Top 5 Things to Do at Animal Kingdom

Last top 5!!!  For now at least 🙂  Last but certainty not least is Animal Kingdom.  This was actually the first park I visited at Walt Disney World ever!!!  I was so excited to see the animals but especially the tree of life.  It was awesome and I loved every second of it.  I don’t go as much because the park hasn’t changed much over the years.  With the new construction of Rivers of Light and the land of Pandora that is going to drastically change soon.  I’m so excited to see both of these new editions but today we are going to focus on what’s available now.


  1. Kilimanjaro Safari:  Its like a sarafi but for Disney.  You are in a giant van and drive through the African safari where you can see Lions, Giraffe, zebras, rhinos and so much more.  The best time to do this is in the early morning or late at night (coming soon) when the animals are the most active.  I try and do this each time we visit if time allows because i LOVE animals 🙂


2.  Expedition Everest:  Another thrill ride and this one goes backwards!  Again I’ve only ridden this twice because thrill rides just aren’t my thing but I will say its a fun ride and I do recommend it.  For this ride Disney Imagineers did a ton of research around Everest to get the back-story and theme on point.  They did a fantastic job and is worth at least 1 visit.  BEWARE THE YETI!


3.  Finding Nemo-The Musical-  This show is really long but the puppetry here is amazing.  What they do with these characters is truly amazing and a must see.  The puppets in this show are made by the same team that made the puppets in Lion King on broadway so that should tell you the quality here.  Check the daily times guide for showtimes, there arent very many in a given day.


4.  Festival of the Lion King-  I love the Lion King so of course this show makes my top 5.  Doesnt hurt that the show is put together very well and showcases some very talented acrobats.  The monkies are below but there is a “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” number that I absolutely love.  Before you go into the show stop by the Dawa Bar for a fantastic bloody mary 🙂  Again with this show, check the times guides for showtimes, there are more than Finding Nemo and there are fast passes available.


5.  Count the animals on the Tree – I cant remember the exact number of animals on this tree but Im pretty sure its more than 100.  Each time we go I find a new animal.  You can spend hours looking at this tree and I love that its the centerpiece of the park.  Soon there will be a nighttime show centered around the tree that I cannot wait to see but until then, its still a must visit in the park.  There are also photopass photographers with some cool magic shots so make sure and capture the moment!


These are my top 5 but don’t worry there is plenty to do at the park beyond these 5.  Since this park closes early (for now) make sure you visit here first thing and spend your night at a different park.  FYI this park is actually the largest and hottest of the 4.  Why the hottest you ask?  Well apparently the vegetation holds heat so it gets pretty darn warm in the Animal Kingdom, also why I recommend going in the morning.


Don’t forget, I can help you plan your vacation to Disney, Universal or cruises!!!  Here is the link to my facebook page or email me at rachael {at} DreamComeTrueVacations {dot}com

CHIME IN!!!  What’s your favorite thing to do at Animal Kingdom?  Ever had a bloody mary from the Dawa Bar?  Lion King or Finding Nemo?


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