• On Apr 26, 2017
    Kathleen from MA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My husband, daughters (ages 12 & 15) & I are visiting Animal Kingdom early August when park is open 9-10. We have lunch resv at Rainforest Cafe at 1pm. Can you offer suggestions as to how we should plan our day to include FP, rides, shows, etc

    Hi Kathleen,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Thank you for bringing another great question to us!

    Your absolute first must-do at Animal Kingdom is Pandora - The World of Avatar. Scheduled to open May 27th, this stunning new land features Avatar Flight of Passage where guests will soar on the backs of banshees and the Na'vi River Journey where guests can glide through the river seeking the Na'vi Shaman of Songs. In the Valley of Mo'ara, guests will hike the bioluminescent forest. My family cannot wait to experience it!

    We also always ride Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Forest, Kilimanjaro Safaris and Dinosaur. I will never forget the first time I rode Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Forest with our girls. They were so tickled to whisper to me that it goes backwards. 

    Prioritize one Pandora ride in Fast Pass+ selections. I suggest that you do Kilimanjaro Safaris in the morning. Visit the Festival of the Lion King Show after lunch. It will provide a nice air-conditioned space for you let your food digest while you watch the spectacular acrobatics! Do not forget the Rivers Of Light Show in the evening. 

    This summer, we are planning to do Caring for Giants, a special tour that allows guests to get a close-up experience with the elephants.

    Happy Planning Kathleen!

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