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Animal Kingdom touring plans (and FastPass+ recommendations)

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Animal Kingdom touring plans (and FastPass+ recommendations)

Worried about long waits for Animal Kingdom attractions, especially with the addition of Pandora – World of Avatar?

Having well-organized touring plans that make good use of FastPasses is key to avoiding long line waits during your Disney World trip, including at Animal Kingdom.

Below, find an Animal Kingdom touring plan that fits your group, along with FastPass+ suggestions to make sure you’re maximizing your time.

Let’s take a look…

FastPass+ basics

New to making FastPass+ reservations? Check out how to use FastPass+ at Disney World to get you started.

Animal Kingdom FastPass+ options and priorities

You can make 1-3 FastPass+ reservations ahead of time.

Here are your FastPass+ options at Animal Kingdom.

Top priority (visit early in the day or with a FP+) Second priority (great bonus FP+ options) Low priority (using FP+ not recommended)
Expedition Everest
Kilimanjaro Safaris
Rivers of Light
Na’vi River Journey OR Avatar Flight of Passage (can only have 1 of these at a time)
Festival of the Lion King
Kali River Rapids
DINOSAUR
Primeval Whirl
It’s Tough to Be a Bug
Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost
UP! A Great Bird Adventure
Finding Nemo – The Musical
Animation Experience

For more information on FastPass+ options and strategies at Animal Kingdom, check out our Guide for FastPass+ at Animal Kingdom.

FastPass+ suggestions to save to your phone

Want to have the FastPass+ suggestions on your camera roll? Press the image below from your phone to save to your camera roll.

Arrive before park opening

To make the best use of your time, arrive about 75 – 90 minutes before park opening (closer to the 90 minute mark if you do NOT have a FastPass+ for Flight of Passage).

Animal Kingdom usually allows people in up to 45 minutes before the official opening time. Guests are stopped in front of the Tree of Life until the park opens.

Between the time you enter and the time the park opens, you can get PhotoPass pics taken, shop, or see DiVine.

What times should you make reservations?

The general idea is to start touring early and ride in the standby lines, and then use FastPass+ a bit later in the day.

In the touring plans below, we’ve given suggestions on what time you might want to make your FastPass+ reservations.

Single rider option

Expedition Everest also has a single rider option. Here’s how single rider lines work.

Animal Kingdom touring plans

We like to organize our touring plans by hour because minute-by-minute touring plans can make you feel like you’re running from place to place without any flexibility, but grouping them by hour can give you some sense of timing as you plan.

Here are some example Animal Kingdom touring plans.

General 1 Day Animal Kingdom touring plan 

Get FP+ for Na’vi River Journey OR Flight of Passage (44″ height req.), Expedition Everest(44″ height req.), Kilimanjaro Safaris. Flight of Passage sees the longer lines, so try for that one first.

Arrive to the park 75-90 minutes before opening.

First hour:

  • 1. Na’vi River Journey OR Flight of Passage (44″ height req., whichever one you don’t have a FastPass+ for)
  • 2. Primeval Whirl (48″ height req.)

Second hour:

  • 3. DINOSAUR (40″ height req.)
  • 4. Use FP+ for Expedition Everest (44″ height req., suggested FP+ time: 9:30-10:30)

Third hour:

  • 5. Kali River Rapids (38″ height req.)
  • Lunch

Rest of the day:

  • 6. UP! A Great Bird Adventure
  • 7. Use FP+ to ride Kilimanjaro Safaris (suggested FP+ time: early afternoon)
  • 8. Animation Experience (25 minute animation class that may be frustrating for little ones)
  • 9. Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail
  • 10. Festival of the Lion King
  • 11. It’s Tough to Be a Bug
  • 12. Maharajah Jungle Trek
  • 13. Finding Nemo – The Musical
  • 14. Use FP+ for either Avatar Flight of Passage (44″ height req.) or Na’vi River Journey (suggested FP+ time: afternoon)
  • 15. Rivers of Light (at night)

Click for the full-sized PDF.

Animal Kingdom general 1 day touring plan graphic

Animal Kingdom Touring Plan with Little Ones Under 40″ Tall (without Na’vi River Journey)

Get FP+ for Finding Nemo – The Musical, Festival of the Lion King, and Kali River Rapids (fyi – Kali has a 38″ height requirement)

First hour:

  • 1. Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • 2. Wildlife Express Train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch 

Second hour:

  • 3. Animation Experience (25 minute animation class that may be frustrating for little ones)
  • 4. Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail

Third hour:

  • Lunch
  • 5. Use FP+ for Festival of the Lion King (suggested FP+ time: 11:30)

Rest of the day:

  • 6. UP! A Great Bird Adventure
  • 7. Use FP+ at Kali River Rapids (38″ height req., suggested FP+ time: early afternoon)
  • 8. Maharajah Jungle Trek
  • 9. Use FP+ at Finding Nemo – The Musical (suggested FP+ time: afternoon)
  • 10. TriceraTop Spin
  • 11. The Boneyard
  • 12. Rivers of Light (at night)

Click for the full-sized PDF.

Animal Kingdom for little ones with Navi River Journey

Animal Kingdom touring plan with Little Ones Under 40″ Tall (with FP+ for Na’vi River Journey)

Get FP+ for Na’vi River Journey, Festival of the Lion King, and Kali River Rapids (fyi – Kali has a 38″ height requirement)

First hour:

  • 1. Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • 2. Wildlife Express Train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch

Second hour:

  • 3. Animation Experience (25 minute animation class that may be frustrating for little ones)
  • 4. Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail

Third hour:

  • Lunch
  • 5. Use FP+ for Festival of the Lion King (suggested FP+ time: 11:30)

Rest of the day:

  • 6. UP! A Great Bird Adventure
  • 7. Use FP+ at Kali River Rapids (38″ height req., suggested FP+ time: early afternoon)
  • 8. Maharajah Jungle Trek 
  • 9. Finding Nemo – The Musical
  • 10. TriceraTop Spin
  • 11. The Boneyard
  • 12. Use FP+ for Na’vi River Journey (suggested FP+ time: afternoon)
  • 13. Rivers of Light (at night)

Click for the full-sized PDF.

Animal Kingdom for little ones without Navi

What about Rider Switch (sometimes called Child Swap)?

The Rider Switch system allows parents to take turns riding things that little ones can’t/won’t ride.

Please read our Rider Switch article so you can see how to use it and maximize your FastPass+ reservations.

Want to show up late or park hop?

Animal Kingdom used to be a super easy park to spend a half day and was a great candidate to park hop to or from, but with more attractions and a nighttime show, that’s not as true anymore.

If you do want to show up late, just make sure you have FastPass+ reservations for headliners like Kilimanjaro Safaris and one of the Pandora attractions, and know that Expedition Everest has a Single Rider Line to help you save wait time as well.

Looking for touring plans for the other parks?

Find them at the links below:

Epcot touring plans and FastPass+ suggestions
Hollywood Studios touring plans and FastPass+ suggestions
Magic Kingdom touring plans and FastPass+ suggestions

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