You’ve probably heard that Flight of Passage is one of the toughest FastPass+ reservations to book at Disney World, but what are the other best FastPasses for Animal Kingdom? What’s the best Animal Kingdom FastPass plan?
Before we discuss FastPasses for Animal Kingdom any further, let’s quickly review that FastPass+ is Disney World’s FREE service that allows you to skip standby lines at certain attractions by making reservations to use a (usually) shorter FastPass+ return line. Anyone with a Disney World park ticket can use FastPass+ to potentially save hours of time standing in attraction lines!
There’s an entire blog post that explains what Disney World FastPass+ is and how to use it, so definitely read that post first if you’re not familiar with FastPass+. Then, come back here for specific Animal Kingdom FastPass tips.
Here, we’re going to talk about the three advance FastPass+ reservations you should make 60 days in advance (if you’re staying at Disney World resort hotel) or 30 days out (if you’re not). Once you’re in the park and use those three pre-booked FastPasses, you can continue making additional FastPass+ reservations using the My Disney Experience app on your phone or FastPass+ kiosks in the park one at a time.
So, what’s the best Animal Kingdom FastPass plan? Which attractions should you FastPass at Animal Kingdom … and which ones aren’t necessary? Continue reading for all the Animal Kingdom FastPass tips!
Animal Kingdom FastPass Tiers
Like Epcot and Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom park uses a tiered FastPass+ system. When pre-booking your three Fastpasses 30 or 60 days in advance, you may only choose one attraction from Tier 1 and the others from Tier 2.
Animal Kingdom Tier 1 attractions are only the two rides in the park’s newest land, Pandora – World of Avatar. Here’s how the tiers sort out at Animal Kingdom:
These tiers do not apply to additional FastPasses after redeeming your three advance FastPass+ reservations. Once you’re in the park and use those initial three, you’re free to choose any available FastPass one at a time for the remainder of the day.
What to FastPass at Animal Kingdom
Flight of Passage will be your top FastPass+ pick at Animal Kingdom. This popular ride consistently posts standby wait times of 2 hours or more throughout the day. Unless you’re going to rope drop Flight of Passage or enter the standby line right before park closing – the two ways to enjoy the shortest standby lines of the day – you’ll want to get a Flight of Passage FastPass to avoid that long line.
Without an extreme dose of luck, you won’t find Flight of Passage FastPass+ times available if you’re making FastPass+ reservations 30 days in advance. In fact, you’ll likely see them gone for days 1 and 2 of your trip even if you’re a Disney hotel guest and making FastPass+ reservations 60 days in advance. Flight of Passage is still insanely popular and FastPasses are limited so they’re taken quickly! For a shot at getting a Flight of Passage FastPass, schedule your Animal Kingdom day at least 3 days into your trip so you can find availability 63 days in advance or more.
Na’vi River Journey is a solid choice (and your ONLY other Tier 1 choice!) if Flight of Passage is not available. It’s not a thrilling ride, but is relaxing and can be enjoyed by guests of all ages. The 1+ hour standby line it draws during the day isn’t worth it so this is a good FastPass choice.
In Tier 2, the attractions that draw the longest lines during the day at Kilimanjaro Safaris, Expedition Everest, Dinosaur, meeting Mickey and Minnie and Adventurers Outpost, and Kali River Rapids. Any of these will be great FastPass choices depending on your family’s preferences and any height limitations you may have. Kali River Rapids is often closed for an annual refurbishment in the winter after Christmas, so it may not be an option for you.
Festival of the Lion King, Finding Nemo – The Musical, It’s Tough to be a Bug, and UP! A Great Bird Adventure are all shows. As a general rule, shows aren’t a great use for FastPass+ since you will rarely have to wait longer than the previous show to be seated. Still, due to its popularity, and if other Tier 2 attractions aren’t as desirable, a Lion King Fastpass isn’t a poor choice.
It’s Tough To Be A Bug and The Animation Experience are rarely necessary. Only consider these if nothing else is available and you’re visiting at one of the busiest times of the year such as Christmas week.
Rivers of Light should be your last pre-booked Animal Kingdom FastPass+ choice since it’s the nighttime show. Choosing Rivers of Light as one of your three reserved FastPasses means you’ll only be able to use those three FastPasses for the entire day since those additional one-at-a-time FastPasses only become available to you after using the three prebooked FastPasses. If you must see Rivers of Light, choose three other attractions for FastPass+ and try to get a Rivers of Light FastPass as one of your additional bookings when those three have been redeemed.
Animal Kingdom FastPass Plan for Thrill-Seekers
If rides are your goal and your family isn’t limited by height restrictions, then the easy Animal Kingdom FastPass+ choices will be Flight of Passage from Tier 1, and Expedition Everest and Dinosaur from Tier 2. Just be sure to rope drop the Kilimanjaro Safaris since that’s a must-do at Animal Kingdom and has an hour-long wait most of the day.
Animal Kingdom FastPass Plan for Families with Small Children
If you’re not riding Flight of Passage, FastPass+ selection day just got a whole lot less stressful for you!
The slow-moving Pandora boat ride, Na’vi River Journey, should be your choice for Tier 1. Kilimanjaro Safaris is a must-do and, with many other rides in Tier 2 having height restrictions, meeting Mickey and Minnie at Adventurers Outpost is a solid pick for your third Animal Kingdom FastPass. This is, after all, the only place in all of the Disney World where Mickey and Minnie regularly meet together. If you want a photo with both head mice, get it here!
My Picks for Animal Kingdom FastPasses
My family with two school-age boys makes the same three Animal Kingdom FastPass+ selections every time: Flight of Passage, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Dinosaur. Making FastPass+ reservations for our Animal Kingdom park days is always easiest because no decisions have to be made!
The kids don’t enjoy roller coasters so we skip Expedition Everest while Mom will find time to ride using the single rider line while Dad and the kids play in the Boneyard.
What are your family’s Animal Kingdom FastPass+ picks?