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25 Things to Do at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

Tree of Life

Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park has been showcasing the magic of nature and wildlife for 25 years. In honor of a quarter of a century of celebrating a vast array of fauna, we compiled a list of 25 of our favorite things to do, see and experience there. While you’re planning your next romp around the park, watch Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, a backstage pass to explore the enchantment behind the scenes, only on Disney+. And remember, when you use your Disney® Premier Visa® Credit Card to purchase the Disney Bundle directly at or, you’ll earn 5% in Disney Rewards Dollars.1

1. Speed through the Himalayas on Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain

Careen through icy Himalayan peaks on a speeding train while you race to escape the cursed mountain before the mythic Yeti claims another expedition. Hold on as your train climbs up and then plunges into the darkness, only to reveal a broken and twisted track ahead. With no way to move forward, you plummet backward and enter a cavern where you spot the ominous shadow of a hulking beast and hear his mighty roar!

Couple on Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain ride

2. Marvel at rare Sumatran tigers at Maharajah Jungle Trek

Explore a lush tropical paradise on a self-guided tour, where you’ll bask in the beauty of a tropical rainforest, cross footbridges and catch a glimpse of sleek and powerful tigers, among other amazing wildlife. The Sumatran tiger, which is only found on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, is classified as critically endangered, making it the rarest of tigers.

3. Set off on a culinary expedition at Tiffins Restaurant

Inspired by exploration and adventure, Tiffins Restaurant is a treasure trove of mouthwatering delights from far-off places. Enjoy fancy fare like Spiced Chickpea Falafel, Charred Octopus or the signature bread service, before digging into the Tamarind-braised Short Rib or Surf and Turf. Best of all, Cardmembers can receive 10% off at Tiffins Restaurant for most meals, most days with the Disney® Visa® Credit Card 23

Tiffin's Restaurant Surf and Turf dish

4. Meet some Disney pals at Adventurers Outpost

Mickey and Minnie Mouse are gearing up for their next grand adventure. But they’re waiting for a special visitor to wish them well before they embark: you! Mosey to their exploration headquarters to browse the trinkets and mementos they’ve collected on their adventures before posing for a picture with the pair.

5. Watch lions be the mane event at Festival of the Lion King

This larger-than-life show is sure to make any crowd roar. Experience The Lion King like never before as you sing, dance and discover the “Circle of Life” alongside Simba, Mufasa and more in the colorful Harambe Theatre.

Lion King Performance

6. Create your own Disney Character at the The Animation Experience at Conservation Station

Disney’s animators created the Characters you know and love by spending time with live animals and observing their behavior. At The Animation Experience at Conservation Station, you’ll discover the influence of real life animals as you illustrate your very own version of a popular Disney Character. Let your creativity and love of all things wild collide.

7. Experience the exhilarating Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe

The Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe invite audiences to come together, dance and celebrate. These righteous rhythms and vibrant beats are sure to have your toes tapping. Before you know it, you’ll be clapping, shaking and chanting with the iconic drum group.


8. Raft down a rip-roaring river on Kali River Rapids

Sure, there are other ways to cool off, but none as thrilling as Kali River Rapids. This adrenaline-pumping, nature-filled adventure will take you through a lush jungle in the heart of Asia before the harmony is disrupted and your raft plummets 20 feet, ending with a magnificent splash.

9. Take a trip with your tastebuds at Nomad Lounge

Inspired by distant locations around the globe, this vibrant abode will take your tastebuds on a trip with its fun fare. At Nomad Lounge, you’ll experience mouth-watering small plates and an eclectic selection of beer, wine and spirits (including the Hightower Rocks cocktail below).

Hightower Rocks drink

10. Invigorate your senses with Savor the Savanna

This privately guided safari will pique all your senses. With Savor the Savanna, you’ll discover the sights, sounds and tastes of Africa as your expert guide tells tales of the magnificent animals who call the Harambe Wildlife Reserve home. Enjoy a stunning view of the reserve while indulging in a sampling of African-inspired cuisine. And best of all, Cardmembers can receive 15% off the regular price of this tour with the Disney Visa Credit Card.24

11. Bond with a banshee on Avatar Flight of Passage

Not many people can say they have bonded with a banshee and ridden on its back, but after Avatar Flight of Passage, you can. You and your banshee companion will embark on an enchanting 3D flight over Pandora to get a bird’s—or banshee’s—eye view of this moon’s lush landscape.

Avatar flight

12. Learn about animal care at Conservation Station

Go wild at Conservation Station. Witness expert veterinary care at the Veterinary Treatment Room; watch the animal nutritionists prepare meals in the Nutrition Center; observe frogs, lizards and tarantulas in the Amphibian, Reptile and Invertebrate Windows; and see what the resident scientists are uncovering in the Science Center.

