Animal Kingdom has added some really great attractions to the park in the last few years, making it quite popular. In order to experience the best rides and attractions at the park, you are going to want to make sure that you known which Animal Kingdom Fastpass reservations to prioritize.
Even though Animal Kingdom doesn’t have as many rides as Magic Kingdom, the rides that it does have are fantastic.
The problem is that since there aren’t as many, they tend to create enormous lines.
The only way to avoid these lines is to book Fastpasses in advance.
The most popular rides & experiences in Animal Kingdom are divided into two Fastpass tiers.
Animal Kingdom Fastpass Tiers
You may choose one Animal Kingdom Fastpass from Tier 1:
- Avatar Flight of Passage
- Na’vi River Journey
You may choose two Animal Kingdom Fastpasses from Tier 2:
- Adventurers Outpost Character Greeting
- Expedition Everest
- Festival of the Lion King
- Finding Nemo Musical
- It’s Tough to Be A Bug
- Kali River Rapids
- Kilimanjaro Safaris
- Primeval Whirl (Seasonal)
- Rivers of Light
- The Animation Experience at Conservation Station
- UP! A Great Bird Adventure
After looking over this list, you are going to want to decide which Animal Kingdom rides and attractions are most important for your family to experience
When to Book Animal Kingdom Fastpass Reservations
In order to pack in the most in one day, you are going to want to book Animal Kingdom Fastpasses as soon as you can.
If you are staying on Disney property, you can book them 60 days in advance. If you aren’t staying at a Disney Resort, you can book them 30 days before you arrive at the park.
Each Animal Kingdom guest gets three Disney FastPasses to use per day.
After you use your first three, you can add more FastPasses for Animal Kingdom one at a time.
Animal Kingdom Fastpass Tip
Not everyone in your party has to use the same FastPasses.
For example, if your little kids really wants to meet Disney characters at Adventures Outpost, but your teens would rather ride Expedition Everest, you can individualize the FastPasses at Animal Kingdom to make everyone happy!
We have been to Animal Kingdom more times than I can count and have mastered our use of the Fastpass system, therefore we have 5 rides & attractions that we feel you should consider when making your Fastpass reservations for Animal Kingdom.
Top 5 Animal Kingdom Fast Pass Reservations to Make
1. Flight of Passage
This simulated flying experience is literally out of this world. As you walk through the line to get on the ride, you will get some of the best views of Pandora.
Much of the line is indoors, which is nice because you will get a break from the heat.While in line for Flight of Passage, you will get to go to the scientific lab of the Pandora Conservation Initiative before undergoing training for your mission.
The lab shows all the experiments and studies the group is currently working on. Make sure that you notice all the details because the Disney Imagineers did a great job with the details.
At the end of the line, you will be given a mission. Your mission will be to link to an Avatar and fly on a Banshee. Before you go, you will get instructions on your mission.
To say that this experience is out of this world, is an understatement! Not only do you feel like you are actually flying, you will also experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the world of Avatar!
Getting a Fastpass for Flight of Passage is hard. You really will have to make sure that you book your Animal Kingdom Fastpass as soon as you can.
How to ride Flight of Passage without a Fastpass
If you don’t get this Animal Kingdom Fastpass, the only other way to secure a ride without have to wait over 2 hours in a line is to get to Animal Kingdom about 30 minutes prior to opening to line up.
When they open the park, go straight to the Pandora section and line up. You will see cast members directing you to the end of the Flight of Passage ride line.
It is the best way (if not the only way) to get on Flight of Passage without an enormous wait.
2. Kilimanjaro Safaris
This open air safari takes you on a ride through the Savanna of Animal Kingdom where you will get to see different kinds of wildlife, some of which are really up close!
Animals you may see on Kilimanjaro Safari
- Greater kudu
- Sable antelope
- Greater flamingo
- Blue wildebeest
- Pink-backed pelican
- Common eland
- Yellow-billed stork
- Scimitar oryx
- White-breasted cormorant
- Yellow-backed duiker
- Grant’s zebra
- Black rhinoceros
- White rhinoceros
- Nile crocodile
- Reticulated giraffe
- Masai giraffe
- African bush elephant
- Spotted hyena
- African wild dog
While they cannot guarantee what animals you will see on the safari ride, you will see plenty of different types of animals. I’ve never been on it and not seen giraffes, hippos, flamingos, and elephants.
What I will tell you is that the best time to go on the safari is first thing in the morning or before dusk.
If you can secure an Animal Kingdom Fastpass for those times, do it.
I recommend avoiding getting a Fastpass for the hottest part of the day as many animals will be napping or staying tucked away in a shady spot.
3. Festival of the Lion King
Festival of the Lion King is a live musical-theater show that the whole family will enjoy.
You will see your favorite Lion King characters, sing along to popular songs from the animated classic and see a live performance like no other!There will be acrobatics, fire dancers and interactive features that make you part of the show experience! It is not to be missed!
Getting a Fastpass for this show should be easy.
The good thing about getting a Fastpass is that you get to enter the theater first which means you will get the best seating.
Even if you don’t get a Fastpass, this is certainly a show worth seeing.
4. Expedition Everest
In the Asia section of Animal Kingdom park, you will find a Tibetan village at the base of Mount Everest.
It is here that you can board a train to the highest point in the world.
Along the way, you will want to keep watch for the elusive Yeti, known to inhabit these parts.
This roller coaster is one of the best rides Disney has at the four Disney World parks.There are no flips on the ride, but there is plenty of speed, drops and unexpected fun and your thrill seekers are going to have a blast!
When booking your Expedition Everest Fastpass for your children, be sure they can ride it.
Kids must be at least 44in (112cm) or taller.
5. Kali River Rapids
On this river raft ride, you will go through a lush jungle landscape ravaged by illegal logging.
Full of twists and turns, you never know what you might encounter.If you have followed my list of things to bring to Disney, you might want to pull out the ponchos for this ride because you are sure to get wet.
Not only will the water rush at you from the sides of the rapids, park guests have the opportunity to shoot water at your from above with one of the hidden gems featured on a bridge just above the ride.
What if you can’t get the Animal Kingdom Fastpass you Want?
Please know that there are NO guarantees that you will get the Fastpass choices that you want, especially when it comes to the most popular ride at Animal Kingdom, Flight of Passage.
So what happens if you don’t get the one Animal Kingdom Fastpass that you really are hoping to get?
- Check back frequently into the My Disney Experience app prior to your trip to see if a Fastpass becomes available as people do cancel and change reservations all the time.
- Go straight to that ride as soon as you get to the park! You still might wait in a line, but it won’t be as bad as it will be if you wait later in the day.
- Use your first three Fastpasses and then check to see if you can book the ride you didn’t originally get. Remember, you can book using the My Disney Experience app or at a Fastpass Kiosk.
- If all else fails, you will have to wait in line. Just be sure you don’t spend your entire day waiting in line for one ride at Animal Kingdom (Flight of Passage can be up to 4 hours).
What are your favorite Animal Kingdom Fastpass Reservations to make?