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.
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 things 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
Still showing 3 hour wait times you’ll need to perfect your FastPass+ strategy to snag a Flight of Passage FastPass+. Or you can plan to arrive at the park early and race to this ride as soon as you scan in. This works best if you arrive at the gates before the park opens. If there is any ride at Walt Disney World that warrants you waking up early, it’s this one. 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.
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!
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.
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. Update: some experiences are currently unavailable. Check out what’s open at Walt Disney World before you go.
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 the holidays it gets a seasonal overlay.
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 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.