13. Get a close look at the Tree of Life

The Tree of Life is the beloved symbol of Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, and it honors animals and the important place they all share in the great Circle of Life. At 145 feet tall, the massive tree towers over the surrounding land, giving onlookers an epic view of over 300 animals carved into its branches.

Tree of Life

14. Become an official Wilderness Explorer

The wilderness was meant to be explored! And you’re ready to embark on the journey. Through fun, self-guided activities like animal observation and nature-themed challenges, you’ll start racking up badges in no time. After you earn 25, you’ll become an official Wilderness Explorer (just like Russell from Up) and earn the right to echo the Wilderness Explorer call: Caw! Caw! Roar!

15. Meet gentle giants at Up Close with Rhinos

Become acquainted with the world’s second-largest land animal, the white rhinoceros. Up Close with Rhinos is a 60-minute guided adventure in which you’ll learn all about rhinos’ behavior and biology as well as the challenges they face in the wild. What’s more? Cardmembers can receive 15% off the regular price of this tour with the Disney Visa Card.24

16. Take a walk on the wild side with Discovery Island Trails

This isn’t any old walk in the park. The picturesque pathways surrounding the Tree of Life give way to chance encounters with captivating species. Stop along the convenient observation stations to spot animals like the white stork, red kangaroo, lesser flamingos, ring-tailed lemur and so many more.


17. Transport your imagination to India with Chakranadi

During this musical performance, if you close your eyes, it’s almost like you’re in India. But, you won’t want to miss this show. Let the sounds of the sitar take you on a voyage through the enchanting rhythm and mesmerizing tunes, including traditional Indian songs and Disney originals.

18. Dive into Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!

This one-of-a-kind stage show delivers the fan-favorite tale of Finding Nemo in an unforgettable new way. Catch up with the fish previously holed up in Dr. P. Sherman’s office before diving into live performances from some favorite underwater friends. With the theater’s innovative lighting, sound and special effects, you’ll feel like you’re swimming out to sea with Nemo.

Performance of Finding Nemo: The Big Blue... and Beyond!

19. Trek along Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail

The Pangani Forest is home to some of the most majestic African animals, and you can take a walk along the forest’s winding paths for chance encounters with a few of them. From the convenient observation stations, you can take a gander at a Grevy’s zebra’s stripes, snap photos of adorable meerkats perched about or simply revel in the magnificent size of western lowland gorillas.

20. Find stylish souvenirs at Island Mercantile

You’ll have no worries looking great in Lion King souvenirs from this store, where animal influence meets ferocious fashions. Remember to use your Disney Visa Card to save on select merchandise purchases of $50 or more.25

shopDisney Lion King merchandise

21. Float into another world on Na’vi River Journey

Discover the enchantment of a mystical river ride. Unlike any boat ride you’ve ever experienced, Na’vi River Journey will guide you through a glowing bioluminescent rainforest thick with exotic plants and creatures at every turn. Rounding out your journey, you’ll witness the Na’vi Shaman of Songs send positive energy out into the forest through the power of her music.

22. Go behind the scenes via the Wildlife Express Train

All aboard the Wildlife Express Train! This relaxing 7-minute, 1.2 mile journey takes you to Rafiki’s Planet Watch, an area dedicated to the preservation and conservation of wildlife. There, you’ll get an up-close look at what goes on behind the scenes of Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, like veterinary facilities.

23. Set off on a savanna tour via Kilimanjaro Safaris

Take an expedition through the Harambe Wildlife Reserve, a magical place home to over 30 species. There’s so much to discover throughout the 110 acres. Your Kilimanjaro Safaris expert guide will point out the reserve’s inhabitants, answer questions and share interesting wildlife facts as your open-air vehicle glides through open plains, lush forests and mossy lowlands.

Kilimanjaro Safaris

24. Meet the park’s largest residents with Caring for Giants

Have you ever wondered how the animals of Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park are so well cared for? The Caring for Giants tour takes you closer to the African elephants who call the Harambe Wildlife Reserve home. This 60-minute guided experience gives you a glimpse at the average day in the life of these amazing animals and shows what goes into caring for them. Use your Disney Visa Card to save 15% on the non-discounted cost of this tour!24

25. Meet some furry friends at the Affection Section

Cozy up with some adorable domesticated animals at the only petting zoo at Walt Disney World® Resort. Learn from animal care experts who care for these unique, heritage breeds while basking in the picturesque outdoor space.

There’s an adventure for everyone at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. Discover our top 25 and more on your next getaway. Cardmembers, be sure to take advantage of special vacation financing when planning your getaway to visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park at Walt Disney World® Resort.6

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