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Animal Kingdom Day 1 Disney World Higher Crowd Itinerary

By Dave Shute


Today you begin and end your day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which you will return to next Sunday morning. You should have dinner booked at Tusker House as the Rivers of Light Dining Package.

You should have FastPass+ for Na’vi River Journey, Finding Nemo, and Kali River Rapids. Bring spare socks and shoes to change into after Kali River Rapids.

(Note: this is from the Disney World Higher Crowd Itinerary.)


  • Arrive at the turnstiles 45 minutes before open
  • At open, head to and ride Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • See Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail
  • See Na’vi River Journey (FastPass+)
  • Explore Pandora
  • Have an early lunch
  • See the noon Finding Nemo: The Musical (FastPass+)
  • See the Maharajah Jungle Trek
  • See Kali River Rapids (FastPass+)
  • See the 1.30p Flights of Wonder
  • See it’s Tough to Be a Bug
  • Consider seeing Rafiki’s Planet Watch, a petting zoo and conservation station.  If that sounds fun, take the Harambe Express train in Africa to ge to it
  • Head back to your hotel for a nap and dinner


  • Be back in the park in time for your Tusker House Rivers of Light Dining Package dinner.
  • See Rivers of Light (FastPass+)—be in the FastPass+ line 30 minutes before show start
  • Explore Tree of Life Awakenings and Pandora: World of Avatar after dark
  • Ride, if you wish, Expedition Everest and/or Kilimanjaro Safaris after dark
  • Head back to your hotel


Tomorrow you begin your visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, arriving 45 minutes before opening.


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