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Animal Kingdom Guide

Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Florida

Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Florida is the biggest animal-themed park in the world, with more than 1,700 animals of 250 species!

This park was built to represent Walt Disney’s dedication to conservation, and is committed to animal care, education and research.

Set over 500 acres, Animal Kingdom is made up of 6 magical lands, complete with theme park rides, spectacular shows and more. All this is set within the lush landscapes of Africa and Asia, in which the animals roam freely in incredible recreations of their natural habitats.

Animal Kingdom Overview

Animal Kingdom is made up of 6 lands:


Just inside the entrance to Animal Kingdom, The Oasis is a series of lush, leafy tropical garden pathways where you’ll encounter tiny deer, sloths, giant anteaters, iguanas, otters, macaws, tree kangaroos, wallabies and many other animals.

The Oasis is a transition from the stresses and strains of the "real world", to the world of Disney's Animal Kingdom. The shady trails, which lay within trickling streams and cooling waterfalls, eventually lead to the Safari Village – the central hub of the Animal Kingdom.

Discovery Island

Discovery Island, set in the heart of the Animal Kingdom, is home to the Discovery Island Trails, the magnificent 14-storey tall Tree of Life, the “It’s Tough to be a Bug” 3D audio-animatronic movie and lots more.



Africa is set in the fictional east African coastal village of Harambe. Surrounding a market place full of local wares, you’ll see coral stone whitewashed structures complete with thatched roofs constructed by African craftspeople.

In Africa you’ll see exotic animals like silverback gorillas, ride the Kilimanjaro Safari into the African Savannah and take the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail – which you can explore at your own pace and meet okapi, meerkats, mole rats, gorillas and more. You can also board the Wildlife Express Train which will take you to Rafiki's Planet Watch.


Rafiki’s Planet Watch

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at this conservation station focused on animal well-being and care.

The three main areas of Rafiki’s Planet Watch are:

  • Habitat Habit – learn about the efforts made to protect cottontop tamarins in their native habitat.
  • Conservation Station – an animal nursery and veterinary care area.
  • Affection Section – a domestic animal petting area.
Asia mountain ride


Cross over the bridge from Africa and arrive in the mythical kingdom of Anandapur, with its Maharajah’s palace, temples and an ancient village.

Andapur, which translates as ‘place of many delights’, is where you’ll find:

  • Expedition Everest - a high speed rollercoaster ride
  • Kali River Rapids - a white water raft ride
  • Maharajah Jungle Trek- where you can wander through the ancient ruins of India
  • Flights of Wonder – an unmissable show featuring exotic birds.

Dinoland USA

Journey 65 million years back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the earth!

Pass under the Olden Gate Bridge, a 40-foot Brachiosaurus reassembled from excavated fossils, to enter Dinoland. Here you’ll find attractions including TriceraTop Spin, Fossil Fun Games, Primeval Whirl, DINOSAUR and much more.

Dinoland digging

Animal Kingdom Rides

Expedition Everest (Asia)

A thrilling, high-speed, high-altitude rollercoaster which takes older kids, teens and adults to the ‘roof of the world’ on Mount Everest. This ride has some fun surprises, includes great special effects and is known to be one of the best rides at Walt Disney World.

Height Restrictions: Guests must be 44” tall for this ride

You can use your FASTPASS+ on this ride

Everest ride


Journey back in time on a perilous race to rescue an Iguanadon before the meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs strikes. Will you complete the mission and make your escape? Or will you, like the dinosaurs, become extinct?

Height Restrictions: Guests must be 40” tall for this ride.

You can use your FASTPASS+ on this ride

Dinoland ride

Kali River Rapids

Hold on tight as you’re taken for a rip-roaring river raft ride along the scenic Chakranadi River. This thrilling whitewater adventure features gurgling geysers, water jets and two dramatic splashdowns – so chances are you will get pretty wet!

Height Restrictions: Guests must be 38” tall for this ride.

You can use your FASTPASS+ on this ride

Kali river rapids

Primeval Whirl

Spin and slide all the way back to the dinosaur age on this time-machine coaster! This spinning rollercoaster sends you whirling through a maze of curves and drops, back to a time when dinosaurs ruled the earth.

Height Restrictions: Guests must be 48” tall for this ride.

You can use your FASTPASS+ on this ride


Animal Encounters

Affection Section

Make a new furry friend at the Animal Kingdom’s only petting zoo!

Conservation Station

Get an in-depth look at different animal habitats from across the world, and discover the expert care that’s given to the animals who live in Animal Kingdom.

Maharajah Jungle Trek

On this self-guided walking tour of northern Asia you’ll encounter exotic, wild animals roaming in a tropical paradise filled with crumbling temple ruins, trees, plants, rushing waterfalls and the scent of wild jasmine and honeysuckle.

Kilimanjaro Safari

A truly wild adventure through the lush African savannah!

Ride an open-air vehicle on an expedition into the open plains, shady forest landscapes and rocky wetlands of the 110-acre Harambe Wildlife Reserve. This spectacular sanctuary is dedicated to the protection of African animals – look out for rhinos, cheetahs, crocodiles, giraffes, hippopotamus, lions and lots more!

