A few of our favorite attractions at Animal Kingdom at Disney World.

Animal Kingdom opened in Disney World on Earth Day, April 22nd, 1998. Since then, it has been visited by millions of people who have flocked to the park for its zoological theme and amazing attractions. Disney’s hard work, which included Imagineers traveling to Africa and Asia to study the area and wildlife, has definitely paid off.

The park is filled with many different attractions that are a mix of Disney’s eclectic collection of movies and characters, along with wildlife in the real world. To help you get the most out of your Orlando vacation, we’re going to take a look at some of our favorite Animal Kingdom attractions and then explain how World Class VIP can make your Disney vacation even better.

8 Rides at Animal Kingdom to Check Out

Attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park are some of the greatest in all of Disney World. Most visitors would agree that they could spend an entire day in this themed area, but they still wouldn’t be able to experience everything that it has to offer. It’s definitely one of our favorite parts of Disney World, so we’d like to share what we think are some of the best Animal Kingdom attractions:

Festival of the Lion King

Ever since audiences heard “The Circle of Life” belted out in movie theaters around the globe, The Lion King has been one of Disney’s most celebrated films. The Festival of the Lion King is a spectacular event, giving theme park visitors everything they could ever ask for in a Disney live show.

Between the dancers, singers, costumes, stilt walkers, moving stages, and other amazing features, this is a show that you’ll want to attend every single time you visit. It’s simply one of the best attractions that Disney World has to offer.

Expedition Everest: Legend of the Forbidden Mountain

Disney’s theme parks have featured quite a few famous roller coasters, like Space Mountain and the Matterhorn. But the Disney Imagineers have really done themselves with Expedition Everest: Legend of the Forbidden Mountain. The ride starts off by taking you into the world of a Tibetan village, where you’ll board a train while hearing about the legendary snow monster known as Yeti.

Once the ride begins, you’ll be plunged into total darkness and then race to escape the mythical, growling beast. Parents, keep in mind that the ride may be too intense for little kids because of the high speeds, fast drops, scary effects, and dark areas. Those who can handle it will love this ride.


Speaking of dark areas, Dinosaur is a dark ride that takes you on a thrilling prehistoric adventure. As you’re whisked through a primeval forest populated with very lifelike dinosaurs, you’ll find yourself on a secret mission through time to retrieve a giant iguanodon and bring it back to the present.

And if you fail? Well, if that happens, we may all become extinct. Strap yourself in for a wild ride as you twist around unpredictable hairpin turns, escape a frightening velociraptor, and avoid a Cearadactylus flying overhead.

Avatar: Flight of Passage

It’s no secret that the Avatar movie series is an absolute phenomenon. The fact that Disney decided to create Pandora: The World of Avatar inside the Animal Kingdom was a no-brainer. There are many wonderful sites to see, with Avatar: Flight of Passage being one of the best!

There’s a very good chance that you’ve already seen the movie, so you probably know that your ride will take place on top of your very own banshee. You’ll be enthralled by the incredible detail of this ride as you soar across the landscape of Pandora on the adventure of a lifetime.

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Calling all animal lovers! Kilimanjaro Safaris is your chance to experience a simulated safari ride through the East African savanna. While you may not actually be on the savanna, you’ll definitely feel like it thanks to the amazing imagination and technical expertise of Disney’s Imagineers. As you make your way through the nearly 20-minute expedition, you’ll have the opportunity to spot a variety of animals, including elephants, zebras, hippopotamuses, crocodiles, rhinos, giraffes, and many others.

Kali River Rapids

No list of our favorite Animal Kingdom attractions would be complete without mentioning the Kali River Rapids. This rafting expedition is unlike any other type of attraction at Disney World and is easily one of the most enjoyable. What starts off as a scenic view of lush vegetation quickly escalates to a world of fast-moving rapids, gorgeous waterfalls, and a 20-foot plunge that will have you holding on like crazy.

Just keep in mind that you’re going to be splashed on—and you might even get soaked! You might want to wear a waterproof poncho and bring along extra clothes or a towel. You can leave your mobile devices and other valuables in a locker.

Na’vi River Journey

The Na’vi River Adventure is another dark ride and the second water excursion on our list. Travel once again to the amazing world of Pandora, where you’ll experience bioluminescent flora, native animals, and complex audio-animatronics.

As you make your way along the mysterious Kasvapan River, you’ll visit caves and a rainforest filled with exotic plants and creatures all around you. Before the adventure is done, you’ll meet the Na’vi Shaman of Songs. They will use the power of her music to project positive energy into the Pandora forest and the world itself.

It’s Tough to be a Bug!

A Bug’s Life may not have reached the popularity of Toy Story, but it’s an endearing (and enduring) tale that continues to find new fans every day. Inspired by The Seven Samurai and The Magnificent Seven, the story follows heroic ant Flik as he tries to save his colony from the villainous grasshopper called, what else?, Hopper.

In Animal Kingdom’s 3D short film It’s Tough to Be a Bug!, Flik hosts the show as the audience is shown why insects should be considered friends. The show incorporates various bugs, such as termites and stink bugs, along with everyone’s favorite arachnid, the tarantula. The story may be short, but it’ll stay with you for a very long time.

How World Class VIP Can Improve Animal Kingdom Attractions

Animal Kingdom is such an awesomely fun place that most people probably think there’s no way to make it better. But there are! With the help of our  tour guides, you’ll be able to squeeze even more fun out of the park.

Check out just some of our incredible perks:

Reduce Time Spent in Line

Disney World is an absolutely wonderful place, but standing in line isn’t fun, no matter where you are. The good news is that a private VIP tour guide will be able to help reduce the amount of time that you spend standing in line. Plus, you’ll be able to take advantage of front-of-line access, so you can skip the lines entirely and get in much more quickly every time.

Navigate the Park Quickly

Getting around Animal Kingdom and the rest of Disney World can be very time-consuming. The tour guides at World Class VIP take a long time to learn every inch of the park. This allows them to help our guests get around very quickly.

Just tell your guide where you need to go, and they’ll find the quickest route. This means you’ll be able to enjoy more attractions.

Find the Best Food and Drinks

Like the rest of Disney World, Animal Kingdom has a bunch of great restaurants and small places to eat. If you’re looking for a great meal or a specific type of food item, simply ask your tour guide. They will get you where you need to go. Feel free to ask for some food and beverage recommendations, because each guide knows all about the eateries.

Info About Animal Kingdom

The private tour guides at World Class VIP pride themselves on knowing everything there is to know about Disney World. That obviously includes the Animal Kingdom area.

They’ll make your trip even more enjoyable. They will tell you about the park’s history, popular hot spots, best things to eat, etc. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. If they don’t already know, they’ll find the answer for you!

Meet Disney Characters

In Animal Kingdom, you’ll find quite a few popular ones, including Scrooge McDuck, LaunchPad McQuack, Pocahontas, Timon, and Rafiki. You can also meet Kevin, Russell, and Dug from Pixar’s amazing Up movie. Your tour guide will be able to tell you exactly where you can find each character so that you can set up a meet-and-greet and photo opportunity.

Contact World Class VIP to Experience the Best Animal Kingdom Attractions

World Class VIP can give you a VIP experience at Animal Kingdom that you’ll never forget. If you’re ready to get a private tour quote today or have any questions about any of the Animal Kingdom attractions, give us a call at (407) 270-0956, and we’ll help you get started.


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