Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of the most unique theme parks in Walt Disney World thanks to its beautiful and in depth theme. Guests who spend time in the park can explore beautiful areas that bring nature to life and enjoy experiences that help to educate them on the importance of preserving the environment. Disney’s Animal Kingdom features many different attractions, dining locations, entertainment, and shopping opportunities that guests are sure to love, but there are several very popular attractions which bring guests back time and time again. Since these attractions in Disney’s Animal Kingdom are so popular, they tend to have long wait times and can eat up a lot of time on a busy day in the park. Guests who want to enjoy these wonderful experiences should opt to book FastPasses which ends up saving them lots of time. FastPasses act as reservations which allow guests to choose an attraction and report there at a specific time to enjoy the experience with little to no wait time. FastPasses are one of the best ways to avoid long wait times and save lots of time that can then be spent enjoying other attractions and experiences in the park. Here are the top six FastPasses that guests should book when enjoying time in Walt Disney World’s Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
1. Avatar Flight of Passage OR Na’vi River Journey
Pandora – The World of Avatar is the newest land in the Animal Kingdom theme park. This is exactly why you’ll want to head to this part of the park as soon as you arrive in the morning – due to huge crowds! Here you will find two extremely popular attractions known as Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey. You can expect a thrilling ride on Avatar Flight of Passage as you climb aboard a Banshee (dragon-like creature) and ride through the beautiful World of Avatar. The Na’vi River Journey is a perfect family-friendly attraction as guests boat down river and see just how beautiful the Na’vi tribe’s rainforest is with bioluminescence lighting and the latest animatronics. Unfortunately, you can only FastPass ONE of these two attractions because both attraction are on Tier One of Animal Kingdom’s FastPass System. We recommend you FastPass one and head to the other the moment the park opens.
2. Kilimanjaro Safaris
One of the most popular attractions in Disney’s Animal Kingdom can be found in the Africa section of the park nestled in the town of Harambe. Kilimanjaro Safaris invites guests to board authentic safari vehicles and set off into the Harambe Reserve for a two week adventure. Along the way, guests can enjoy up close encounters with animals including elephants, lions, cheetahs, hippos, rhinos, flamingos, giraffes, and wild dogs. Since the animals are free to roam, each experience on Kilimanjaro Safaris is truly unique and guests love to enjoy the attraction over and over again. Since Kilimanjaro Safaris is so popular, it tends to have long wait times throughout each day in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This makes it a great option to book a FastPass for in order to save some time.
3. Rivers of Light
Embrace yourself for the celebration of nature with the nighttime show at Animal Kingdom, Rivers of Light. This 15-minute show is held in an amphitheater next to Expedition Everest and boasts dramatic storytelling and animal folklore through beautiful floats, inspiring music, impressive water screens, and all the latest technology and special effects. Truly a celebration of nature’s beauty! Crowds flock to the show however so plan to snag a FastPass or check out the Rivers of Light Dining Package.
4. Kali River Rapids
The Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to some beautiful details and architecture as well as a thrilling adventure that might leave guests soaking wet. Kali River Rapids invites guests to board family style rafts and set off down the Chakranadi River. Guests at first enjoy a serene stretch of river and can take in the beautiful details and lush forest. However, they soon learn firsthand of the destruction of deforestation and illegal logging as they stumbling upon a burning section of woodland. While there is an important environmental lesson in the experience, Kali River Rapids also features drops, twists, and turns which are sure to splash guests and leave them pretty wet by the end!
5. Expedition Everest
Also found in the Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is an attraction that can be seen from many different places around the park. Expedition Everest brings guests deep into the Forbidden Mountain where the fabled Yeti is protecting his land. What starts out as a serene tea train ride soon takes a sudden turn as guests encounter a piece of broken up track and suddenly find themselves plunging into the darkness of the mountain backwards! With big thrills and a mythical beast, Expedition Everest is extremely popular with guests and typically has long wait times on busy days in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Guests who want to enjoy the attraction without the long wait time should definitely book a FastPass for the experience.
6. Festival of the Lion King
One of the most amazing live shows in all of Walt Disney World can be found in the village of Harambe in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The Festival of the Lion King is housed in the Harambe Theater and brings the story of the Disney animated classic The Lion King to life. Guests who enjoy the show can check out familiar characters and songs, fire dancing, aerial ballet, acrobatics, and amazing entertainment. The Festival of the Lion King only runs several times each day in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and each showing has a reserved section for those who booked a FastPass for the experience guaranteeing them a great view.