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On our Crowd Calendar we take every day of the year and rank the size of the crowds on a scale of 1 to 10. But what does that mean in terms of wait times? On this page we list each of Animal Kingdom's attractions, and then show you what the wait time will be for each crowd level.

These numbers represent the average peak wait times for each attraction — in other words, the highest waits expected for Animal Kingdom by crowd level. The numbers are the range you'll typically expect as a peak wait time.

Some Animal Kingdom attractions are better indicators of crowds than others. Rides like Expedition Everest and Kilimanjaro Safari are well-known, elaborate, handle 1,000+ riders per hour, and are popular with most guests. The attractions in this chart meet all of these criteria, and are the basis for the 1-to-10 Animal Kingdom Crowd Calendar forecasts we make:

Animal Kingdom Crowd Levels to Wait Times
(for attractions in our AK Crowd Calendar)
Attraction Lev. 1 Lev. 2 Lev. 3 Lev. 4 Lev. 5 Lev. 6 Lev. 7 Lev. 8 Lev. 9 Lev. 10
DINOSAUR 20-50 min 30-65 40-60 45-75 50-85 55-85 60-90 60-90 60-95 65-95
Expedition Everest 20-43 min 35-55 40-75 45-80 50-95 55-95 65-95 65-120 70-130 90-140
Flight of Passage 80-135 min 90-175 135-180 145-210 150-225 155-230 165-240 180-240 195-275 210-275
Kali River Rapids 15-80 min 48-90 15-95 55-110 40-120 35-120 65-120 25-135 25-130 50-135
Kilimanjaro Safaris 20-60 min 45-75 55-95 55-85 65-105 70-120 80-120 80-120 95-135 120-155
Na'vi River 38-88 min 60-90 75-110 75-90 80-120 80-120 85-140 85-140 95-195 110-150

Other Animal Kingdom attractions are frequently not very good indicators of crowds, and are not part of our Animal Kingdom Crowd Calendar forecast. An attraction that is relatively unpopular, is relatively new, cannot handle a large number of guests per hour, or whose posted wait times don't change much regardless of crowds, isn't helpful when determining how crowded the park is.

For example, it's common to have a 10-minute wait at It’s Tough to Be a Bug most days. Why? Because It’s Tough to Be a Bug is a relatively simple, not very popular, slow-loading, low capacity ride, and 10 minutes is around the most time most people are willing to wait for it, most days of the year. So It’s Tough to Be a Bug isn't a good indicator of crowds, and isn't part of our 1-to-10 Animal Kingdom Crowd Calendar predictions. We show estimated wait times below for it and other rides, to give you an idea of the wait times you can expect to see at various crowd levels.

Animal Kingdom Crowd Levels to Wait Times
(for attractions NOT in our AK Crowd Calendar)
Attraction Lev. 1 Lev. 2 Lev. 3 Lev. 4 Lev. 5 Lev. 6 Lev. 7 Lev. 8 Lev. 9 Lev. 10
Adventurers Outpost 15-40 min 35-55 40-50 40-60 40-60 45-60 45-65 45-60 45-60 50-70
It's Tough to Be a Bug 10-15 min 10-20 10-20 10-20 10-25 10-25 10-30 20-30 20-30 25-45
Primeval Whirl 15-45 min 30-45 35-65 35-65 40-60 45-70 50-75 50-80 55-85 60-80
TriceraTop Spin 5 min 5-10 5-10 5-15 5-20 5-20 5-20 10-30 10-30 20-35

Some Animal Kingdom attractions are better indicators of crowds than others. Rides like Expedition Everest and Kilimanjaro Safari are well-known, elaborate, handle 1,000+ riders per hour, and are popular with most guests. The attractions in this chart meet all of these criteria, and are the basis for the 1-to-10 Animal Kingdom Crowd Calendar forecasts we make:

AK Crowd Levels to Wait Times
(for attractions in our AK Crowd Calendar)

DINOSAUR
     Level 1: 20-50 min
     Level 2: 30-65 min
     Level 3: 40-60 min
     Level 4: 45-75 min
     Level 5: 50-85 min
     Level 6: 55-85 min
     Level 7: 60-90 min
     Level 8: 60-90 min
     Level 9: 60-95 min
     Level 10: 65-95 min

