Animal Kingdom Rides

  • Boneyard – a playground for kids with hidden “dinosaur” bones for them to discover
  • Conservation Station – Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Tons of animals to be seen here, and also a little petting zoo. Features the conservation efforts of the Disney company, and how this park is run. You need to take a little train to get there, but it’s a nice way to escape the crowds, and there’s a cute little petting zoo out there.
  • Dinosaur – similar to Indiana Jones ride at DL, but Indy is way better. A bumpy, shakey, dark ride with dinosaurs. On-ride photo is snapped when the dinosaur screams at you. Lines can be long.
  • Discovery IslandTrails
  • Expedition Everest – located in Asia. Hands down my favourite Disney ride. Fast-paced roller coaster that actually goes backwards at one point.  No inversions, but great hills and turns and speed. Photo is snapped after the shadow Yeti scene. Lines can be long – grab a fastpass or go first thing in the morning or the last thing at night.
  • Finding Nemo: The Musical – a 40 minute Broadway-style show based on Finding Nemo. Songs were written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (the couple behind the Frozen soundtrack and the Book of Mormon broadway show).
  • Flight of Passage – one of the new Avatar rides. It opened after my last visit, but I’ve heard from multiple people it is amazing, and not to be missed.
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug – This is worth it just because you get to see the Tree of Life up close, as the theater for this is inside the base of the tree. It’s a 4D show that lasts about 10 minutes. Line is never too bad.
  • Kali River Rapids – A water ride, you will get wet. Usually shuts down for the month of January for refurbishment.
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris – Grab a fastpass, there are usually long lines for this. A guided tour on an open-air bus through “Africa”. I find animals more active in the mornings. Have your camera ready, there are lots of animals to see – lions, zebras, warthogs, hippos, alligators, giraffes, birds, elephants etc. The safe animals like zebras can walk right up to your bus, you’ll sometimes need to stop and wait for an animal to cross the road in front of you. Very cool. Worth doing at least once – but the animals are free-roaming and not forced to be in any one location at one point, so riding again is encouraged because you might see animals you missed the last time. Also – you won’t see actual cages. The lions are separated from everything else by hidden moats and caging, but you can’t see that. Same for the hippos, cheetahs, etc.
  • Maharajah Jungle Trek –  a walking trail to see animals. The star of this one – tigers!
  • Navi’ River Journey – the other new ride in Avatar land. A slow-moving boat ride with some of the best animatronics ever built.
  • Pangani Forest Exploration Trail – A walking trail to see animals. The baby gorillas were so adorable, and there’s also naked mole rats! And meerkats! I enjoyed this, I would do it again.
  • Primeval Whirl – A crazy-mouse style roller coaster. It was ok, I’d say worth going on once if you have the time – and I wouldn’t wait any longer than 20 minutes for it
  • TriceraTop Spin – Dumbo ride with dinosaurs!
  • Wildlife Express Train – a little train that takes you from the Africa section of the park to Rafiki’s Planet Watch (7minutes).
  • Festival of the Lion King – located in Africa. Amazing. A stage show that included larger-than-life animatronics and Cirque-du-Soleil style performers. Worth seeing without a doubt.

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