Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Create a Wild Adventure – The fun gets wild at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. Explore the realm of creatures that inhabit our world…and our imagination…and create your own adventure for an experience that roars with excitement.

Experience a high-speed train trek forward and backward through the treacherous Himalayan unknown, where the dreaded Yeti lurks on Expedition Everest™–Legend of the Forbidden Mountain.

The Theater in the Wild at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park has been transformed into a magical undersea environment for a Broadway-caliber show, Finding Nemo – The Musical. This on-stage extravaganza is a retelling of the classic Disney•Pixar animated film Finding Nemo. To bring the little clownfish and his cast of friends to life, Disney reeled in some of Broadway’s finest designers and composers. The result is a visually-inventive, original musical, merging puppetry with live performances.

Explore over 100 acres of African Savannah on Kilimanjaro Safaris® as you become surrounded by free-roaming wildlife in their natural habitat.

Journey to DinoLand U.S.A.® where there’s a rescue mission that goes back 65 million years on DINOSAUR, and the only thing between you and extinction is a seat belt!

Now, trek over to Asia and be prepared to get wet – really wet – on a wild, water-rafting journey through Kali River Rapids®. And, be prepared for the breathtaking wonder of the mystical forest and ancient ruins of Maharajah Jungle Trek®, home to tigers, giant fruit bats, and komodo dragons.

Don’t forget to go deep inside the Tree of Life® to find out why It’s Tough to be a Bug!® in a funny, creepy, crawly 3-D adventure inspired by the Disney•Pixar film A Bug’s Life that will have you screaming and squirming for more.

It’s a wildly playful adventure like no other. And it’s yours to live. Come and explore Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.

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Attractions and Encounters

Kilimanjaro Safaris®

Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Climb aboard your open-sided safari vehicle for an exciting expedition for the entire family. Animals from Africa freely roam through 110 acres of savannah, rivers and rocky hills. Look out for giraffes, hippos, elephants, rhinos, and lions!
Location: Africa
Height Requirement: None
Age Interest: Preschoolers, Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults, All Ages

Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain®

Hop on a high-speed train through the Himalayas for treacherous chasms and hair-pin turns which are just the start of the action. But beware, screams get the attention of the mountain’s guardian – the dreaded Yeti. In an instant, frigid winds blast and icy tracks hurl the train forward, then backward into the abyss on a spiraling drop into the mountain.
Location: Asia®
Height Requirement: 44″ (113 cm) or taller
Age Interest: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Festival of the Lion King

Plunge right into the middle of the action in this cleverly staged in-the-round production featuring songs from the film and a cast of familiar faces, including Simba, Timon and Pumbaa. Combining the pageantry of a parade with all the excitement of a tribal celebration, this is a lavish, high energy spectacle created through song, dance and specialty performances.
Location: Africa
Age Interest: Preschoolers, Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults, All Ages

Kali River Rapids®

Kali River Rapids at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Raft down the turbulent waters of the Chakranadi River aboard a 12-passenger raft through an enchanting Asian rain forest. A blazing inferno rushes toward you! Escape down a rushing waterfall! Beware of gushing geysers! Get set to get wet!
Location: Asia®
Height Requirement: 38″ (95 cm) or taller
Age Interest: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Finding Nemo – The Musical

Finding Nemo – The Musical, a scheduled 30-minute musical-theater adaptation of Disney•Pixar’s movie, Finding Nemo, that will amaze audiences of all ages, is performed in the Theater in the Wild at the DinoLand U.S.A area in Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.
Location: DinoLand U.S.A.®
Age Interest: Preschoolers, Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults, All Ages

DINOSAUR

Whoosh back to primeval times for a wild ride of an expedition to complete your dangerous mission. The clock is ticking on your Time Rover and you have mere minutes to rescue a stray dinosaur. Beware the hungry clutches of one large meat-eating predator and the devastating power of an impending asteroid!
Location: DinoLand U.S.A.®
Height Requirement: 40″ (102 cm) or taller
Age Interest: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

It’s Tough to be a Bug!®

It's Tough To Be a Bug at Disney's Animal Kingdom

See the world through a bug’s eyes as you peek into the hilarious and dazzling 3-D world of amazing and amusing insects as they astound you with a one-of-a-kind stage show. Laugh at the fun and startling in-theater effects like overhead giant spiders! The only thing that will “bug” you is if you miss it!
Location: Discovery Island®
Height Requirement: None
Age Interest: Kids, All Ages

