If you’re heading to Animal Kingdom and only plan on spending one day in the park it’s important to maximize your day. Our Animal Kingdom top 10 includes unique foods, cultural experiences, and wildlife. Adding these to your list means experiencing Animal Kingdom at it’s best. Get ready for fun rides, eclectic dining options and the most entrancing shows. Here’s our list of Disney Must Do’s at Animal Kingdom.
Animal Kingdom Park and What To Do There
So, we’ve written before about Animal Kingdom. From the Why You Need to Visit Pandora at Night, to why we think you should book the Wild Africa Trek on your next vacation. With so many things to do at Animal Kingdom cross Africa, Asia, Pandora and more, how could you possibly choose? Even the Animal Kingdom Snacks are Epic!
What Should I Not Miss at Animal Kingdom?
Be sure to check out our Animal Kingdom Bucket List so you can be sure not to miss a thing, and our Best Days to Visit Which Disney Park post for our top days to avoid crowds. Ok, let’s dive in. If you only get to do 10 things, these are the things that really make our Disney Vacations feel extra magical.
In no particular order, here are the things we most love about Animal Kingdom and why. If you’re looking to smash your experience into one day at this park, here are the Top 10 things at Animal Kingdom that most deserve your time. Get fast passes where you can and dining reservations as needed. The days of this being a half-day park are over. You can definitely spend a full day at Animal Kingdom. Here’s how.
Flight of Passage in Pandora
The best tactic for Flight of Passage has been to arrive at rope drop at Animal Kingdom and race to this ride as soon as you scan in. This works best if you arrive at the gates before the park opens. And if there is any ride at Walt Disney World that warrants you waking up early, it’s this one. BUT, Disney During the Pandemic has seen much, MUCH lower wait times, as in like 10 minutes on certain days. Be sure to have this on your list for your Animal Kingdom Day.
Colossal Cinnamon Roll
This Cinnamon Roll is super shareable and available at the Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery. Almost the size of a dinner plate this cinnamon roll arrives warm, flavorful, slightly messy! But we love it. Its the perfect treat that doubles as a breakfast and better than most other cinnamon rolls across the parks. And has made our Best Snacks at Animal Kingdom list. Of course you can share this treat, but why?
Ahhh, lunch at Pandora is such a treat! You can grab protein bowls that you build to your tastes, unique desserts and refreshing drinks. This mess hall atmosphere is decorated with Pandora elements honoring nature and the Na’vi. We love that this is one of the healthier, budget-friendly restaurants at Animal Kingdom and that it hits the spot for lunch or dinner. Check out Satu’li Canteen on your next trip! This is definitely one of the Best Animal Kingdom Restaurants and totally worth the visit!
It’s easy to have the whole family or travel group pile into the safari truck and take to the savanna. This ride offers views of wildlife in their natural habitat. Grab a FastPass+ if you can, or maybe plan an evening ride when the lines for this ride are a bit lower. And if you’re looking for a super luxurious safari book the Wild Africa Trek. Because you’ll get up close to some of the amazing animals you can only see from a distance here.
Festival of the Lion King
If you’re looking for a Broadway quality show at Walt Disney World, look no further. The Festival of the Lion King can be found in Africa on the bridge to Pandora. Inside you’ll get to be part of a Lion King extravaganza. Complete with acrobatics, songs, and larger than life floats worthy of the jungle. Disney During COVID Update: Festival of the Lion King is set to return Summer of 2021 with COVID-19 protocols in place.
Yak and Yeti Restaurant
The Yak and Yeti Restaurant is known for it’s dim sum and rice, among other eclectic meals found in Asia and Africa. This restaurant is a staple in Animal Kingdom and the go-to for lunch or dinner. It’s budget and family friendly and even has a kids menu.
Kali River Rapids
This group river rafting experience promises a few splashes and a fun ride downstream. Perfect for the whole family, we especially love this ride during hot weather. If rafting is your thing make sure to grab a FastPass+, because the rides for this one can get kinda long!
The most thrilling coaster at Animal Kingdom, Expedition Everest brings you to the ends of the mountains, into Yeti territory, and pulls you back to civilization just in time! While we recommend a FastPass+ for this ride, the line queue is filled with such interesting artifacts you won’t mind the wait. Be sure to take a look at the giftshop at the exit of the ride, filled with Yeti and fair trade souvenirs you won’t find anywhere else.
Tree of Life Awakenings
One of the best parts of Animal Kingdom’s entertainment in the evening is seeing the Tree of Life Awakenings digital show. Projected onto the Tree of Life, this digital show features fun, frolicking creatures and a story set to music and lights. And during Holidays at Animal Kingdom it gets a seasonal overlay.
Okay guys, you knew this was coming! We LOVE our Disney Games and when they’re FREE, we can’t resist! Wilderness Explorers is not only based on UP!, which was a hands down fantastic movie, but also gets you down and dirty with the Animals or Animal Kingdom! This little booklet filled with scavengers hunts and challenges may only include stickers and may be geared towards children, but it’s great for Disney Adults too! And if you’re homeschooling the kids, Wilderness Explorers is a super comprehensive and easy way to add some citizen science education to your Disney day!
Animal Kingdom Top 10 Things to Do
No matter when you visit Animal Kingdom this year, be sure to check out our Top 10 Things to Do and see what you think! While there are definitely more than just these 10 things to do at Animal Kingdom, these are always a hit whether we’re traveling with friends or family.