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Kenny the Pirate’s Fastpass+ enabled Animal Kingdom Touring Plan including characters for Families with Little Children

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Kenny the Pirate’s Fastpass+ enabled Animal Kingdom Touring Plan including characters for Families with Little Children

Attractions Characters Entertainment Hours
Menus Touring Plans    

Updated 3/9/15

The most important part of a great day at Animal Kingdom with no waits is to arrive at least 45 minutes before park opening.  If you arrive a little later and see the turnstiles already full, you might want to use the Rainforest Cafe entrance.

ktp iconThis plan was designed to be able to see all the major shows, ride only the rides that a small child would enjoy and meet every character in one day from 9:00 to 5:00 PM without much backtracking or rushing around.

Why did I place Kali River Rapids so late into the day?  Because I don’t like to walk around the park wet all day.  It causes chaffing and irritation.  If you choose to ride earlier, you might want to consider bringing a change of clothing along.  Ponchos don’t help very much on this ride!

Why is Kilimanjaro Safaris first on the list?  Because the animals are moving about and eating early in the day and you’ll get to save your Fastpass for another attraction.  The worst time to ride the Safaris truck is mid-day because it’s hot and the animals are sedentary and hidden in the shade.

If you aren’t using FP+ for Finding Nemo the Musical, you should plan to arrive 15 to 30 minutes early.
Animal Kingdom Character Location Map KennythePirate

Guests are allowed to choose any 3 of the following attractions:

Kiosks Locations:

  • Creature Comforts – outside the store
  • Disney Outfitters – outside the store
  • Expedition Everest
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Primeval Whirl

Reserve Fastpass+ for the following:

  • Meet Mickey and Minnie – 10:15 am range
  • Finding Nemo the Musical – 1:00 pm show
  • Kail River Rapids 4:00 PM or Festival of the Lion King – 3:00pm show

Other Fastpass+ options:

  • Dinosuar
  • Expedition Everest
KennythePirate’s Fastpass+ enabled Animal Kingdom Touring Plan including characters for Families with Little Children
Location Selection Time
Africa RIDE:  Kilimanjaro Safaris.  

Head immediately to Kilimajaro Safaris and you’ll see the animals when they are the most active.

Africa Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.  

Walk the trails and discover the animals.  You’ll find Lowland Gorillas here

Discovery Island MEET:  Daisy Duck

Meet Daisy in her pink dress

Discovery Island Trail MEET:  Pocahontas

Arrive 5 to 10 minutes early.  This is the ONLY regular location for Pocahontas

It’s Tough be a Bug MEET:  Dug and Russell 

This is the ONLY regular location for Dug and Russell

Discovery Island MEET:  Mickey and Minnie  

Reserve FP+ for 10:15 AM range.  This is the ONLY place to meet Mickey & Minnie in the same photo

Dinoland MEET:  Goofy and Pluto

If a long line has formed, do the Dinoland rides first or meet right before closing.

Dinoland MEET:  Donald Duck

Meet Park Ranger Donald

Dinoland RIDE:  Triceratop Spin
Dinoland The Boneyard 

Let your kids burn off some steam while you take a break.

Discovery Island Grab some lunch.  

I really enjoy the Flame Tree BBQ, Anandapur Local Foods Cafe and Yak and Yeti.

Theater in the Wild WATCH:   Finding Nemo the Musical.  

Reserve 1:00 PM FP+  Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early

1:00 PM Show
Africa RIDE:  Wildlife Express Train
Conservation Station MEET:  Chip n Dale

They are located outside the Conservation Station

Conservation Station MEET:  Rafiki

He is located inside the Conservation Station.  This is Rafiki’s ONLY regular location

Conservation Station Conservation Station and Petting Zoo

Take a look around the veterinary care area and enjoy the petting zoo

Africa RIDE:  Wildlife Express Train

Depart by 2:30 PM

2:30 PM
Harambe Theater WATCH: Festival of the Lion King
Arrive 15 to 20 minutes early
3:00 PM Show
Asia MEET:  Baloo and King Louie

This is the ONLY regular location for Baloo and King Louie

Asia WATCH:  Flights of Wonder 3:45 PM Show
Asia RIDE:  Kali River Rapids  

Reserve FP+ for 4:00 PM range. Use the FREE lockers to store your valuables.

Asia Maharajah Jungle Trek 
Optional Attractions.

  • Dinoland Dance Party
  • Burudika Band
  • Chakranadi
  • DiVine
  • DJ Anaan
  • GiTar Dan
  • Tam Tams of Harambe
  • Viva Gaia

17 thoughts on “Kenny the Pirate’s Fastpass+ enabled Animal Kingdom Touring Plan including characters for Families with Little Children”

  1. Going Sunday Sept 6th with 2 families kids ages 2-4yrs old and one teen. Doing EMH and hopping out by goal of 1230pm. Safari, Pang Trails (kids)/Exp Ever (teen+1 adult), Daisy Duck (new location), Lion King 10am show (in line by 930ish), Baloo/King Louie, Dinoland/Boneyard (with Goofy, Pluto, and Donald meets if kids want/ Exp Ever or Kali for teen+1 adult), 12p Nemo, hop out for midday break.
    1. Does this seem like a reasonable plan?
    2. If kids want to meet Jiminy Cricket, where would you alter plan?
    3. Would you go straight from 10am Lion King to 11am Nemo instead?

    1. Not likely to meet Daisy before FOTLK show. Goofy/Pluto wait will likely be 30 minutes. Jiminy leaves after Saturday.

  2. Your plans look great! I was comparing some of the times listed on your Character Locator to the Animal Kingdom (with Little Children) plan and notice some of the character times are different. I’m guessing it has to do with Disney switching the times around way to often to update your plan regularly. What would you advise? I love the idea of having a plan ahead of time so we can get the most out of our visit without making my head spin in the planning stage. We leave this weekend (our first trip).

    1. Yes, go by the current schedules for characters. They change things up pretty often, still pretty good guide to go by. We’re working on a tool that will make it easier for me to update the details of the plan based on that week’s character schedule. With that said, I need to review the plan with the characters moving around lately.

  3. Hi, Kenny! I’m just wondering how this will change now that FotLK is back. Could we skip Kali and put this in it’s place? Thanks!

  4. We used is plan on a level 9 day last week with our 2 kids (2 and 5) and stayed ahead of the crowds all day long. Thank you so much for your research and info. We were easily able to child swap Everest and dinosaur late after crowds thinned. Thanks again!!

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