UP! A Great Bird Adventure

Admire a variety of exotic birds while laughing at corny jokes at this energetic theater presentation. This unique experience features a close-up look at bird species from South America, North America, India, Africa, and other locations around the globe. More than 15 species of birds make appearances, including toucans, parrots, macaws, and an African fish eagle with a magnificent 7-foot wingspan!
Location: Asia
Height Requirement: None
Age Interest: Kids, All Ages

Primeval Whirl®

Take a whirl into prehistory in one of these spinning time machines that are part of the zany fun fair of Chester and Hester’s Dino-Rama! Thrill to the sudden dips, hairpin turns and tight curves of this rollicking coaster. Each colorful car spins independently so you never know how things will “turn” out! It’s the best time you’ve had in ages.
Location: DinoLand U.S.A.®
Height Requirement: 48″ (122 cm) or taller
Age Interest: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Rivers of Light

Embrace the magic of nature during a nighttime scene awash with captivating special effects, music and animal folklore.

Get swept away in a timeless show that celebrates the beauty of all living things through the brilliant fusion of water, sound and light-it’s unlike anything you’ve seen before!
Location: Discovery Island

Affection Section®

Don’t be shy! Enjoy this delightful animal encounter with goats, sheep, pigs, chicken, llamas and more. Watch for special guest appearances by some of the park’s friendlier animals. This is a great way to help little ones begin to “open their eyes to the world around them.”
Location: Rafiki’s Planet Watch®
Height Requirement: None
Age Interest: Preschoolers, Kids, All Ages

The Boneyard®

Slip, slide, slither and slosh through a play maze filled with fun fossils. “Exploration. Excavation. Exultation.” is the motto of the Dino Institute and nowhere is this truer than here. Would-be paleontologists young and old play amidst a world of dinosaur discoveries like a Triceratops, T-Rex and Wooly Mammoth. Frolic among the fossils!
Location: DinoLand U.S.A.®
Height Requirement: None
Age Interest: Preschoolers, Kids

Conservation Station®

At trail’s end, the discovery has just begun as you visit the center of Disney efforts to promote wildlife conservation awareness. Inside, there is a whole herd of wild animal experiences, interactive games and fun-filled shows. See animals up close in this rare behind-the-scenes adventure!
Location: Rafiki’s Planet Watch®
Height Requirement: None
Age Interest: Preschoolers, Kids, Adults, All Ages

Dino-Sue®

Visit Disney’s oldest “cast” member, clocking in at 67 million years. Dino-Sue is a painstaking reproduction of the largest, most complete T-Rex ever found! The length of a four-story building, the mighty T-Rex is available to pose for pictures with you at the Dino institute. It’s fossiliferous!
Location: DinoLand U.S.A.®
Height Requirement: None
Age Interest: Preschoolers, Kids, All Ages

Discovery Island® Trails

Saunter through these sumptuous garden pathways for glimpses of hilarious animal antics and captivating critters. Have face-to-face encounters with Galapagos tortoises, lemurs, cotton-top tamarin monkeys and other fascinating creatures.
Location: Discovery Island®
Height Requirement: None
Age Interest: Preschoolers, Kids, Adults, All Ages

Fossil Fun Games®

Erupting with fun, these dinosaur-themed games offer a good time for everyone. Whether you are wowed by the nostalgic past of a carnival or by the distant prehistoric past, these games are a total blast from the past!
Location: DinoLand U.S.A.®
Height Requirement: None
Age Interest: Preschoolers, Kids, All Ages

Habitat Habit!®

See endangered cotton-top tamarin primates up close. Trek down this adventure trail and help your animal friends in ways that you never thought possible. It’s fun to share your world and your own backyard with animals!
Location: Rafiki’s Planet Watch®
Height Requirement: None
Age Interest: Preschoolers, Kids, All Ages

Maharajah Jungle Trek®

Trek into the lush forests for an unparalleled adventure into the wilds of the mystical Anandapur Royal Forest of Southeast Asia. Have up-close encounters with Komodo dragons and tapirs. Make eye contact with stalking tigers. Wander among the ruins of an ancient palace inhabited by beautiful and exotic animals!
Location: Asia®
Height Requirement: None
Age Interest: Preschoolers, Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults, All Ages

The Oasis Exhibits®

Unwind as you enter this tropical oasis of Eden-like flora and fauna rich with cooling waterfalls and meandering streams. This idyllic setting sets the stage for your day. From here all paths lead to adventure.
Location: Oasis
Height Requirement: None
Age Interest: Preschoolers, Kids, Adults, All Ages

