A Day in Disney’s Animal Kingdom with Two Kids {4 and under!} – Our Favorite Rides + Shows!

Today I’m excited to share with you all the fun we had at Animal Kingdom during our recent trip to Walt Disney World. This was the first park we hit up during our visit. We only had planned for three park days and because of extra magic hours at  other parks, we made Animal Kingdom our first stop.

Side Note: Animal Kingdom is MY personal favorite.

// rose gold Minnie Ears

Unfortunately it was raining the morning we planned to start our Disney Parks experience, which was a major bummer. We decided to take a few hours and do a character breakfast {more on that later} and cross our fingers the rain stopped. We made our way to the park and it was still cold and rainy {seriously – major bummer} but we made the best out of it!

I saw rain in the forecast before we left on this trip and kept hoping it wouldn’t actually rain while we were there, but of course it did. I packed rain coats for the boys { this coat is amazing – its lined and crazy warm, the boys loved wearing it and I loved the bright yellow so I could easily spot them!}

Because we took a slower morning getting to the park because of the rain, I was able to make a plan of attack for rides/shows we could enjoy that were inside + rain free.

First, we hit up It’s Tough to be a Bug – which is inside the Tree of Life and based on A Bug’s Life. The boys LOVED it.

3-D glasses FTW

That was the first and only thing we got in before it was nap time for the littles. Because we had such an early morning the day before flying to Florida, they both passed out before lunch in the stroller. I packed garbage bags in my backpack and put the boys legs in them and wrapped them up best I could to keep them from getting wet. It was the smartest thing ever. Then I was able to sit and enjoy a coffee and almost 2 hours of quiet! Another Win!

// fleece lined yellow raincoats

The only non-win part of this double nap was they both fell asleep while we were on our way to the new section of the park – Pandora! I was trying for WEEKS to get Fast Passes to go on the Na’Vi River Journey, which I knew the boys was LOVE and I was personally dying to see it. I was watching the lines on this ride all day and it went down to a 30 minute wait time, which I thought would be do-able with snacks for the kids. I was so excited to get to go on it, but the boys fell asleep and I couldn’t bring myself to wake both of them – that would have been insane! Next time for sure I will hit up Pandora – it was amazing just to walk through, they did a fantastic job!

The boys woke up just in time for lunch! I watched a bunch of YouTube videos for recommendations pre-trip and made reservations at Yak & Yeti. It was perfect to have lunch plans because it got us out of the rain for a bit, the kids were hungry and sat down for the meal – wins all around.

I started off with the Pink Himalayan – Tanqueray, Gin, Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice, Passion Fruit and Lemon Grass Flavors, Salt Rim. It was just the ticket after pushing the boys around in the rain all morning! A nice little lunchtime cocktail for sure!

The meal we had here was delicious – all asian inspired and delicious. But the thing we were here specifically for that I had read amazing reviews about were the Wok Fried Green Beans! So yummy – If you eat at Yak + Yeti in Animal Kingdom, be sure to order these for the table!

After lunch it was time to head on out for our first Fast Pass of the Day: Kilimanjaro Safaris – this is one of my favorite rides. I love getting to see all the animals, they do a wonderful job with the tour of the safari, its always so enjoyable. The boys loved this one too – plus it was great to have a Fast Pass for it since it always has such a long line!

And I almost forgot to tell you, after lunch the rain stopped! Woo!

Disney does such a great job transforming this ride so you feel like you are a part of the safari. So many big animals to see just wandering out and about – next time we come back here I want to do the safari around nighttime, because apparently they put up a huge sunset on the horizon somehow – sounds cool!

Next up we saw a few shows. I would HIGHLY recommend seeing Finding Nemo: The Musical and The Festival of the Lion King – they were both knock it out of the park Disney Magic. Both the boys LOVED them and they were a great excuse to get out of the cold and sit inside with snacks for a while. Finding Nemo – the music and the actors with the characters were so much fun. I honestly didn’t want the show to end! We got seats right up front and had a blast. The Festival of the Lion King I was blown away by – the characters and the floats – it was like Cirque du Soleil! We got a fast pass for this which I would definitely recommend doing because even though it plays every hour, it fills up QUICK and you want to get good seats!

After that we made our way over to Dino Land – the littles rode the TriceraTop Spin while Brooks and I used another Fast Pass to go on Dinosaur! I have always LOVED this ride, and since Brooks met the height requirement {40 inches!}, I figured why not give it a go. When the T-REX comes out and scared the living daylight out of us at the end, Brooks will be fine – right?

A little healthy dose of fear on a ride is part of the fun, right? 

While we were in the ride, I was questioning my parenting choice taking Brooks, my 3 soon to be 4 year old on it. It’s pretty scary, but in a fun way {I think} Brooks was a trooper and held on tight, {I think I held on to him tighter} the whole ride – it was fun to have a little solo time on a ‘big boy ride’ with him and get chased by dinosaurs on the loose.

The ride ends and I ask Brooks what he thought -> “That ride was too dark for me.” 

Ha! I’m proud of him for going on it with me and not getting upset. He was fine with it in the end, and then we went to check out some more of Dino Land USA.

Another fun thing I would suggest while at Animal Kingdom would be the Rivers of Light show which is a nighttime spectacular show, one you can get a Fast Pass for! This runs a few times at night – starting at 6:30pm – this was a little late for us because by this time the boys were done for the day, but we did manage to see some of it and it looked BEAUTIFUL!

Definitely try to check this out if you stay late in the park! I would also suggest checking out the Tree of Life Awakenings show which starts at 6:25 and its a really beautiful show on the Tree of Life. We saw a little bit of this as we were leaving the park and it was really cool!

All in all, even with the rain and cold – we had a great day in Animal Kingdom! There’s always so much more to see and do than I remember, and its just so much fun to walk around the Disney Parks and see the sights!

What’s your favorite thing to see or do at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? I’d love to hear your pick!

Next stop – Epcot! 

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  • Reply Patty January 18, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    Your day sounded wonderful! Can’t wait to do it all again in a few years with the boys!

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