Going on safari for some Fastpasses

Katie Nix

Utilizing Fastpass+, Disney World’s program which allows parkgoers the opportunity to schedule their line-jumping up to 60 days in advance, at Animal Kingdom can be a tricky business.

As we discussed in our previous Magic Kingdom Fastpass+ strategy post, the original park for Walt Disney World doesn’t have a tiered system, meaning other than the three Fastpass per day restriction, there’s no limit to what you can get. However, the other three parks don’t work that way.

At Animal Kingdom, the Fastpasses are tiered like so:

  • Tier 1
    • Flight of Passage
    • Na’vi River Journey
  • Tier 2
    • Kilimanjaro Safari
    • Expedition Everest
    • Kali River Rapids
    • Primeval Whirl
    • It’s Tough to Be a Bug
    • Festival of the Lion King
    • Finding Nemo: The Musical
    • Rivers of Light

Now, with the way the tiered system works, you can only get ONE Fastpass+ reservation in Tier 1 and the other two you book MUST be in Tier 2. Pretty simple, right?

Our recommendation is to log onto My Disney Experience the first possible second you’re able to book your Fastpasses and get them for Flight of Passage. This simulator ride, which takes you through Pandora (the world from James Cameron’s Avatar), is a CANNOT miss and is one of the best attractions on property.

We’d recommend trying to get these for the late morning or early afternoon because that way you can still hop in the stand-by line for Na’vi River Journey before that gets too long. If it’s your first time at Animal Kingdom or your first time seeing the Avatar section of the park, you’ll want to do this attraction first because after FOP it’s going to be a little bit of a letdown.

From the Tier 2 list, your best choices would be any combination of Kilimanjaro Safari, Expedition Everest and DINOSAUR if you’ve got thrill seekers. Typically, the stand-by for DINOSAUR isn’t longer than 30 minutes, though, so it doesn’t absolutely require a Fastpass. It might come in handy if you’ve got little ones who are anxious about riding, so you can get them through the queue and onto the ride as quickly as possible.

If you’ve got kiddos that have no interest or aren’t tall enough for Expedition Everest or DINOSAUR, still get the Fastpass for Kilimanjaro Safari because now that the poaching storyline has been eliminated it’s great for small kids. Your third Fastpass reservation should then be for Festival of the Lion King or Finding Nemo: The Musical. Both are great visually and feature those characters everyone knows and loves.

Our only other recommendation would be to consider Kali River Rapids as a Fastpass only if you know you’re going to be at the park during the scorching summer months. It’s a fun ride but compared to its cousin Grizzly River Run over at Disney California Adventure Park, you’re not going to get as wet as you’d like.

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