking dinosaur, and the park staff pretended to take care of it bc it was dying. It wasnt a ride, more of a show, but it was outside. Do you remember the name of it? I hope that description was enough

MV

They are thinking of an attraction at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. It was near the Jurassic Park ride.

Kaylene

Awesome guide to AK. This was the first park we visited on our first family trip. I was overwhelmed finding things and I could’ve used this 🙂 We are returning in November and a re excited to see the parts of AK that we missed!

Genel

Shannon thank u so so much for doing this. I am planning a trip in December and not sure how much time I need in AK park. would like to see as much as possible. Thanks

Maggie Langevin

I am planning a trip for 2014 and I read here that they are taking out camp Minnie-mickey. I originally wasn’t going to go to AK but extended the days if my trip and now we are going to spend a day here. One thing I was looking forward to for my daughter was to meet Pocohantas. That is one of her favorite movies. Do you know if they’ll have her somewhere else? or do they have her someone else? I haven’t seen much about her at all.

Camp Minnie Mickey will eventually close in order to be transformed into the Land of Avatar, but it won’t take place until the new theater for the Festival of the Lion King Show building is completed in Africa behind the Tusker House restaurant.

No one knows an exact time line at this point. I’m sure Pocahontas will be relocated somewhere, either the old character trails in Africa or near the new Festival theater. I’ll keep you guys informed as I hear more details.
KtP

Maggie Langevin

Thank you very much!

Judy Burton

Animal Kingdom is our favorite park. We are two adults, kids are grown. We go at least once a year and we love AK. Flame Tree Barbeque is our favorite counter service restaurant.. We head
for the Safari ride first and FP for another a bit later. The Lion King and Nemo the Musical are big musts (at least twice for Lion King). We also think that “Bug” is a must. Hubby rides Kali River Rapids as many time as he can get in.. for me twice is just fine (I am wet enough after 2)
We love the shade and coolness of AK. There are so many trees it appears cooler as well. Also enjoy Flights of Wonder. We also do Dinosaur, but it is VERY LOUD and scary, but a must-do.
We also do Expedition Everest once.. even for us “oldie” We are both 74. We try and do AK two days out of our six days at WDW.

Catherine Kenny

We took the Wild Animal Trek this past July and our guide told us that measurements prove AK is the warmest park.

Santiago

Nice article (as always), I specially like the videos, although for adults maybe considered as a “spoiler”, for kids it’s the best way to prepare them for the ride, as a Disney Pro once told me 😉
Preparing a touring guide (for this or any other park) I am having a little trouble establishing how much time would the ride itself take, maybe you could add this info in the future.
I end up establishing half an hour for every ride, except Ellen’s Energy at EPCOT.
Keep up the good work

Bye

Elizabeth Nevermann

Animal Kingdom is not on my list of parks for September so I have not done any planning or research. You have done all the work for me, I will follow your plan if we do go. Thank you Shannon, I don’t know how I could have planned this trip of a life time without you.

Catherine Kenny

You know, I planned my “trip of a lifetime” to WDW in 2009. People who know me were shocked I had never been. But there was so much to do, so much to learn, so much to plan, that it all seemed so daunting! Finally I decided that I had to “just do it”. As it turns out, it was so much easier than I thought ( and so much fun!!! ) that I ended up going in 2012 and 2013! 2014 is back to my first love Disneyland, and then a return to WDW in 2015.

Tonya

LOVE, the detailed information about the park. This will be our family 1st trip in Dec. I’m learning sooo much from your site. All the information is great, what can be skipped & detail of each area. It would be AWESOME if you could do something like the for each park for us 1st timers. 😉
Keep the great post coming ……..Can’t wait to hear more on FASTPASS+

Tonya

Thank you for all your time you put into your website. Your time is appreciated very much. And by the way, Magic Kingdom by Dec would be AMAZING!!!! 😉

Konda

Question about places to eat. We are doing the RainForest cafe for lunch for sure, the kids will love that, I have been there. However dinner was iffy, I made reservations at Yak and Yaki, not sure how that is going to go over with the kids, but was wondering if anyone had tried it and if it is not a good place if you suggest eating outside the park, or somewhere else.

Drea

Yak and Yeti is one of my favorite places in all of Disney to eat. The food is excellent and if you have questions about unfamiliar flavors (and possibly not liking them) the staff is totally willing to make adjustments for you 🙂 I’m a non-adventous eater (my husband says I have the eating habits of a very stubborn 6yr old!) and I’ve always loved my meal there.

