Walt Disney World Tips for First Timers

ANIMAL KINGDOM

Walt Disney World Animal Kingdom Collage

  • This park has its own parking lot and can be accessed via car or bus.
  • There is a Baby Care Center and First Aid Center located just past Pizzafari on the way to Africa. It has a large changing room with padded changing tables, quiet nursing room, feeding area with high chairs and food/bottle warming, and plenty of baby care items to buy.
  • Here is a list of rides that use FastPass+ at Animal Kingdom.
  • Do not miss Kilimanjaro Safaris. It is unlike anything else you will experience at Disney parks. The spacious animal habitats definitely do make it easy to imagine your family is on an African safari and the wildlife is diverse and plentiful. The animals are more active when the weather is cooler so try to do the safari right when the park opens.
  • The character breakfast at Tusker House Restaurant in Animal Kingdom is among the best. Make reservations for a dining time before the park opens and then enjoy being the first people in line for all the rides (such as Kilamanjaro Safari) when you are done eating.
  • The Boneyard is a great place for kids to run around and get their wiggles out. This multi-level playground has places to climb, slide, and even dig for “fossils.”
  • Families with older kids may want to consider the Wild Africa Trek which is part ropes course and part safari with an afternoon snack. Pictures are taken of your experience by a professional photographer and are included in the price.
  • You will get soaked on Kali River Rapids so be sure to protect your electronics by throwing them in a plastic bag or inside the center container on the raft. If you don’t want to get wet, just throw on that poncho I told you to bring!
  • Be sure to take time to really look at all the incredible detail put into the Tree of Life, the park’s centerpiece. 1700 different animals are carved into the amazing tree.

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About the author

Sharlene Earnshaw is Trekaroo’s Editor in Chief. She lives in sunny Orange County, CA, with her husband and 10-year-old son and daughter (twins!). She is a self-proclaimed National Park junkie and has the goal of visiting each and every one with her kids. When she isn't traveling to places like Norway, Peru, Disney World, and Hawaii with her family, she enjoys hiking, beach days, obsessively rooting for the San Francisco 49ers, and planning her brood's next trip.

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