Every exploration needs a strategy! Strategy? Yes, we’re talking Animal Kingdom Fastpass Strategies. A theme park designed around the exploration of animals and far off lands, there is an adventure for everyone. Hidden within the thick trees and lush forest is a theme park just waiting to be explored. In today’s DVC Duo ride guide we’re mapping out Animal Kingdom Fastpass Strategies tailored to your desired ride experiences. Slip on your hiking boots, we’re heading out on a safari!

Fastpass Entrance to Flight of Passage
Flight of Passage Queue

Where to Start?

Any good plan starts with good fundamentals. We review the basics in our Fastpass Essentials guide, from how to book, when to book, and all things in between.  Similar to our Hollywood Studios and Epcot Fastpass Strategy guides, it’s important to understand the tiered system at the Animal Kingdom. The way we like to remember it is you can only get one of the Avatar related attractions, then two of anything else. Below is a breakdown of the tiers:

Tier One

  • Flight of Passage
  • Na’vi River Journey

Tier Two

  • Expedition Everest
  • Dinosaur
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Primevil Whirl
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Festival of the Lion King
  • Finding Nemo  – The Musical
  • UP! A Great Bird Adventure
  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
  • Rivers of Light
  • Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventures Outpost

The Fastpass tier system gives you the ability to select one from the tier one attractions, then two attractions from tier two. After completing your first three Fastpasses you’re able to select another tier one attraction if one is available.

Passholder Insights: There is plenty of seating for Rivers of Light; usually a Fastpass is not needed for the show.

Expedition Everest is part of our adventure seekers category of Animal Kingdom Fastpasss Strategies
Expedition Everest

Adventure Seekers

Where there is adventure, there are thrills. In this Animal Kingdom Fastpass strategies grouping we’re focusing on the attractions that will get you screaming, both for joy and maybe a little fear. Are you brave enough to tackle Flights of Passage, Expedition Everest, and Dinosaur? If you’re looking for the most action-packed grouping of rides at the Animal Kingdom, these attractions have you covered. We like to book our Dinosaur and Expedition Fastpass back to back, as they’re in close proximity to each other.

When we have a few minutes between our Dinosaur and Expedition Everest Fastpasses we like to squeeze in a few of the Ducktales meet ‘n greets, or if we’re up for it, a ride on Primeval Whirl. If you don’t mind riding solo check out the Expedition Everest single rider line to squeeze in a few more yeti encounters.

One important thing to know about the adventure seekers category is that both Flight of Passage and Expedition Everest attractions have minimum height requirement of 44 inches. Dinosaur has a minimum height requirement of 40 inches.

Passholder Insights: Flight of Passage is one of the harder Fastpasses to reserve. What we like to do when we don’t get a Fastpass is to rope drop the attraction.

Part of all terrain Animal Kingdom Fastpasss Strategies category is Navi River Journey
Navi River Journey

All Terrain Explorers

One if by land, two if by sea. In this Animal Kingdom Fastpass Strategies category we’re channeling our inner Paul Revere, we’ll explore the land by Kilimanjaro Safaris, and the sea by Navi River Journey and Kali River Rapids. A good swap out for Kali River Rapids would be the Meet Disney Pals, especially if you prefer dry socks to soggy ones. If you’re looking to catch Mickey in his safari outfit, the Meet Disney Pals at Animal Kingdom is the place to do it. His safari outfit is definitely one of the more unique outfits; similar to the celebration outfit he wears at the Magic Kingdom.

Navi River Journey is a great alternative if you’re looking to experience Pandora, but are not a fan of more thrilling rides. Spoiler here, so cover your eyes or skip ahead, if you’re prone to motion sickness, especially when it relates to 3D and screens you may want to skip Flight of Passage. Serena has felt motion sickness on previous experiences, and what she does is close her eyes when riding Flight of Passage or skips it altogether.

Passholder Insights: We recommend checking out Kilimanjaro Safaris earlier in the day if possible. When the weather gets really hot, the animals tend to seek shade and it’s harder to see them.

The New Rivers of Light show is part of our showtime Animal Kingdom Fastpasss Strategies category
New Rivers Of Light Show


Where’s the best show on Disney property? Well, since we’re talking about Animal Kingdom Fastpass Strategies, we’re going to say the Animal Kingdom. Ding, ding, ding! If you’re a fan of Broadway caliber shows or just looking for a more relaxing day away from the rides, Animal Kingdom is the perfect place. Both the Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo The Musical are fantastic, you can’t go wrong with either. To wrap up your day, check out the new Rivers of Lights show as Disney just updated the nighttime spectacular to include the Lion King.

Passholder Insights: For most of the shows at Walt Disney World you usually do not need a Fastpass. The exception would definitely be the Festival of the Lion King.

Our Thoughts  

Our best advice on Animal Kingdom Fastpass Strategies is to factor in time to move from one attraction to another. The Animal Kingdom is one of the more spread out parks, plus there are tons of things to see and do that don’t require a Fastpass. One of our favorite things is to explore the different animal treks in both Africa and Asia. For an even deeper dive into the Animal Kingdom check out the Wilderness Explorer’s Club, it’s a great way to pass time between your Fastpasses.

The Animal Kingdom is a park we enjoy regardless which of the Animal Kingdom Fastpass Strategies we use. The park is filled with live entertainment, and animals throughout. When it’s time for a break we like to head over Nomad Lounge. Our packs are packed, let’s explore!

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