• On Feb 8, 2021
    Matthew 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.

    Planning our first family trip to WDW with an 8yo. For Animal Kingdom she has Kilimanjaro Safaris and Expedition Everest both as top priorities. Which would you suggest hitting first after rope drop?

    Hello there, Matthew! Greetings and welcome back to planDisney! Thank you so much for taking the time to reach back out and ask another wonderful Walt Disney World Resort vacation question!

    Congratulations on planning your very first visit to Walt Disney World Resort! In just a few short weeks, you and your family will be busy making so many magical memories and experiencing all the wonder that comes along with a first-time visit! 

    Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a theme park that captures the wild wonder of nature through captivating interactions with wild animals, educational programming, and adventurous attractions

    Two of the most popular attractions in Disney’s Animal Kingdom are Kilimanjaro Safaris and Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain. Both offer very different experiences but you do not want to miss out on either! Kilimanjaro Safaris takes Guests on a wild ride through an African savanna where you have the opportunity to see over 34 species of animals that call the 110 acres of land home. Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain is a high-speed attraction that journeys deep into the land of the Yeti in hopes of coming face to face with this massive, legendary creature. One thing’s for sure, be prepared for a day filled with fun during your upcoming visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

    Based on previous experiences, it is most efficient to experience Kilimanjaro Safaris as soon as possible after the park opens. This strategy will most likely decrease the amount of time you will wait in line and also tends to be the time in which the animals are the most active. Typically, my own family heads back to this attraction at “rope drop” and, after our tour, we head over to Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain for a quick trip through the Himalayans!

    I hope you have an absolutely magical vacation to Walt Disney World Resort! Please let us know if we can assist you in planning any parts of your upcoming stay!

thumbnail image for Wyatt

Meet the Panelist: Wyatt, Colorado

Hello! I'm Wyatt and I'm so very excited to provide you with all the best tips and tricks for getting the very most out of your Disney World vacations! I'm married to a fellow Disney enthusiast and, while we don't have any human children yet, we are delighted to be pet parents. Professionally, I work in private practice as a mental health counselor. I'm also knowledgable regarding disability services and accessibility at Disney World due to my own history of chronic illness.  Learn More About Wyatt

Didn't find what you were looking for? Click the Ask a Question button to open the Ask a Question dialogue box. If you are not logged in a dialogue box will appear to signin in order to ask a question.

To submit your question, please log in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.

Or you can continue browsing without updating.