Expedition Everest
     Level 1: 20-43 min
     Level 2: 35-55 min
     Level 3: 40-75 min
     Level 4: 45-80 min
     Level 5: 50-95 min
     Level 6: 55-95 min
     Level 7: 65-95 min
     Level 8: 65-120 min
     Level 9: 70-130 min
     Level 10: 90-140 min

Flight of Passage
     Level 1: 80-135 min
     Level 2: 90-175 min
     Level 3: 135-180 min
     Level 4: 145-210 min
     Level 5: 150-225 min
     Level 6: 155-230 min
     Level 7: 165-240 min
     Level 8: 180-240 min
     Level 9: 195-275 min
     Level 10: 210-275 min

Kali River Rapids
     Level 1: 15-80 min
     Level 2: 48-90 min
     Level 3: 15-95 min
     Level 4: 55-110 min
     Level 5: 40-120 min
     Level 6: 35-120 min
     Level 7: 65-120 min
     Level 8: 25-135 min
     Level 9: 25-130 min
     Level 10: 50-135 min

Kilimanjaro Safaris
     Level 1: 20-60 min
     Level 2: 45-75 min
     Level 3: 55-95 min
     Level 4: 55-85 min
     Level 5: 65-105 min
     Level 6: 70-120 min
     Level 7: 80-120 min
     Level 8: 80-120 min
     Level 9: 95-135 min
     Level 10: 120-155 min

Na'vi River
     Level 1: 38-88 min
     Level 2: 60-90 min
     Level 3: 75-110 min
     Level 4: 75-90 min
     Level 5: 80-120 min
     Level 6: 80-120 min
     Level 7: 85-140 min
     Level 8: 85-140 min
     Level 9: 95-195 min
     Level 10: 110-150 min


Other Animal Kingdom attractions are frequently not very good indicators of crowds, and are not part of our Animal Kingdom Crowd Calendar forecast. An attraction that is relatively unpopular, is relatively new, cannot handle a large number of guests per hour, or whose posted wait times don't change much regardless of crowds, isn't helpful when determining how crowded the park is.

For example, it's common to have a 10-minute wait at It’s Tough to Be a Bug most days. Why? Because It’s Tough to Be a Bug is a relatively simple, not very popular, slow-loading, low capacity ride, and 10 minutes is around the most time most people are willing to wait for it, most days of the year. So It’s Tough to Be a Bug isn't a good indicator of crowds, and isn't part of our 1-to-10 Animal Kingdom Crowd Calendar predictions. We show estimated wait times below for it and other rides, to give you an idea of the wait times you can expect to see at various crowd levels.

AK Crowd Levels to Wait Times
(for attractions NOT in our AK Crowd Calendar)

Adventurers Outpost
     Level 1: 15-40 min
     Level 2: 35-55 min
     Level 3: 40-50 min
     Level 4: 40-60 min
     Level 5: 40-60 min
     Level 6: 45-60 min
     Level 7: 45-65 min
     Level 8: 45-60 min
     Level 9: 45-60 min
     Level 10: 50-70 min

It's Tough to Be a Bug
     Level 1: 10-15 min
     Level 2: 10-20 min
     Level 3: 10-20 min
     Level 4: 10-20 min
     Level 5: 10-25 min
     Level 6: 10-25 min
     Level 7: 10-30 min
     Level 8: 20-30 min
     Level 9: 20-30 min
     Level 10: 25-45 min

Primeval Whirl
     Level 1: 15-45 min
     Level 2: 30-45 min
     Level 3: 35-65 min
     Level 4: 35-65 min
     Level 5: 40-60 min
     Level 6: 45-70 min
     Level 7: 50-75 min
     Level 8: 50-80 min
     Level 9: 55-85 min
     Level 10: 60-80 min

TriceraTop Spin
     Level 1: 5 min
     Level 2: 5-10 min
     Level 3: 5-10 min
     Level 4: 5-15 min
     Level 5: 5-20 min
     Level 6: 5-20 min
     Level 7: 5-20 min
     Level 8: 10-30 min
     Level 9: 10-30 min
     Level 10: 20-35 min


These numbers represent minutes. We've taken the highest wait times for each day we have data, split them up by the Disney's Animal Kingdom crowd level estimate we have for those days, then calculated the average range by level.

If you're going on a day where Disney's Animal Kingdom is estimated as a '3' crowd level, the times under the '3' column will be a good estimate of the longest wait you'll see for each attraction. As you can see, some attractions vary a lot more than others.


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