Animal Kingdom Attractions – The Complete Guide

In today's post we will tell you which are the best attractions in Animal Kingdom in 2022 and then we will list all the others. So in this post you will also have the opportunity to see what all the attractions of Animal Kingdom are!

Well, again it is worth mentioning that this list of the best attractions (and shows) of Animal Kingdom is not official and was not released by any American agency or by disney or by anyone.

This list is OURS! So, we chose the best Animal Kingdom attractions and shows based on our experiences and taste with them!

If your favorite attraction is not on the list, don't be sad, send it to us in the comments and it will be a pleasure to know why you think it deserves to be here!

If you are doing your Travel research, be sure to also visit our posts about the best attractions in other parks in Orlando such as:

Hollywood Studios Top Attractions 
Magic Kingdom's Best Attractions
Epcot's Best Attractions

We will list only those we think are best.

It doesn't mean that the other attractions or shows are disposable.

We even recommend that in all parks, you visit all possible attractions (if you have time).

Na'vi River Journey - Animal Kingdom Attraction
Na'vi River Journey – Animal Kingdom Attraction

That way you can draw your own conclusions about each of them.

But, enough rambling and let's finally get to our list of the Top Attractions at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando!

Tips for Enjoying the Best Attractions in Animal Kingdom

Definitely buy your tickets before you go.

This will save you the lines when you arrive at the park and will also allow you to reserve your Disney Park Pass before you go.

You can buy your tickets directly on the Disney website or through authorized and discounted agencies.

The Lightning Lane is not always worth it.

take one raincoat.

It's best to buy online at amazon discount or in supermarkets, such as walmart. Anyway, before you arrive, definitely be prepared and bring one.

Rains in Florida can happen every day depending on the season.

The Rains usually only last for a short period of time, but it's much better to have a raincoat than to be caught off guard and have to walk around in soaked clothes all day.

Disney World Entrance with Rain
Disney World Entrance with Rain

In addition to the rains, another climatic factor that will disturb you a lot is the heat.

If you go outside of winter, you can be sure that you will feel hot in the park.

To soften up, we recommend that you bring a Cooling Towel. Just wet it, it will be chilled and will help immensely to be less uncomfortable in the heat.

We recommend this Cooling Towel here.

If you want to save money, avoid eating in the park, we recommend that you bring snacks in your backpack.

Another element that can make you spend a lot of money is buying water or soda around the park, so we recommend taking a thermal cup and fill in the water fountains around the park.

Without further ado, let's go through the list in order of rides from “worst” to best.

Animal Kingdom's Best Rides & Attractions

Avatar Flight of Passage. Land: Pandora – The World of Avatar

If you already know me a little, you know that I couldn't start this list with anything other than the best attraction in Animal Kingdom. In fact, the best Disney attraction so far!

We've talked a lot about Flight os Passage here on the blog and honestly I think we talk little, close to what this attraction really is.

Animal Kingdom's Best Rides & Attractions
Flight of Passage – Best Animal Kingdom Attraction

In my humble opinion, this is not only the best attraction at Animal Kingdom, but the best attraction in ALL of Walt Disney World.

She is just amazing.

We cried the first time we walked on the attraction, so perfect and incredible is the experience.

There are basically three ways to ride the Flight of Passage.

– You can wait for hours in line depending on the day.
– You can buy the Lightning Lane.
– When staying at a Disney hotel you can enter the park 30 minutes before other visitors, which will allow you to do this attraction with a much shorter line!

Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain – Yeti Roller Coaster

The Everest Expedition It's a roller coaster unlike any other.

Many will start talking about her through their queue. But the first positive impact of this attraction is before you even get in line.

The Everest roller coaster stands out as you walk through the park, crossing bridges and catching sight of it in the distance.

Expedition Everest - Animal Kingdom Attraction
Expedition Everest – Animal Kingdom Attraction

The Yeti's Forbidden Mountain is large even from a distance.

And right after that comes its line, which is filled with authentic design plus artifacts reflecting Nepalese and Tibetan relationships with the Yeti (big foot).

And after all that comes the attraction itself.

Despite featuring a "broken" Yeti animatronic that, let's face it, will likely never be fixed, the ride is also one of Walt Disney World's best attractions.