Pangani Forest Exploration Trail®

Gorilla Falls - Pangani Forest Exploration Trail at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Trek into the forest in search of gorillas! Along the way, enjoy a nature walk through a verdant African valley filled with Nile hippos, birds and fish. Enter an exotic bird aviary, an underwater hippo viewing area, a savannah overlook, and have an intimate up-close encounter with a magnificent troop of gorillas.
Location: Africa
Height Requirement: None
Age Interest: Preschoolers, Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults, All Ages

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Marvel at this 14-story masterpiece sculpted by more than a dozen artisans. The 50-foot wide tree is the centerpiece of Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. The swirling tapestry of 325 animal carvings creates a staggering spectacle that is truly a sight to behold!
Location: Discovery Island®
Age Interest: Preschoolers, Kids, Adults, All Ages

The Tree of Life Awakening

The park’s iconic Tree of Life undergoes an extraordinary “awakening.” Animal spirits come to life throughout the evening by magical fireflies. Each scene appears to emanate from within the tree itself and reveals stories of wonder. Guests are invited to watch in wonder as animal spirits within the Tree of Life awaken bringing with it a mesmerizing showcase of color and light. After night falls, the Tree of Life will begin to come to life approximately every 10 minutes until park close.
Location: Discovery Island®
Age Interest: Preschoolers, Kids, Adults, All Ages

TriceraTop Spin®

Take the family for a spin aboard this whirling, twirling, friendly flying dinosaur. Climb into one of these four-person dino vehicles and spin ’round, up and down. Expect a dino-sized surprise for kids rising from the giant tin top at the hub of it all. It’s an experience that can’t be “topped!”
Location: DinoLand U.S.A.®
Height Requirement: None
Age Interest: Preschoolers, Kids, All Ages

Wildlife Express Train®

Ride the rails on this rustic African train that travels the savannah for a behind-the-scenes journey through several animal housing and care areas of the park. In just over five minutes, your guided train ride transports you to the core of the park’s conservation center. All aboard!
Location: Rafiki’s Planet Watch®
Height Requirement: None
Age Interest: Preschoolers, Kids, All Ages

Avatar Flight of Passage

Hop aboard a banshee for an exciting flight over Pandora on the Animal Kingdom’s newest thrill ride. The attraction’s name is a play on the phrase “rite of passage.” By riding the banshee, guests are undertaking a Na’vi rite of passage, symbolizing harmony between humans and the natives of Pandora. Prior to boarding the creature, guests are scanned and matched with an Avatar, which can then fly the banshee with its thoughts.
Location: Pandora – The World of Avatar
Height Requirement: 44” (113cm) or taller
Age Interest: Older Children and Adults

Na’vi River Journey

Enjoy a colorful voyage through the scenery of Pandora on this new family-friendly boat adventure. Na’vi River Journey features amazing lighting effects, physical rainforest sets, glowing leaves embedded with animal footprints, floating jellyfish, animal predators, screen-based Na’vi representations, and a grandiose animatronic of the Na’vi Shaman of Song.
Location: Pandora – The World of Avatar
Height Requirement: None
Age Interest: Kids, All Ages

Park Tours

Wild Africa Trek

(Offered several times daily throughout the day)

Wild Africa Trek is an immersive experience that offers Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests a unique opportunity to enjoy unexplored areas of the Harambe Reserve and have an “up close and personal” experience with intriguing African wildlife species.

This three-hour experience led by specially trained guides begins in the Safi River valley where expedition harnesses will allow Guests to cross precarious rope bridges and enjoy up-close views of Nile hippos and crocodiles. The journey continues along the edge of a magnificent, wide-open African savannah, where Guests board a specialized vehicle to enjoy an exclusive safari, including a stop at a private safari camp. This 30-minute respite allows Guests to continue premium animal viewing and enjoy African-inspired food samplings.

A Disney-trained photographer will capture memories while guests enjoy the Wild Africa Trek experience. At the end of the trek, guests will be provided digital copies of all photos which are included in the ticket price.

It’s a way to experience the exclusivity and thrills of a safari adventure right in the heart of Disneys Animal Kingdom.

Please note that Guests must be ambulatory and have sufficient stamina and endurance to experience this walking and climbing adventure. For those Guests who wish to participate in a less physical journey or a wheelchair accessible trek, they may contact Wild Africa Trek operations at 407-938-1373 for an alternative offering.

A portion of the Tour price will be donated to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund.

