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Top 5 FastPass Picks for Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is such a fantastic blend of rides, experiences, shows, and walking paths with much to see and explore. There are several different FastPass options that you could select that would allow you to bypass the standby line and drastically decrease the time that you spend waiting to experience an attraction. At Animal Kingdom, you get to make 3 selections from the list of available attractions (Note: if you use all 3 of your selections entirely, you will be able to get another one as long as there are times available.). To get the most out of your day, here are our top 5 FastPass pick recommendations for Animal Kingdom:


5 – Festival of the Lion King

This seriously is one of the best shows across all of Walt Disney World! The music is fantastic, the characters are fun, and it is an extremely lively and exciting performance. I don’t think a FastPass is completely necessary unless there is a certain time block that you are looking for and you care about getting to be seated first. However, it is still a great option, especially if the other recommended attractions that I will be discussing do not have any FastPass availability that works for you. Either way, make sure that you see this show!

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4 – Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain

I will caveat this one by saying that if you care about your group staying together, or if you have children that need you with them to ride, then you should definitely FastPass this one. The lines can get quite long. This is one of Disney’s most expensive attractions that they have ever created, and is the most expensive roller coaster ever built in the world! It is easy to see why once you experience Expedition Everest for yourself. If you don’t mind riding solo, you can make use of the Single Rider line, which usually doesn’t have much of a wait and could allow you to use your FastPass on another selection! Beware the Yeti!


3 – Kali River Rapids

If you are traveling during the hotter months and want to experience this attraction, then this is absolutely an attraction that you need to FastPass. Since you do get wet (we aren’t kidding) on this attraction, many folks like to enjoy this one to keep cool while they enjoy the park. Plus, who doesn’t love a thrilling raft ride? If it is a hot day, the lines get incredibly long, and you will wish you had the FastPass, so go ahead and snag this one! If you are traveling during “winter” months, you may be just fine without one!

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2 – Kilimanjaro Safaris

This is definitely a MUST FastPass attraction. This one is fun for the whole family, and one of the most unique and amazing attractions across all of Walt Disney World. You board your safari vehicle and actually go on a real safari through the savanna where you get up-close views of so many different species native to the African savanna. Not only should you FastPass this one, but you should also keep in mind the times that you get if you have flexibility. The animals are usually the most active early in the day and later in the day. If you go during the hottest parts of the day, they are generally trying to sleep in the shade, so I would stay away from that time if at all possible. Just be sure that you get one for this, as the lines get long, and the ride is absolutely amazing!

1 – Avatar Flight of Passage

Avatar Flight of Passage is still one of the most popular attractions at Walt Disney World. This attraction still regularly has wait times over two hours on most days. During spring break 2019, the attraction saw a six hour wait time! Those waits alone are worth trying to secure a FastPass! The technology and imagineering that went into this attraction have proven to be amazing experiences that will keep people coming back again and again. For more on what to expect, be sure to read our article about Pandora – The World of Avatar.

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Hi! I’m Kristin, and I am a wife and mother of 2 young boys (ages 5 and 2). I first fell in love with Disney when my mom took me when I was a child. After that I proceeded to go to WDW for my senior trip with my friends, and I completed a year in the Disney College Program (working in merchandise at Mickey’s of Hollywood at Disney’s Hollywood Studios). I shared my love of Disney with my now husband and sucked him in. We vacationed at Walt Disney World 2-3 times per year. We decided that what maked more sense was just moving to Orlando so that we could live the Disney life and be here for all of our favorite events and seasons every year. That is exactly what we did! Now we are at the parks a couple times a week and go for most events and major holidays. We can’t get enough and get to experience Disney in a whole different way.
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