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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!

Kali River

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 – Pandora – The World of Avatar Attractions

Pandora – The World of Avatar has two attractions that offer FastPass options. The two attractions within Pandora are Avatar Flight of Passage and the Na’vi River Journey. Disney has instituted a tiered selection process for Animal Kingdom with the addition of these two attractions. You will only be able to select one of these options on any particular day. So, if you want FastPasses for both, you will need to visit Animal Kingdom on two separate days during your visit. Both attractions are hugely popular with very long wait times. The Na’vi River Journey has been seeing wait times for 60-90 minutes. Flight of Passage usually has wait times of 90-120 minutes. Those waits alone are worth trying to secure a FastPass! The technology and imagineering that went into these attractions 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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About Christy Caby

Hi! I’m Christy, 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. He proposed at Disney, we honeymooned at Disney, we started bringing our boys before they were born and then as early as 8 weeks old. We then continued to vacation to Walt Disney World 2-3 times per year. We decided that what makes more sense than 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. I love to share this love and passion for all things Disney with the world and hope that I can help others appreciate the magic that Walt Disney World has to offer!