Experience the Wonder of Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Celebrate nature’s majesty, journey to legendary places, and encounter rare animals with rides, excursions, trails, and shows across captivating lands.
Explore Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park land by land and discover wonder-filled adventures for all ages.
Africa: Go on Safari & See Shows
Immerse yourself in the park’s Africa land to encounter animals, learn about conservation, and get a taste of African culture.
Tour Africa on Expeditions, Treks & Trails
On Kilimanjaro Safaris, see 30+ species of animals – giraffes, zebras, elephants, lions, hippos, rhinos, and more – roaming the Harambe Wildlife Reserve. Your guide will take you through the African savanna and other landscapes in an open-air vehicle, sharing insights along the way. Amplify the experience with Wild African Trek, a 3-hour private VIP tour combining the safari vehicle tour and exploring on foot (advance ticket purchase required).
After your safari, don’t miss the self-guided walk along Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail for face-to-face encounters with gorillas, zebras, and meerkats in lush, tropical surroundings.
Get on the Wildlife Train
Cross the savanna aboard a rustic train to get a behind-the-scenes view of housing and veterinary facilities for rhinos, elephants, and other animals at Rafiki’s Planet Watch. While at Conservation Station in Rafiki’s Planet Watch, you can learn about inspiring conservation efforts and how you can be a friend to wildlife. You can also get insights into animal nutrition and watch experts prep meals for the park residents.
See Shows & Live Performances
Your African treks will leave you awestruck, and so will the musical performances. Festival of the Lion King delivers a Broadway-esque show that celebrates The Lion King movie with giant puppets, costumed dancers, stilt walkers, and powerful songs. To hear the rhythms of the Congo, watch the Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe.
Enjoy Family Dining & Quick Bites
Get your fill of delicious, family-friendly dishes like Moroccan Spice Beef and Cape Malay Green Curry Shrimp at Tusker House Restaurant (your host is Donald Duck). To toast the spectacular day with South African wines and African beers, head to Dawa Bar. Quick bites and drinks from Harambe Market and Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery will keep you energized.
Asia: See Rare Wildlife & Conquer the Everest Coaster
Animal Kingdom’s stunning recreation of the Asian continent captures its most unique environments, animals, and experiences.
Experience Thrilling Mountain & River Expeditions
Board the roller coaster Expedition Everest: Legend of the Forbidden Mountain in the Tibetan village at the foot of Asia land’s towering peak. Get ready for steep ascents, sharp drops, high speeds, dark caverns, a growling Yeti, and a surprising twist! Around the corner, Kali River Rapids offers an altogether different type of plummet – down a 20-foot slope in a raft on the raging currents of a jungle river. Prepare to get soaked! Note: Kali River Rapids is currently closed for refurbishment but expected to re-open in mid March 2023.
See Asia’s Wild Animals
Head deeper into the jungle wilderness on the Maharajah Jungle Trek to experience tumbling waterfalls, an aviary with more than 50 bird species, mighty tigers, and many other creatures, including Komodo dragons, Malayan flying fox, and water buffalo.
Watch Animal Entertainment & Live Music
When it’s showtime in Asia, Animal Kingdom’s resident birds take to the stage at the Feathered Friends in Flight! show in Anandapur Theater, along with their trainers/care givers who’ll clue you into their strategies. Catch live Indian music, including sitar playing, in Anandapur village.
Savor Mouthwatering Foods & Flavors
Nepalese-style Yak & Yeti Restaurant will quell your hunger with pan-Asian dishes like sweet-and-sour chicken and pork pot stickers. For on-the-go treats, aim for Anandapur Ice Cream Truck or, for creative beverages, head to Drinkwallah and Thirsty River Bar.
Experience Pandora – The World of Avatar
Based on the movie Avatar, this mesmerizing land is a celebration of the natural and fantastical, incorporating floating mountains and exotic bioluminescent plants that are especially brilliant at night and bring the dark pathways of the Valley of Mo’ara to life. As you wander through this land, you’ll discover Na’vi totems and other cultural artifacts. Tap into the astounding rides, foods, and instruments for more out-of-this-world experiences.
Soar & Glide on Mind-Blowing Rides
On Avatar Flight of Passage, the ultimate 3D flight adventure, you’ll climb onto the back of a powerful winged mountain banshee to fly and dive over the breathtaking Pandora landscape. Na’vi River Journey brings you back down to earth, onto a river in a bioluminescent rainforest that you’ll tour by boat. Along the way, you’ll encounter mysterious creatures and the good-vibe music of the Na’vi Shaman of Songs.
