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Animal Kingdom: Top attractions

Fire dancer performs during Festival of the Lion King at Walt Disney World's Animal KingdomTop rides & attractions at Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom offers a refreshing change of pace from the other parks. Although there are plenty of rides and attractions, the stars of the shows are the animals themselves. While everyone who visits Animal Kingdom should be sure check out the wildlife in Kilimanjaro Safaris, here are some other attractions we recommend as 'Can't Miss' attractions at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom.


Watch out for close encounters with the Yeti at Expedition Everest in Animal KingdomExpedition Everest

All aboard! As you climb this mountain train for a trip up Mount Everest in this exciting roller coaster. Located in Asia, this coaster is the most popular ride at Animal Kingdom, and one of the most exciting in all of Walt Disney World. You'll want to get to this one early- and grab a FASTPASS to make the most of the ride, and your day at Animal Kingdom.

You'll go forward- and backward on this wild thrill ride amongst glaciers, icy cliffs, and bamboo forests. You'll even come face to face with a Yeti as he roams the icy mountains! Although this coaster is exciting enough to give teens and grownups a thrilling ride, it's not too scary for the little ones. So, if they're tall enough (44 inches), and brave enough, have them give it a go!

Get soaked at Animal Kingdom's Kali River Rapids ride!Kali River Rapids

Ride the rapids in this family-style water ride that is sure to leave the whole family soaked! The Kali River winds through the jungles of Asia taking each eight-passenger raft through rapids, waterfalls, and even geysers!

The raft slowly turns as you travel down the river, so depending on where you're sitting you may get completely soaked- or just really, really wet! There's even a bridge with water canons where previous riders or passersby can wait- ready to douse you with water! Be sure to put cameras or other electronics in the storage bin at the center of the raft- you certainly don't want them as soaked as you!

Although the ride has its thrilling moments (as you wait to see who gets the wettest) it's not too scary for little kids. If they're tall enough to take along (38 inches) they'll have a blast!

Simba in Festival of the Lion King at Disney's Animal KIngdomFestival of the Lion King

When you've had enough of the African heat, and blizzards of Everest, and after you've cooled off in Asia on Kali River Rapids, head over to Camp Minnie-Mickey to check out one of Animal Kingdom's awesome shows for a change of pace.

Festival of the Lion King is a very entertaining Broadway-style show, performed 'in the round' in an air conditioned theater. The show encourages audience participation, and faithfully re-creates the Lion King movie. Simba, Rafiki, Mufasa, and their friends are joined by a host of jungle performers to keep you entertained throughout this hour show.

Acrobats perform on the trapeze during the Festival of the Lion King

We really enjoyed the monkey acrobats pull off amazing maneuvers on the trapeze and trampolines, and the fire dancers too! For a great way to beat the heat and be entertained too, check out Festival of the Lion King at Disney's Animal Kingdom!


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