We love Animal Kingdom. Surprisingly enough, up until Pandora opened in May 2017, we never really saw it that busy. While some argue it’s nothing more than a glorified zoo, we dare to disagree! The cultures of countries merge here in a way you won’t see them in Epcot. But that World Traveler feeling is not all we love about Animal Kingdom. Conservation and environmental responsibility were major cornerstones of Walt Disney’s mission for Walt Disney World.
We also want to recommend if you’re in the mood for a little extra education and some animal close ups you can’t get anywhere else, check out the Wild Africa Trek, it’s an extra cost but was so cool and we thought worth it for the unique experience. You can also see Caring for Giants to visit the new elephant baby, Stella. Adorable.
So here’s our list of the tried and true checklist items that should be on your bucket list. Mind you, these aren’t the obscure if-you-have-time items. These are the get-your-butt-over-there-and-make-time items.
Enjoy the list and let us know what we missed!
Animal Kingdom Transportation
If Driving: Parking is easy at Animal Kingdom and there are trams that circle the parking lot for a quick drop off at the gate if needed.
From the Monorail: No monorail access to or from Animal Kingdom.
From the Boat: No boat access to or from Animal Kingdom.
By Bus: Available from any Disney Resort.
Animal Kingdom Park Areas
(FP) means you’ll need to fast pass this ride or attraction because lines could be long. You can read up on how Fast Passes work here. (TS)= Table Service, Reservations Recommended,(QS)= Quick Service, Walk Up Counter, No Reservations Needed (S)= Snack
▢ Discovery Island Trail
▢It’s Tough to be a Bug | Rumored to be replaced soon
▢Flame Tree Barbecue
▢ Wilderness Explorers
▢ Na’vi River Journey
▢ Flight of Passage ( FP)
▢ Satu’li Canteen
▢ Pongu Pongu
▢ World of Avatar Interactive App
▢ Festival of the Lion King
▢ Gorilla Falls Exploration Falls
▢ Tusker House Restaurant ( TS)
▢ Kali River Rapids
▢ Expedition Everest
▢ Maharaja Jungle Trek
▢Royal Anandapur Tea Co. | Frozen Chai
▢Yak and Yeti
▢Expedition Everest Gift Shop
Animal Kingdom Shows, Festivals and Parades
▢ Rivers of Light
▢ Burudika at Harambe
▢ Tree of Life Awakenings
▢ Up!: A Great Bird Adventure
▢ Discovery Island Carnivale
Note: We have not covered DinoLand USA in this list because without toddlers in our lives at present we’ve never ventured into this part of the park. If you have a favorite part of Dinoland however be sure to share it!
Check out all our Disney Bucket Lists!
- Animal Kingdom Bucket List
- Disney Foodie Vacation Bucket List
- Epcot Bucket List
- Hollywood Studios Bucket List
- Magic Kingdom Bucket List
- The Ultimate Walt Disney World Bucket List Challenge
- Walt Disney World Bucket Lists of Each Disney Park & Free E-Book