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Walt Disney World Resort is not offering FastPass+, effective March 16, 2020.
(FastPass+ may be offered again in the future.)

FastPass+ Attractions at Disney's Animal Kingdom

This page accompanies our FastPass+ Overview for Walt Disney World Resort.

No attractions currently offer FastPass+ at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Following the 2020 park closures related to COVID-19, FastPass+ at Walt Disney World is suspended until further notice.

Disney's Animal Kingdom FastPass+ (FP+) FAQ

FastPass+ Tiers at Disney's Animal Kingdom

The opening of Pandora - The World of Avatar resulted in Animal Kingdom's attractions being grouped into tiers, like the FastPass+ attractions at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Disney limits how many FP+ reservations you can make for each group. Here are the groups and their limits:

Group A (Choose up to 1 attraction)

Avatar - Flight of Passage
Na'Vi River Journey

Group B

Expedition Everest
Festival of the Lion King
Finding Nemo - The Musical
It's Tough to Be A Bug
Kali River Rapids
Kilimanjaro Safaris
Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost
Primeval Whirl
Rivers of Light

How to Use FastPass+ With a Touring Plan

All of our Disney's Animal Kingdom touring plans  now use Disney's FastPass+ ride reservation system. Each plan lists the suggested FP+ start times for the attractions that will save you the most time in line, like this:

Suggested start times for FP+ reservations:

Avatar - Flight of Passage = 9 a.m. 
Expedition Everest = 10 a.m.
Kilimanjaro Safaris = 12:30 p.m.

The updated plans are very efficient - the average wait in line should be under 11 minutes per step during summer for our standard 1-day Unofficial Guide Touring Plan - with more than an hour of free time available in the afternoon.

Which FastPasses Should I Get for the Animal Kingdom?

When we updated the plans, we kept track of how many times each attraction was identified as needing FastPass+. As we did for the Magic Kingdom's FastPass+ priorities, here's the Animal Kingdom's chart:Animal Kingdom FastPass+ Priorities

Reasons Why You Might Need an Animal Kingdom FastPass+

FastPass+ is offered at a dozen Animal Kingdom attractions, only 8 of them ever require FP+ in our touring plans. Here's why:

Kilimanjaro Safaris is the attraction that most frequently uses FP+ in our Animal Kingdom touring plans. Why? It's not a thrill ride, so it appeals to everyone in the park, from small children, to adults, to seniors.  It's also very popular, so it appears in all of our touring plans. Another advantage of using FastPass+ for Kilimanjaro Sarafis is that you can choose whether to experience the standard daytime safari, or try the nighttime version.

We recommend FastPass+ for the new Pandora attractions -Avatar Flight of Passage and Na'Vi River Journey - more than any Animal Kingdom attractions except Kilimanjaro Safaris. Both rides are in the same FastPass+ tier, so you have to choose which one you'll use your advance FastPass+ for. If you plan to ride Flight of Passage, we think that choice will save you the most time in line. If you're not riding Flight of Passage, get a FastPass+ for the Na'vi River Journey.

Expedition Everest is the attraction that appears next in our list of best FastPass+ attractions at the Animal Kingdom. Because it's a popular thrill ride, it appears in all of our 'tween, adult, and "whole family" touring plans. 

Beyond those attractions, your choices for a best FastPass+ attraction depends on the ages of your family. Meet Disney Pals at the Adventurer's Outpost character meet and greet shows up on our Animal Kingdom touring plans for parents with small children. It’s probably not going to be the first stop of your day, and using FastPass+ at the Outpost will generally save more time in line than using FastPass+ at any other child-friendly attraction in our plans.

Similarly, Rivers of Light, Kali River Rapids, and Dinosaur are reasonable FastPass+ recommendations in some scenarios, such as days with late arrivals.  

Attractions That Never Need FastPass+ In Our Animal Kingdom Touring Plans

These Animal Kingdom attractions never require FastPass+ in our touring plans:

Festival of the Lion King
Finding Nemo - The Musical
Primeval Whirl
It's Tough to Be a Bug!

Why? Most of them are shows, and our touring plan software does a good job of getting you to the show at least 15 minutes in advance. When your touring plan gets you to a show 15 minutes in advance, you'll almost always be able to get in to see that performance. And the worst case in most scenarios is that you'll only have to wait until the next show.  Finally, it's rare for the wait time at It's Tough to Be a Bug to be more than 15 minutes, so there's not a lot of time to be saved there using FastPass+.

What To Do If You Have Other FastPass+ Attractions or Times

If you can get a FP+ reservation for the attractions shown, anywhere near the times listed in the plans, the touring plans will work exactly as shown, and your waits in line will be minimized. If you need to choose other FastPass+ attractions or times, our free computer-optimized touring plan software will incorporated those.

Here's the process I usually follow to create an optimal Animal Kingdom touring plan with low waits in line:

  1. Select all of the attractions I want to visit during the day, and enter in all of the meals and breaks I want to take. I don’t enter any FastPass+ times at this step, because I first want to see what the Optimizer identifies as the attractions with potentially long waits.
  2. Click the “Optimize” button and wait for the touring plan to be optimized.
  3. Find the first attraction with a wait over 30 minutes, and see if a FastPass+ reservation is available for that attraction around that time. If I find one, I enter in the FastPass+ time that’s available, and re-optimize the plan.
  4. I repeat Step 3 for the two FP+ eligible attractions with the highest wait times throughout the day. I re-optimize the plan after each attraction, because saving a bunch of time on one attraction may allow the Optimizer to uncover other ways to save you time throughout the day.

Another great resource for optimizing touring plans is our Lines Chat forum, where lots of folks are happy to offer suggestions.

Specific notes about touring FastPass+ attractions in Animal Kingdom follow:

Where Are the Animal Kingdom FastPass+ Kiosks?

You can make additional FastPass+ reservations using the My Disney Experience mobile app, or with the FastPass+ kiosks located throughout the park:

  • Discovery Island: Near the Island Mercantile store
  • Asia: Near the entrance to Kali River Rapids
  • Africa: Near Dawa Bar and Tusker House restaurant

General FastPass+ Information

What Does FastPass+ Cost?

There is no fee to use FP+ — it’s available to everyone and free with park admission.

When Can I Book FastPasses?

Guests staying at a Disney resort hotel may make FP+ reservations for the entire length of their trip, up to 60 days in advance of their trip. Everyone else with park tickets may book FP+ reservations up to 30 days in advance, one day at a time.

How Many FP+ Reservations May I Make?

In advance of your trip, you can make up to three FP+ ride reservations for each day of your vacation. Once you use these three pre-selected FastPasses, you can then make additional FastPass+ reservations, one at a time, while you are at WDW.

How Does a FP+ Work When I'm in the Theme Parks?

Most FP+ ride reservations specify a one-hour window during which you may enter the attraction. For example, with a reservation to ride Expedition Everest at 11:00 AM, you may arrive any time between 11:00 AM and noon. Your reservation will be canceled if you don't show up on time.

When you arrive at an attraction with your FP+, you’ll be directed to a separate, shorter "FastPass+ Return" line. To enter the line, you must validate your reservation by touching your MagicBand or RFID ticket to a reader at the FP+ Return entrance.