Kenny the Pirate’s Guide to Animal Kingdom Attractions
Animal Kingdom offers very few rides and attractions and is often treated as a “half-day” park. Many guests tend to leave by mid-day. I’ve often arrived in the late afternoon and was able to walk on many attractions. I recommend that you arrive 45 minutes before park opening and head straight for Navi River Journey and have a Fastpass for Avatar Flight of Passage. If you find long lines at the Mickey Touchpoints, enter through Rainforest Cafe, which offers an entrance through its gift shop.
I would advise that you use your Fastpass+ entitlements for:
- Avatar Flight of Passage or Navi River Journey
- Kilimanjaro Safaris
- Dinosaur or Expedition Everest
I don’t see using Fastpass+ for shows as beneficial except during holiday seasons or if your family isn’t interested in riding Everest or Kali. In the busiest seasons arrive 20-30 minutes early for shows if you choose not to use Fastpass+.
The absolute worst day of the week to go to Animal Kingdom in terms of crowds and wait times is when it has Extra Magic Hours. If you plan to use the Extra Magic Hour privilege, go on Monday. The wait times on an Extra Magic Hour day versus the lowest average peak waits of the week can be 1.5 to 2 times as much!
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