First Things We Do When Arriving At Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Avatar: Flight of Passage

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is an absolutely beautiful park that fully immerses guests in the theme of nature and conservation the moment that they enter through the gates. Bringing to life different environments, both real and fictional, guests can travel to locations including Africa, Asia, Pandora – The World of Avatar, and Dinoland to experience a great combination of attractions, dining, entertainment, shopping, and more. With so many things to enjoy in the park, guests might not know where to start, but there are certain experiences that are best enjoyed in the morning to help create a perfect day! Here are the first things that guests should do when entering Disney’s Animal Kingdom for a day of fun.


1. Ride Avatar Flight of Passage

The very first thing that guests should do when arriving at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the morning is head directly over to Pandora – The World of Avatar to enjoy the park’s most popular attraction. Avatar Flight of Passage uses stunning technology to link guests with an Avatar on the planet of Pandora and bring them on the traditional rite of passage of riding on the back of a banshee through the beautiful landscapes. Since the attraction is so incredibly popular, guests are smart to enjoy it first thing in the morning when there will probably still be a wait, but one that is much lower than later on throughout the day.

2. Ride Kilimanjaro Safaris

Guests should next enjoy a quiet path that begins near the entrance of Avatar Flight of Passage and leads into the Africa section of the park. From there, guests should get on the line for Kilimanjaro Safaris and set off into the Harambe Reserve to enjoy a beautiful safari through the forests and savannahs of Africa. Since the mornings tend to be cooler and many animals are being served breakfast, morning safaris are the perfect time to enjoy the attraction as the animals are typically more active than in the hot afternoons.

3. Explore Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail

When exiting Kilimanjaro Safaris, guests should be sure to not miss the serene and quiet self-guided walking tour located right next door. The Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail is a typically quiet area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom where guests can wander at their own pace and enjoy seeing animals such as hippos, fish, birds, and meerkat in beautiful habitats. The highlight of the trail is the extensive gorilla habitat at the end where guests can observe the beautiful creatures lounging in lush hilly areas and even get up close through a large glass paned viewing area.


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4. Breakfast at Creature Comforts

By this point in the morning, guests are sure to be in need of a little pick me up and the perfect location to find one is located just over the bridge from Africa back on Discovery Island. Creature Comforts is the trademarked Starbucks location in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and guests can enjoy the location’s full menu including seasonal specialties. In addition to coffee beverages, guests can also order up small bites to each including sandwiches that can be heated up to go as well as pastries and snacks that can be enjoyed on the go. Creature Comforts is the perfect location to stop and fuel up before continuing to enjoy Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

5. Ride Dinosaur

After enjoying a quick bite to eat, guests should head across Discovery Island into Dinoland where there is a thrilling attraction that is a must do in the park. Dinosaur is located in the Dino Institute where guests are invited to partake in a serene tour back in time to see the creatures firsthand. Things get a little crazy though when guests instead find themselves on a journey to rescue one particular dinosaur from a period dangerously close to the massive asteroid impact. With lots of bumps and thrills in the dark, Dinosaur is a favorite attraction of many guests in the park!

6. Ride Expedition Everest

After enjoying Dinosaur and Dinoland, guests should head over to the Asia area of the park to enjoy another popular and thrilling attraction. Expedition Everest is a high speed roller coaster that brings guests on a journey to the Everest base camp through a shortcut on the Forbidden Mountain. Guests find themselves desperately trying to escape the fabled Yeti and enjoying some surprises along the way.

7. Ride Na’vi River Journey

After several big thrills, guests should work their way back towards Pandora – The World of Avatar to enjoy the area’s second attraction. The Na’vi River Journey brings guests on a serene boat ride through the beautiful bioluminescent forests of Pandora where vibrant creatures and vegetation bring an otherworldly environment to life. The attraction concludes with meeting the Shaman of Songs who is singing to the forest and showcasing the connection between the Na’vi and the environment. This beautiful attraction can sometimes have lengthy wait times, but is definitely worth it!

8. Lunch at Satu’li Canteen

By this point in the day, guests will definitely be looking for lunch in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and there is a great quick service location in the heart of Pandora – The World of Avatar that guests love to either wait on line for or mobile order from. Satu’li Canteen serves up several base menu options that guests can choose options for to custom build their perfect lunches. Guests can order up basic Slow-Roasted Sliced Grilled Beef, Chopped Wood-Grilled Chicken, or Chili-Garlic Shrimp in a bowl and choose the base and sauce for their meals. With delicious options including rice, salad, Charred Green Onion Vinaigrette, Black Bean Vinaigrette, and Creamy Herb Dressing, guests will love customizing and creating their perfect lunch!

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.