8 Must-Do Attractions At Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom

The youngest of the four Disney theme parks in Walt Disney World is Disney’s Animal Kingdom which invites guests on a truly wild adventure. The park aims to educate guests about the importance of conservation and preservation through entertaining and thrilling experiences. Guests who spend time in Disney’s Animal Kingdom can travel back to the time of the dinosaurs, come face to face with a Yeti, ride on the back of a banshee, embark on an African safari, see classic Disney and Pixar animated films come to life, and much more. With so much to see and do in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, guests might be overwhelmed trying to experience it all. While every experience in the park is wonderful in its own way, there are some that are so fantastic that they cannot be skipped by guests. From beautiful sights to thrilling moments, there is something for every guest to enjoy. Here are eight specific attractions or entertainment that guests simply must experience in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.


1. Avatar Flight of Passage

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to Pandora – The World of Avatar which transports guests far away to the beautiful Valley of Mo’ara. There underneath the floating mountains guests can enjoy a truly thrilling attraction. Avatar Flight of Passage invites guests to genetically link to an Avatar and take part in the Na’vi rite of passage of riding on the back of a banshee. Guests can soar through the skies of Pandora and experience its adventure and beauty on this amazing and popular attraction.

2. Na’vi River Journey

Also found in Pandora – The World is a family friendly attraction that is breathtakingly beautiful. The Na’vi River Journey has guests board small boats and set off into the bioluminescent forests of Pandora. There guests can observe all sorts of otherworldly plant life and creatures before coming face to face with the Shaman of Songs who is serenading the forest.

3. Festival of the Lion King

The Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to an amazing live show which brings the classic Disney animated film The Lion King to life. The Festival of the Lion King is presented several times each day in the Harambe Theater and combines acrobatics, familiar characters and music, aerial ballet, fire dancing, and more to bring the story of Simba to life. Guests are sure to love the audience participation and celebratory atmosphere at this amazing show.

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4. Kilimanjaro Safaris

Also found in the Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of the most unique attractions in all of Walt Disney World. Kilimanjaro Safaris invites guests to embark on a two week safari in the Harambe Reserve. Guests can experience the forests and savannahs of Africa complete with up close encounters with animals such as elephants, giraffes, rhinos, hippos, lions, cheetahs, and more. Since the animals are free roaming, every experience on Kilimanjaro Safaris is totally unique and amazing!

5. Kali River Rapids

Guests who are looking to cool off on a hot day in Disney’s Animal Kingdom should head over to the Asia section of the park to enjoy a thrilling attraction. Kali River Rapids has guests set off down the Chakranadi River on what begins as a serene tour of the forests. Guests however soon find themselves in the middle of a daring situation as the devastation of illegal logging is revealed. With some big drops and choppy waters along the way, guests are sure to end up soaked on Kali River Rapids.

6. Expedition Everest

Also found in the Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is another thrilling attraction that brings guests deep inside the Forbidden Mountain. Expedition Everest begins as a quiet tea train tour around the foothills of the mountains, but guests soon find themselves ascending into the Forbidden Mountain while trying to take a shortcut to base camp. After finding themselves face to face with a torn up piece of track, guests soon plummet backwards into the darkness of the mountain before facing off with the Yeti himself.

7. Finding Nemo – Live On Stage

Guests who are fans of the Pixar classic film Finding Nemo simply have to enjoy a live show in the Theater in the Wild in Dinoland. Fining Nemo – Live On Stage brings the story of Nemo, Marlin, and Dory’s adventure to life through larger than life puppets of favorite characters. Guests can enjoy classic moments as well as the original song “Big Blue World” in this amazing show.

8. Dinosaur

Dinoland in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is also home to a thrilling attraction that brings guests back to prehistoric times. Dinosaur invites guests into the Dino Institute where they soon find themselves on a daring mission to bring a dinosaur back with them to present day. Unfortunately, their mission is dangerously close to the massive asteroid impact, and guests find themselves scrambling through the dark dinosaur filled forests to make it back in time! Dinosaur is a very thrilling attraction that guests must enjoy in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane has been visiting Walt Disney World since she was a child and has developed a deep love and appreciation of the Disney Parks with a particular interest in the small details and history that can be found all around. Visiting every chance she gets, Caitlin loves to enjoy the ambiance of the Disney Parks and try something new every time. She can often be found eating and drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, riding the Haunted Mansion, sipping on a Lapu Lapu, pretending Illuminations: Reflections of Earth was still in existence, and enjoying seeing the magic through the eyes of her children. When not in WDW, Caitlin can be found at home in New York dreaming of a ride on Living with the Land and counting down the days until her next trip.