Disney’s Animal Kingdom is growing and becoming more popular, so it is essential you plan your day. We all make mistakes when on vacation and these Animal Kingdom Mistakes can reduce the enjoyment of your holiday. However, with a bit of planning, you can make sure you have a great vacation.
Attempting to do it all in 1 day.
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Not creating a plan.
The fact you are looking at this website suggests you are not going to make this mistake. However, you must make a plan of what you intend to do at
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Not booking Fastpass Reservations
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. While Expedition 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.
Trying to ride everything at the Animal Kingdom
If time is limited, you may need to skip the odd attraction. It is better to plan these than miss your must-do attractions. We have created a list of 5 attractions we would consider skipping at the Animal Kingdom if we are short of time.
Not checking the kids are tall enough to ride
Before planning, attractions make sure everyone who wants to is big enough to ride. Disney enforces height limits rigidly & having a Fastpass will not change the rules. If the kids are not big enough to ride, make sure they know in advance.
The following attractions at the Animal Kingdom have height restrictions:
- Avatar Flight of Passage at least 44 inches tall to ride
- Dinosaur at least 40 inches tall to ride
- Expedition Everest at least 44 inches tall to ride
- Kali River Rapids at least 38 inches tall to ride
PrimevalWhirl at least 48 inches tall to ride
You can’t access the park Wi-Fi.
Online access is essential in Walt Disney World. Don’t even consider entering a Walt Disney World Park in 2019 without access to Wi-Fi.
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.
Not having a break.
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Not bringing park essentials
Make a list of what you need e.g. camera, autograph book, poncho. Make sure you don’t forget the sunscreen & a good hat. Plus you will need access to plenty of water.
Pack your bag the night before. Remember to not take too much as you will be carrying it all day.
Wearing new shoes.
Make sure your shoes are worn in and comfortable you will be doing a lot of walking, Animal Kingdom is a massive park.
Did you know the British Queen hires someone to wear in her shoes?
Not using the lockers for Kali River Rapids
There is no longer storage for belongings on Kali River Rapids. Your belongings will get wet perhaps very wet. Lockers are free and located near the entrance to the attraction.
Yes….We made this mistake & our stuff got wet!
Not getting a Fastpass for Flight of Passage
Obtaining a Flight of passage Fastpass is our number 1 tip for your Fastpass Strategy. You should try and book this as soon as reservations open. Don’t expect to get one on the day, and lines will be very long.
Our Animal Kingdom Fastpass Strategy has Tips & Hints if you do miss out on getting a Fastpass
Do you have any other Animal Kingdom Mistakes to avoid? Why not leave us a comment below?
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We have also created a Guide to Walt Disney World which is a great starting point to plan your vacation.