Maybe we frogs are a bit biased, but we love that we can get up close and personal with so many animals at Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park! Over the last few years, there have been major changes afoot to transform this exotic park that celebrates life and nature into a full day- and night-time destination. With the arrival of Pandora – The World of Avatar, Rivers of Light and other nighttime experiences, Disney has done just that! Of course, more great rides and experiences mean more people will visit!
Luckily, with at least a little tadbit of planning, it's possible to experience the best of Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park in one day, with time to explore the animal exhibits, amazingly themed shops and restaurants—all with an Asian, African and American flavor.Read our guide to Disney with Young Kids See all things to do and park plan
You'll feel just like us frogs, having more fun and hopping around with less wait, if you use our tips for navigating Walt Disney World® Resort.
Guests will find the shortest wait times by arriving ahead of official park opening and in the last few hours before the park closes.
Doing a little bit of planning at the outset, whether you want a full park plan or you just identify a few of your priorities, can mean the difference between a good time and a great time. To make the most of your time at Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, follow these tips:
Physically the largest of the Walt Disney World® Resort theme parks, Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park is nestled in a lush, jungle-like setting. Home to more than 250 species, the world's largest animal theme park provides an up-close glimpse of the care and conservation of more than 1,700 animals. Explorers will find entertainment and a number of attractions set among the lush jungles, islands and camps, African savannahs, Himalaya mountainside and oversized fossil dig.
Much like Magic Kingdom® Park, Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park is set up in a spoke and hub formation, with the majestic Tree of Life® Attraction at the center. Take the train over to Rafiki's Planet Watch, and watch as veterinarians treat the park's animals or get hands on with the goats and pigs inside the petting zoo.
Most of the character greeting locations are dispersed throughout the park. Mickey and Minnie have a dedicated greeting location at Adventurer’s Outpost and waits can get quite long for them. If this is a priority, we recommend making it a first stop or using it as a FastPass+ selection. Bring your own oversized pen or marker for autographs. You can make your own autograph book or purchase one in the parks, but the characters will sign just about anything! Don’t be surprised if your little ones are frightened by the characters, at least at first. Here are some tips you can follow to make meeting the characters a smooth process.
At the most picturesque locations around the park, including the Tree of Life, you’ll find Disney photographers, ready to capture your magical moments. After they take your picture, you can have them tap your MagicBand or swipe your park ticket. The pictures can be purchased after your trip online, or you can purchase the Memory Maker package in advance of your trip for even greater savings.
We offer a full list of the park's quick service and table service restaurants. For a table-service meal, Advance Dining Reservations are recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance of your trip online or by calling 407-WDW-DINE (939-3463). You can also make priority seating arrangements when you arrive at the Park at either Guest Relations or the desired eatery.
You'll find a list of the park's attractions under Things to Do, where you can discover which attractions you and your family are most interested in, see current wait times for that attraction and height requirements.
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