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You Haven’t Truly Done Disney’s Animal Kingdom Unless You’ve Done These 8 Things

Disney’s Animal Kingdom brings guests into a celebration of nature and the environment through different lands, amazing attractions, and beautiful scenery. Guests who spend time in Disney’s Animal Kingdom are treated to experiences like an African safari, flying on the back of a banshee, coming face to face with a Yeti, traveling back in time to see the dinosaurs, and reliving classic Disney and Pixar films. With so much to see on a day in the park, guests can easily end up missing some experiences simply by not having enough time. Some attractions and shows simply can’t be missed when visiting the park as they are so amazing. Guests haven’t truly done Disney’s Animal Kingdom unless they have done these eight things.

8. Kilimanjaro Safaris –

Guests who enter into the Africa section of the park are welcomed to the village of Harambe where the streets are beautifully detailed and an amazing experience awaits. Kilimanjaro Safaris brings guests into the Harambe Reserve for a two week safari full of adventure, beautiful landscapes including a savannah and lush forests, and plenty of animals. Along the way, guests get to see plenty of animals right outside of their safari vehicles including giraffes, lions, rhinos, cheetahs, zebras, elephants, and flamingos. Since the main draw of the experience is live animals, guests who return for different visits will be treated to completely different experiences each time. No trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom is complete without at least one wild ride on Kilimanjaro Safaris.

7. Expedition Everest –

Soaring above the skyline of the Asia section of the park is the Forbidden Mountain and its surrounding range. Guests who are brave enough to enter into the mountain should most definitely experience Expedition Everest. As guests move through the queue they pass through various rooms which are full of supplies for those looking to climb the mountain. After boarding a tea train, the attraction begins with a serene loop but suddenly brings guests high up towards the summit where the track has mysteriously been destroyed. Suddenly guests find themselves on a thrilling adventure deep inside the mountain where the fabled Yeti is waiting to attack.

6. Dinosaur –

Dinoland is home to one of the most thrilling attractions in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and it gives guests the chance to travel back in time. Dinosaur brings guests into the Dino Institute where the technology to travel back in time for a live tour of the dinosaurs has been developed. Instead of a serene tour, guests find themselves very close to the massive asteroid impact on a mission to bring one extra-large friend home to modern times with them. Full of darkness, twists, turns, and suspense this attraction can be intense but is a must do on a day in the park.

5. Festival of the Lion King –

Housed in the Harambe Theater right next door to Kilimanjaro Safaris is one of the best live performances in all of Walt Disney World. The Festival of the Lion King retells the classic story of the Disney animated film The Lion King through song, dance, aerial ballet, acrobatics, and larger than life characters, Audience members find themselves part of the show as they are encouraged to sing along and embrace their inner wild side by pretending to be animals. No guest should miss this performance, and since it only runs several times a day guests should be sure to consult a times guide to make sure that they don’t miss show time!

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4. Finding Nemo – The Musical –

Another amazing live experience that can’t be missed in Disney’s Animal Kingdom can be found in a massive theater in Dinoland. Finding Nemo – The Musical brings guests into the popular Pixar film Finding Nemo and retells the story through live puppetry. Featuring favorite characters from the film and a brand new song “Big Blue World” this live show is Broadway caliber and should definitely not be skipped. Like The Festival of the Lion King, Finding Nemo – The Musical only runs several times each day so guests should be sure to consult a times guide as to not miss it.

3. Kali River Rapids –

Guests who are looking for adventure and a chance to cool off on a hot day in the park need look no further than Kali River Rapids in Asia. The attraction features a company which leads rafting trips and guests suddenly find themselves about to get soaking wet. After boarding a large circular raft, guests enter into the lush jungle where the beauty of nature surrounds them. Unfortunately, deforestation and illegal logging have been taking place nearby and guests are subjected to the devastation in order to learn about the importance of maintaining the environment. Full of spinning, one large drop, and lots of opportunities to get soaked, Kali River Rapids is an amazing experience to have in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

2. Pandora – The World of Avatar –

Pandora – The World of Avatar is the newest land in the Animal Kingdom theme park. Besides the floating mountains and cascading waterfalls, you will find two extremely popular attractions known as Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey. Outside of these two attractions, the land is almost like an attraction itself with stunning beauty and ability to interact with guests… especially as it glows at night with glowing walkways and on the unbelievable glowing Pandoran plants.

1. Animal Kingdom Evening Hours –

You don’t want to skip out early from Animal Kingdom! Now coming to life at night, guest have the opportunity to enjoy an amphitheater style show called Rivers of Light where nature is celebrated in an incredibly beautiful way! The Tree of Life Awakenings is a perfect way to cap off the evening with its projections and music lighting up the iconic Animal Kingdom symbol. And finally, the perfect evening experience is a visit to Pandora – World of Avatar to see this beautiful land glow at night! Truly remarkable.

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.