Reservations can be arranged by calling 407-WDW-TOUR (939-8687) or ask your travel agent for more information. Pricing for this unique adventure will vary seasonally. Park admission is also required for participants.

Backstage Tales tour

(7:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Daily)
Backstage Tales will give Guests the opportunity to experience behind-the-scenes tales (“tails”) during this in-depth program by providing an insider’s look at the innovative ways Disney is meeting challenges in areas such as conservation, animal nutrition and medicine, animal care and behavioral studies.

Guests will:

  • Visit the Animal Nutrition Center and see how more than 3 tons of food are prepared and distributed each day.
  • Go behind the scenes and explore a backstage animal-housing area.
  • Tour the state-of-the-art veterinary hospital, where they may witness animals being treated.
  • Stop by the Animal Programs Administration building and learn how Disney promotes global wildlife conservation and animal well-being.

Guests must be at least 12 years old to attend this program. Guests are required to have a photo ID in their possession during the program. This is both an indoor and outdoor program, including moderate walking and stair climbing. Guests with special needs can be accommodated with prior notice. For more information and reservations call (407) WDW-TOUR or ask your travel agent

The Ultimate Day of Thrills

(8:30 a.m. – Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays – 6 to 7 hours)
A thrilling, three park VIP Tour Experience of a lifetime. The day starts in the Magic Kingdom® Park riding favorite attractions including Pirates of the Caribbean, Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train, and Space Mountain. Guests board private transportation as they journey to the Disney Hollywood Studios® where they will visit four of the park’s most exciting attractions, Toy Story Mania!, Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. The day concludes at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with a high-speed trek through Expedition Everest followed by DINOSAUR.

Lunch is included. Theme Park admission with Park Hopper Option is required and is not included. For more information and reservations call (407) WDW-TOUR, (407) 939-8687. For group reservations, call (407) 939-8687.

FastPass+ Service

Due to the impact of COVID-19, FastPass+ Service has been temporarily suspended until futher notice. The additional queue space that is normally used by FastPass+ guests will now be used to help manage capacity and maintain physical distancing.

Experience Group 1 (select one experience from this group)

  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • Na’vi River Journey

Experience Group 2 (select two experiences from this group)

  • DINOSAUR
  • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  • Festival of the Lion King
  • Finding Nemo – The Musical
  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost
  • Primeval Whirl
  • Rivers of Light
  • UP! A Great Bird Adventure

Attraction Height Requirements

  • Avatar Flight of Passage – 44″ (112 centimeters) or taller
  • DINOSAUR – 40″ (102 centimeters) or taller
  • Expedition Everest – 44″ (113 centimeters) or taller
  • Kali River Rapids – 38″ (97 centimeters) or taller
  • Primeval Whirl – 48″ (122 centimeters) or taller
  • Affection Section – Any height
  • The Boneyard – Any height
  • Conservation Station – Any height
  • Discovery Island Trails – Any height
  • Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail – Any height
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug! – Any height
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris – Any height
  • Maharajah Jungle Trek – Any height
  • Na’vi River Journey – Any height
  • Tree of Life – Any height
  • TriceraTop Spin – Any height
  • Wildlife Express Train – Any height

Pandora-The World of Avatar

What if there was a world that challenged everything you thought you knew? A world beyond what you thought was possible. Beyond belief.

Welcome to Pandora-The World of Avatar.

Journey to a distant world where floating mountains defy gravity. Where nature comes alive in a brilliant bioluminescent glow and mystical rivers flow. Where you can fly on the back of a mountain banshee and feel it breathing beneath you.

For the first time ever, Alpha Centauri Expeditions, in partnership with Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, has made it possible to explore Pandora—offering unique expeditions and previously unimaginable possibilities in interplanetary adventure travel.

Your expedition begins in the Valley of Mo’ara, where the land is an adventure unto itself. Hike under mountains that float mysteriously above while you discover the totems, cuisine and artifacts of the Na’vi culture that surround you. Take in the Pandoran flora and keep your eyes wide open for fauna along the way. And as the sun sets, get ready for a forest alive with bioluminescence that’ll amaze even the most well-traveled.

Ready for a rite of passage exclusive only to the Na’vi of Pandora until now? Climb aboard the back of a living, breathing banshee on Avatar Flight of Passage. Let anticipation build knowing you’ll experience flight like never before on one of Pandora’s largest predators. Fly over thrilling vistas populated by herds of Pandoran animals, soar through ancient stone arches, and dive under floating mountains and over rushing rivers like nothing on earth.

