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 and Tricks for 2019 to get the most out of your day so you can have a Great Disney Family Vacation.
Don’t attempt to do it all in 1 day.
The problem with the Animal Kingdom is the whole park is great. Apart from 1 or 2 exceptions, you will want to do it all. Since Pandora- World of Avatar opened this is no longer a 1-day park. If you have time visit on 2 or even 3 days. This will also make your Fastpass strategy easier.
Have a Fastpass Strategy
When visiting any of the Walt Disney World parks it is essential you understand the basics of Fastpass+. Fastpass+ is Disney’s attraction reservation system. Guests who do not book Fastpass reservations in advance will meet longer waits and will experience fewer attractions,
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 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. Our guide includes hints and tips to plan your day including how to experience all of Pandora.
Make sure the kids are big enough to ride!
Don’t create a plan to realise too late not everyone can ride. Disney does enforce height restrictions rigidly. If the kids are too small, you can use rider switch to allow the rest of the party to ride. At the Animal Kingdom the attractions which have height restrictions are:
- 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
- Primeval Whirl at least 48 inches tall to ride
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 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 2017and 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. Also, there are Avatar inspired shopping and dining options throughout the land. For more information & tips on Pandora read our guide.
Plan meal and drink breaks
The 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 two 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 than miss your must-do attractions. Here is our list of attractions we would skip at the Animal Kingdom if time is short.
Consider skipping Rivers of Light
Now you probably don’t want to do this, but in our opinion, there are better Night shows at Walt Disney World. 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 one day.
Experience Animal Kingdom at night
Don’t miss it & make sure you visit Pandora at night. At night Pandora offers an entirely different experience. It is magical!
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. We have created a Guide to the Orlando Weather which has further information.
Do you have any other Top Animal Kingdom Tips? Why not leave us a comment below?
Our Guide to Walt Disney World is a great starting place to plan any Walt Disney World Vacation.
We have updated our Guide to the Animal Kingdom with all the latest information for 2019