Top 6 Attractions You Must Hit At Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom

Guests who enjoy a vacation in Walt Disney World are sure to be amazed from the first attraction to the last glimpse of Cinderella Castle. With four theme parks, two water parks, Disney Springs, and over two dozen Disney Resorts to explore, there are countless ways for guests to enjoy themselves and have fun. Many guests love to spend the majority of their vacations in the theme parks, and of the four Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the largest and youngest. Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened on Earth Day in 1998 and has been amazing guests ever since by sharing its important message of conservation and preservation. Guests who spend time in the park can enjoy learning about the beauty and importance of nature through amazing and thrilling experiences including attractions, entertainment, dining, and shopping. While there are plenty of great attractions in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, there are some that are simply so amazing that they cannot be missed. From big thrills to amazing live shows, here are the top six attractions guests must hit at Walt Disney World’s Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

1. Kilimanjaro Safaris —

One of the most popular attractions in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is found in the heart of the village of Harambe in the Africa section of the park. Kilimanjaro Safaris invites guests to embark on an authentic two week African safari in the Harambe Reserve. Throughout the journey, guests find themselves up close and personal with many different animals in the forests and savannahs including giraffes, elephants, hippos, rhinos, cheetahs, and lions. Since the animals are able to roam their areas freely, guests are sure to have a unique experience each time on Kilimanjaro Safaris making them want to return time and time again. While Kilimanjaro Safaris is amazing during the day, it takes on a whole new beauty after nightfall when the savannah is lit to look like a beautiful sunset.

2. Avatar Flight of Passage —

Avatar Flight of Passage is one of the two attractions located in the new Pandora – The World of Avatar area within Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Prepare to straddle what feels somewhat like one of those motorcycles at an arcade, be secured in, and then using 3D screen technology, awesome 4D effects, and motion simulation – feel like you are literally flying on the back of a mountain banshee in the most exhilarating way. Your banshee (somewhat like a flying dragon) will soar through the sky as it takes you on the ride of a lifetime through Pandora – The World of Avatar.

3. Kali River Rapids —

Hot days in Disney’s Animal Kingdom are made bearable by a thrilling attraction that is sure to leave guests soaked. Kali River Rapids is found in the Asia section of the park and has guests board family style rafts and set off down the Chakranadi River. What starts off as a serene journey soon takes a thrilling and serious turn as guests discover illegal deforestation and some steep plunges and bumpy rapids. Guests who are looking for a thrilling and soaking experience in Disney’s Animal Kingdom should definitely take a ride on Kali River Rapids.

4. Expedition Everest —

The Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is also home to a second thrilling attraction which puts guests face to face with a mythical beast. Expedition Everest is a soaring mountain range that has guests start off on a serene tea train tour in the foothills of the mountains. As guests climb higher and higher, they discover broken track that forces them to plunge deep inside the mountain where the Yeti serves as protector. With plenty of thrilling moments along the way, Expedition Everest is an amazing attraction to enjoy in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.


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5. Festival of the Lion King —

The village of Harambe is home to both Kilimanjaro Safaris and a live show that is sure to amaze guests. The Harambe Theater features the Festival of the Lion King which brings the classic Disney animated film to life. Guests who enjoy the show can check out familiar characters and music, acrobatics, aerial ballet, fire dancing, and much more. The Festival of the Lion King is one of the most amazing shows in all of Walt Disney World and guests definitely can’t miss it when visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

6. Na’vi River Journey —

Na’vi River Journey is one of the two incredible attractions that is now open in the new Pandora – The World of Avatar area in Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Climb aboard a small boat and feel the slow river push you along. The space around you glows as if bioluminescent lighting has struck the rainforest with beauty! The sights and sounds appeal to the senses as you drift down river. Pass caves, exotic plants, and interesting animals to reach a very important member of the Na’vi tribe. This is one family friendly journey down river not to miss!

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.