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KennythePirate’s Fastpass+ enabled Animal Kingdom Touring Plan for any 8:00 AM opening or 8:00 AM Extra Magic Hour

Walt Disney World, Animal Kingdom Entrance

KennythePirate’s Fastpass+ enabled Animal Kingdom Touring Plan for any 8:00 AM opening or 8:00 AM Extra Magic Hour

Attractions Characters Entertainment Hours
Menus Touring Plans    

Updated 6/30/14

If you are planning to go to Animal Kingdom on an Extra Magic Hour day, you are choosing the absolute worst day to visit.  With this plan, you’ll avoid waiting in lines, even with the park being at its busiest.

I recommend that you arrive 15-30 minutes before this park opening.  If you arrive 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 8:00 to 5:00 PM without much backtracking or rushing around.  Because you are using the Extra Magic Hour or regular 8:00 AM opening, you’ll have time to re-ride Expedition Everest, Dinosaur, Primeval Whirl and Triceratop Spin without using Fastpass+ for them.  If the park closes at 6:00 PM or later, you could easily re-ride Kilimanjaro Safaris just before closing to get a different experience.  There is usually no wait before closing.

What should I do about Kali River Rapids?

If you choose to ride Kali River Rapids, you might want to consider bringing a change of clothing along.  Ponchos don’t help very much on this ride!  There are free lockers available to store your valuables and change of clothing.  Your shoes will get soaked, so you might consider wearing flip flops on this ride.

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 30-45 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 – 9:45 am range
  • Festival of the Lion King – 2:00 pm show
  • Kali River Rapids – 4:30 pm

Other Fastpass+ options:

  • Dinosuar
  • Expedition Everest
KennythePirate’s Fastpass+ enabled Animal Kingdom Touring Plan for any 8:00 AM opening or 8:00 AM Extra Magic Hour
Location Selection Time
Africa RIDE:  Kilimanjaro Safaris.  Head immediately to Kilimajaro Safaris and you’ll see the animals when they are the most active. 8:00-8:30 AM
Asia RIDE:  Expedition Everest  8:35-8:50
Re-ride Expedition Everest or restroom Break
Dinoland RIDE:  Dinosaur.  9:05-9:20
Dinoland RIDE:  Primeval Whirl 9:22-9:30
Dinoland RIDE:  Triceratop Spin 9:32-9:38
Discovery Island MEET:  Mickey and Minnie  9:45 AM FP+
It’s Tough be a Bug MEET:  Dug and Russell  Opens 10:00 AM
Discovery Island MEET:  Dasiy Duck at the Discovery Island Landing Opens 10:00 AM
Do some shopping, take a break and get a snack.
Dinoland MEET:  Goofy and Pluto Opens 11:00 AM
Dinoland MEET:  Donald Duck Opens 11:00 AM
Dinoland The Boneyard – let your kids burn off some steam while you take a break.
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 12:00-12:40 (arrive early 11:30am)
Discovery Island Grab some lunch.  I really enjoy the Flame Tree BBQ, Anandapur Local Foods Cafe and Yak and Yeti
Discovery Island Trail MEET:  Pocahontas 1:40 PM Meet
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.
2:00-2:30 PM (Use FP+)
Africa RIDE:  Wildlife Express Train
Conservation Station MEET:  Chip n Dale
Station MEET:  Rafiki
Conservation Station Conservation Station and Petting Zoo
Africa Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.  Walk the trails and discover the animals
Asia MEET:  Baloo and King Louie
Asia WATCH:  Flights of Wonder 3:45-4:15 PM
Asia RIDE:  Kali River Rapids  Ride if you desire. By arriving around closing time you will experience a ZERO wait time. Leave your valuables in a free locker and bring a change of clothes 4:30 PM or later FP+
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.
Dinoland Dinoland Dance Party.  The dance party lasts from 20 to 25 minutes, but you can enjoy it for as little or as much as you desire. 5:00 PM
Optional attractions
Burudika Band
Chakranadi
DiVine
DJ Anaan
GiTar Dan
Tam Tams of Harambe
Viva Gaia
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Kenny the Pirate’s Fastpass+ enabled Animal Kingdom Touring Plan including characters for LATE Arrival

Walt Disney World, Animal Kingdom Entrance

Kenny the Pirate’s Fastpass+ enabled Animal Kingdom Touring Plan including characters for LATE Arrival

Attractions Characters Entertainment Hours
Menus Touring Plans    

Updated 6/30/14

I usually recommend that guests arrive at least 45 minutes prior to park opening, but Animal Kingdom can be a great park for an afternoon visit when it closes at 6:00 PM or later.  Guests that can pre-arrange their Fastpass+ choices will find this to be a pretty easy park to tour in the afternoon.  Guests that aren’t able to pre-arrange their Fastpass+ choices aren’t advised to use this plan.  However, all attractions experience really low wait times in their last hour of operation.

ktp iconThis plan was designed to be able to see Finding Nemo the Musical, Ride all the rides and meet all the characters without much backtracking or rushing around with the park closing at 6:00 PM or later.

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

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

Kiosks Locations:

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

Download the and print PDF version!

