6 Underrated Attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

When most people think of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Expedition Everest immediately springs to mind. Others might think of Kilimanjaro Safaris and a chance to see animals up close. While these are important parts of a Walt Disney World vacation, there is much more to see and do at the largest of the four theme parks. Here are six underrated attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Plan to make them a part of your next visit.

6. Anandapur Ice Cream Truck


You might not think that an ice cream truck is really an attraction, but this one should be. The blue truck is covered with incredible paintings of real and mythical creatures. They are amazing! The fact that you can buy soft serve ice cream here is an added bonus. Stop by Anandapur Ice Cream Truck after you conquer the Forbidden Mountain. Reward yourself for escaping the Yeti with some ice cream, and take a few pictures of the truck at the same time.

5. Fossil Fun Games

DinoLand U.S.A.

There are plenty of carnival style games at most theme parks across the country; except at Walt Disney World. If you want to try your hand at a game of luck and win a cute prize, head to DinoLand U.S.A. You can play dinosaur-themed games such as Whac-A-Packycephalosaur, Fossil Fueler, and Bronto-Score. Games cost extra to play, but they’re a great way to blow off a little bit of steam on a hot or crowded day. Unlike many theme parks, the Cast Members won’t call you out if you decide to walk by. It’s low pressure.

4. TriceraTop Spin

DinoLand U.S.A.

Before you try your hand at winning a prize, soar in the sky upon a dinosaur’s back! If you love Dumbo the Flying Elephant at the Magic Kingdom, you’ll enjoy this one as well. One main difference between TriceraTop Spin and Dumbo is that there is rarely a wait of more than a few minutes at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. You can control your dinosaur’s movement with a joystick. The dinosaurs are also pretty cute. If you’re looking for a short wait on a busy day, TriceraTop Spin is a ride that you’ll want to check out.

3. Affection Section

Rafiki’s Planet Watch

Some people skip Affection Section because they assume that it’s just a petting zoo for the kids. Others don’t want to take the time to get there, since it is only accessible by train. Get in line for the Wildlife Express Train and head to this area on your next vacation. Affection Section isn’t just for kids, it’s for anyone who loves animals. You’ll see llamas, pigs, goats, and more. There are rare breeds on hand, and you can ask all the questions that you want. There are brushes available to use on the animals, they’ll enjoy it as much as you do. You will be surprised by how quickly the time passes when you’re surrounded by loving animals who want your attention.

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2. Live Entertainment

Various locations

There are two well known live shows at Disney’s Animal Kingdom; Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo – The Musical. The live entertainment does not end there. If you’re looking for a fun show and a chance to sit down, stop by Flights of Wonder. There is other live entertainment that you’ll want to be on your feet for. Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe, Burudika, and Viva Gaia Street Band! are all worth some of your time. The live entertainment could end up being the best part of your day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

1. Tree of Life

Discovery Island

Of course you’ll see the Tree of Life the moment you step in the park, but don’t just glance at it and have a PhotoPass photographer take a quick picture. Get up close and notice the details. The tree is 145 feet tall and has over 300 animals carved into it, see how many of them you and your family can find. Take a stroll along Discovery Island Trails and really pay attention to the marvel that is the Tree of Life. You will see even more if you get in line for It’s Tough to Be a Bug!. If you truly think about all the details that went into making the Tree of Life, you will be in awe of the Disney Imagineers. It is an amazing, underrated structure.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.