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5 Best Animal Kingdom Rides

Disney Animal Kingdom is known for its focus on animals in their habitats and its conservation efforts. If you haven’t been to the park, you might not realize that it also has some pretty fantastic rides. Wondering which are the best Animal Kingdom rides?

Well, there aren’t that many rides to begin with, but when time is of the essence, there are some you should make sure you experience.

5 Best Rides at Animal Kingdom

5 Best Animal Kingdom Rides

When you are planning your day in the park, make sure you prioritize these 5 best Animal Kingdom rides.

Flight of Passage in Animal Kingdom

1. Avatar Flight of Passage

The best ride in Animal Kingdom is in Pandora- The World of Avatar and that is Flight of Passage.

Nothing can even compare to this ride and it all starts with the queue.

On your walk through the queue, you will get to see areas of Mo’ara you won’t otherwise be able to see.

pandora waterfall

You will cross land bridges, get up close to waterfalls and walk through a totem garden.

Lab in Pandora Flight of Passage Ride Line

When you enter the cave system, you will be led into an abandoned RDA laboratory where you will get to see scientific experiments.

After your tour of the lab, you will have to undergo genetic matching.

Your body will be scanned and then given a personal avatar that you will connect to in order to take flight on a banshee.

Flight of Passage simulator

When you step onto the virtual ride simulator, you will actually feel like you have straddled the back of a banshee.

You will feel it breathing and its heartbeat.

When the ride begins, you will feel as though you have been transported to Pandora.

The flight, while intense at times, is a full immersion into the world of Avatar.

You will feel the wind blowing your hair, the dips and dives of the Banshee and even the spray of water when you near the ocean.

The entire ride experience will leave you in awe.

Expedition Everest Ride in AK

2. Expedition Everest

When it comes to roller coasters, Expedition Everest is one of the best rides in all of Disney World.

Search for the Yeti in Animal Kingdom Park

Before you board the train to take you up the Himalayan mountains, you will learn about the Yeti, the mysterious and elusive creature that is said to guard this sacred place.

When you take the train, you will venture deep into the lair of the yeti when you find that the tracks seem to disappear.

Your train will have to go backward through the fog before stopping in an ice cavern where you come face to face with the Yeti.

Expedition Everest Drop

To get away, your train must leave and fly down the mountain.

Animal Kingdom Dinosaur Ride

3. Dinosaur

This ride takes you on a trip back in time to when Dinosaurs roamed the Earth. 

When you first arrive, you will be debriefed about the ride.

The premise is that you are going to be transported back in time to allow you to witness dinosaurs as they once were.

Instead of getting your safety briefing, the scientist decides to change the direction of the adventure because he wants to bring the Iguanodon from extinction and it is your job to find it.

You will board a jeep and explore the jungles during a period when dinosaurs lived. On the adventure, you will roam the jungles in the dark looking for the Iguanodon.

The ride is extremely bumpy with lots of dips, turns, and sudden jolts and since it is in the dark, you never know what is going to happen next!

Kali River Rapids in Animal Kingdom

4. Kali River Rapids

Looking to get wet in Animal Kingdom? This is a ride where you can almost guarantee to walk off feeling much cooler than when you got on!

This ride is actually a rafting expedition along the Chakranadi River, courtesy of “Kali Rapids Expeditions.”

Kali Rapids at Animal Kingdom

You are being taken on a journey that promotes the natural beauty of the region to help you understand how detrimental the logging industry is to the area.

Along the way, you encounter twists, turns, and some elephant statues that spray water.

Do yourself a favor and wear a poncho!

Kilimanjaro Safari Tour in Animal Kingdom

5. Kilimanjaro Safari

If you have come to Animal Kingdom to see the animals, one of the best rides at Animal Kingdoms to do that is Kilimanjaro Safari.

See Elephants on Kilimanjaro Safari

This safari ride takes you on a journey through the 110-acre Harambe Wildlife Reserve of Animal Kingdom Park where you can see up to 34 different species of animals!

Seeing Giraffes Up Close on Kilimanjaro Safari

This safari gets you as close as you can to the animals in the nature reserve!

Disney Genie System Breakdown

Should You Purchase Genie+ Lightning Lane for Animal Kingdom?

If you are hoping to ride some of the most popular rides at Animal Kingdom, you might want to consider purchasing the Genie upgrade for the Lightning Lane options.

Individual Lightning Lane Entrances

  • Avatar Flight of Passage

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Entrances

  • DINOSAUR
  • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris

The lines for Avatar Flight of Passage are some of the longest in Disney World. I would definitely consider buying Lightning Lane for this Animal Kingdom ride.

While we know purchasing Genie+ does not guarantee that you will be able to ride everything on this list, it definitely will give you the greatest chance.

Animal Kingdom Entrance

Using Early Park Hours at Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom Park also has early morning hours for Disney Resort Guests.

If you are a resort guest and don’t purchase Lightning Lane for Flight of Passage, I would suggest you get to the park before opening to line up for the ride. Usually, it will get you on within an hour of Animal Kingdom opening.

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