Disney’s Animal Kingdom is growing and becoming more popular. Following the opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar & the new night-time spectacular Rivers of Light it is essential you have a plan. Here are out Top Animal Kingdom Tips to get the most out of your day so you can have a great vacation.
Don’t attempt to do it all in 1 day.
The problem with the Animal Kingdom is the whole park is great.
If you have time visit on 2 or even 3 days. This will also make your Fastpass strategy easier.
Have a Fastpass Strategy
You can only pre-book one Fastpass for either Navi River Journey or Flight of Passage. Due to the popularity of these attractions do not expect to get an extra Fastpass later in the day.
The strategy here is easier if you are attending on more than 1 day.
In addition, you can make a further 2 Fastpass selections. In our opinion, these should usually be Kilimanjaro Safaris & Kali River Rapids.
Whilst Everest can attract serious crowds there is a single rider option if you are prepared to ride alone.
We have created a guide to help you plan your Animal Kingdom Fastpass Strategy.
Have access to the park Wi-Fi.
Online access is essential in Walt Disney World.
The My Disney Experience App is your essential guide to wait times, maps, showtimes & a lot more. Plus you can reserve Fastpass+ & make dining reservations on the App.
Don’t even consider entering a Walt Disney World Park in 2018 without access to Wi-Fi.
Don’t Miss Pandora – The World of Avatar
You probably already know this but Pandora – The World of Avatar should not be missed.
Pandora opened to the public in May 2017. The area is believed to have cost in the region of $500 million. It is inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar which remains the highest grossing film of all time.
The area contains 2 main attractions Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey. Both attractions are superb and should not be missed. In addition, there are Avatar inspired shopping and dining options.
For more information & tips on Pandora read our guide.
Plan meal and drink breaks
Animal Kingdom always seems hotter than the other Disney Parks. Make sure you have plenty of breaks and drinks when in the park.
Dehydrated & tired kids or grown-ups are not fun.
Ride Kilimanjaro safaris in the morning
Typically the animals are more active in the morning.
However, no 2 safaris are the same if you have time ride twice.
Use the lockers for Kali River Rapids
There is no longer storage for belongings on the ride.
Yes….We made that mistake!
Your belonging will get wet perhaps very wet. Lockers are free and located near the entrance to the attraction.
Consider skipping some attractions
If time is limited you may need to skip the odd attraction. It is better to plan these in advance than miss your must-do attractions.
Here are our list of 5 attractions you might want to consider skipping at Animal Kingdom.
Consider skipping Rivers of Light
Now you probably don’t want to do this.
However if you are short of time and you only have 1 Fastpass for Pandora the wait will drop during Rivers of Light.
It really is a choice between Rivers of Light or both Pandora attractions if you are only visiting for 1 day.
Experience Animal Kingdom at night
It is magical!
Don’t miss it & make sure you visit Pandora at night. At night Pandora offers a totally different experience.
Get there early
Failed to get a Fastpass for Flight of Passage?
Get there for park opening. Lines will be quieter the first few hours each day. However, Pandora will be busy so expect a wait.
Be ready for every type of weather
Sunscreen, hat & waterproof all might be needed on any day.
Have a plan for what to do it weather turns.
Read our guide for more tips on Orlando weather.
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