Planning the perfect Orlando vacation isn’t complete without a visit to Walt Disney World Resort’s Animal Kingdom. At the resort, you can travel through Asia, Africa and the world of Avatar all in one day. To plan your visit, here are our tips on how to get the most out of your trip to Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom.
Walt Disney World Resort’s Animal Kingdom has is filled with one-of-a-kind experiences mixing both thrill and amusement. You will get a chance to immerse yourself in the amazing world of animals, learn about dinosaurs and take a trip on a safari all in the middle of Orlando, Florida.
We recommend starting your day at Animal Kingdom in DinoLand U.S.A., home to the ride Dinosaur (formerly Countdown to Extinction). After an introduction by Bill Nye the Science Guy, you will board a Time Rover and be transported to a prehistoric time to retrieve a friendly dinosaur before a devastating asteroid hits.
For more dinosaur adventures, head to Chester and Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures. There are dinosaur-themed midway games and rides for the whole family! For more family fun at DinoLand, there’s also a 40-minute musical production of Finding Nemo – the Musical which is open to all ages. You’ll get to see your favourite characters from the popular Pixar movie in puppet version in this live-action.
Things to do in DinoLand U.S.A.
Begin your journey in Asia at Expedition Everest. On this thrilling roller coaster ride, you will encounter a Yeti whose sole purpose is to protect the mountain’s summit. Hold on tight, keep your eyes open, and try not to upset the big guy!
Another great show to see in the Animal Kingdom is the Rivers of Light that combines dancing water and light to create vivid images of the wild all set to a moving soundtrack at the lagoon near Expedition Everest.
Further into Asia is the Maharajah Jungle Trek. This walking tour gets you up close with Bengal tigers and the enormous, yet relatively dormant, fruit bats. These viewings are well worth the walk and it is often less crowded than other areas of the park.
For a great dining option in Asia, take a break at Yak n’ Yeti at a sit-down restaurant with portions large enough to easily share.
Things to do in Asia
In the Africa section of the Animal Kingdom, we recommend starting with the Kilimanjaro Safari. This open-air SUV ride will take you on an expedition through the plains of Africa seeing live animals. As you leave the safari, be sure to stop at the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail to see the gorillas as well.
The Festival of the Lion King is a stage show with aerial acrobatics, stilt walkers, fire dancers, Olympic gymnasts, and a chorus of incredible singers and dancers. The festival is housed in a round theatre, giving each guest a very personal experience of the show! This is one of the best Disney Animal Kingdom experiences and a thrill for guests of all ages.
Things to do in Africa
Pandora: The World of Avatar
Pandora: The World of Avatar opened in Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2017, inspired by the international box office hit. In this section, you can go a 3D ride on the back of a banshee in Avatar Flight of Passage, take a peaceful excursion on the Na’vi River Journey through a bioluminescent rainforest or explore the floating mountain in the Valley of Mo’ara.
Fun fact about Avatar: Have you ever wondered what the story is behind the movie Avatar? The creators based their vision of Pandora on a religion called the Air Nomads, which practices vegetarianism, and their culture is based on a mix of traditional Tibetan culture, the religion of Shaolin Monks, Sri Lankan Buddhism, as well as taking inspirations from Hinduism.
Things to do in Pandora: The World of Avatar
Things to do at Walt Disney World Resorts
- Explore Epcot
- Experience Star Wars at Disney
- Live it up in Hollywood Studios
- See the magic in the Magic Kingdom