Best Animal Kingdom Fastpass Strategy

Spending the day at Animal Kingdom has gotten much easier to do with all the new attractions in the last few years. I will admit it was my least favorite park for a while, but since they opened Pandora, I am back on the Animal Kingdom bandwagon. Even though the park has less to do than Magic Kingdom, it still has definite appeal and plenty to do. The lines at Pandora are still extremely long, and getting an Animal Kingdom FastPass is key. Here is my advice for the best Animal Kingdom Fastpass strategy.

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PRO TIPARRIVE 15 MIN. BEFORE THE PARK OPENS. If you are staying on property and Animal Kingdom has early Magic Hours, use them and wake up earlier to make it on time. If you are not staying on property, find out which park does have early magic hours and do not go to that one! If you do, you will be competing with hundreds of people who arrived an hour before you.


Animal Kingdom Fastpass Tips

The best fast passes for Animal Kingdom are without a doubt, Flight of Passage, Expedition Everest, and Kilimanjaro Safaris. There are Animal Kingdom Fastpass tiers, which means that you are only allowed to book ONE ride from the list below in advance and then choose from Tier 2.

Tier 1 Rides:

  1. Avatar Flight of Passage *Best Fastpass Animal Kingdom*
  2. Na’vi River Journey

I would strongly recommend getting Avatar Flight of Passage as your first Fastpass as this line continues to have very long wait times (even in the morning). This ride is often not available as a Fastpass option if you have not booked close to 60 days out (if you are staying on property). If you cannot get this ride as a Fastpass, try to get Na’vi River Journey after 10:00 AM, and you must arrive at the park 45 minutes before it opens.

Believe me when I say that the line for Avatar Flight of Passage will be at least an hour if you arrive when the park opens. You need to get there very early if you want to ride this ride (and trust me, it is fantastic) and not wait that long. I am not kidding. Everyone heads to Pandora the moment the park opens and the line is enormous!

Please check the height requirements before you book your Fastpass reservations and the park hours to be sure.

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Tier 2 Rides:

  1. Kilimanjaro Safaris
  2. Expedition Everest
  3. Primeval Whirl
  4. Dinosaur
  5. Kali River Rapids
  6. It’s Tough to Be A Bug (4D Movie)
  7. Festival of the Lion King (Show)
  8. Finding Nemo Musical (Show)
  9. Adventurers Outpost Character Greeting
  10. Rivers of Light (Night Show)

I would recommend getting an Animal Kingdom FastPass for Kilimanjaro Safaris and Expedition Everest, as they are the two best rides with the longest lines on the Tier 2 list. Be careful when booking Kilimanjaro Safaris because if you book it mid-day, the animals are usually resting and you don’t see much activity due to the heat. Some people enjoy going on this ride at night and getting a Fastpass at that time, but I did not. Another one of my Animal Kingdom Fastpass tips is to ride this more than once during your visit to the park. I usually try to ride this twice (first earlier in the morning, and then later in the day closer to dinner) and compare the difference.

Expedition Everest best fast passes for animal kingdom

Animal Kingdom Fastpass Strategy:

9AM Arrive at the park and ride Na’vi River journey

Ride Dinosaur and then Ride Primeval Whirl

Ride Kilimanjaro Safari

11:00 Fastpass Pandora Flight of Passage

Ride Kali River Rapids (if you plan on getting wet)

12:00 Fastpass Everest

1:00 Fastpass Kilimanjaro Safari

Kilimanjaro Safari best fastpass for animal kingdom

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As I have done in my other posts, I strongly urge that once you have tapped your magic band and entered with your Fastpass reservation, you open the My Disney experience app and see if you can move your Fastpass times up. Disney only allows 3 reservations in advance, yet once the last one is done, you can choose one more Fastpass at a time. Check back often on the Fastpass system to see what is available with the closest time to your current time.

If you are traveling with little ones and do not meet the minimum height requirements to ride the “big rides”, I suggest getting Fastpasses for Na’Vi river ride, Kilimanjaro Safaris and either a character meeting or priority seating at the Nemo Musical. The best Fastpass for Animal Kingdom in this situation is the Safari ride, as kids love it! Be sure to keep the Fastpass times close together, as then you can search for other Fastpasses after you have finished your last one.

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If you love Animal Kingdom, then I highly recommend staying close by at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. If you would like to see other sample ideas of Fastpass schedules I have used, click below to read my other posts:

Best Magic Kingdom Fastpass Strategy

Best Hollywood Studios Fastpass Strategy

Best Epcot Fastpass Strategy

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5 thoughts on “Best Animal Kingdom Fastpass Strategy”

  1. This all sounds crazy! I never knew there could be a strategy to Disney. I haven’t been there yet, but I’m definitely pinning this to read over again before I go!

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