It is not for the faint of heart, highly recommended for those with an adventurous spirit.

If you want to know a little more, we've already talked about Expedition Everest here on the Blog.

Festival of the Lion King

The Lion King Festival is a spectacular lion king concert.

The show is full of stunts, dances and singings lasting 30 minutes.

The Festival of the Lion King - Animal Kingdom Attraction
The Festival of the Lion King – Animal Kingdom Attraction

We LOVE this show, not only because of our nostalgic connection to The Lion King, but also because of the great stunts and beautiful choreography the show offers.

It's a Disney classic and definitely deserves its place in the top 3 of the Animal Kingdom's Best Attractions list.


Dinosaur is an attraction that generates a lot of controversy when we post on our social networks!

We particularly like it a lot, but yes, we understand that it is an attraction that is falling behind technologically speaking.

Dinosaur - Best Animal Kingdom Attractions
Dinousaur – Best Animal Kingdom Attractions

Animatronics are often not well synchronized or in some cases even stopped.

But come on, it's still a fun ride, we love the Disney movie Dinosaur.

Also, the ride of the attraction is a little bit exhilarating. If you haven't been there yet, it's worth a visit!

Kilimanjaro Safaris

The Kilimanjaro Safaris It's a truly unique ride: a winding tour of Africa's landscapes with many real animals along the way.

The chance to walk among animals in their natural habitats is not to be missed.

Kilimanjaro Safaris - Animal Kingdom Attractions
Kilimanjaro Safaris – Animal Kingdom Attractions

Also, this is a ride that is different every time.

One of Disney's unique attractions and easily deserves to be on our list of the best Animal Kingdom attractions in 2022!

It's Tough To Be A Bug.

An amazing attraction for the whole family, it is located on Discovery Island right under the tree of life.

It's a 3D show with Flick, the movie's main character It's Tough to be a Bug.

It's Tough to be a Bug - Animal Kingdom Attraction
It's Tough to be a Bug – Animal Kingdom Attraction

The show has some surprises that might scare younger children.

The intention of the show is not to scare, but it could be due to the movie's villain appearing right in front of everyone during the show.

It's Tough to be a Bug - Animal Kingdom Attraction
It's Tough to be a Bug – Animal Kingdom Attraction

Also, the show usually has a short wait of 20 minutes or less. Show time is 8 minutes, and your actual wait is rarely longer than 10 minutes.

It doesn't usually have long lines, and it's worth putting it in the middle of your day.

Kali River Rapids

That was a difficult attraction to place here.

The line is great and lays the groundwork for a story that kind of paves the way for the attraction itself, but other than that there's little to say.

The tour itself is short, especially for the two-hour wait time you occasionally see (not worth it).

Kali River Rapids - Animal Kingdom Attraction
Kali River Rapids – Animal Kingdom Attraction

Under no circumstances do we recommend waiting more than 30 minutes for this attraction.

A tip here is to take dry clothes, or even towels to dry off after this attraction.

If you want to save money, be sure to buy it at the park as all products are naturally more expensive there.

Buy in advance at a discount on amazon before your trip to the park!

Tree of Life Awakenings

Disney has always been well known for their closing shows in the parks, and no wonder they are really amazing.

Animal Kingdom does not have a fireworks show so as not to frighten or disturb the animals found in the park.

Tree of Life Awakenings - Closing Show at Animal Kingdom
Tree of Life Awakenings – Closing Show at Animal Kingdom

But that's not to say that this park's closing show leaves something to be desired, on the contrary, it's very beautiful and you shouldn't miss it!

Disney's iconic Animal Kingdom park symbol (The Tree of Life) comes to life in this hypnotic after-dark experience, accompanied by an original soundtrack inspired by the Lion King.

Mystic fireflies, passionate hummingbirds and a stealthy fox all play roles in the luminous visual display.

Na'vi River Journey

This is the second attraction in Pandora, the Avatar area.

Unlike Flight of Passage, it's not a super thrilling attraction.

Na'vi River Journey - Pandora Attraction at Animal Kingdom
Na'vi River Journey – Pandora's Attraction at Animal Kingdom

But it's very beautiful and cool to see, especially for the animatronic that sings at the end, it's just incredible to see.

It's especially nice for kids who don't like extreme attractions like some already listed on this list.

