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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 30 min 20 30-40 30-60 30-55 30-60 30-60 60-90 70-90 80-93
Expedition Everest 10-25 min 15-30 18-38 25-55 30-55 35-65 40-65 45-95 55-110 90-130
Kali River Rapids 10-25 min 20-70 15-60 20-70 30-120 30-90 40-90 50-90 20-90 20-130
Kilimanjaro Safaris 10-30 min 10-40 20-58 25-90 20-75 30-80 30-80 60-90 85-115 85-135
Primeval Whirl 10-30 min 10-30 10-30 20-30 20-40 20-50 20-50 30-80 40-70 50-90

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 10-20 min 10-40 20-45 20-45 20-45 20-45 25-55 30-60 45-60 50-60
It's Tough to Be a Bug 5-10 min 5-10 8-13 5-15 5-15 10-15 5-25 10-40 15-30 40-55
TriceraTop Spin 5 min 5-10 5-8 5-15 5-20 5-15 5-30 5-30 20-30 30-50

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: 30 min
     Level 2: 20 min
     Level 3: 30-40 min
     Level 4: 30-60 min
     Level 5: 30-55 min
     Level 6: 30-60 min
     Level 7: 30-60 min
     Level 8: 60-90 min
     Level 9: 70-90 min
     Level 10: 80-93 min

Expedition Everest
     Level 1: 10-25 min
     Level 2: 15-30 min
     Level 3: 18-38 min
     Level 4: 25-55 min
     Level 5: 30-55 min
     Level 6: 35-65 min
     Level 7: 40-65 min
     Level 8: 45-95 min
     Level 9: 55-110 min
     Level 10: 90-130 min

Kali River Rapids
     Level 1: 10-25 min
     Level 2: 20-70 min
     Level 3: 15-60 min
     Level 4: 20-70 min
     Level 5: 30-120 min
     Level 6: 30-90 min
     Level 7: 40-90 min
     Level 8: 50-90 min
     Level 9: 20-90 min
     Level 10: 20-130 min

Kilimanjaro Safaris
     Level 1: 10-30 min
     Level 2: 10-40 min
     Level 3: 20-58 min
     Level 4: 25-90 min
     Level 5: 20-75 min
     Level 6: 30-80 min
     Level 7: 30-80 min
     Level 8: 60-90 min
     Level 9: 85-115 min
     Level 10: 85-135 min

Primeval Whirl
     Level 1: 10-30 min
     Level 2: 10-30 min
     Level 3: 10-30 min
     Level 4: 20-30 min
     Level 5: 20-40 min
     Level 6: 20-50 min
     Level 7: 20-50 min
     Level 8: 30-80 min
     Level 9: 40-70 min
     Level 10: 50-90 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: 10-20 min
     Level 2: 10-40 min
     Level 3: 20-45 min
     Level 4: 20-45 min
     Level 5: 20-45 min
     Level 6: 20-45 min
     Level 7: 25-55 min
     Level 8: 30-60 min
     Level 9: 45-60 min
     Level 10: 50-60 min

It's Tough to Be a Bug
     Level 1: 5-10 min
     Level 2: 5-10 min
     Level 3: 8-13 min
     Level 4: 5-15 min
     Level 5: 5-15 min
     Level 6: 10-15 min
     Level 7: 5-25 min
     Level 8: 10-40 min
     Level 9: 15-30 min
     Level 10: 40-55 min

TriceraTop Spin
     Level 1: 5 min
     Level 2: 5-10 min
     Level 3: 5-8 min
     Level 4: 5-15 min
     Level 5: 5-20 min
     Level 6: 5-15 min
     Level 7: 5-30 min
     Level 8: 5-30 min
     Level 9: 20-30 min
     Level 10: 30-50 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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