It’s a top 3 time! That’s right we’re back with another rendition of our underrated Walt Disney World attractions. After tackling the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios, we’re ready to take on the underrated Animal Kingdom attractions. Are we up for another challenge, we like to think so! Alright, we’ve found the trail, let’s head out on a trek around our top 3 underrated Animal Kingdom attractions!
Oh no, the rules are back! Just like our other underrated attraction list we’re going abide by the same rules. As a refresher, here are the rules we’ve previously followed: First and foremost, the attraction should not have a FastPass. We’re looking for attractions that are flying under the radar. Second, the attraction should be available on a regular park day, not just with special events or parties. Sorry, Merry Menagerie on Discovery Island. While your life-size animal puppets are magically delightful, you’ll not qualify for this list. Lastly, no live entertainment. Whether it’s Rivers of Light, the Harambe performers, or our favorite, Festival of the Lion King we’re only looking for attractions. Alright, looks like the rules are set, let’s talk about our top 3 underrated Animal Kingdom attractions.
Passholder Insights: The best times to ride Flight of Passage in Pandora: World of Avatar is either first thing in the morning or as the last ride of the day.
It’s A Green Sensation
What you are talking about, Nate? The first underrated Animal Kingdom attraction we’re talking about is the Oasis. It’s the first thing and last thing you encounter when stepping in or out of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. While the majority of people rightfully race (fast walk) to Flight of Passage, or are heading for the exit at the end of the day, many guests miss one of more unique aspects of the park. This lush area of the park is filled with animals and waterways to discover.
Whether you head left or right there’s unique animals to see. Heading up the left side when entering the park you’ll find the anteater. If you head up the right side keep your eyes to the sky as there’s an array of beautiful parrots and macaws to see. Through the center area the Oasis are gorgeous flowers, waterfalls, and other animals to discover. For us, we enjoying taking a few minutes to explore the Oasis either early in the afternoon or just before heading back to our resort. Beyond the wonderful animals this lush area provides a fantastic opportunity to get a break from the sun as it’s very well shaded.
Passholder Insights: When entering the park on the right side you may run into DeVine. This is a one of kind character encounter that is worth seeking out. Keep your eyes peeled as she uses her “vine” like qualities to hide within the landscape.
To The Trails
Trail? Which, trails? The second stop on our underrated Animal Kingdom attractions list brings us to Discovery Island. The centerpiece of the park, and home to the Tree of Life, is one of the most overlooked attractions. No, we’re not talking about A Bug’s Life, we’re talking about the Discovery Island Trails. Wrapping around the Tree of Life is a variety of trails that bring you through different animal encounters where you discover everything from sea life to red kangaroos. Fun fact, did you know the red kangaroo can measure up to six feet tall. Now, that’s a big a kangaroo!
Beyond the animals, the Discovery Island Trails bring you through caves and across bridges. The best part of the trails is how they bring you up close and personal with the Tree of Life and cravings within the tree. For us, what we enjoy the most about the trails is how secluded they feel. Many times we forget we’re in a theme park.
Passholder Insights: A great way to experience the Discovery Island Trails is through the Wilderness Explorers Club game. The game providers even more information around the animals.
Trek It Out
Let’s take a walk on the wild side. In our last underrated Animal Kingdom attractions, we’re heading out on a trek. A Maharajah Trek to be exact. While the Gorilla Falls Expedition Trail usually gets most of the attention. I mean who doesn’t love watching the gorillas! By far our favorite animal trail to explore in the Animal Kingdom is the Maharajah Trek in the Asia section of the park.
Tucked away behind Kali River Rapids is the entrance to this animal adventure. As you make your way along the trek you encounter a few of our favorites animals in the park, the Malayan flying fox and the komodo dragon. The stars of the area are by far the tigers. On a warm day, you may see them splashing in the water. Go figure, cats that enjoy the water, who would have thunk it! The trek is a great area to explore later in the day when the lines for the attractions tend to get the longest.
Passholder Insights: Just outside the Maharajah Trek are the Holwer Monkeys. We’ve noticed they tend to be most active and vocal in the morning.
A world of discovery! What makes the underrated Animal Kingdom attractions so much different than the other parks is there is no wait times. Each of these unique areas are come and go as you would like. They are perfect ways to spend time exploring when you have a few moments between the marque attractions. Alright, we did it! We successfully trekked around the Animal Kingdom and completed our top 3 list of underrated Animal Kingdom attractions. How should we celebrate? Drinks and food at Yak & Yeti here we come!
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