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The Complete Guide to Attractions and Rides at Animal Kingdom

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Rides at Animal Kingdom are truly unique. Explore the jungles of Africa. Go back in time to rescue a dinosaur. Or even fly on the back of a banshee in the world of Pandora. This park brings out the adventurer in us all while also bringing us up close and personal to numerous animal species from around the world.

Walking into Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the first time, I remember being in awe of the exquisite details. I felt like I was in a different world entirely, yet Disney has gone out of its way to make everything truly authentic in the park. And while live animals are the main attraction of this theme park, there are certainly lots of rides and shows to keep you entertained as well. Here is our complete guide to the rides at Animal Kingdom!


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**The reopening of Walt Disney World is an ongoing process that is constantly changing. Be sure to visit our guide to visiting Disney World during the pandemic for updated information to guide your vacation planning!


 

Welcome to Magic in the Planning’s Unofficial Guide to Attractions and Rides at Animal Kingdom!

 

**NEW** Disney is replacing FastPass and MaxPass with the brand new Disney Genie and Disney Genie+. The new system is very similar to Disneyland’s MaxPass as it is an add-on purchase allowing you to make “Lightning Lane” reservations throughout your day in the parks. There is also the option to purchase Individual Attraction reservations for select top-tier attractions. For more information, be sure to visit our guide. Happy Planning!

 

Africa

Giraffes at Animal Kingdom | magicintheplanning.comDisney Animals

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: It goes without saying that you will find many live animals throughout Animal Kingdom. Some are featured in their own unique attractions, on Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail, or even Kilimanjaro Safaris. Here in Africa, you will find African birds, African elephants, African hogs, African lions, Ankole cattle, butterflies, giraffes, gorillas, hippopotamuses, meerkats, okapis, rhinos, and zebras.
  • Genie+ Attraction: In most cases, no… except for Kilimanjaro Safaris

 

Festival of the Lion King in Animal Kingdom | magicintheplanning.comCelebration of the Festival of the Lion King

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: I have seen this show several times now, and honestly… it just keeps getting better! If you only have time for one show while visiting Animal Kingdom, make it this one! Featuring some of the most talented dancers, singers, and acrobats I have ever seen perform live, this show literally has it all. My kids (who were 4 and 6 at the time) loved the show and never once lost interest. I definitely suggest arriving early and perhaps even using FastPass+ for this attraction as the standby lines can be quite long due to its popularity! (And you will definitely want a good seat for the show!)
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: Take a self-guided tour through the Pangani Forest and experience amazing animals (such as gorillas, hippos, and exotic birds) in their natural habitats.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Kilimanjaro Safaris in Animal Kingdom | magicintheplanning.comKilimanjaro Safaris

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: This is honestly one of the most unique rides in all of Walt Disney World. Using invisible barriers to keep guests safe, you will be able to take an African safari unlike no other. Climb aboard an open-air vehicle (made to look and feel like a rugged safari vehicle) for an 18-minute tour with a knowledgeable guide. You will have the chance to see 34 different species throughout the 110-acre Harambe Wildlife Reserve. As these are live animals, every safari will be truly unique. You will definitely want to have your camera ready!
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Wildlife Express Train

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: This is essentially a 7-minute, 1.2-mile journey to Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Keep in mind, it is a one-way trip and you will be required to get off the train upon arrival. Take the opportunity to explore before boarding the train once more for a one-way trip back.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Asia

Disney Animals

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: Throughout Asia, you will find unique animals such as gibbons, komodo dragons, and tigers. (Most can be found on the Maharajah Jungle Trek.)
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Expedition Everest Entrance in Animal Kingdom | magicintheplanning.comExpedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain

  • Height Restrictions: Riders must be 44 inches or taller.
  • About the Attraction: This is quite an exciting roller coaster! First, you will climb to the top of the mountain for some breathtaking views of the park. (Seriously, it feels like you are climbing forever!) As your train picks up speed, however, you suddenly encounter tracks that have been clearly torn apart. This is where things get intense as you plummet backward (in the dark, I might add). You don’t stay backward for too long, though. Once you discover that it was the Yeti responsible for the broken tracks, you race back down the mountain to escape.
  • Genie+ Attraction: The Lightning Lane of this top-tier attraction is only available as an Individual Attraction purchase and not included as part of Genie+.

 

Feathered Friends in Flight! 

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: This show debuted in summer 2020 as a replacement for Up! A Great Bird Adventure. This 25-minute show features “animal behavior specialists” as they give you a behind-the-scenes look at the free-flying birds.
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Kali River Rapids

  • Height Restrictions: Riders must be 38 inches or taller.
  • About the Attraction: This thrilling whitewater raft ride features calm scenic waters, raging rapids, and even a 20-foot drop! Be prepared to get wet soaked (which will probably feel nice during the Florida summer heat!) For items you don’t wish to get wet, there are locker located across from the attraction.
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Maharajah Jungle Trek

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: These self-guided trails feature numerous animals including over 50 species of birds as well as Asian tigers.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

DinoLand U.S.A.

