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KennythePirate’s Fastpass+ enabled Animal Kingdom Touring Plan including characters for Cold Weather months

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Kenny the Pirate’s Fastpass+ enabled Animal Kingdom Touring Plan including characters for Cold Weather months

Attractions Characters Entertainment Hours
Menus Touring Plans    

Updated 6/30/14

The most important part of a great day at Animal Kingdom with no waits is to arrive at least 45 minutes before park opening.  If you arrive a little later and see the turnstiles already full, you might want to use the Rainforest Cafe entrance.

ktp iconThis plan was designed to be able to see all the major shows, ride every ride and meet every character in one day from 9:00 to 5:00 PM without much backtracking or rushing around.

Why is Kilimanjaro Safaris first on the list?  Because the animals are moving about and eating early in the day and you’ll get to save your Fastpass for another attraction.  The worst time to ride the Safaris truck is mid-day because it’s hot and the animals are sedentary and hidden in the shade.

If you aren’t using FP+ for Finding Nemo the Musical, you should plan to arrive 15 to 30 minutes early.

If you aren’t using FP+ for Festival of the Lion King, you should arrive 30 to 45 minutes early.

Animal Kingdom Character Location Map KennythePirate


Guests are allowed to choose any 3 of the following attractions:

Kiosks Locations:

  • Creature Comforts – outside the store
  • Across from Disney Outfitters – outside the store
  • Expedition Everest
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Primeval Whirl


Reserve Fastpass+ for the following:

  • Meet Mickey and Minnie – 11:30 am range
  • Expedition Everest – 1:30 pm range
  • Festival of the Lion King – 3:00 pm show

Other Fastpass+ options:

  • Dinosuar – 10:30 am range
  • Finding Nemo the Musical – 1:00 pm show
  • Kali River Rapids – 4:00 pm or after
KennythePirate’s Fastpass+ enabled Animal Kingdom Touring Plan including characters for Cold Weather months
Location Selection Time
Africa RIDE:  Kilimanjaro Safaris.  Head immediately to Kilimajaro Safaris and you’ll see the animals when they are the most active. 9:00-9:30 AM
Africa Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.  Walk the trails and discover the animals 9:30-9:45 AM
Discovery Island Trail MEET:  Pocahontas 9:50: AM
It’s Tough be a Bug MEET:  Dug and Russell  10:05: AM
Dinoland RIDE:  Dinosaur.  The posted wait time should be in the 10 to 20 minute range, and you’ll experience a short wait.   If you chose a Dinosaur FP+, take a ride using said FP+.  If you notice that the wait time is still low, you could switch Dinosaur for something else at the Kiosk or using Disney’s app.  Finding Nemo the Musical or Kali River Rapids would be good options. 10:10-10:30 AM
Dinoland RIDE:  Primeval Whirl 10:30-10:45 AM
Dinoland RIDE:  Triceratop Spin 10:45-10:55 AM
Dinoland MEET:  Goofy and Pluto 10:55: AM
Dinoland MEET:  Donald Duck 11:00: AM
Dinoland The Boneyard – let your kids burn off some steam while you take a break.
Discovery Island MEET:  Daisy Duck
Discovery Island MEET:  Mickey and Minnie  USE FP+ 11:30: AM
Discovery Island Grab some lunch.  I really enjoy the Flame Tree BBQ, Anandapur Local Foods Cafe and Yak and Yeti
Theater in the Wild WATCH:   Finding Nemo the Musical.  If you chose to use your FP+ for Finding Nemo the Musical, you’ll find the return time to be 12:40 to 12:55 1:00-1:30 PM
Asia RIDE:  Expedition Everest Use the FP+ you reserved 1:30-2:30 PM
Harambe Theater WATCH: Festival of the Lion King
(the show is exactly the same as the old one, but the new theater is creating longer lines that there used to be. Use FP+ or arrive 30-45 minutes early.
3:00-3:30 PM
Asia WATCH:  Flights of Wonder 3:45-4:15 PM
Asia MEET:  Baloo and King Louie
Africa RIDE:  Wildlife Express Train
Conservation Station MEET:  Chip n Dale
Station MEET:  Rafiki
Conservation Station Conservation Station and Petting Zoo
Asia Maharajah Jungle Trek and take in the DJ Anaan or Chakranadi show and get a snack.
Discovery Island WATCH:  It’s Tough to Be a Bug. Watch the 3D show or do some shopping. Caution, young children may be scared by It’s Tough to be a Bug.
Optional attractions
Burudika Band
Dinoland Dance Party
DJ Anaan
GiTar Dan
Kali River Rapids
Tam Tams of Harambe
Viva Gaia

13 thoughts on “KennythePirate’s Fastpass+ enabled Animal Kingdom Touring Plan including characters for Cold Weather months”

  1. This is an amazing site!! I am a little overwhelmed but you seem to have it down to a science. I will be there in January 2015 for the 1/2 marathon and staying the week after – does it normally lighten up a bit after race weekend?! we’ll only be there for the week and i would like to see as much as possible! Thanks 🙂


  2. Thank you so much for your site, (& this post!) We are a family that loves rides & wants to meet characters. I was having a tough time trying to figure out how to fit both in. (Lots of the touring plans out there don’t seem to include the option for character meets.) I have a lot of planning ahead of me before we take our first trip to WDW this December, & thanks to your site & app, we should be ready!


  3. We will go to DAK on 3/24. We have an 8:00 ressie at TH…right now we have a safari FP scheduled for 930-1030. Do you think this is necessary this early? EMH is at 8, so park is opening early. If it is not, I’d love to just ride it immediately after breakfast and FP it again later, so we can ride it twice. What do you think?


    1. I don’t usually use any type of Fastpass in the first hour or two of park opening. If you arrive at 7:30-7:45 for Breakfast, you should be done by the time the park opens and walk right on Safari. Because it is a buffet ask for the bill when you are seated and it will expedite the process. If you’d like to ride twice, then yes, do the FP+ for later in the day. I’d look at toward the end of the afternoon for a different experience. Worst time is mid-day.



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