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Saving on a disney vacation series animal kingdoms

This is part of an ongoing guest post series on Disney World Savings, written by a life long Disney lover.

There is a lot to do in Animal Kingdom and having a plan will help you maximize your time there.  Let’s take a look at what we can do.

Animal Kingdom

Walt Disney World’s newest and largest park has plenty to do.  This park may sound and look like a zoo, but it has so much more to offer.  As you walk around there are animal exhibits on both sides of the path that will easily entertain you and your children.  I must admit, this is the park I have the least amount of experience with, but here are some of our favorite things to do in Animal Kingdom:

Most Popular Rides (longest wait)
Expedition Everest
Kilimanjaro Safari
Kali River Rapids (if it’s warm)

Other Good Rides
Dinosaur
Primeval Whirl

Shows
Birds of Prey
Festival of the Lion King
It’s Tough to be a Bug
Finding Nemo – The Musical

Head here for a full list of Animal Kingdom attractions.

Much of the fun in Animal Kingdom can be had just by walking around and looking at all the animal exhibits.  There are also self guided special animal exhibits such as the Maharajah Jungle Trek and hands on exhibits like the Affection Section.  This is a huge sprawling park, so it’s important to take a look at a map and see where all the attractions are that your family wants to do.  The Birds of Prey show is really neat as you are able to get very close to endangered birds you’ll probably never see elsewhere.

Attractions

The most popular attractions are at the back of the park, so you can expect to do quite a bit of walking.  The rides are also spaced out, so it can be tough to plan this park effectively.  I suggest grabbing a fast pass for Everest and riding the Safari or vice versa.  Don’t forget about the shows either, they are a lot of fun and can provide some much needed sitting down time.  Animal Kingdom doesn’t have a ton of rides, so you can expect pretty long wait times for the popular rides during peak season.

Dining

Dining in the Animal Kingdom features some neat Asian and African flavors not found in other Disney parks.  Unfortunately, we’ve only eaten twice in the Animal Kingdom and that was at the Tusker House and Flame Tree Barbecue.  Tusker House is a great change of pace as it features African and Mediterranean cuisine that had tons of flavor.  It was a buffet so we definitely weren’t hungry when we left.  Flame Tree BBQ was also a huge hit, the BBQ chicken is delicious.  Here’s a full list of Animal Kingdom dining options.

Extras

There are no fireworks in Animal Kingdom due to the effect the loud noise would have on the animals.  However, Animal Kingdom has a fun parade everyday (can change seasonally) at 3:45 pm.  This is a very neat parade that features large, ornate, stick operated animals.  That probably sounds strange, but I promise it’s cool.

What tips and tricks do you have for the Animal Kingdom?

Come back tomorrow as I get into some child care tips.

    • Brooke

      This is a great park for character greetings

    • ACarmichael

      This is a great park to do every other year or so! The parade is the best I think of all the parks!! The lion king show is also great!! Not too long! Wow- you can really get soaked on the rapid ride, so take a change of clothes!

    • ACarmichael

      This is a great park to do every other year or so! The parade is the best I think of all the parks!! The lion king show is also great!! Not too long! Wow- you can really get soaked on the rapid ride, so take a change of clothes!

    • Lora

      I like to eat at resaurantosaurus in the Dino area. This restaurant also has a huge and free condiment bar that has everything from ketchup to sautéed mushrooms (like Pecos bill in the magic kingdom). My husband & I always order kids meals that cost around $5 and round out our meals at the condiment bar. Also, there’s a produce stand by the safari (which you should go on during a parade for a shorter line) that has reasonably priced fruit.

    • Lora

      I like to eat at resaurantosaurus in the Dino area. This restaurant also has a huge and free condiment bar that has everything from ketchup to sautéed mushrooms (like Pecos bill in the magic kingdom). My husband & I always order kids meals that cost around $5 and round out our meals at the condiment bar. Also, there’s a produce stand by the safari (which you should go on during a parade for a shorter line) that has reasonably priced fruit.

    • Kendra

      I would agree The Festival of the Lion King is great, if you have to pick of the shows this is the one to go to. My husband has been an animal keeper at Animal Kingdom for over 6 years before that we always had passes so are very much Disney fans! (He is not allowed to quit untill we are sick of the parks :)) Also remember Disney allows you to bring in outside food, this helps quite a bit with keeping the cost down.

    • Susie

      Rainforest Cafe is a cool place to eat too..

    • Susie

      Rainforest Cafe is a cool place to eat too..

    • mrsmadayar

      Everest was my husband’s favorite thrill ride out of all 4 of the parks. He got in the single rider line and rode it over & over & over while I took the kids to do some other stuff. Dinosaur was the most miserable ride ever and I think we’ve sworn it off for future visits. It is ridiculously loud and is so bumpy & jarring, it just beats you slap up.

      I liked the Lion King show. It was fun and cute. We didn’t really care for the Nemo show, which was surprising b/c we’ve got some big Nemo fans in the house.

      We ate at Pizzafari & Rainforest Cafe and enjoyed them both. Pizzafari serves the same food as Pizza Planet in DHS. Rainforest Cafe has some printable certificates on their website that you can use to get cheap kids meals. Also, you can earn giftcards for there on mypoints.

      B/c of the limited hours we banned our kids from character greetings, especially since all the characters that were there that day were repeats of ones we had met in other parks. They didn’t seem to mind and it certainly made the day easier.

    • lfleming

      I find it interesting the differences of opinions on the different parks. We have been to DW in the fall for the last 4 years. We absolutely adore the Nemo show. We think it is AMAZING….and I have teenage boys. We really enjoy Lion King as well, but they actually wanted to skip it this year in favor of rides. Both shows are MUST SEE if you are a first timer. The difficult part of this park is that it closes SOOOOO early and it is SOOOO spread out. You need to be a good planner and have your map handy if you want to get it all in and not miss the shows. We like to run straight to the back and ride the safari first thing in the morning. We find that more animals are out then, before it gets too hot. Then we travel back to Lion King, across the front and over to Nemo, (hit bugs life if you have time). After Nemo, go to Dinosaur. I have boys, so it’s a must. If you have girls or fairly young children, you may wish to skip. don’t get hung up in dinoland….it will eat up your time. Next, head to Expidition Everest and grab a fast pass. If the wait is not too long, go ahead and stand in line, the que is VERY entertaining with lots too look at and read, and then use the fast pass to ride it again. If the line is more than 20-30 min. go ride Kali River Rapids and then come back. (if you care about being soaked, head and all, you better wear a pancho) The asian food at Yak and Yetis is wonderful and has huge portions for a quick service meal. We really enjoy the Tuskar House Breakfast Buffet. It is a character meal.

    • orlandowow.com

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