Some people have trouble deciding what to do in Animal Kingdom, and even worse than that, some people don’t think this lovely park is worth visiting! I know many travelers will budget a half day for or even skip Animal Kingdom when they’re pressed for time on a Disney adventure.
Let’s get this out of the way: My mom and I love Animal Kingdom so much, we usually plan a full day for it, or two half days.
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Attractions that can’t be missed
Obviously, the new Pandora – The World of Avatar is a great addition to Animal Kingdom. But there is so much more to it than that!
These are my favorite attractions:
- Avatar Flight of Passage – wait in line, people. We waited for about 2 hours, and it was so worth it. Once you ride it once, you will understand.
- Kilimanjaro Safari – This will never stop being fun. They got rid of the cutesy elephant plot and now it is all about the animals, so a younger kid may not be as entertained, but I really enjoyed it. We went twice in one day!
- Expedition Everest – Once, I rode Expedition Everest eight times in a day. That’s how much I love this roller coaster.
- Festival of the Lion King – This is a no brainer.
- Wandering all of the trails – This isn’t just one exclusive attraction, it’s many combined, but if you walk past a trail entrance or a cutaway path, take it. Mom and I adventured through the trails on our last trip for an hour at least, and you could spend way more than that if you wanted to. It is the perfect way to recover from spending two hours in line for Flight of Passage.
There is so much to do in Animal Kingdom, and this is hardly an exhaustive list.
I always make time to ride Kali River Rapids if it’s incredibly hot when we’re in Disney World, but if I don’t need the water to cool me down, we usually skip it. We did Na’vi River Journey, which is also in the World of Avatar, but not enough to call it a favorite. But I do not like DINOSAUR and stay far away from DinoLand USA, but your mileage may vary.
Food that can’t be missed
I love to eat in Disney World. I’m just reminiscing on all of the delicious food as we speak.
Here are a few of my favorite places to stop:
- Creature Comforts is the Starbucks in Animal Kingdom. I’m mostly telling you this because once you get your coffee, walk out of Creature Comforts and directly across to the small enclosure where you will find the cotton top tamarin, who is cuter than can be. PSA: They will give you paper straws, and it is weird.
- Flame Tree Barbecue is the BEST place to go if you are on the Disney Dining Plan.
- I like Yak & Yeti for QUICK quick service that is filling and a crowd-pleaser.
- Satu’li Canteen is new but worth stopping at after a long wait at Flight of Passage.
Other things to know
There are tons of hidden gems in Animal Kingdom, so I wanted to share a few of my favorite things to watch for:
- In Harambe Market, look for performers who will dance and play music. It is always enjoyable.
- I love watching the monkeys at Monkey Island while I grab a snack nearby. I’m not sure if it’s officially called Monkey Island, but that’s what I call it! It’s near Kali River Rapids and easy to stop and watch.
- You can get tons of fun animal print and safari themed merchandise at Animal Kingdom. We go in every store we see.