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Animal Kingdom Day 1 Disney World Extra Extra Magic Hours Itinerary

By Dave Shute


Today you begin your visit to 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. Be in the park by 1p…but…

If you look ahead to next Sunday morning, you will see that you need to be back at Animal Kingdom by 6.30a.  If  you can do the first few hours of that visit today–arrive at 6.30a, and then see Expedition Everest, Kilimanjaro Safaris, DINOSAUR, and the other rides in Dinoland–then you will be able to sleep in two more hours next Sunday and arrive at 8.30a then instead. If you do this today, you will then today have a break between 9a and 1p, by which time you want to be back in the park

(Note: this is from the Disney World Extra Extra Magic Hours Itinerary. As noted at the link, it works only during certain 2019 dates and only for folk who are Extra Magic Hours eligible.)


  • See the 1.30p Up! A Great Bird Adventure
  • See Kali River Rapids (FastPass+)
  • See it’s Tough to Be a Bug
  • See the 3.30p Finding Nemo: The Musical (FastPass+)
  • See Na’vi River Journey (FastPass+)
  • Explore Pandora

  • Enjoy 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 about 5a.


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