Animal Kingdom Attractions – The Complete Guide

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Written By Carlos Braga

Knowing the attractions directly affects your travel planning. And of course, we couldn't help but help you get to know all the attractions of Animal Kingdom.

We will start by listing those that we consider to be the best attractions in the park, then we will talk about the others.

Well, again it is worth mentioning that this list of the best attractions (and shows) of Animal Kingdom is not official and has not been 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!

Avatar Attraction Queue - Flight of Passge - Animal Kingdom Attraction
Avatar Attraction Queue – Flight of Passge – Animal Kingdom Attraction

If you are doing your travel research, be sure to also visit our posts about all the other attractions Disney parks like:

The best attractions at Hollywood Studios 
Magic Kingdom's Top Attractions
Epcot's Top Attractions

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.

Bring a raincoat.

give preference 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.

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.

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

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.

Bring a raincoat.

give preference 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.

Rains usually only last for a short time, but it's much better to have a raincoat than to be caught off guard and have to walk around in soggy 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 attractions from “worst” to best.

Best Animal Kingdom Rides

In this post we will talk about all the attractions in the park, but for the purposes of organization and how to present these attractions to you.

Therefore, we will first list those that we consider to be the best attractions in Animal Kingdom, at least so far.

Flight of Passage 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!

Avatar Flight of Passage simulator
Avatar Flight of Passage simulator

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

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))

Expedition Everest is a roller coaster unlike any other.

Many people believe that this ride starts during your 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 then comes your queue, which is filled with a series of artifacts that reflect Nepali and Tibetan relationships with the Yeti (big foot).

And after all that comes the attraction itself.

It is without a doubt one of the most incredible attractions at Disney.

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

Not for the faint of heart, highly recommended for those with an adventurous spirit despite not being turned upside down.

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 Festival of the Lion King is a spectacular lion king concert.

The show is full of acrobatics, dancing and singing and lasts 30 minutes.

Festival of the Lion King - Show at Animal Kingdom
Festival of the Lion King – Show at Animal Kingdom

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.

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

DINOSAUR

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 - Animal Kingdom Attraction
DINOSAUR – Animal Kingdom Attraction

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

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

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 is a truly unique tour. You will pass through diverse landscapes of Africa with many real animals along the way.

Giraffe at Kilimanjaro Safaris - Animal Kingdom Attraction
Giraffe at Kilimanjaro Safaris – Animal Kingdom Attraction

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

Also, this is a tour that is different each time.

Kilimanjaro Safaris - Animal Kingdom Attraction
Kilimanjaro Safaris – Animal Kingdom Attraction

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

It's Tough To Be A Bug.

An incredible attraction for the whole family, it is located in 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 that could be due to the movie's villain appearing right in front of everyone during the show.

Also, the show usually has a short wait of 20 minutes or less.

It's Tough To Be A Bug - Animal Kingdom Attraction
It's Tough To Be A Bug – Animal Kingdom Attraction

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 queue 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.

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

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

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.

Kali River Rapids
Kali River Rapids

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 at the parks, and no wonder they are truly amazing.

Animal Kingdom does not have a fireworks show so as not to scare or disturb the animals that are in the park.

Tree of Life Awakenings
Tree of Life Awakenings

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

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

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

Na?vi River Journey

This is the second attraction that is on Pandora, the Avatar area.

The highlight here are the effects, especially the Na'vi (people who live on Pandora) who appear at the end of the attraction.

Na?vi River Journey - Na'vi at the end of the ride
Na?vi River Journey – Na'vi at the end of the ride

Unlike Flight of Passage, it's not a super amazing attraction in terms of emotion.

But it's very beautiful and cool to look at, mainly because of the animatronic that sings at the end, it's just amazing to see.

It's especially cool 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

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 it doesn't generate more hype.

Finding Nemo - The Musical - Animal Kingdom Show
Finding Nemo – The Musical – Animal Kingdom Show

Especially for those families who like Nemo movies, this is a show not to be missed! it's very dynamic, fun and the way the animals from the Nemo movie are presented is very interesting!

Characters like Marlin, Nemo and Dory are represented by live performers who operate animated puppets.

Other characters are featured by a variety of puppet styles, including stick, bunraku, and shadow.

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

Finding Nemo - The Musical - Animal Kingdom Show
Finding Nemo – The Musical – Animal Kingdom Show

Were the two separated? and Marlin won't stop until he finds his son, taking on underwater challenges with his new friend Dory, who swim with the sharks, go through jellyfish and swim in the current with Crush the turtle.

