Must Do Attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Walt Disney World Resort is one of the world’s largest and busiest tourist destinations. With so much to see and do, it can often be hard to narrow down what is worth your time – especially if you’ve never been or haven’t visited recently.

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Animal Kingdom has a long list of attractions, rides, and shows suitable for many ages and Guests with varying interests. However, figuring out what you should skip and what is a must-do attraction can be overwhelming.

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Avatar Flight of Passage

Pandora - The World of Avatar

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to the enchanting Pandora – The World of Avatar. Park Guests can experience visiting a breathtaking world with unique attractions, merchandise, and foliage. The area’s main attraction is Avatar Flight of Passage. This unique ride system uses technology to connect Guests with Avatars and transport them to Pandora. It creates a flying simulation through Pandora on the back of a banshee. If you don’t opt for a Lightning Lane pass, your best bet is to try and ride it early in the morning when the line is shorter.

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Elephant at Animal Kingdom

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Located in the African area of the theme Park is Kilimanjaro Safaris. This unique attraction allows Guests to experience up-close encounters with some of the most beautiful animals on Earth – just like an authentic safari. And unlike the animals you will find at the Jungle Cruise in the Magic Kingdom, every creature you see on safari is real. Due to the nature of all animals being free to roam, eat, and live as they want, no two experiences on the ride are the same. Guests board open-air safari vehicles and have the chance to snag glimpses of lions, elephants, giraffes, cheetahs, rhinos, and more.

Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest

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Easily the most visible attraction on this list – the snow-tipped mountain stands in the Asia section of the theme Park. Expedition Everest takes Guests on a high-speed roller coaster adventure to escape the clutches of a mountain Yeti. In an attempt to escape the beast’s clutches, the coaster train goes forward, backward, and through pitch black darkness where sudden turns, drops, and stops await.

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Dinosaur Ride

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Dinoland in Disney’s Animal Kingdom brings prehistoric history to life. Dinosaur, an opening day attraction (though under a different name), takes Guests through a daring and dark journey to rescue an Iguanodon before an asteroid hits the Earth. It’s not a ride for the faint of heart and is one of the most thrilling rides at Animal Kingdom, just behind Expedition Everest. With sudden twists and turns and multiple audio-animatronic dinosaurs, the ride can be scary for smaller Guests but is still a fantastic must-do. 

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The Festival of the Lion King

Festival of the Lion King

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The Festival of the Lion King is located inside the Harambe Theater near the Kilimanjaro Safaris. The live production brings the story and characters of The Lion King (1994) to life through aerial ballet, acrobatics, songs, and audio-animatronic surprises. If you only make it to one show in Animal Kingdom – this should be it. Guests are also usually encouraged to arrive at least a half hour early to ensure a good seat.

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Final Thoughts

Guests who visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom may lose themselves in exotic worlds of nature. It’s tough to see and do all of it one day, but if you manage to hit all of the top attractions on this list – you can leave knowing you saw the best Animal Kingdom has to offer.

About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)