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Animal Kingdom Day 1 Disney World FastPass+ Higher Crowd Itinerary

By Dave Shute

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

If your arrival is May 27 or later the summer of 2017, use this for the first and second Sunday–including the FastPass+ you need to book for then–instead of what’s written here!


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 Rivers of Light, Expedition Everest, and Dinosaur.


  • Sleep in and eat breakfast in your room
  • Arrive at Animal Kingdom around noon


  • Today your goal is to see Discovery Island, most of Asia, DinoLand, and Rivers of Light (if it is open by your trip)–you’ll be returning next Sunday morning to see Africa 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
  • Eat lunch at Flame Tree Barbecue
  • Head to DinoLand and use your Dinosaur FastPass+.  The other rides here aren’t worth much of a wait except for Finding Nemo. Ride them if they look like fun and the lines are short
  • Fit Finding Nemo in around your FastPass+ for Expedition Everest, seeing also the Maharajah Jungle Trail and the show Flights of Wonder (Nemo is close to Expedition Everest)
  • Have dinner at the counter service near Yak and Yeti
  • If you have the time and energy, and there’s another show available, see Festival of the Lion King in Africa.  This will simplify your Sunday morning
  • See the sunset version of  Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • See Rivers of Light
  • After dark, perhaps on your way out, see the Tree of Life Awakenings
  • Note that you have one available FastPass+ for next Sunday morning.  When you have finished today, re-book a favorite for then


Tomorrow you begin your visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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1 Marie-Therese { 02.20.17 at 9:33 am }

Hi me my husband and 2 children 8 and 12 are going to florida for 3 weeks in July. Our first week will be at Universal Studios then 2 weeks in a Villa to do Disney etc. I am trying to get some ideas on how to plan our holiday and loving your site. Two questions, all the things listed here on what to see and do, are they things that we do not need to pay extra for or are any of these things that you need to pay for and book into prior to arriving? I want to book into ta few things before we arrive like Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for my daughter but what others do we need to do this for before we go. would love your help.

2 Dave { 02.21.17 at 6:29 am }

Marie, other than dining everything I recommend in the parks is included in the price of your tickets.

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