Get a Taste of Pandora Dining
The environments and cuisines of Animal Kingdom’s eateries enrich your sense of each land’s character. Satu’li Canteen is no exception – the setting and artwork are steeped in Na’vi culture, and the dishes are healthful with international flare. Make a pit stop at Pongu Pongu for indigenous beers and snacks that will get you party-partying.
Discovery Island: Find the Tree of Life & Natural Entertainment
Let the serenity of lush tropical plants, pools, meadows, and delightful wildlife wash over you in Discovery Island.
Strolls & Shows at the Tree of Life
Walk along the Discovery lsland Trails to spot macaws, kangaroos, lemurs, and more. Then gaze up and admire The Tree of Life, the park’s 145-foot-tall centerpiece featuring massive roots and detailed carvings of animals. The carvings are illuminated with dazzling lights and effects during the epic after-dark display Tree of Life Awakenings.
Take a seat in the theater at the base of the Tree to watch the eye-opening It’s Tough to be a Bug! 3D film and multimedia show, inspired by the movie A Bug’s Life – you’ll never view insects the same way again.
See Disney Characters & Indulge in Global Cuisine
Spot beloved Disney characters and musicians as they cruise along the Discovery River. You might see Mickey and his BFFs on the Mickey and Friends Flotilla or characters from Disney’s Pocahontas or The Lion King on Discovery River Character Cruise.
The international offerings at Tiffins Restaurant will make you feel as if you’re still exploring. At Nomad Lounge on the Discovery River, enjoy cocktails and starters from around the world. You’ll find plenty of quick-service options too, like tacos from The Smiling Crocodile.
DinoLand U.S.A.: Enjoy Prehistoric Play
Full of rides, live shows, and prehistoric relics, DinoLand is sure to captivate the young dinosaur buffs in your crew. Budding paleontologists will love playing in The Boneyard, designed to look like a dig site for prehistoric fossils. Fossil Fun Games offers more dinosaur-themed delights.
Rescue & Fly on Dinosaurs With Exciting Rides
Travel back in time to save an Iguanadon from a meteor on DINOSAUR, and set the little ones spinning up and down on TriceraTop Spin, a bobbing merry-go-round-like ride with Triceratop-shaped gondolas for four.
Savor Shows & Quick Bites
Watch the two renditions of Disney KiteTails (The Lion King and The Jungle Book), featuring Disney character kites that soar through the skies to the rhythms of favorite Disney songs. To journey underwater, catch Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond!
Find quick bites, snacks, and drinks at Trilo-Bites, Restaurantosaurus, Dino-Bite Snacks, and Dino Diner. Menu finds include: buffalo chicken chips, Angus burgers, and sundaes.
Other Dining & Shopping Experiences at Animal Kingdom
Book an unforgettable dining experience at Rainforest Cafe®, complete with waterfalls and jungle flora populated by animatronic creatures. Feast on tropically inspired dishes and top off your culinary expedition with Sparkling Volcano – a towering chocolatey dessert.
Take home unique keepsakes from the park’s various treasure troves. Perhaps an African instrument from Mombasa Marketplace in Africa, Alpha Centauri Expeditions (ACE) clothing from Windtraders in Pandora – The World of Avatar, and a dinosaur toy from Chester & Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures in DinoLand U.S.A.
Tips for Visiting: What You Need to Know
Before you visit, check reservation availability for the dates you plan to go. Once you’ve confirmed availability, purchase park admission (the ticket type that best suits your needs) and then make a park reservation via the Disney Park Pass system.
Advance Dining & Experience Reservations
Make sure to check availability and make reservations in advance for park restaurants.
Download the latest version of the free My Disney Experience app to your mobile device and enable location services and notifications so you can easily view and update your plans, make dining reservations, and order food, search the park map, and get real-time wait times for attractions and show times.
The Disney Genie service provides itinerary suggestions and optimal times to access attractions; Genie+ offers faster access via Lightning Lane entrances. The app also gives you access to a Disney MagicMobile pass that lets you use features of MagicBand (a wrist band you can buy), like theme park entry and food purchases.
Download the Play Disney Parks app to tap into interactive adventures throughout the park and earn digital achievements for experiencing Expedition Everest.
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