Animal Kingdom 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 a primarily children's attraction, very similar to the Dumbo 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” ride in the carnival-themed Chester and Hester Dino-rama section of Dinoland USA.

It is located in front of the Primeval Whirl.

tricera-top-spin-disney-Animal-Kingdom
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 shuttle to Rafiki's Planet Watch (Conservation Station).

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Climb aboard the “Eastern Star Railway” locomotive for a journey of about 7 minutes to your only destination, Rafiki's Planet Watch.

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

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

This train's unique seats allow everyone to see how the seats face left, unlike the Walt Disney World Railroad at Magic Kingdom, which face forward.

Once you're done experiencing Rafiki's Planet Watch (Conservation Station), you'll head back to the station and board the train once more for your 5-minute return trip.

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

The total trip 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 tour.

Rafiki's Planet Watch raises awareness of the importance of animal care and conservation 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 the meeting with the characters Rafiki and Doutora Brinquedos.

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

Inside, you'll find viewing areas where exams and surgical procedures can be observed.

In addition to veterinary facilities, experts are on hand to educate you on care and meal preparation 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 allow you to check cameras that monitor animals throughout 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 on dinosaur footprints, because you never know what you might find there.

There are excavation site notes and facts 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 can 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 video of the attractions on youtube, or talk to someone who has been and knows their children well to ensure that it will not be a traumatic experience for them.

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 mention some of these shows in our previous list.

The reason is simple, they are cool shows, but not a must-see 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 all of them on this list!

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

Up! The Great Bird Adventure

This show premiered at Animal Kingdom in 2018 so it's relatively recent.

In the interactive show UP! The Great Bird Adventure, you will discover everything about the world of birds together with Russell and Dug, two of the cute characters from the movie Up! High Adventures, and the explorer Anika.

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

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

In addition, the presentation reserves 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 lots of fun with this band of authentic African percussionists.

You will be moved by the sound of the drum beats.

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

You will learn dance steps during the performance and you will be able to practice them together with the artists in a moment of the show.

I hope you liked 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 this order who knows.

This 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 far off the mark.

Disney's Animal Kingdom
Disney's Animal Kingdom

Before Finalizing, we are going to put together small very direct lists with only the list of the best attractions in Animal Kingdom aimed at certain audiences.

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

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

I hope again that this post helped you in your research for your trip to Disney or Orlando.

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About the Author Carlos Braga:

Unparalleled experience in Orlando and Disney! As a former Universal Orlando team member and a passionate devotee of the magic of Disney, I have become a true Orlando travel expert. Before becoming a renowned travel consultant dedicated to Orlando, I had already made hundreds of visits to the parks, cultivating my knowledge and passion mainly over the last 7 years as a consultant and specialist in Disney travel.

My journey into this enchanted world began in 1995, when I took my first trip to Orlando. Since then, my love for Disney and the city has only grown. In 2023, we celebrate the sixth anniversary of 'Partiu Disney Parks', consolidating our role as one of the main sources of information about Disney and Orlando Parks.

During these six years of existence, we have continued to offer quality and updated content, being the reliable source for all those looking for essential information to plan their trip to Disney and Orlando. With my vast experience and passion for this magical destination, I am here to guide you every step of the way towards the most incredible Orlando and Disney experience!

I hope again that this post helped you in your research for your trip to Disney or Orlando.

As a way to help us keep the blog going, we just ask you to help us by sharing this publication and subscribing to our social networks as Facebook, Instagram or Youtube channel.

In addition to helping us, we are sure that there you will find hundreds of useful posts for your trip!

About the Author Carlos Braga:

Unparalleled experience in Orlando and Disney! As a former Universal Orlando team member and a passionate devotee of the magic of Disney, I have become a true Orlando travel expert. Before becoming a renowned travel consultant dedicated to Orlando, I had already made hundreds of visits to the parks, cultivating my knowledge and passion mainly over the last 7 years as a consultant and specialist in Disney travel.

My journey into this enchanted world began in 1995, when I took my first trip to Orlando. Since then, my love for Disney and the city has only grown. In 2023, we celebrate the sixth anniversary of 'Partiu Disney Parks', consolidating our role as one of the main sources of information about Disney and Orlando Parks.

During these six years of existence, we have continued to offer quality and updated content, being the reliable source for all those looking for essential information to plan their trip to Disney and Orlando. With my vast experience and passion for this magical destination, I am here to guide you every step of the way towards the most incredible Orlando and Disney experience!

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