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Animal Kingdom tips

Hear the call of the wild at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom. Here are some tips to help you get the most from your day at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park.

Disney Animal Kingdom vacation tipsVisiting Animal Kingdom

  • Arrive at the park early for a chance to see "The Adventure Begins" musical that accompanies the park opening.
  • The park tip board is located on Discovery Island as you cross from the Oasis on the right. Use it to see wait times and ride closures.
  • Animal Kingdom park entranceYou'll be able to see most of the park easily in one day. If you can't get to the park at the opening, consider waiting until mid-afternoon (3:00 - 4:00 p.m.) when crowds begin to clear. You'll still have time to see the entire park.
    Animal Kingdom's Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Ride Kilimanjaro Safaris early in the day, or in the late evening. You'll see more animals, and they'll be more active. On our 10:00 a.m. safari, we even had to wait as elephants crossed the road in front of us!
  • Get your FASTPASS for Expedition Everest early in the morning. They are often gone by early afternoon.
  • Although the hilly terrain and winding paths can be a challenge to navigate, this park has more shade, and less walking overall than the others.
  • You'll need to get to the Finding Nemo musical early if you hope to get a seat. It fills up very quickly!
  • Get soaked at Kali River Rapids!You won't want to miss Kali River Rapids, especially on a hot day! There is storage space in the center of the raft to keep your valuables (and shoes!) dry.
  • After you ride Kali River Rapids, man the cannons on the bridge for your chance to soak other unsuspecting riders.
  • Brightly colored shirts and hats will be useful if you're letting your little ones play at "The Boneyard". This sprawling playground which simulates a dinosaur dig is an especially easy spot to lose your little ones.
  • If you're susceptible to motion sickness on 'spinny' rides, skip the Primeval Whirl coaster. At first glance it seems like a typical 'wild mouse' type of coaster; however, the cars spin quit a bit throughout the ride which will leave the motion-sensitive types feeling a bit queasy.


 
 

 

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