Animal Kingdom Walt Disney World Checklist

Animal Kingdom Walt Disney World Checklist

We love Animal Kingdom. And this is a park where you definitely need a Checklist. 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 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 is, get started with this list of attractions, restaurants, and more. Everything you need to build the perfect 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 or Caring for Giants program. These special tours are an extra cost but were so cool and we thought it was worth it for the unique experience at Animal Kingdom.

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. Check out the full post on the Best Days to Visit Walt Disney World for a sample itinerary. 

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. Read the Reviews: Animal Kingdom Restaurants

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 

▢ Creature Comforts (QS)
▢ Pizzafari (QS)
▢ Eight Spoon Cafe (QS)
▢ Flame Tree Barbecue (QS)
Nomad Lounge ( Lounge)
▢ Tiffins (TS)
▢ Isle of Java (S)
▢ Terra Treats(S)
▢ The Smiling Crocodile (S)
▢ Rainforest Cafe®( TS) at Main Entrance

Wilderness Explorers


▢ Na’vi River Journey
▢ Avatar Flight of Passage

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

▢ World of Avatar Interactive App


▢ Kilimanjaro Safaris
▢ Festival of the Lion King
▢ Gorilla Falls Exploration Falls
▢ Conservation Station
▢ Wildlife Express Train

Tusker House Restaurant ( TS)
▢ Dawa Bar( TS)
▢ Harambe Fruit Market( QS)
▢ Harambe Market( QS)
▢ Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery( QS)
▢ Mahindi ( QS)
▢ Tamu Tamu ( QS)


▢ Kali River Rapids
▢ Expedition Everest
Maharajah Jungle Trek

▢ Royal Anandapur Tea Co. (S) | Frozen Chai
▢ Yak and Yeti Local Foods Cafe (QS)
▢ Yak and Yeti Restaurant (TS) 
▢ Anandapur Ice Cream Truck (S)
▢ Caravan Road (QS)
▢ Drinkwallah (S)
▢ Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks (QS)
▢ Warung Outpost (QS)

▢ Expedition Everest Gift Shop

DinoLand USA

▢ Dinosaur
▢ Triceratop Spin

▢ Dino-Bite Snacks ( S)
▢ Trilo-Bite Snacks ( S)
▢ Restaurantosaurus ( QS)

Animal Kingdom Shows, Festivals, and Parades

▢ Tree of Life Awakenings
▢ Discovery Island Carnivale

Early Entry Hours and Breaks

Early Entry Hours in the morning or evening are always a treat but be sure to make the most of it.

  • Don’t book your early breakfast reservations (which do get you early access to the park) on Early Theme Park Entry days.
  • Save the busiest rides for morning or evening magic hours. Don’t waste a Genie+ Lightning Lane at these times, fewer people in the parks mean a much shorter wait at rides.
  • Plan for the long day. Break up the park day by stopping over at Animal Kingdom Lodge to relax. It’s a 10-minute bus ride from Animal Kingdom Park. 

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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