In the latest instalment of our Fastpass+ tips series, we’ll be taking a look at the best Fastpass+ to get at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.
If you have missed previous posts in this series, click here to read about Fastpass+ tips for Magic Kingdom and EPCOT.
At Animal Kingdom, the Fastpass attractions are tiered: you can pick ONE from the first tier and TWO from the second tier or, if you want to, you can choose all THREE of your initial choices from tier two. As we mentioned in previous posts, once you have used all three of your initial Fastpasses, you can then choose one more at a time throughout the rest of the day.
So, which Fastpasses should you choose?
Let’s start with tier one. At Animal Kingdom, the top tier only has two rides: Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey. These two attractions are located in Pandora, the newest land at Animal Kingdom and are usually the two rides with the longest wait times at the park.
If you can, you definitely want to use your tier one Fastpass for Flight of Passage. It is an amazing simulator ride in which you fly on the back of banshee through the world of Pandora, as seen in the film Avatar. Flight of Passage is one of the most popular rides at Walt Disney World and a must-do attraction. However, since it is so popular, it can be very difficult to secure that Fastpass.
If you cannot get a Fastpass for Flight of Passage then you have a few different options.
Firstly, if you’re travelling with younger children or anyone not keen on big thrills, you should probably make use of the tier one Fastpass for Na’vi River Journey, a peaceful boat ride through Pandora at night. The highlight of this attraction is the Sharman of Song, the most high-tech and impressive animatronic I’ve ever seen.
However, if you are a big thrill seeker, we would actually recommend that you choose three rides from tier two if you cannot get Flight of Passage.
For your three rides, we would suggest Expedition Everest, Kali River Rapids and Kilimanjaro Safaris.
Expedition Everest is one of the biggest thrill rides at Walt Disney World. Guests board a train for a trip up the Forbidden Mountain, but things go wrong and the ride soon becomes a fast rollercoaster, culminating in an encounter with the legendary Yeti.
Kali River Rapids is a water raft ride through the Asian jungle. We really enjoy this ride although it is not everyone’s favourite because you usually get quite wet, if not completely soaked. However, with a good poncho and maybe a plastic bag for your feet, you’ll have a great time and, since the line can get quite long in the middle of the day, Kali River Rapids is a great choice for a Fastpass.
Finally, Kilimanjaro Safaris is the quintessential Animal Kingdom attractions. After all, what better way to experience a park all about animals than going on a safari? You’ll see a wide range of animals, from elephants, rhinos and hippos to lions and giraffes. Kilimanjaro Safaris is a very popular attraction and one that the whole family will enjoy. Therefore, not only do we recommend this for thrill seekers, but also for families.
In terms of the other choice for families, after Flight of Passage or Na’vi River Journey and Kilimanjaro Safaris, we would probably go with Festival of the Lion King. Festival of the Lion King is a 20-minute show with live actors and singers celebrating the songs from the Lion King. There is plenty of audience participation as well as bright costumes and parade-style floats, so it is a perfect choice for young children and adults alike.
So, in summary, these are the Fastpass attractions we would choose for Animal Kingdom:
Thrill Seekers: Flight of Passage (if not Kali River Rapids), Kilimanjaro Safaris and Expedition Everest
Families: Flight of Passage or Na’vi River Journey, Kilimanjaro Safaris and Festival of the Lion King
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