The Boneyard

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: Designed to look like a dinosaur dig, this is essentially a play area for kids ages 10 and under to climb, play, explore and well… dig as they search for dinosaur bones.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

DINOSAUR in Animal Kingdom | magicintheplanning.comDINOSAUR

  • Height Restrictions: Riders must be 40 inches or taller.
  • About the Attraction: This dark ride is not for the faint of heart! Travel back in time to rescue a dinosaur before a meteor strikes. You will encounter numerous animatronic dinosaurs along the way… some of whom don’t appear to be too friendly! This ride is rather intense. It is not only dark, but it is also very loud. The dinosaurs will undoubtedly scare younger, more sensitive riders.
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Dino-Sue

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: Pose for a picture next to a replica of one of the most famous fossil finds in the 20th century. “Sue” is a Tyrannosaurus Rex found in South Dakota in 1990. She stands 13 feet tall and 40 feet long!
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Finding Nemo – The Musical

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel the first time I watched this show. How would Disney be able to pull off singing and dancing sea creatures live on stage? Not only that, but the movie itself wasn’t a musical. So unlike the Festival of the Lion King, there wouldn’t be a lot of familiar music. But leave it to Disney to wow and impress. This show raises the bar as to what live entertainment has the potential to be, and our entire family loved it!
  • Genie+ Attraction: No (This attraction is not scheduled to return until 2022.)

 

Fossil Fun Games

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: What do carnival games and dinosaurs have in common? Not much. But here, they come together for some family fun. Win prizes with these dinosaur-themed classic carnival games. (These games do require vouchers to play which are an additional charge.)
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

TriceraTop Spin

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: Designed for younger riders, this dinosaur ride rotates around in a circle allowing the riders to control certain movements (much like Dumbo the Flying Elephant in Disney’s Magic Kingdom… only here you are riding in a dinosaur).
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Discovery Island

Discovery Island Trails

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: Located around the Tree of Life, these self-guided trails will take you over wooden footbridges and through cave-like tunnels as you explore and come face-to-face with many different animal species.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Disney Animals

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: Located throughout Discovery Island as well as on the Discovery Island Trails, you will find Asian small-clawed otters, cotton-top tamarins, flamingos, vultures, and several other animal species.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

It’s Tough to be a Bug!

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: This 4D attraction is actually located under the Tree of Life. Featuring characters from A Bug’s Life, here you will shrink down to become an “honorary bug.” While the show is designed to be humorous, keep in mind there are a few scary moments and effects that might frighten smaller children.
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Tree of Life Animal Carvings in Animal Kingdom | magicintheplanning.comTree of Life

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: The main focal point of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a 145-foot tall tree with over 300 animals carved into its trunk. It’s quite beautiful and a must-see!
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Winged Encounters – The Kingdom Takes Flight

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: Enjoy appearances by 6 different species of South American macaw.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Oasis

Disney Animals

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: Explore and find many different migratory birds from storks to hummingbirds.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

The Oasis Exhibits

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: Explore and enjoy the beautiful shaded surroundings where you will also find giant anteater, boar, barking deer, wallabies, and spoonbills.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Pandora – The World of Avatar

Avatar Flight of Passage in Animal Kingdom | magicintheplanning.comAvatar Flight of Passage

  • Height Restrictions: Riders must be 44 inches or taller.
  • About the Attraction: Based on the movie Avatar, this 3D simulator attraction allows you to take flight on the back of a banshee, which is a Na’vi “right of passage.” This is truly a thrilling experience as it genuinely feels as though you are soaring above the beautiful scenery of Pandora. Be prepared for a bit of motion as well as some heights. But overall, it is easily one of my favorite attractions in Animal Kingdom.
  • Genie+ Attraction: The Lightning Lane of this top-tier attraction is only available as an Individual Attraction purchase and not included as part of Genie+.

 

Na'vi River Journey in Animal Kingdom | magicintheplanning.comNa’vi River Journey

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: This slow-moving boat ride takes you through the mysteriously beautiful surroundings of the bioluminescent rainforest in Pandora.
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Rafiki’s Planet Watch

Affection Section

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: Come face to face with a wide variety of animals at the only petting zoo in all of Walt Disney World.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

The Animation Experience at Conservation Station

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: This 25-minute class led by a Disney animator will give you step-by-step instructions on how to draw your own version of a Disney character. Classes and characters change periodically.
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Conservation Station in Animal Kingdom | magicintheplanning.comConservation Station

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: Here you will learn and explore through a variety of experiences including a Veterinary Treatment Room, a Nutrition Center, Amphibian, Reptile and Invertebrate Windows, and a Science Center.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Disney Animals

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: Invertebrates can be found throughout Animal Kingdom park. This includes insects, shrimp, horseshoe crabs, sea stars, corals, clams, and many more.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Other

Wilderness Explorers

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: Become a Wilderness Explorer just like Rusell in the movie Up. These self-guided activities (such as animal observation or learning wilderness skills) will allow you to collect over 25 Wilderness Explorer badges.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

**I hope you enjoyed this unofficial guide to attractions and rides at Animal Kingdom! Looking to plan your first Walt Disney World vacation? Be sure to visit my step-by-step guide to start planning!

And be sure to visit the official Walt Disney World website for more information about your favorite rides and attractions!


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