Fastpass+ and Animal Kingdom Park – What you need to know

Disney's Animal Kingdom park - Orlando Fun and Food
Disney’s Animal Kingdom park – Orlando Fun and Food

Planning your day at Animal Kingdom park is easier than ever with the new Fastpass+ system.  You will only find a couple of Fastpass+ Kiosk locations in the park.  They are located near Disney Outfitters (just to the right of the Tree of Life) & Island Mercantile (just to the left of the Tree of Life).  I have seen other kiosks & cast members scattered throughout the park but they do not seem to be set locations or times.  If you experience a long line at the first 2 locations, ask a cast member where else you might be able to find a kiosk at that time.

Once at the kiosk, the cast member will scan your ticket media & link your party together.  You will then get to choose your 3 fastpasses for the day.  Here is a list of attractions available for selection:

  • It’s Tough to be a Bug!
  • Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost
  • Dinosaur
  • Primeval Whirl
  • Finding Nemo – The Musical
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
Expedition Everest - Orlando Fun and Food
Expedition Everest – Orlando Fun and Food

As I mentioned in my previous article, only a limited number of fastpasses are available for attractions.  If an attraction is very popular or the park is particularly crowded, the fastpasses may run out quickly.  If you must make same-day fastpass reservations & you have a must do ride or you anticipate large crowds, you should arrive at the park early to ensure you get that fastpass!

Here are some tips & tricks:

  1. When making reservation times it’s important to remember any dining reservations, parade times, or other show times.
  2. Be ready when you hit the kiosk.  Have a discussion ahead of time & decide what you must do.  Decide on those 3 must-dos!
  3. You can be admitted 5 minutes prior to your reservation time.
  4. Your fastpass isn’t “charged” until you scan it at the second checkpoint (parades & meet & greets usually only have 1 checkpoint).  If the little one decides he just can’t face the yeti, exit the queue before the second checkpoint so that you can change that fastpass to another attraction should you choose.
  5. If you can’t get a particular attraction, try breaking up your party & going for times that are close together.  For instance, my party of 3 might have times of 3:15, 3:20, & 3:30.  We’re all still within that hour window of each other & can still ride together.  This is very helpful for the more popular attractions & also when attempting to change times during your day!
  6. Keep in mind that you can make changes throughout the day.  Should you decide to take that mid-day siesta or change your dining reservations, you can also change your fastpasses, if needed.  Just remember that there are a limited number for each attraction & when they are gone, they are gone.
  7. Usually, the popular fastpasses (most quickly gone) are Kilimanjaro Safaris & Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain.  The others can vary a bit.  It is a safe assumption that the new Festival of the Lion King show will also be in big demand when it opens in the summer.  It’s a Bugs Life rarely has a long wait.

That’s about it for Animal Kingdom park!  My next article will focus on Disney’s Hollywood Studios!  Click here if you missed my article on Magic Kingdom park.  Please comment if you have any questions!

My name is Jason Mayhew, and I am the owner of OFF On The Go. When not traveling with the website, I own my own marketing and PR company, J Mayhew Marketing. I have the best job where I get to travel the world and showcase the most amazing and unique experiences!

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Jason Mayhew

My name is Jason Mayhew, and I am the owner of OFF On The Go. When not traveling with the website, I own my own marketing and PR company, J Mayhew Marketing. I have the best job where I get to travel the world and showcase the most amazing and unique experiences!