We've already shown a little bit of it on our youtube channel!

Finding Nemo – The Musical (Temporarily Suspended)

Everyone talks about the Lion King show at Animal Kingdom, but almost no one talks about the Nemo Show, does that mean it's bad?

Not at all! We love this show and I find it surprising that it doesn't generate more “hype”.

Especially for those families who like Nemo's movies, this is a must-see show! it's very dynamic, fun and the way the animals in Nemo's movie are presented is very interesting!

Characters such as Marlin, Nemo and Dory are played by live performers who operate animated puppets.

Finding Nemo The-Musical – Disney's Animal Kingdom Show

Other characters are introduced by a variety of puppet styles, including bat, bunraku, and shadow.

The story is very similar to the movie, a clownfish, Marlin, and his son, Nemo, each on a separate journey that finally teaches them to love and understand each other.

The two have been separated – and Marlin won't stop until he finds his son, facing underwater challenges with his new friend Dory, who swim with sharks, pass jellyfish and swim in the current with Crush the turtle.

Animal Kingdom's Best Extreme Attractions

– Flight of Passage
– Expedition Everest
– Dinosaur

Yes, only these 3 can be considered radical at the moment and yet neither Flight of Passage nor Dinosaur are that extreme.

The concept of Radical is quite relative, right?

The reason we included the Dinosaur attraction on this list is because it swings a lot, but mainly because it can be scary for kids.

We have already seen several children crying out of this attraction.

It is very dark and some dinosaurs come right next to your cart.

But for adults it's even a quiet attraction to walk around.

Flight of Passage is a simulator, but it doesn't turn upside down or anything, imagine a Soarin only more radical.

It has a lot of feeling of falling during its flight, which for some people can be considered too extreme for a simulator!

Expedition Everest, despite not having looping, can be slightly scary for those who are afraid of extreme attractions, especially children!

Animal Kingdom's Best Attractions For Kids

Kilimanjaro Safaris
Na'vi River Journey
TriceraTop Spin
Kali River Rapids (Minimum height 96 cm / 38” )
The Primeval Whirl (Closed)
Wildlife Express Train to Rafiki's Planet Watch
Rafiki's Planet Watch
the boneyard
Festival of the Lion King (Show)
Finding Nemo : The Musical (Show)
Up! A Great Bird Adventure (Show)

As you can probably see, some attractions here were not on our previous list.

Like TriceraTop Spin for example, just because it is primarily a children's attraction, much like Dumbo's attraction in Magic Kingdom.

However, for small children it is a super option!

So we'll talk a little bit about those attractions that we haven't listed yet.

TriceraTop Spin

TriceraTop Spin is a “Flying Carousel” style attraction in the carnival-themed Dino-rama section of Chester and Hester in Dinoland USA.

It is located in front of the Primeval Whirl.

Tricera Top Spin – Disney's Animal Kingdom

Her lines are not usually the worst, but they can get long in high seasons.

Highly recommended for those traveling with small children.

Wildlife Express Train to Rafiki's Planet Watch

The Wildlife Express Train is located in Harambe, Africa area of Disney's Animal Kingdom and is the transportation to Rafiki's Planet Watch (Conservation Station).

Climb aboard the “Eastern Star Railway” locomotive for a 7-minute journey to its only destination, Rafiki's Planet Watch.

On this short train ride, you'll experience some of the backstage areas of Disney's Animal Kingdom, including where some of the animals rest at night.

Wildlife Express Train to Rafiki's Planet Watch – Disney's Animal Kingdom

The unique seats on this train allow everyone to see how the seats are facing to the left, unlike the Walt Disney World Railroad in the Magic Kingdom, which are facing forward.

Once you've finished trying Rafiki's Planet Watch (Conservation Station), you'll head back to the station and board the train once more for your 5-minute return journey.

There are some sights and sounds as you go behind the scenes in Asia before returning to Harambe station in Africa.

The total journey is just over 1 mile. The Wildlife Express Train is the only way to visit Rafiki's Planet Watch.

Rafiki's Planet Watch

Here, visitors can find animals being cared for by park professionals, as well as having a lot of fun in activities along the way.

Rafiki's Planet Watch promotes awareness of the importance of caring for and conserving animals through activities that appeal to visitors of all ages.

