Kilimanjaro Safari- This is one of my all time favorite attractions at Disney World. I suggest either going first thing in the morning or in the last hour that the park is open or get a fastpass because the lines can get long. Climb aboard a jeep and explore the Harambe Wildlife Reserve in Harambe, East Africa with the help of a tour guide. You will get to see some amazing animals along the way. Some of the animals that you may see include: Okapi, Greater Kudu, Duck (several breeds), Northern Pintail, Nyala, Sable Antelope, Greater Flamingo, Impala, Blue Wildebeest, Pink-Backed Pelican, Bontebok, Common Eland, Thomson’s Gazelle, Stork (several breeds), Ankole Cattle, Mandrill, Bongo, Nile Crocodile, Black and White Rhinoceros, Hippopotamus, Giraffe (two breeds), Warthog, Ostrich, Lion, African Elephant, Zebra, and many more. This attraction lasts about 22 minutes but may be longer if there are a lot of jeeps on the road or animals blocking the road.
DINOSAUR- Dinosaur is a bumpy ride through time to visit the dinosaurs. The journey starts off calm but a the meteors begin to fall and your running out of time the Time Rover gets very bumpy and jerky. It’s a fun ride for all the dinosaur fans and isn’t too scary for little ones (I suggest seating them on the inside just incase). The ride is a little over 3 minutes long. Some of the dinosaurs you will see includes: Styracosaurus, Alioramus, Velociraptor, Carnotaurus, Saltasaurus, Iguanodon, and several skeletons of dinosaurs. The ride is supposed to be tied into the film Dinosaur, you do not need to see the film to enjoy the ride.
Expedition Everest Legends of the Forbidden Mountain— Expedition Everest is one of the best rollercoasters in Disney World. The atmosphere and planning for this attraction is perfect. The queue has lots of materials that make you feel like you are really in Nepal getting ready to board a train into the Himalayas. If your a Yeti fan you can look around the queue and find lots of interesting materials to look at and photograph. In the 2011 Guinness World Records it is listed as being the most expensive roller coster costing 100 million US dollars. The attraction opened April 7, 2006 3 years after it was announced at the 5 year anniversary celebration of the park. This attraction has a single rider line as well as a fastpass line. If you want to experience the queue go in the standby line, the fastpass line moves quickly and the single rider line skips the queue all together. The train goes to speeds up to 50 mph and for a short time you do move backwards. The ride takes a little under 3 minutes.
Kali River Rapids- This attraction is for those guests who don’t mind getting soaked on an attraction. Kali River Rapids is one of those rides that you will get wet on no matter where you sit. The attraction has free lockers for you to store your bags in. If your not a fan of walking around wet bring an extra change of clothes. You board a round raft that will slowly spin during your journey. It’s a fun ride with a few small bumps but it’s a great way to beat the heat. I suggest riding early or getting a fastpass for this one. The ride itself is about 5 minutes long. The queue focuses on environmental protection and the dangers of over logging areas. The attraction opened March 1999.
The Festival of the Lion King- This is my all time favorite show in Disney World. If you’ve seen the Broadway version of the Lion King you’ll see similar costumes but the show is not the same. The show has moved to a new location in Africa in 2014 but it’s the same great show. I love to see the acrobat monkeys and the fire performer. The music is amazing and the cast will get you moving and singing along. This attraction has fastpass but runs so often that if you plan to show up 15 minutes before a showing you will get a spot. You will be seated in one of the four animals sections Warthog, Elephant, Giraffe and Lion. Each section has a performer which will help your section when it is time to participate their Swahili names are: Kiume (meaning "masculine and strong"), Nakawa (meaning "good-looking"), Kibibi (meaning "princess"), and Zawadi (meaning "the gift").
Finding Nemo The Musical- This is another great show! I have only seen this one once since it is longer and only shown a few times during the day. Crowds line up early for this one so I suggest arriving at least 20 minutes early. the show itself is 40 minutes and it’s a nice break from the heat in the air-conditioned Theater in the Wild. Originally Tarzan Rocks! occupied this building from 1999-2006. The show will run 6 times a day during the busy season and 3 times a day during the quieter season.
Rafiki’s Planet Watch- This is an area of the park instead of an attraction. It is made up of 3 attractions: Wildlife Express Train, Affection Section, and Conservation Station. The Wildlife Express Train will take you from Africa to Conservation Station, a lot of guests with young children will just take a roundtrip ride which is a lot of fun in itself. If you choose you can exit at Conservation Station and see lots of animals. Some of the include: pythons, rats, goats, macaws, scorpions, parrots, cockroaches, and many more. This is a great place to beat the heat and see some of the amazing animals the park has to offer. Characters also meet here such as Rafiki and Chip & Dale. Affection Section is a petting zoo with goats, sheep, and other domesticated animals. This is a very popular place for the little ones.
Honorable Mention- Maharajah Jungle Trek and Pangani Forest Exploration Trail- These walk through areas are a great spot to see some of Animal Kingdom’s animals. If you plan it right you can have a quiet walk through while enjoying seeing gorillas and other animals.