Why you shouldn’t skip Animal Kingdom – PREP117

A lot of people underestimate Animal Kingdom, but I want to chat today about why you should strongly consider it for your trip.

I also have lots of recent news, and a quick tip of the day.

These are notes from this episode. There's much more info included in the audio so be sure to listen to the episode for a better explanation.

Become a WDW Prep To Go Patron

WDW Prep To Go Patrons pay a little to unlock even more content than what’s on the main podcast feed, such as a private FB Group and exclusive audio that’s released on a private podcast feed.
Become a Patron Now

Call in your non-Disney World questions

If you have a non-Disney World question about websites, podcasts, business, personal stuff, etc., please leave me a SpeakPipe message and I'll put them together for a show at the end of the year. You can do that by downloading the SpeakPipe app or using your computer at https://www.speakpipe.com/WDWPrepToGo.

Why you shouldn't skip Animal Kingdom

  • Fantastic theming, 2 great shows, good restaurants, and the headliner attractions are two of the best at WDW
  • New things coming, including Rivers of Light and Tiffins restaurant in spring 2016 and Pandora in 2017


  • Park hours for many days in December have been extended, and more FastPass+ have opened up as a result
  • Liberty Tree Tavern reservations for November and December available
  • Mission: Space becoming a tier 1 FP+ option at Epcot in January
  • Flower and Garden Festival will be 90 days in 2016, and take place March 2-May 30
  • Disney has today officially announced Tiffins, a new signature table service restaurant, opening at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Spring 2016
  • Flights of Wonder will offer FastPass+ beginning in late November

Quick tip of the day

Use the Low Power Mode on your iPhone to extend the amount of time your battery lasts on Disney World trips.

Subscribe to get new episodes

There are a few ways to get new episodes of WDW Prep To Go (if you're used to listening on the website, subscribe so you can take new episodes with you on your phone)

Ready to book a trip for 2018 or 2019?

The handpicked team of agents at Perfect Story Travel can help you out. Fill out the info below to get started.

Leave a Reply

3 Comment threads
0 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
3 Comment authors
newest oldest most voted

We just got back from WDW during the first week of December and Animal Kingdom was the perfect spot for all three generations of family members. We were able to maintain a much slower pace for my parents, and my niece (7 yrs old) absolutely LOVED the Wilderness Explorers program. When certain family members wanted to stop and rest, we’d find the nearest explorer station and learn something. We truly had a blast at AK. If you are traveling with multiple generations, Animal Kingdom is great. I wish we’d scheduled more than one day there.


We spent 9 days at WDW earlier this month. We ended up spending two separate 1/2 days at Animal Kingdom, and still didn’t get to Festival of The Lion King Flights of Wonder, any wilderness Explorer activities, or many of the animal observations. In fact, we are going back to WDW for 2 days in April 2016, and one full day will be spent at Animal Kingdom. It is great!!


I tried to get a FP reservation for Kali River Rapids for our trip in January 2016 and the FP system showed that it is closed then. Is that new news? Or did I miss the announcement?

Animal Kingdom Epcot Hollywood Studios Magic Kingdom Water Parks
Behind the Seeds tour
How the Behind the Seeds Tour at Epcot works
Early Morning Magic - fantasyland
A guide to Early Morning Magic – Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom
foodandwine 300x215 - Food and Wine Festival has begun! Here's an overview.
Food and Wine Festival has begun! Here’s an overview.
Planning Process Overview Step 1: Pick a Date Step 2: Lodging Step 3: Make a Daily Plan Step 4: Dining Step 5: Park Touring Step 6: Extra Magic
Behind the Seeds tour
How the Behind the Seeds Tour at Epcot works
Disney World short trips Short trips to Disney World
Our best tips for planning a short trip to Disney World
Disney World Thrill Rides (1)
Top Disney World thrill rides in each of the parks
Babies and Toddlers Characters General Reference Group Travel Luxury Saving Money Special Needs Technology Transportation
Everything you need to know about MagicBands
How MagicBands at Disney World work
Tips for planning disney world arrival and departure days 300x215 - How to plan Disney World arrival and departure days
How to plan Disney World arrival and departure days
Tips and tricks for booking flights to Disney World | WDW Prep School
Complete guide to flights for your Disney World trip