Board a reed boat and experience a mystical Pandoran river where every moment tells a story. As the rainforest canopy glows with life around you, discover plants and exotic creatures as the Na’vi Shaman of Songs calls to you. Experience the true harmony of nature—Na’vi and humans together as one in a world that can only be Pandora.
A world beyond belief.

Expeditions

Avatar Flight of Passage

Get a banshee’s-eye view of the beauty and grandeur of Pandora on a rite of passage you won’t soon forget! Deep in the heart of the Valley of Mo’ara, discover Avatar Flight of Passage—an all-new expedition that lets interstellar explorers like you climb atop a mountain banshee for a breathtaking, first-person flight over the moon’s incredible landscape.

Bonding with a mountain banshee is a crucial step in the life of a Na’vi hunter—and flying on the back of one of these powerful winged creatures represents an important rite of passage. Now, as a visitor to Pandora, you’ll finally have the chance to test yourself in a similar way!

Na’vi River Journey

Glide down a gentle, mysterious river and feel a sense of wonder as the full beauty of Pandora reveals itself. Located within the Valley of Mo’ara, Na’vi River Journey offers explorers an experience that has to be seen—and heard—to be believed!

As your expedition begins, climb aboard a reed boat and drift downstream. After coasting through a series of caves, and passing by exotic glowing plants and amazing creatures of the rainforest, you’ll soon find yourself face-to-face with the Na’vi Shaman of Songs.

The adventure comes to a conclusion as the Shaman demonstrates her deep connection to the life force of Pandora—and sends positive energy out into the forest through the power of her music!

Valley of Mo’ara

Walk about through the Valley of Mo’ara and get ready to discover a world like no other! There’s more to Pandora than expeditions like Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey… much more! All around its enormous floating mountains, you’ll quickly uncover the valley’s one-of-a-kind dining and shopping experiences—along with sights, sounds and experiences that include:

  • Exotic plants that come to life with beautiful bioluminescence each night
  • A Na’vi-built drum circle, containing instruments playable by all
  • Na’vi totems and other cultural items found throughout the land
  • Brand-new Wilderness Explorers challenges and badges to collect

You may even come across tour guides from Alpha Centauri Expeditions (ACE), scientists from the Pandora Conservation Initiative (PCI), or even an eclectic expat or two!

Dining

Satu’li Canteen

Discover healthful dishes and familiar flavors from another world-wholesome grains, fresh vegetables and hearty proteins.

Between your aerial adventures on Avatar Flight of Passage and family-friendly voyages aboard Na’vi River Journey, tuck inside the Quonset-hut structure called Satu’li Canteen—long ago an RDA mess hall, now a peaceful dining facility adorned with Na’vi art and cultural items.

Owned and operated by Alpha Centauri Expeditions (ACE), Satu’li Canteen supplies travelers all the comforts of home—courtesy of a unique, fast-casual menu that’s been crafted from Pandora’s natural abundance.

Featuring international-inspired cuisine, vegetarian options and specialty libations, it’s the perfect place to refuel as you venture through the Valley of Mo’ara.

Pongu Pongu

Quench your thirst the Pandoran way at an otherworldly pit-stop offering Na’vi-inspired refreshment.

Are your expeditions at Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey leaving you parched? Hike to the corner of Windtraders where you’ll find Pongu Pongu—when you spot a friendly expat serving out-of-this-world drinks, you’ve come to the right place.

Meaning “Party Party” in the language of the Na’vi, Pongu Pongu welcomes weary travelers to try our bioluminescent frozen cocktail, indigenous beers—or even a sweet snack you won’t find elsewhere!

Shopping

Windtraders

Discover exotic merchandise and souvenirs celebrating the flora, fauna and culture of Pandora.

As you trek through the Valley of Mo’ara, make your way to Windtraders, where the walls have long since been overtaken by natural root structures—which nowadays serve as still-growing displays for a variety of mementos and take-home treasures.

From Na’vi cultural artifacts and animal toys to science kits and Alpha Centauri Expeditions (ACE) apparel, you’ll find something exciting for every member of the family here!

Colors of Mo’ara

As you trek through the Valley of Mo’ara, drop by this colorful kiosk for a Na’vi-inspired face painting.

Run by local expats, as wild and eclectic as the creatures they paint, Colors of Mo’ara helps explorers see themselves as one of the Na’vi! Featuring authentic Pandoran markings, along with select merchandise, it’s a perfect stop for little ones and big ones alike—whether you’re just arriving to Pandora or departing for your next great adventure!

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