Catherine Kenny

After visiting the park, I find RF cafe very dull. The animals rarely move and the “big” scene doesn’t happen that often ( when we were last there just once every 30 minutes ) Food was ok. Flame BBQ is the place to eat though.. Very good BBQ and although there is no inside seating, you can walk down to the water and not feed all the birds there and see a great view of EE. Yak and Yeti is good, but I really like Tusker House.

James

I would strongly suggest ditching the rainforest cafe and doing the BBQ place in AK. Of ALL The counter services in WDW, it is the best in my opinion. And you get a lot for your money. Rainforest cafe is -okay- for the kids… I guess… due to the decor (but all of AK is decorated awesomely, so why sit in a restaurant and see the decor? And to me, the food is, maybe like a really good Applebees.
Just my 2 cents!

Konda

Thanks, great post. We decided to do AK the first day since we will be driving in the night before. We wanted to make it an early evening. I am thrilled to see all the stuff there is to do. I have a 4 and 7 year old so I will heed to some of your warning, though I don’t “think” they would scare very easily. I will make sure we see The Loin King for sure. We are going in Jan. so not sure about the water ride, depends on the temps, but I will pick up some ponchos before the trip. This really helps me plan my first day.

Amy

What a great piece, full of excellent information.
I see that The Lion King is one of your must sees while at AK. We have seen The Lion King (the broadway play) 5 times. Is this show anything like that? Wondering if it is something we should plan to see or not.
My 6 year is dying to ride EE now that we watched the video. I told her your recommendation, but she said..I won’t cry! We will see, I guess!

Amy

Excellent, thank you! It is on our list. We will be there next month.

Catherine Kenny

EE isn’t all that scary if she’s okay with the moving Yeti silhouette and the dark. However, the backwards acceleration is INTENSE. Wouldn’t surprise me if that’s what gets alot of smaller kids.

Janie

We love AK! My six year old son rode Expedition Everest three times in a row- it was his favorite! I watched from the ground as he and his dad and sis took that big drop, and could see his grin all the way from there. Later, he laughed about the fact that were adults screaming, lol. He is a total daredevil, though. I could definitely recommend making sure a child LOVES rides like Space Mountain and BTMR before attempting EE. On our next trip, we are actually skipping EPCOT and DHS, and spending more time at MK and AK.

Jack

We are not going to WDW until March but seeing the Animal Kingdom will be a no-brainer!!

Curtis Traverse

What an excellent post! We missed so much stuff when we did this park back in May that it makes me sad. I cannot wait to go back to AK again next time and spend a full day. For folks that don’t go to this park I think you are missing out on a beautiful place.

Afton Rio

Thanks for this! Animal kingdom was definitely a half day park for us. Tusker house character breakfast was Great! And my Pocahontas fan was thrilled to meet her! Those were the two highlights for us OH and scaring my daughter for the rest of the trip on Expedition Everest oops! Haha

Jillian

Loved reading this!!! I agree, Animal Kingdom is a beautiful and hugely under rated park. We spent two days there on our last trip. I hate when people say AK (or DHS) is a half day park. If you do everything there is to offer, you will spend much more than a half day there. If you skip most the attractions, then any park can be a half day park :o)
I have 2 tips to share. The first regards lining up before the park opens. My husband and I were in line, quite a ways back, and we noticed a few turnstiles being used for people who had early reservations for Donald’s Safari Breakfast. I kept my eye on those turnstiles and sure enough, once the park officially opened, Cast Members were motioning for other guests to use those turnstiles. My husband and I scooted over and were able to get in much quicker than if we stayed in the line we were in.
My 2nd tip is in regards to Everest. At rope drop, cast members will usually make guests follow them, behind a rope, down to Everest. However, if you take a right at Dino Land, and fast walk/jog, you can make it to Everest before the huge crowd. We did this both mornings we were at AK and we were first in line both times!
I look forward to your other park guides!

Catherine Kenny

Another tip if you want to be first in line for a FP at EE. Instead of walking behind the rope that goes down the far right trail ( past Dinoland ) go on the path straight towards Asia ( off center right hand path) When they drop the barrier rope, you’ll be at the backside of the FP stations, and can enter from the rear.

If you do take the right most path be sure you are on the left side of the path by the second bridge, it’s a hard left into the FP station… Nothing worse than being beaten to the FP station by a guy with 20 tickets!!!

Cathy

Great job describing Animal Kingdom…very helpful. Please consider updating before you begin on the next park. In your description, please add one line about how physically rough the ride is (for disabled/older riders). Then in the grey box, add wheelchair accessible, transfer or whatever. This addition would help a family with disabled members make the best decisions for planning their day. Thanks again.

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