The Best Outdoor Activities and Attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Staying outside as much as possible is important to many Disney fans, myself included, during this time. And while I have mixed emotions about the prospect of returning to Walt Disney World, it helps to think about all the outdoor activities that are in each park. We’ve covered the outdoor activities at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Now, it’s time to go wild!

It should come as no surprise that Disney’s Animal Kingdom has a whole lot of outdoor activities. It is the one theme park that is truly centered around the natural world, and because of this many of its attractions are outside.

Best Outdoor Rides at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Expedition Everest (some indoor portions)
  • TriceraTop Spin
  • Wildlife Express
Up Close with Rhinos Tour
Rhinos on Kilimanjaro Safaris ©Rikki Niblett

Best Outdoor Animal Experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail
  • Maharajah Jungle Trek
  • Discovery Island Trails
  • The Oasis Exhibits
  • Flights of Wonder bird encounter
  • Feather Friends in Flight Show (previously the UP  – A Great Bird Adventure show)
  • Affection Section – currently you can look, but not touch at this petting zoo area
Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Other Outdoor Experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Character cavalcades on the Discovery River
  • Explore the details of Harambe Village
  • Explore the details of Anandapur
  • Use the Discovery Island Trails to get up close and personal with the Tree of Life so you can examine the carvings
  • Wilderness Explorers – great kid’s activity program throughout the park, modified with physical distancing
Pocahontas and Meeko on the Discovery River

There are lots of ways to have fun outside at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Did I miss your favorite outdoor activity? Let us know in the comments!

Dani

Born and raised in the land of sunshine and dreams come true, Dani is a proud Orlando Native who loves sharing her hometown with others. She's worked in nearly all of Orlando's theme parks, on board Disney Cruise Line, and in hotel management. Follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram @thisfloridalife

3 thoughts on “The Best Outdoor Activities and Attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • July 14, 2020 at 2:41 pm
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    Pro Tip…don’t go to AK if there is rain in the forecast! Everest, Kali, triceratop spin, etc will close and there aren’t a whole lot of indoor things open! Not being able to park hop really stinks in this situation.

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  • July 27, 2020 at 5:06 pm
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    There’s rain in the forecast every day all summer XD.

    I agree that the lack of park hopping is a big problem. Disney needs to bring it back for those staying on site at the very least to alleviate the congestion being reported back at the resorts’ quick service food locations at the end of the day: looked like virus city.

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    • July 27, 2020 at 5:09 pm
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      We spent the weekend at Animal Kingdom and Epcot. We only did outdoor things and went back to our Fort Wilderness Cabin for breaks. There’s certainly always rain the forecast in summer, thankfully it did not rain both days we were there.

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