Top 5 Attractions at Disney World's Animal Kingdom

  • 01 of 06

    Disney's Animal Kingdom Wild Adventures

    Disney World guest looks out over the savannah at a giraffe in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
    ••• Experience the Wild Africa Trek at Disney's Animal Kingdom. © Kent Phillips, Photographer/The Walt Disney Company

    Disney's Animal Kingdom showcases nature, animals and adventure. Although much of the park and its attractions highlight the African theme, also expect to see animals from the past appearing in shows and fun rides.

    Attractions at Disney's Animal Kingdom incorporate a wide variety of technologies that have been refined by Disney — including Animation and 3-D. Live shows are colorful and entertaining; and, parades showcase character-based safari vehicles, drum sculptures, rickshaw taxis, animal puppets, Disney characters, Party Animal stiltwalkers and more.

    While it's nearly impossible to see all the attractions at Disney's Animal Kingdom in one day, you'll want to make sure your plans include at least one or more of the following top five can't-miss attractions.

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  • 02 of 06

    Festival of the Lion King

    Festival of the Lion King
    ••• Festival of the Lion King is a colorful live show at Disney's Animal Kingdom that will entertain and amaze!. Loren Javier/Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0

    The Camp Minnie-Mickey area of Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park holds a special surprise. The Festival of the Lion King is a 30-minute musical stage show based on The Lion King movie, making it perfect for all ages. The colorful Broadway-like production is performed in an air-conditioned theater-in-the-round with guests seated in low stadium-type seats.

    Festival of the Lion King Tips:

    • This family-friendly show is air conditioned and a great place to cool off and take the load off your feet at Disney's Animal Kingdom on a hot summer day.
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  • 03 of 06

    Kilimanjaro Safari

    See Giraffes and Zebras during the Kilimanjaro Safari at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
    ••• See wild animals up close on the Kilimanjaro Safari at Disney's Animal Kingdom. © The Walt Disney Company

    Climb aboard the all-terrain safari vehicle and let Disney take you on an adventure like only Disney can. On the Kilimanjaro Safari, your guide will point out the wild African animals — zebras, rhinos, lions, giraffes and more — and all you have to do is shoot... a picture, that is.

    Prepare to be entertained by your "guide" — your adventure will be interrupted by "dangers," just like the real ones threatening the world's wild animal population. During your safari, you'll travel rutted dirt trails, cross shallow waterways and plow through heavy vegetation to reach a spectacular view of a vast savannah. Before your adventure is over you will see termite mounds up to 20 feet high, dodge geysers spouting 20 feet into the air and capture poachers.

    Kilimanjaro Safari Tips:

    • There is no height restriction for this ride; however, the ride can be a bit bouncy, so make sure children are not seated on the outside.
    • Guests with young children may prefer to take turns experiencing...MORE the attractions with Disney's rider switch program.
    • This attraction is accessible to those who can transfer from their wheelchair to the ride vehicle.
    • Avoid the long lines at this popular ride by taking advantage of Disney FastPass+, which allows you to bypass the line during a specific time.
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  • 04 of 06

    Expedition Everest

    Expedition Everest
    ••• The legend of the Yeti roars to life in Expedition Everest, an exciting coaster at Disney's Animal Kingdom. © The Walt Disney Company

    One of Disney's most exciting coaster experiences, Expedition Everest brings the legend of the Yeti to life. It's hard to miss the impressive landmark mountain located in the Asia section of Disney's Animal Kingdom, but easier to pass on the ride if you're not a coaster enthusiast. The coaster features steep climbs, breathtaking plunges and even backwards slides that will leave you breathless.

    Warning: You should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure.

    Expedition Everest Tips

    • Expedition Everest has a height restriction of 44 inches.
    • Guests with young children may prefer to take turns experiencing the attractions with Disney's rider switch program.
    • Avoid the long lines at this popular ride by taking advantage of Disney FastPass+, which allows you to bypass the line during a specific time.
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  • 05 of 06

    It's Tough to be a Bug!

    Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park houses "It's Tough to be a Bug!" 3-D animated attraction in its massive trunk.
    ••• Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park houses "It's Tough to be a Bug!" 3-D animated attraction in its massive trunk. © Gene Duncan, Photographer/The Walt Disney Company

    Do bugs have a tough life? If you ask the army of insects appearing inside the Tree of Life theater at Disney's Animal Kingdom, you'll get your answer. The inside buzz is that bugs get no respect!

    Special effects, 3-D animation and audio-animatronics characters bring to life "It's Tough to be a Bug!" While awaiting entry to the theater, you'll wind you way through a mass of gnarled roots and collect your pair of bug glasses. Inside the theater, custom log seating and a vine-draped ceiling set the stage for a hilarious look at the oft misunderstood life of bugs. Special effects shrinks the audience to the size of bugs and turns the tables as they dodge the sweeping of a giant flyswatter and blinding fog of a giant can of "Bug Doom," and more.

    I can guarantee you'll never feel the same way about bugs again.

    It's Tough to be a Bug Tips

    • A great place to get out of the sun and into some air conditioning on hot summer days.
    • This attraction has no height or...MORE age restriction, but may be frightening to small children.
    • Guests with young children may prefer to take turns experiencing the attractions with Disney's rider switch program.
    • Avoid the long lines at this popular ride by taking advantage of Disney FastPass+, which allows you to bypass the line during a specific time.
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    TriceraTop Spin

    TriceraTop Spin ride at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
    ••• Animal Kingdom's TriceraTop Spin is similar to the Magic Kingdom's Dumbo ride. © Theme Park Tourist/flickr

    If your children love dinosaurs, they'll love TriceraTop Spin in DinoLand U.S.A. at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Although any age may ride, the whimsical dinosaurs operate much the same way as Dumbo the Flying Elephant in Disney's Magic Kingdom, providing a gentle ride for preschoolers.

    TriceraTop Spin Tips

    • This ride is in the direct sunlight, so during the summer months it is better to ride either early in the morning or evening.
    • Avoid the long lines at this popular ride by taking advantage of Disney FastPass+, which allows you to bypass the line during a specific time.