As long time Disney lover’s, we have definite favorites at every park. Thanks to being annual passholders, I don’t feel the pressure to see “everything” each time we visit as I know we’ll be back. However, there are certain “Must-Do’s” at each park. Even if we miss everything else, if we enjoy these favorites, it was a successful park day! So, here are our top 5 Must-Do’s at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The Top Must-Do Rides

Kiliminjaro Safaris. How can you visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom and not enjoy the animals? Right? The safari is the best way to do this. I’ve always found the guides to be informative and great about sharing their love of the animals. It’s also wonderful that every safari ride is a little bit different. You’ll see different animals doing different things throughout the day. Sometimes you’ll even have to stop and wait for an antelope or ostrich to walk in front of you! This is definitely a ride you’ll want to fast pass as the wait can be pretty long.

Insider Tip: Have your camera ready – you can get some really amazing pictures during this ride!

Kiliminjaro Safaris is a "Must-do" at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Flight of Passage. Although all of Pandora is pretty amazing, the ride Flight of Passage is truly amazing. During this ride you’ll get to ride on the back of a banshee – and it truly feels like you are flying. The first time we rode Flight of Passage, we hadn’t even seen Avatar and still loved it! Definitely either get a fast pass or head to this ride as soon as the park opens.

The world of Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Expedition Everest. If you love roller coasters, Expedition Everest is for sure a must-do! It was the first fast roller coaster my son tried and it gave him the courage to try Rock n Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios. I love that it’s pretty smooth and a longer ride! The theming throughout the queue is so well done and actually pretty interesting to read. This ride also has a single rider line (it’s not open right now during COVID), so if there is only one roller coaster lover in your family, that’s a great option.

Insider tip: if you have fast passes to Flight of Passage and the Safari, and arrive at the park at opening, head over to Expedition Everest first. You can probably ride it twice in a row.

Expedition Everest is a must-do at Disney's Animal Kingdom

A few more Must-Do’s!

Nomad Lounge. Overall, the food at Animal Kindgom is pretty darn good. There are a lot of great options, but for the atmosphere and quality of food, the Nomad Lounge is always our favorite. We’ve found that by taking a break here for a snack and drink we will be fully recharged to finish out a fun day! The Nomad Lounge is tucked next to Tiffins (also a wonderful restaurant) on the way to Pandora.

Insider tip: There aren’t a lot of tables (after all it’s a lounge), so put your name in an hour or so before you want to stop for a break.

Enjoying a break at the Nomad Lounge in Disney's Animal Kingdom

Enjoy the atmosphere. It’s really hard to narrow this down to 5 must-do’s as there are many other wonderful things to do at Animal Kingdom, but I think one of the best parts about this park is the theming. Disney has done a brilliant job of creating a feeling of being far away from central Florida. Take some time to admire the many details of this park. If you are lucky, you’ll also encounter random dance parties and characters walking through the park. If you do – participate fully! It’s those special moments that make lasting memories.

Visit another country at Disney's Animal Kingdom

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Do you have a trip planned to Disney's Animal Kingdom? If so, be sure to enjoy these 5 things and I guarantee you'll have a great day! #disney #ouradventureiseverywhere #vacationplanning
Do you have a trip planned to Disney's Animal Kingdom? If so, be sure to enjoy these 5 things and I guarantee you'll have a great day! #disney #ouradventureiseverywhere #vacationplanning

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