Reserve Fastpass+ for the following:

  • Kilimanjaro Safaris – 1:00 pm
  • Expedition Everest – 2:30 pm
  • Kali River Rapids – 5:00 pm or after

Other Fastpass+ options:

  • Dinosuar
  • Festival of the Lion King
  • Finding Nemo the Musical

Animal Kingdom Character Location Map KennythePirate

KennythePirate’s Fastpass+ enabled Animal Kingdom Touring Plan for late arrival
Location Selection Time
Africa RIDE:  Kilimanjaro Safaris.  Reserve a FP+ in advance to ride the Safaris at Noon 1:00 FP+
Africa Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.  Walk the trails and discover the animals
Africa RIDE:  Wildlife Express Train
Conservation Station MEET:  Chip n Dale
Station MEET:  Rafiki
Conservation Station Conservation Station and Petting Zoo
Asia MEET:  Baloo and King Louie
Asia RIDE:  Expedition Everest Use the FP+ you reserved 2:30 FP+
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 3:00-3:30 PM
Discovery Island Trail MEET:  Pocahontas 3:30 begins next meet
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.
4:00-4:30
Asia RIDE:  Kali River Rapids  Ride if you desire. By arriving around closing time you will experience a ZERO wait time. Leave your valuables in a free locker and bring a change of clothes! 5:00 FP+
Asia Maharajah Jungle Trek and take in the DJ Anaan or Chakranadi show and get a snack.
Dinoland RIDE:  Triceratop Spin
Dinoland RIDE:  Primeval Whirl
Dinoland RIDE:  Dinosaur. 
Dinoland MEET:  Goofy and Pluto
Dinoland MEET:  Donald Duck
Discovery Island MEET:  Daisy Duck
It’s Tough be a Bug MEET:  Dug and Russell 
Discovery Island MEET:  Mickey and Minnie 
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
Chakranadi
DiVine
DJ Anaan
GiTar Dan
Tam Tams of Harambe
Viva Gaia

 

Kenny the Pirate’s Fastpass+ enabled Animal Kingdom Touring Plan including characters for Families with Little Children

Walt Disney World, Animal Kingdom Entrance

Kenny the Pirate’s Fastpass+ enabled Animal Kingdom Touring Plan including characters for Families with Little Children

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 only the rides that a small child would enjoy and meet every character in one day from 9:00 to 5:00 PM without much backtracking or rushing around.

Why did I place Kali River Rapids so late into the day?  Because I don’t like to walk around the park wet all day.  It causes chaffing and irritation.  If you choose to ride earlier, you might want to consider bringing a change of clothing along.  Ponchos don’t help very much on this ride!

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.
Animal Kingdom Character Location Map KennythePirate

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

Kiosks Locations:

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

Download the and print PDF version!

Reserve Fastpass+ for the following:

  • Meet Mickey and Minnie – 10:15 am range
  • Finding Nemo the Musical – 1:00 pm show
  • Festival of the Lion King – 3:00pm show

Other Fastpass+ options:

  • Dinosuar
  • Expedition Everest
  • Kali River Rapids – 4:00 pm or after
KennythePirate’s Fastpass+ enabled Animal Kingdom Touring Plan including characters for Families with Little Children
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 09:50:00 AM
It’s Tough be a Bug MEET:  Dug and Russell  10:05:00 AM
Discovery Island MEET:  Mickey and Minnie  USE FP+ 10:15 AM FP+
Discovery Island MEET:  Daisy Duck
Dinoland RIDE:  Triceratop Spin
Dinoland MEET:  Goofy and Pluto 10:55:00 AM
Dinoland MEET:  Donald Duck 11:00:00 AM
Dinoland The Boneyard – let your kids burn off some steam while you take a break.
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 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
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 RIDE:  Kali River Rapids  Ride if you desire. By arriving around closing time you will experience a ZERO wait time. Leave your valuables in a free locker and bring a change of clothes 4:30 PM or later FP+
Dinoland Dinoland Dance Party.  The dance party lasts from 20 to 25 minutes, but you can enjoy it for as little or as much as you desire. 05:00:00 PM
Asia Maharajah Jungle Trek and take in the DJ Anaan or Chakranadi show and get a snack.
Optional attractions
Burudika Band
Chakranadi
DiVine
DJ Anaan
GiTar Dan
Tam Tams of Harambe
Viva Gaia

KennythePirate’s Animal Kingdom Fastpass+ Enabled Touring Plan with Characters for Warm Weather Months

Walt Disney World, Animal Kingdom Entrance

Kenny the Pirate’s Fastpass+ enabled Animal Kingdom Touring Plan including characters for Warm 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 did I place Kali River Rapids so late into the day?  Because I don’t like to walk around the park wet all day.  It causes chaffing and irritation.  If you choose to ride earlier, you might want to consider bringing a change of clothing along.  Ponchos don’t help very much on this ride!

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.

Animal Kingdom Character Location Map KennythePirate

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

Kiosks Locations:

  • Creature Comforts – outside the store
  • 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
  • Kali River Rapids – 5:30 pm or after

Other Fastpass+ options:

  • Dinosuar – 10:30 am range
  • Finding Nemo the Musical – 1:00 pm show
  • Festival of the Lion King – 3:00 pm show
KennythePirate’s Fastpass+ enabled Animal Kingdom Touring Plan including characters for Warm 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 RIDE:  Kali River Rapids  Ride if you desire. By arriving around closing time you will experience a ZERO wait time. Leave your valuables in a free locker and bring a change of clothes 5:30 PM or later FP+
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
Chakranadi
Dinoland Dance Party
DiVine
DJ Anaan
GiTar Dan
Tam Tams of Harambe
Viva Gaia

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

Walt Disney World, Animal Kingdom Entrance

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
Chakranadi
Dinoland Dance Party
DiVine
DJ Anaan
GiTar Dan
Kali River Rapids
Tam Tams of Harambe
Viva Gaia