Animal Kingdom Disney World Checklist

Animal Kingdom Disney World Checklist

We love Animal Kingdom. And this is a park where you definitely need a Checklist. 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 at Walt Disney World. Check out everything to do on our Animal Kingdom Checklist.

Animal Kingdom 50th Anniversary Statues

Everything to Do at Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World

No matter when your next visit to Walt Disney World, grab our Animal Kingdom printable planner for lists of attractions, restaurants, touring plans, and more. Everything you need to get you started planning a Disney vacation. 

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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. This special tour is an extra cost but was so cool and we thought it worth it for the unique experience. You can also book 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!

What’s the Best Day to Visit Animal Kingdom?

The best days to visit Animal Kingdom are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Luckily, Animal Kingdom is also probably one of the only parks you can safely visit on the weekends. While still busy, it’s nowhere near as busy as the other three. And as a bigger park, it naturally feels less crowded. 

Animal Kingdom Restaurants

A Disney day wouldn’t be complete without amazing food! Check out the Best Animal Kingdom Restaurants to add to your Animal Kingdom day. 

Where to Find the Best Snacks in Animal Kingdom

Looking for the Best Snacks in Animal Kingdom? From the Colossal Cinnamon Roll to the Loaded Mac and Cheese, we’ve rounded up our favorites so far! And the ones most worth your Disney Snack Dollars! Check out our New Snacks at Disney post for even more snacks to try. And if you’re up for savory snacks, we’ve pulled together the Best Non-Dessert Snacks at Disney too. 

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 Guide

GUIDE LEGEND: ( TS)= Table Service, Reservation Recommended (QS) = Quick Service, Walk-Up Counter. (S) = Snack 

Discovery Island

▢ Discovery Island Trail
▢It’s Tough to be a Bug 

▢ Pizzafari (QS)
▢ Flame Tree Barbecue (QS)
Nomad Lounge

Wilderness Explorers


▢ Na’vi River Journey
▢ Flight of Passage

Satu’li Canteen (QS)
▢ Pongu Pongu (S)

▢ World of Avatar Interactive App


▢ Kilimanjaro Safari
▢ Festival of the Lion King
▢ Gorilla Falls Exploration Falls

Restaurants/ Snacks
Tusker House Restaurant ( TS)


▢ Kali River Rapids
▢ Expedition Everest
▢ Maharaja Jungle Trek

▢Royal Anandapur Tea Co. (S) | Frozen Chai
▢Yak and Yeti (TS) 

▢Expedition Everest Gift Shop

Animal Kingdom Shows, Festivals, and Parades

▢ Burudika at Harambe
▢ Tree of Life Awakenings
▢ 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!

Animal Kingdom During the Holidays

Animal Kingdom for the Holidays is one of the best times of year to visit this park. With new holiday projections on the Tree of Light, a slew of Disney Holiday snacks, and more, this park brings beautiful animal-inspired decorations to the forefront. 

Animal Kingdom Disney World Map 

To zoom in, click the image links here: Animal Kingdom Map Page One | Animal Kingdom Map Page Two

Animal Kingdom Park Map

Animal Kingdom Park Map Disney World


Animal Kingdom Park Details

While we think you could spend days getting to it all if you’re more pressed for time then you can tackle our Top 10 Things to Do at Animal Kingdom. Looking for your next Disney photo op? Check out the best photo ops in Harambe Market. For Up to Date Hours and Event Schedules check out the Animal Kingdom Hours and Calendar.

READ MORE on our Animal Kingdom Page. 

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