Rafiki's Planet Watch - Animal Kingdom Attraction
Rafiki's Planet Watch – Animal Kingdom attraction

The area has laboratories, exhibitions and other incredible places, in addition to providing encounters with the characters Rafiki and Dr. Toys.

At Rafiki's Planet Watch, the first place visitors see is covered by large, spectacularly colored murals of animals.

Inside, you will find viewing areas where examinations and surgical procedures can be observed.

In addition to the veterinary facilities, experts are on hand to educate you on the care and preparation of meals for the many animals found at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Rafiki's Planet Watch - Animal Kingdom Attraction
Rafiki's Planet Watch – Animal Kingdom Attraction

There are many interactive screens with environmental information and tips for preserving our natural resources, including sound booths with the sounds of the rainforest.

Touchscreens let you check the cameras that monitor animals across the park.

the boneyard

This children's and educational playground is a replica of an excavation site with rope ladders, tunnels and slides, on multiple levels for you to explore as much as you like.

The soft, cushioned floor creates a safe play area for all ages.

The boneyard-Animal-Kingdom
The Boneyard – Animal Kingdom Attraction

There are also several interactive screens here.

Don't be afraid to open doors and box lids or step in dinosaur footprints, because you never know what you might find there.

There are notes and facts from the excavation site posted around the walls of the enclosed area and the fossils here are archaeologically correct.

It's a really fun place for kids!

Attractions That May Be Scary For Kids But Great For Others

– Dinosaur
– It's Tough to be a Bug

The reason these attractions are here is quite simple.

Despite being attractions considered for children (especially It's Tough to be a Bug), there are some parts of these attractions that may scare some younger children.

Dinosaur attraction at Animal Kingdom
Dinosaur attraction at Animal Kingdom

In that case it really depends on each child.

We've seen very young children love it and have fun, but we've also seen some older ones get scared.

I recommend that parents watch videos of the attractions on youtube, or talk to someone who has already gone and knows their children well to ensure that it won't be any traumatic experience for them.

Best Animal Kingdom Shows

Festival of the Lion King
Finding Nemo: The Musical
Up! The Great Bird Adventure
Rivers of Light: We Are One (Definitely closed)
Tree of Live Awakening
Tam Tam The Drummers of Harambe

We didn't cite some of these shows in our previous list.

The reason is simple, they are cool shows, but not a must for most types of groups visiting Animal Kingdom.

But if you're going with kids or you're a big fan of live shows or interactions, prioritize everyone from this list!

Let's briefly talk about those we haven't mentioned above.

Up! The Great Bird Adventure

This show had its Animal Kingdom debut in 2018 so it's relatively recent.

In the UP interactive show! A Great Bird Adventure, you'll meet all of the bird world together with Russell and Dug, two of the cute characters from the movie Up! High Adventures, and explorer Anika.

Even if you haven't seen this movie, be sure to watch!

Up! A Great Bird Adventure - Animal Kingdom Show
Up! A Great Bird Adventure – Animal Kingdom Show

Furthermore, the presentation holds some surprises for visitors.

You can't miss this exciting experience!

The show takes place every day, at different times, in the village of Anandapur, part of Asia park Disney Orlando's Animal Kingdom. So as soon as you arrive at the park, grab your map and see the best time for you!

Tam Tam The Drummers of Harambe

Get ready for a lot of fun with this band of authentic African percussionists.

You will be thrilled to the beat of the drums.

Tam Tam The Drummers of Harambe - Show at Animal Kingdom
Tam Tam The Drummers of Harambe – Show at Animal Kingdom

You'll learn dance steps during the performance and you'll be able to put them into practice together with the performers at a time during the show.

I hope you enjoyed and agreed with most of the list, but if you don't, let us know, it will be a pleasure to hear from you and even change that order who knows.

That was a particularly difficult list to make.

Because Animal Kingdom does not have a diversity of attractions as great as the Magic kingdom for example.

In addition, it has fantastic attractions and other very weak. So forgive us if the list was too unexpected.

Disney's Animal Kingdom
Disney's Animal Kingdom

Before concluding, let's put together short, straightforward lists with only the list of the best Animal Kingdom attractions targeted at certain audiences.

So you can know which ones you should fit into your script!

If your favorite attraction is not on the list? Tell us in the comments =)

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