Animal Kingdom Crowds

Why do I need to know about Animal Kingdom crowds?

Animal Kingdom gets crowded real easily. There are several reasons for that ranging from short hours to narrow walkways. Lines tend to get long quickly. It just makes sense to find a way to avoid the bulk of the crowds.

Animal Kingdom is by far the biggest of the parks in terms of actual size. But guests only walk in small areas of the park. The rest of the park is accessed by vehicles like the Safari ride vehicles or the Train to Conservation Station.

The walking paths at Animal Kingdom are almost too narrow for the number of people that often overrun them.

Until Expedition Everest opened it was pretty easy to work your way around the Animal Kingdom. You just started at the Safari and worked to the right. But now to avoid Animal Kingdom crowds…

These are some general suggestions for dealing with crowds at Walt Disney World. They also work for Animal Kingdom and the crowds there.

Have a plan

The Animal Kingdom is the largest of the parks. It also is the most difficult to navigate. There are no shortcuts or connecting passages. Dad suggests you have a plan so you don’t spend your day backtracking.

Get there early

Dad always suggests that you arrive at the Animal Kingdom at least 20 minutes before the scheduled opening time. If you have small children, I would suggest 30 minutes. You might actually be able to get your stroller before the park opens.

Why should you get there early? Simple, the smallest crowds are early in the morning. Crowds grow as the day goes on. Duh! You can walk on to most rides the first hour of the day, after that, the lines start piling up.

Extra Magic Hours

Disney’s Extra Magic Hours are a great way to avoid crowds at Disney World. For more information about the best ways to use Extra Magic Hours on your Disney World vacation check out …

Specific Suggestions

Plan to get in line 45 minutes prior to the starting time for Finding Nemo – The Musical.

Dinosaur lines can be real long or real short depending on the Finding Nemo show. Try to ride during the show.

The Bottom Line

Crowds can be a real pain in the Animal Kingdom. Walkways are narrow and the park while large doesn’t have many rides to distribute people to. Make sure to have a plan and be ready for anything. (You never know when a tiger is going to fly over a fence.)