The Ultimate Animal Kingdom Itinerary (Without Lines!)
Best Time Of Year To Visit Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom Hours
How To Use Fastpass+ At Animal Kingdom
What is Fastpass+?
Fastpass+ is the name of the free service introduced by Disney to help you save time! It’s included with your park ticket and is pre-bookable for your whole party in advance (60 days ahead if staying in a Disney resort and 30 days if staying offsite).
You save time with FastPass+ because, it allows you to enter a separate Fastpass+ line (at your selected/pre-booked time), bypassing the main line for certain rides, attractions and character meets. You can pre-book 3 Fastpasses for attractions in the same park; the Fastpass+ window is open for an hour and you cannot overlap windows. So you could book a 10.45am Fastpass, but the second window won’t open until 11.50.
What about Fastpass+ at Animal Kingdom?
Like Epcot and Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom operates a Tier system for their Fastpasses, which means you need to book one Fastpass from Tier 1 rides/attractions and the other 2 from Tier 2. Once you’ve used your third Fastpass, you’re no longer tied to the ‘tier’ system (or even the same park) and can grab whichever Fastpass is available on a ‘one at a time’ basis.
If you weren’t able to get the Fastpasses you wanted, you should use time in lines to ‘tap’ any Fastpass for your desired attraction, grab them and then persistently try to modify the time, until you get a time that suits you.
How do I book my Fastpass+?
The simplest way to book your Fastpass+ is through the My Disney Experience app.
When you arrive at your Fastpass booked attraction, look for the Fastpass+ line, tap your magic band (or ticket) at the entrance to the line and Mickey will go green. Once you’ve tapped in for your third Fastpass+, you should open the My Disney Experience app on your phone and start looking for more Fastpasses – you can only book one at a time, but as soon as you tap in at the beginning of the next line, you should start looking for another Fastpass – we’re not suggesting you spend loads of time looking at your phone, just time you’d be in a line, anyway.
Best And Worst Animal Kingdom Fastpass Options
Fastpass Suggestions To Save To Your Phone
Animal Kingdom Map
There are 6 lands at Animal Kingdom: Oasis, DinoLand USA, Asia, Africa, Discovery Island and Pandora – The World of Avatar. Knowing what to expect before you go will help you plan the best things to do at Animal Kingdom for your party. Having an idea of the distance; the rides you want to ride and the attractions you want to experience will help you ensure your Animal Kingdom touring plan is ideal for you!
Arrival And Rope Drop At Animal Kingdom
One Day Animal Kingdom Itinerary Morning Plan
We’ve indicated where we think you should try to plan your Fastpasses; everything else is suggested Stand-by. See at the very bottom of this article – a Note about Lines!
The aim is to ride as much as you can in the first 2 hours after park opening. If we’ve suggested a ride you don’t like, or missed something you really want to see or do, of course you should make that switch, but read on in case we suggest doing it at a later time in the day.
A Note: Throughout the day as you are standing in line, make sure to constantly refresh your Fastpass+ Options to see if you can modify the time (if that would work better or you find you’re ahead of schedule) or to get a sought after Fastpass you didn’t secure before. You should do this throughout the day when not riding or walking! Constantly refresh and modify based on Fastpasses that are open near you!
First Hour 9-10am
Second Hour 10-11am
Third Hour: 11-12pm
12-1pm Break: Lunch!
After a busy, fun packed morning, you’re sure to need a break for your feet and some refreshments! As you’re in Asia already, we highly recommend Yak and Yeti Local Food Cafes to get your lunch from. We also love Satu’li Canteen in Pandora, too. You should also read our list of top picks Quick Service locations (and not so top picks!) here.
One Day Animal Kingdom Itinerary Afternoon Plan
Rest Of The Afternoon:
- Finding Nemo – The Musical, a 40 minute show in Dinoland USA – excellent opportunity to have some shade, rest your feet and enjoy this great show!
- Triceratop Spin
- Explore Animal Areas You Missed
- Exploring the theming of the different lands and taking in any ‘street’ entertainment there may be
Dinner At Animal Kingdom
Evening at Animal Kingdom
- You can watch the Tree of Life Awakenings from Discovery Island. It occurs every 10 minutes from dusk to park closing.
- Watch Rivers Of Light – a 20 minute show, located in Asia, check My Disney Experience for times; usually close to park closing
- Get In Line For Any Ride You Missed Because Of Long Lines – as long as you are in a line at park closing, you are generally permitted to ride it.