Pandora Family Floating Mountains
  • On Mar 6, 2024
    Fanil from IL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, Family of 6 - Grandparents, kids(11 & 7) and parents planning to visit Animal Kingdom in March 2024. Wanted to get expert advice on navigating the park(duration), top recommended attractions, any trips&tricks. App download - any value? Thanks

    Hi Fanil,

    We are delighted to have you stopping by planDisney! 

    Planning trips with extended family, especially grandparents, is truly precious. When we took our girls on their first trip to the Walt Disney World® Resort, my parents were with us. We had an amazing visit and the memories are still unforgettable. Let's talk about how you can make your visit go smoothly!

    First, I do suggest that you download the My Disney Experience Mobile App. The mobile app will allow you to easily check your plans, including any advanced dining reservations and attractions booked with Disney Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lane. As you consider how to start your day, think about making an advanced dining reservation for breakfast at Tusker House Restaurant. The characters are just adorable there.

    Avatar Flight of Passage is a must-do for my family. You could get to the park early to get in line for this attraction. To determine how early your arrival should be, check the theme park hours for Disney's Animal Kingdom for the day of your visit. Looking at the current park hours for the date of your visit, it looks like Animal Kingdom has Early Entry starting at 7:30 a.m. for guests staying at Disney Resorts Collection and other select hotels. Or, on the date of your visit, you could try to purchase Individual Lightning Lane Entry for Avatar Flight of Passage.

    Other attractions that I highly recommend include Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, The Festival of the Lion King show, and Kilimanjaro Safaris. I also recommend the Animation Experience at Conservation Station. Give yourself at least an hour to catch the train, enjoy Conservation Station and do the Animation Experience. Also consider where you will grab lunch. My family loves Yak & Yeti Restaurant for lunch.

    If you have not yet booked a resort hotel, I always suggest staying at one with the Disney Resorts Collection so that you can get access to early theme park entry. That extra time is fantastic and will give you a better chance of experiencing Avatar Flight of Passage without Individual Lightning Lane entry. And, while you are at Avatar Flight of Passage, take some time to explore Pandora - The World of Avatar. Nighttime on Pandora is a unique experience.

    Fanil, if we get to the park at opening, my family can normally experience all that we want by about 5:00 p.m. And for our girls, that includes riding Expedition Everest more than once. Remember that Disney's Animal Kingdom is pretty vast, so I suggest experiencing one area at a time. We normally start in Pandora and then head towards Kilimanjaro Safaris, Conservation Station, and then to Expedition Everest. We also normally do DINOSAUR but I have to warn you that this adventure puts you face-to-face with some imposing dinosaurs.

    As you continue to plan, on Pandora, we say, Sivako! Rise to the Challenge!

    Magic and memories,

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Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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