Animal Kingdom FastPass+ Tips and Guide

Animal Kingdom FastPass+ Tips and Guide

With massive environments and unique attractions, Animal Kingdom is arguably the best themed Disney Park in North America. Disney World’s fourth gate also just completed a major transition to being a full day park. What’s the best way to use your FastPass+ reservations to make sure you spend less time in line and more time enjoying Animal Kingdom both during the day and at night?

This FastPass+ Guide for Animal Kingdom features recommendations for which reservations to make that will save you the most time, based on typical wait time and FastPass demand.


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Animal Kingdom FastPass+ Recommendations

Note: Like Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom does not have FastPass+ tiers, meaning that guests can select from any of the available attractions to make their FP+ selections.

Priorities – Will Save You A Lot of Time

Expedition Everest - Disney World Roller Coaster

  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Expedition Everest
  • Kali River Rapids (If weather is expected to be warm)

Now featuring a new twilight version of the ride at night, Kilimanjaro Safaris is an absolute must-do at Animal Kingdom. Unless you are showing up right at opening, lines can get pretty lengthy for this attraction. Definitely snag a FastPass+ for this. If you haven’t experienced the nighttime version of the ride, time your reservation for after dusk.

Expedition Everest is a great roller coaster, with an amazing theme and pretty intense thrills. It does offer up a Single Rider line with a short wait; however, if you go Single Rider you won’t have the option to request the front row, which is the best seat on Expedition Everest in my opinion.

Kali River Rapids is a great raft ride, but you do have a good chance of getting very wet on it. Like most water rides, wait times will only be high during warm temperatures. If it’s a rare cold day in Orlando, you won’t need a FastPass.

Will Save Some Time

Finding Nemo the Musical - Animal Kingdom

  • Character Meet and Greets
  • Finding Nemo – The Musical
  • Festival of the Lion King
  • Jungle Book – Alive With Magic/Rivers of Light

Of these options, the Character Meet and Greet FastPass reservation will save you the most time, as meet and greets are typically low capacity and feature slow moving lines.

As for the shows, both Finding Nemo and Lion King are two of the best performances at Disney World, and definitely worth attending. A FastPass for either of these don’t necessarily guarantee you a shorter wait, since they recommend FP+ attendees to show up 30-45 minutes ahead of time anyway. You will get first pick of seating, and you’ll be able to sit in the theater before other guests, which makes for a more comfortable wait. A FastPass for either Nemo or Lion King is good to get if you have a spare reservation. Otherwise, you’ll probably be fine doing standby.

My recommendation for Jungle Book is similar to the other two shows, with the caveat that it is much less highly regarded in terms of quality. This FastPass won’t save you a lot of time, but if you haven’t seen it and want to try something new at Disney World, it’s worth considering. Of the FastPasses worth getting, this is probably the last resort. Note that the recommendation is likely to change based on response to Rivers of Light. If the show is hugely popular and highly regarded, it might go up to the priority category.

Don’t Need a FastPass

Dino Institute Outside - Dinosaur - Animal Kingdom Attraction

  • It’s Tough to Be A Bug
  • Dinosaur
  • Primeval Whirl

These three attractions usually don’t command the type of wait times that make a FastPass+ reservation necessary. You’re much better off getting any of the other attractions. Only make reservations for these if there are no other options.

Animal Kingdom FastPass+ Tips

  • Make your FastPass+ reservations as early as possible, especially for Kilimanjaro Safaris and Expedition Everest. Disney World Resort guests can book 60 days before the start of their trip, and all other guests can book 30 days before using MyDisneyExperience.
  • Because Animal Kingdom is starting to offer distinct nighttime experiences, plan accordingly. Here are the two strategies we would recommend: Make your reservations for late morning/early afternoon and get to the park right at opening. This will allow you to go on most of the in-demand attractions while giving you an opportunity to get additional FastPasses later in the day. Alternatively, if you definitely want to have an evening at Animal Kingdom, make your FastPasses for 5 PM or later. This is great for if you want to park hop from another park earlier in the day.
  • You can get extra FastPasses after you’ve used your first three via the MyDisneyExperience app or the FastPass kiosks throughout the park. For more info, read our entire guide on how to get your extra FastPass+ rides.
  • Want more FastPass+ tips? Check out our 10 FastPass+ Tips You Need To Know post, and don’t miss our Tips on Securing Hard to Get FastPass+ Reservations. We also have more MyMagic+ and FastPass+ tips here.

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James Grosch

About James

James is a lifelong Disney Parks fan. While at the parks, he loves finding new details, learning more about Disney World history, and taking pictures. His favorite WDW attractions include Spaceship Earth, Tower of Terror, and Star Tours. James is a filmmaker and writer based in Los Angeles.