The following tips will help you navigate the park opening procedures at Animal Kingdom.
- As of August 9, 2013, Animal Kingdom generally lets guests through the turnstiles 15 minutes before park opening daily. Kilimanjaro Safaris, Expedition Everest, and TriceraTop Spin are usually open early, while the rest of the park's attractions may not start running until the official park opening time. You will be unable be able to obtain FASTPASS tickets until the official park opening time. Discovery Island's snacks should be open.
- The rightmost turnstiles are reserved for character breakfast guests only and thus have no lines. However, once the other turnstiles start operating, all park guests are allowed through these turnstiles. To shorten your wait at the turnstiles, you may be able to hover near these "breakfast only" turnstiles and then jump in line quickly once the turnstiles start running for everyone.
- Since the paths of the Oasis are narrow, it is difficult to pass people. For this reason, it behooves you to be at the front of the pack at rope drop.
- If you want to ride Expedition Everest first, going through Dinoland U.S.A. to get to the attraction may get you there faster than following the cast members through Asia past Yak and Yeti.