Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the largest theme park in the world. Spanning an area of 580 acres, it is nearly six times the size of Magic Kingdom. While much of this space is required to allow for more freedom and care for the animals within the park, its size makes a day of exploring the park a more physically demanding experience.
On top of the size of the park, guests will also encounter elevation changes on pathways, as they explore the park, which makes the experience feel like more of a hiking adventure than a typical day in a theme park.
The vegetation within the park also causes the temperature inside the park to feel even hotter and more humid than guests would experience in the other parks, which can drain your energy more quickly.
Throughout the park, there are a lot of adventurous attractions for guests to enjoy, many of which can have quite lengthy stand-by wait times on any given day.
Surely, getting stuck waiting in a long line is not ideal when you need to take a break during your day in the park. To help you plan ahead to take some entertaining and much-needed breaks during your day in the park without having to wait a long time, we have put together our list of top 3 attractions to take a breather at Animal Kingdom.
It’s Tough to be a Bug!
This show’s theater is located inside the park’s iconic Tree of Life. It is 9 minutes in length, and combines a 3D film with audio-animatronics and various special effects, to add to the overall experience of the show.
Flik, from A Bug’s Life, plays the role of the host of this show, as he educates guests on the importance of bugs to life on Earth.
Guests are given 3D glasses to wear throughout the show. The 3D film is accompanied by other special effects in the theater that bring an added element of surprise to this show, and engage all of the senses of the audience.
3D films are not something that all guests may be able to handle or appreciate (you may recall us excluding an attraction for that very reason in a previous post), but guests who can handle 3D will likely enjoy the effects this attraction has to offer.
Personally, we both happen to not enjoy this attraction on a regular basis, but we absolutely recommend it as a good option for an entertaining way to take a breather for a few minutes in a comfortable, air-conditioned theater during a long day in the park.
Finding Nemo-The Musical
Heading over to DinoLand U.S.A., you will find Finding Nemo-The Musical inside the Theater in the Wild. With several show times scheduled throughout the day, guests can plan ahead to enjoy a show that best fits their schedule.
This award-winning musical adaptation of the Finding Nemo film combines puppets, dancers, acrobats, and animated backdrops. Lines taken directly from the film are used in the show to help bring the characters to life. New songs were written specifically for this show to enhance the story and create an experience that is truly unique, rather than just re-telling the story from the film.
At 40 minutes in length, this show provides guests with an excellent opportunity to sit back, relax, and enjoy a long break from the elements and the physical demands of exploring the park.
The theater seats 1,500 people per show. While you will still want to plan ahead carefully, your odds of being able to attend the performance of your choice are far better with such a large capacity in the theater.
This is a great option that the whole family can enjoy while resting up for the remainder of your day in the park.
Festival of the Lion King
On the west side of Africa, you will find Danny’s personal favorite show at Walt Disney World, Festival of the Lion King, inside the Harambe Theater.
This 30-minute show is performed in-the-round, giving the theater a large capacity and a more interactive experience for the audience.
Each of the four sections of the audience are given an animal name, which corresponds with a float of that animal during the show. The audience is given instructions and guided through a fun and interactive pre-show to prepare for portions of the show in which audience participation is encouraged.
The show is hosted by four live performers, which each lead one section of the audience. These performers narrate the show and also sing songs from the film live. Along with the four hosts, dancers, characters from the film, gymnasts, acrobats, puppets on parade-style floats, puppeteers, stilt-walkers, and other performers fill the theater throughout the performance.
The audience is invited to sing along to their favorite songs from the film, and may be selected, at random, by performers to participate in parts of this high-energy, action-packed show.
This show is a must-see, and is an amazing way to enjoy some much-needed rest during your day at Animal Kingdom.
We would like to include Kilimanjaro Safaris as an honorable mention on our list. It is a great way to be entertained and educated while taking break, but the stand-by wait times tend to be long, oftentimes. Due to the longer wait time, we didn’t include that attraction in our top 3, although we both consider it to be one of our favorite attractions at WDW.
This concludes our four-part series of top 3 attractions to take a breather in each of the WDW parks. In case you missed our previous posts in this series, you can check them out here: Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot. We hope you have enjoyed reading these suggestions, and hope you find them to be useful on future trips to WDW.
What do you think of our picks for top 3 attractions to take a breather in Animal Kingdom? Let us know in the comments.
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XOXO, Halie and Danny