By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2017, from the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever. Paperback available on Amazon here. Kindle version available on Amazon here. PDF version available on Gumroad here.—Disney World Instructions for the First-Time Visitor

Animal Kingdom Day 1 Disney World 2016 FastPass+ Basic December Itinerary

By Dave Shute


Today you have the morning off and then begin your visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which you will complete next Sunday morning. You have no scheduled meals today.


You should have FastPass+ for Kali River Rapids, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Rivers of Light (I am hoping it will be open by your trip…)

(Note: this is from the 2016 Basic December Itinerary. The itinerary works only for the three weeks after Thanksgiving. See this for other itineraries.)


  • Sleep in and eat breakfast in your room
  • Bring spare clothes as you will get soaked on Kali River Rapids
  • Arrive at Animal Kingdom by 1p


Today your goal is to see Discovery Island, most of Asia, Kilimanjaro Safaris after sunset, and Rivers of Light if it is open–you’ll be returning next Sunday morning to see more of Africa, DinoLand, and other areas you missed.

Enter the park, grab a times guide, and compare the times of Flights of Wonder and Finding Nemo: the Musical to your FastPass + schedule, figuring out when to see these

  • Head to Discovery Island to see It’s Tough to Be a Bug
  • Ride Kali River Rapids using FastPass+
  • Dry off, change clothes, and eat lunch at Flame Tree Barbecue
  • Recheck the show times and see Finding Nemo, and Flights of Wonder. Fit the Maharajah Jungle Trail and visiting the exhibits and carvings around the Tree of Life between shows
  • Have dinner at the counter service near Yak and Yeti
  • Use your FastPass+ for Kilimanjaro Safaris and Rivers of Light
  • If you have the time and energy, and lines are short, see Expedition Everest. You have FastPass+ for it next Sunday morning, but it’s worth doing in the dark, too!
  • After dark, perhaps on your way out, see the Tree of Life Awakenings


Tomorrow you have the morning off, then begin your visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


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