• On Dec 26, 2016
    Andrea from AK Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi! I'm planning a vacation in 42 days! Yes I'm counting! We are planning to stay at AKL and will have 4 park days. Only 1 day at animal kingdom. Should we try to stay an extra day to see all of animal kingdom?

    Hi Andrea!
    Thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question. I'm excited to hear you have a Walt Disney World vacation right around the corner!

    You're going to love your stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge. It's a gorgeous resort, and the theming is amazing! You'll be able to see many of the animals on the savanna through the large picture windows throughout the resort - it's like a 24-hour safari adventure!

    In my opinion, and based on my family's experience, you can absolutely enjoy all the magic of Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park in one day, as long as you have a game plan ahead of time. Arriving early is key, as well as making FastPass+ reservations for your favorite attractions/shows.

    You'll be able to make FastPass+ reservations for 3 experiences in one park per day, so I suggest scheduling them early in the day. Once you've used that third FP+ you're able to add another, thus making the most of your time and ensuring shorter wait times on your selected attractions!

    Our "can't miss" attractions in Animal Kingdom are: Kilimanjaro Safaris, Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain (watch out for the Yeti!), DINOSAUR, Finding Nemo - The Musical (Marlin is my favorite), and Festival of the Lion King. We also enjoy the Flights of Wonder show!

    There are plenty of places to pick up a yummy meal in Animal Kingdom - my crew loves Pizzafari and Restaurantosaurus for a quick bite, or Yak and Yeti Restaurant for a sit-down meal. (Their ahi tuna nachos are to die for!)

    Of course, I'd never be one to tell you NOT to stay an extra day on your vacation - the longer the vacation the better! That being said, I think you'll find a one day visit to Animal Kingdom Park completely doable!

    I hope this helps, and I hope you have the most amazing vacation ever.
    Jambo! - Diane W.
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Alabama

"Dream It! Plan It! Do It!" – that's my motto! If you've always dreamed of a magical visit to Walt Disney World Resort, or sailing away with Captain Mickey on a Disney Cruise, I'd love to help you plan and make the most of your vacation. My favorite getaway is a Land and Sea adventure - from Cinderella Castle to sand castles! Learn More About Diane

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