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.
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We’ve created this one-day touring plan so you can experience the most popular attractions with the lowest waits, prioritizing rides that should be visited within the first hour, and within the first two and last two hours. This plan assumes you are starting within the first hour of park opening and ending in the late afternoon.
Make advance FastPass+ reservations for Kilimanjaro Safaris® Expedition, Meet Mickey and Minnie at Adventurers Outpost and Kali River Rapids® Attraction. Aim for the times listed below. Remember, you can modify your one-hour selection times within My Disney Experience.
For those of you who don't plan to arrive at park opening or want more flexibility than a touring plan, our general map is the easiest way to determine at a glance the best times to visit Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park's attractions. A printer-friendly version of this map is included in our 1-Day plan.
Looking for more park hours and events? Check out the Orlando Crowd Calendar.
The Frog Family follows a general touring plan for each day at the Walt Disney World® Resort theme parks.
If you are like us and will be traveling with little ones, we suggest navigating the park by area and experiencing the most popular attractions when crowds are lowest. Be sure to check out our Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park Touring Plan to plan your visit to the parks.
Make sure to take advantage of FastPass+, a new reservation system that allows guests to book up to three attractions and entertainment options per day in one park. Resort guests can make FastPass+ reservations up to 60 days in advance of their trip and non-resort guests can book up to 30 days in advance of their trip by creating a profile and linking their tickets on My Disney Experience. You’ll find more information about FastPass+, including how to make or modify reservations via the park kiosks, on our Guide to FastPass+ and MyMagic+.
Remember to bring your camera, but don't worry: If you forget, cameras, memory cards and batteries are always available for purchase in the park. Be sure to bring water and sunscreen. During the rainy season, having a poncho, umbrella or light raincoat is a good idea, too. Remember to drink plenty of liquids during your visit. Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park is a big place! We recommend you wear casual clothes and comfortable shoes.
Bring your autograph book with you for the character meet-and-greets throughout the park, or pick one up at numerous shops throughout the park.
Many Disney Cast Members are fluent in more than one language. The flags on their nametags indicate which languages they speak.
Look for the Disney photographer at the entrance and at other scenic spots in the park.
We off 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. Adults with youngsters too small to ride may take turns riding an attraction. There is no need to wait in line twice. Ask a Cast Member for details about Child Swap. Check the Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park Times Guide in the park for the most current show times and hours.
If your party decides to split up, remember to set a meeting place and time. Try not to pick any place too trafficked, such as the Tree of Life® Attraction, or it may be difficult to find your party.
Island Mercantile on Discovery Island® Land stays open a half hour after the Park closes. There is one ATM at Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park located at the entrance to the Park, just before the turnstiles and to the right, next to the kennel.
Ten artists and three Imagineers worked full-time for 18 months to create the 325 animal carvings on Tree of Life® Attraction. Sculptors had between six and 10 hours to create the finished image before the plaster hardened. More than 4 million trees, plants, shrubs, ground-covers, vines, epiphytes and grasses from every continent on Earth - except Antarctica - were planted at Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. There are 850 species of trees, 2,000 species of shrubs, and 260 different types of grasses growing in Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. About 110 of these tree and shrub species have never been grown in North America before.
Walt Disney's love of animals began when he was four years old and his family moved from his Chicago birthplace to a 45-acre farm in Marceline, Missouri, where he helped take care of farm animals and learned to draw pictures of his animal friends. The largest tree replanted in the Park is located in Harambe village, and tipped the scales at 90 tons . . . that's equal to the weight of 16 male elephants. Cooler weather means more fun! As the heat fades, the animals come out to play on the savanna. This exciting expedition for the entire family puts adventurers face-to-face with real giraffes, hippos, elephants, rhinos, lions and poachers too! You can catch the animals on the prowl at Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. It's guaranteed to be a different show every time you venture into the wild!
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