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Animal Kingdom Day 2 Disney World FastPass+ Lower Crowd Itinerary

By Dave Shute


Today you spend the morning completing your visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and then depart for home. You have no scheduled meals.

You should have FastPass+ for Festival of the Lion King, Kali River Rapids, and a third (pick from your favorite from your First Sunday visit).  Your goal today is to see Africa, complete Asia with Kali River Rapids if you did not see it First Sunday, and if you have time and interest, see Rafiki’s Planet Watch.

If you do plan Kali River Rapids for today, bring spare clothes and shoes to change into, as you will get soaked!

(Note: this is from the FastPass+ Lower-Crowd Itinerary. The itinerary works only for certain weeks. See this to see if it works for your dates.)

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  • Check out and note your instructions for Disney’s Magical Express if you are using it.  If you aren’t, for many domestic airlines you’ll be able to check bags and print boarding passes near the front desk.  This is a tip-based service.  You can also store your bags at the bell stand
  • Arrive at Animal Kingdom by 45 minutes before open

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  • Enter the park, and go to Africa and ride Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • See the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail
  • Use your FastPass+ for Festival of the Lion King, and anything else you have scheduled
  • Revisit favorite rides.
  • See Kali River Rapids
  • Rafiki’s Planet Watch is a minor adventure accessed by the Wildlife Express Train. If interested, and you have time (including the train allow at least 45 minutes), see it
  • Sadly return home

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1 Michelle D. { 02.16.16 at 10:02 am }

First of all, THANK YOU for being so awesome! Secondly, I plan to follow your lower-crowd itinerary pretty closely but with a slight timing difference so I have a question. We will arrive very late on a Friday night so we will have Saturday morning free instead of travel time. Also, we will be leaving early evening on the following Saturday instead of the Sunday like your itinerary suggests. My question is… If we get the park hopper, do you think it would work to do the Last-Sunday-morning Wild Kingdom activities on the First-Saturday-morning instead and still be able to do all the Epcot activities that afternoon/evening?

2 Dave { 02.17.16 at 9:31 am }

Michelle, I need your exact dates to be precise. First, you’ll need the extra expense hopper to see tow parks in a day. Second, most Saturdays AK has morning extra magic hours. If you are a staying in a hotel on the EMH program, and can arrive before the EMH begin, then that can work well!

3 Michelle D. { 02.17.16 at 11:18 am }

Thanks! I am staying the week that starts on May 21st 2016 and staying at a monorail resort. 🙂

4 Dave { 02.18.16 at 8:48 am }

Yup, Michelle, AK has EMH that Saturday morning. Be at the AK bus stop at your resort by 7.20a, and remember to get park hopper add-ons to your ticket!

5 Su { 05.11.16 at 10:41 pm }

Hi, I am glad I found this website! Extremely helpful. We are taking our 2 year old and 8 yr old daughter. We arrive on nov 9th around noon and leaving on monday nov 14,2016. Any suggestions for an itinerary for those days? Thanks!

6 Dave { 05.12.16 at 8:09 am }

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