Touring Tips for Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom is one of the most unique theme parks that Disney offers, themed entirely around animal conservation, it showcases the love and dedication that Walt Disney himself had to conservation of our natural world. The fourth Park to be built at the Walt Disney World property, Animal Kingdom offers guests so much more than your typical animal park. Deeply engaged in research Disney's Animal Kingdom has been at the forefront of many ground breaking scientific advancements for the animal world.

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We asked our veteran readers to come up with their best tips for touring Disney's Animal Kingdom. These experienced Disney fans have put the hours in on the ground and they're sharing their best touring strategies with you!


  • There's a lot of ground to cover at this largest of the Disney Parks. Be sure to take some time before your arrival to get organized and figure out what the most important points of interest are to you. You'll probably cover more miles at Animal Kingdom than in any other park, be sure to wear your best walking shoes.

  • Because of it's dedication to the health and welfare of the animals, Disney's Animal Kingdom closes fairly early. If you plan on park hopping, start your day off here to make the most of your touring hours.

  • Many attractions are outside, don't become overheated. Be sure to stay hydrated by carrying a water bottle along and refilling it with water frequently.

  • Narrow winding paths and bumpy pavement can sometimes make it more difficult to navigate this park in a wheelchair. If you're touring with someone who needs mobility assistance it can be a good idea to rent an ECV here.

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  • Kilimanjarro Safari line is usually shorter in the afternoon, however the animals tend to be the most active in the morning. Every ride on the safari is a little different experience, don't be afraid to enjoy it more than once during the day.

  • Be sure to get a Fast Pass for Expedition Everest first thing in the morning because they frequently run out during peak seasons.

  • Everyone will get wet on the Kali River Rapids. If delicate gear must stay dry you'll want to store it in a locker or leave it with a non-riding group member before getting on the ride.

  • When the heat is getting too much for your group make your way to Finding Nemo: The Musical. This fun show will offer you a 30 minute air conditioned break while keeping your whole crew throughly entertained.

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  • There's some really fantastic Counter Service Cuisine at Disney's Animal Kingdom. If you're looking for something to eat with a little more flair than the typical burger and fries why not give fan favorites Tamu Tamu Refreshments, Flame Tree BBQ, or Yak & Yeti Counter Service a try!

  • The full service Dawa Bar is a fantastic stop to grab a cold drink and watch Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade in the shade. Located just across the path from Tamu Tamu Refreshment there's lots of table space for your group to take a mid-afternoon break and enjoy a Dawa Colada.

  • Rainforest Cafe generally has longer hours of operation than the park does. Make your dining reservation for just after park closing to extend your day.

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Delicious Dawa ColadaDelicious Dawa Colada

These great tips only scratch the surface of touring Disney's Animal Kingdom. Do you have a Touring Tip for Disney's Animal Kingdom that you'd like to share? Leave a comment below and let us know what you can't miss to make your day at the park the best ever!

J wrote on Wed, 03/27/2013 - 14:00:

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Take advantage of the single riders line on Everest.

P. Lagowski wrote on Wed, 03/27/2013 - 14:00:

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I just dicovered The Lion King show this year. It is very good and I recommend it for everyone.

coreyp wrote on Wed, 03/27/2013 - 15:37:

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I would suggest that at least once you do the Wild Africa Trek. It's a little expensive, but very fun, and worth the price. It's a 4 hour tour, so it takes up a lot of the park hours, but if you enjoy the Kilimanjaro Safari you'll LOVE the Wild Africa Trek. You go along most of the same paths as the Safari, but you stop and spend more time looking at certain animals, and you really get to learn a lot. You also get lunch as part of the price!

Kristen K. wrote on Thu, 03/28/2013 - 17:29:

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Awesome! Keep the great tips coming!

Matt wrote on Fri, 03/29/2013 - 00:23:

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Our first day we land , check in , put the bags down and go straight to Animal Kingdom and go on Dinosaur :) Can't wait till May 17th we'll be back !!!

Nicole wrote on Tue, 04/02/2013 - 12:40:

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This is actually the one park that I don't feel the need to get to by rope drop. The park clears out after the 3:45 parade and during the times of year when the park is open after dark, it's amazing to be there. It's an entirely different atmosphere lit up.

Charles wrote on Tue, 04/16/2013 - 04:23:

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Thank You! for the tips! I will be there for 8 days starting 4/21!!!! I cant wait!

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