Complete Guide To Disney’s Animal Kingdom Attractions and Rides

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a theme park that offers the opportunity to explore exotic animals and environments from all around the world. With so much diversity, there is something for everyone in this one park!

We’ll tell you what each attraction has to offer, how long it takes to complete (on average), whether or not the ride has height restrictions and more. Overall, this guide should provide enough information for anyone interested in visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Discovery Island

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It’s Tough to be a Bug

This is a theater ride that takes you on an adventure through the world of bugs!

The show takes about 15 minutes.

This is a great attraction for the whole family, but it may not be too exciting for those younger than four years old.

Height Requirements – Any Height

Best Suited for – All Ages

Best time to visit – All Day

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Tree of Life

The Tree of Life is the center icon for Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

This attraction features an interactive tour that will take you through time and space to learn about animals, plants, rainforest conservation efforts, and more!

Along with the scavenger hunt-esque tour, there are plenty of photo opportunities throughout this park icon.

Height Requirements – Any Height

Best Suited for – All Ages

Best time to visit – All Day

Pandora – The World of Avatar

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Avatar Flight of Passage

Avatar Flight of Passage is a must-see ride for any Avatar fan! The queue can take up to an hour, so it’s best not to wait until the last minute. If you’re a dutiful Disney World traveler and use FastPass+, then this should be one of your top priority rides.

Height Requirements – 44″ or taller

Best Suited for – Older kids and adults who enjoy motion rides.

Best time to visit – This is a good one to try and get out of the way early in the day to avoid long lines.

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Na’vi River Journey

The Na’vi River Journey is a relaxing and scenic ride that takes you through the bioluminescent rainforest of Pandora.

Height Requirements – Any Height

Best Suited for – All Ages

Best time to visit – All Day

Africa

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Festival of the Lion King

Festival of the Lion King is a live show with an accompanying Broadway-style musical and African acrobatics. It’s one of Disney Animal Kingdom’s most popular attractions, though you might want to take a break before entering if it’s been raining recently! This show lasts around 30 minuets.

Height Requirements – Any Height

Best Suited for – All Ages

Best time to visit – All Day

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Kilimanjaro Safaris

The Kilimanjaro Safaris is a great attraction for animal lovers. It’s an open-air safari that takes you on a drive through the African savannah, where giraffes and zebras roam free just yards from your vehicle!

Height Requirements – Any Height

Best Suited for – All Ages

Best time to visit – I would suggest first thing in the morning to ride this. The animals are more active when it is cooler out.

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Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail

The Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail is a great opportunity to see the gorillas of Disney Animal Kingdom up close. It’s also home to hippos, birds, and other animals found in Africa!

Height Requirements – Any Height

Best Suited for – All Ages

Best time to visit – All Day

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Rafiki’s Planet Watch – Wildlife Express Train

Rafiki’s Planet Watch is a conservation-themed pavilion, focused on animal care and the preservation of natural resources. It includes live animals including monkeys, birds, and elephants!

It also features “Up Close with Rafiki,” where you can get up close to our favorite red-ruffed monkey from The Lion King!

Height Requirements – Any Height

Best Suited for – All Ages

Best time to visit – All Day

Asia

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Finding Nemo – The Musical (Temporarily Unavailable)

The theater in Asia is home to a musical show based on the Disney film Finding Nemo.

It features Broadway-style sets, costumes, and puppetry! There’s also an undersea setting that creates an immersive environment for this production.

Height Requirements – Any Height

Best Suited for – All Ages

Best time to visit – All Day

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Maharajah Jungle Trek

The Maharajah Jungle Trek is a jungle-themed walking path that takes you past many of the Animal Kingdom’s plant species, as well as animals like tigers and orangutans.

You’ll be able to see different types of Asian wildlife, such as Indian elephants and Komodo dragons.

Height Requirements – Any Height

Best Suited for – All Ages

Best time to visit – All Day

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Kali River Rapids

The Kali River Rapids is one of the most popular attractions at the Animal Kingdom.

This water ride features a rafting adventure down a man-made river, filled with rapids and other obstacles that make for some fun thrills along the way!

A hidden danger with this attraction: you may get soaked by its many blasts of water halfway through your journey. Be sure to bring extra clothes if you want to stay dry on your trip.

Height Requirements – 38″ or taller

Best Suited for – Anyone who isn’t afraid to get wet!

Best time to visit – All Day

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Expedition Everest

This is a fun, fast-paced rollercoaster that features the highest peak in all of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The track winds up “The Forbidden Mountain” before going into dark tunnels and dropping down steep slopes at over 50 miles per hour! The attraction also includes some amazing animatronics for an even more realistic experience!

You can never go wrong with Expedition Everest when it comes to Disney’s Animal Kingdom rides and attractions. It has thrills and suspense that will keep everyone on their toes!

Height Requirements – 44″ or taller

Best Suited for – Older kids and adults who love thrilling rollercoasters

Best time to visit – All Day

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UP! A Great Bird Adventure

One of the most polarizing attractions in Walt Disney World is UP! A Great Bird Adventure. You won’t find any roller coasters or thrill rides on this list, but we couldn’t leave it off due to its popularity and charm.

This 12-minute show follows a young boy who’s been kidnapped by an evil scientist looking for the last living male Scarlet Macaw. The adventure takes our hero from Chicago to South America via hot air balloon where he encounters exotic birds and stunning scenery along the way.

Height Requirements – Any Height

Best Suited for – All Ages

Best time to visit – All Day

Dinoland U.S.A.

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Donald’s Dino-Bash!

Donald’s Dino-Bash is a playground for kids with Donald Duck as the main attraction. Kids can climb on his tail, slide down his tongue or take a spin in his shell! It also features many of your favorite Disney friends like Daisy and Goofy to keep them company.

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Boneyard

The Boneyard is a playground with big, oversized pieces of equipment that kids can climb all over. They’ll also find the occasional Disney character hanging out or playing nearby to throw down and play on slides together!

Agua Tibia Springs– This poolside attraction features water-based mini rides like the Stingray Bay and Gator Gulch where riders make their way through lush layouts amidst aquatic life.

Tire Tug: Tyke’s Playpen–This playground for preschoolers has plenty of opportunities for little ones to explore including bridges, tunnels, tire swings, and more! It’s located near Donald’s Dino-Bash in Dinoland U.S.A., so if parents need a break from the action, they can just step back and let the tykes play.

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Chester & Hester’s Dino-Rama

This playground for preschoolers has plenty of opportunities for little ones to explore including bridges, tunnels, tire swings, and more! It’s located near Donald’s Dino-Bash in Dinoland U.S.A., so if parents need a break from the action, they can just step back and let the tykes play.

Chester & Hester’s Dino-Rama is home to Chester—a T-Rex who loves nothing better than playing with kids –and his best friend Hester–an Allosaurus who shakes her tailfeather as she walks around greeting guests at this fun attraction that adults love too!

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DINOSAUR

Dinosaur is a fun-filled ride where you can join the search for fossils, dig up dinosaur bones and fight off hungry predators. The ride takes you on a mission to find the best fossils, but watch out for Carnotaurus or T-Rex!

Height Requirements – 40″ or taller

Best Suited for – older kids and adults who like thrilling rides and are not afraid of the dark or dinosaurs.

Best time to visit – All Day

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TriceraTop Spin

The Triceratops Spin takes riders on dinosaurs as they spin around this classic carinival ride.

Height Requirements – Any Height

Best Suited for – All Ages

Best time to visit – All Day