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Animal Kingdom Day 2 Disney World 2018 FastPass+ Basic December Itinerary

By Dave Shute

(Note: this is from the 2018 Basic December Itinerary. The itinerary works only for the four weeks beginning the Saturday after Thanksgiving 2018.)


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 Avatar: Flight of Passage and Festival of the Lion King,


  • 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


  • Arrive 40 minutes before open
  • At open, head to and ride Expedition Everest
  • Ride Primeval Whirl
  • Ride (if desired) Triceratops Spin
  • See Maharajah Jungle Trails
  • Ride Avatar Flight of Passage (FastPass+)
  • See the 11a Festival of the Lion King (FastPass+)
  • Fit more exploring of Avatar: World of Pandora and additional FastPass+ for re-rides into whatever time you have still available


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1 Kurt N Jones { 11.30.18 at 2:32 pm }

We are doing a 10-day/9-night visit in December 2019. Basically, we are arriving Friday, instead of Saturday. So you December 9-day/8-night agenda works great for us! But Question, what do you suggest we do Friday late afternoon or evening (the day we arrive)?

BTW-Love your book. We bought both the 2018 version and the 2019!
Kurt Jones
Friendswood, TX

2 Dave { 12.02.18 at 9:08 am }

Hi Kurt–so glad the book is helping! I will be revising this itinerary after Disney’s actual calendar for then comes out (in late May or early June 2019) –and also to enable visits to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. So ping me back later!

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