You can use your FASTPASS+ on this attraction


Shows and Attractions

Tree of Life (Discovery Island)

This beautifully sculpted 14-storey, 145ft tall, 50ft wide tree is the iconic centrepiece of the Animal Kingdom park. Can you spot the 325 animals that are carved into its bark?

The Tree of Life even has a theatre inside its root system where you can watch the 4D show ‘It’s Tough to be a Bug’!

Tree of life

It’s Tough to be a Bug! 3D Show

Delve into the roots of the Tree of Life and you’ll find a 430-seat auditorium which features the show “It's Tough to be a Bug”! This fun, entertaining 3D short movie gives a bug’s-eye view of the problems faced when living in a multi-legged society, with some 4D effects that will take you by surprise!

Finding Nemo (Dinoland USA)

A heartwarming and hilarious 30-minute Broadway-style musical stage show, featuring characters from the movie “Finding Nemo”. The performance takes place in the air-conditioned Theatre in the Wild, and features special state-of-the-art sound and lighting effects, as well as incredible puppets – some of which are as big as cars!

Finding Nemo Show

Animal Kingdom Restaurants

Quick Service Restaurants

Flame Tree Barbeque (Discovery Island)

Enjoy hearty American-style meals out on the terrace, seasoned with the special Flame Tree BBQ rub! Try their chicken, St. Louis ribs or our pulled pork sandwiches

Kusafiri Coffee Shop (Africa)

This walk-up window is the perfect place to grab a continental breakfast before your big safari! Choose from freshly baked pastries, cinnamon rolls, cereal, yogurt, fruit, juice and special coffees.

Pizzafari (Discovery Island)

Enjoy pizzas, salads and more in 6 themed rooms decorated with colourful murals and mosaics.

Restaurantosaurus (Dinoland USA)

This dino-themed dorm-style fast food joint serves up Angus or black bean burgers, hot dogs, chicken nuggets and more, as well as ice cold drinks and Safari Amber draft beer.

Tamu Tamu Refreshments (Africa)

Meaning "very delicious" in Swahili, you can grab anything from quinoa salads, roasted chicken salad and slow-cooked pulled beef pitta to desserts, milkshakes and soft drinks at this street corner stand.

Cafes & Casual Dining

Rainforest Café

A truly wild place to eat! This jungle-themed restaurant delivers Southwestern fare with a tropical twist, amid a dense jungle filled with animated animal characters.

Tusker House Restaurant (Africa)

A colourful marketplace-style eatery serving African-inspired dishes including stews, rotisserie chicken and desserts.

Yak & Yeti Local Foods Café (Asia)

This cosy café serves tasty Pan-Asian dishes such as sweet ’n’ sour chicken, beef lo mein, seared miso salmon, egg rolls and crispy honey chicken

Animal Kingdom Facts

Animal Kingdom Opening Times

Animal Kingdom’s opening times vary with the seasons, but generally, admission starts at 9am and closing can be anytime between 6pm and midnight depending on the time of year.

If you need to know times for a specific date, we recommend to check with the park just before you visit.

Animal Kingdom Parking

There is a large paid parking area for Animal Kingdom visitors. You can either walk from the car park or, where available, board a bus to the park entrance.

Parking Prices

Parking costs are not included with your ticket. The price of parking per day is:

  • Car/Motorcycle/: $20 USD
  • Camper/Trailer/RV/Shuttle/Limo: $22 USD
  • Bus/Tractor Trailer: $25 USD

Staying at a Disney Hotel?

If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you can park at the Animal Kingdom park for free. Just make sure you have a valid Key to the World Card or Resort Parking Permit.

Parking Tip:

The car parks at Disney World are huge, so it’s a good idea to write down your row and lot number to make sure you don’t lose your car.

If you do forget where you’ve parked, let a car park tram driver know roughly when you arrived, and they should be able to direct you to the right area.

Directions to Animal Kingdom


2901 Osceola Pkwy, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, United States

Getting to Animal Kingdom:

Walt Disney World Resort is located southwest of Orlando, off Interstate 4, west of Florida’s Turnpike.

For the Animal Kingdom park, take Exit 65 from Interstate 4.

What can I bring into Animal Kingdom?

Guests are allowed to bring food items - such as snacks or food that does not require heating - into Disney theme parks. Just make sure that you inform a Security Cast Member of any food items when you enter the park.

Alcohol cannot be brought into the park.

What to wear at Animal Kingdom

For a day at the Disney Parks we recommend that you dress casually and comfortably.

Good walking shoes are a must, and you may want to bring a waterproof jacket or poncho in case of rain.

Proper attire, including shoes and shirts, must be worn at all times inside the parks.

Clothing that is not permitted in the Disney World parks:

  • Adult costumes or clothing that could be viewed as representative of an actual Disney character
  • Masks
  • Clothing with objectionable material, including obscene language or graphics
  • Excessively torn clothing
  • Revealing clothing that may be viewed as inappropriate for a family environment
  • Objectionable tattoos

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