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Rides We Skipped at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom

When visiting any of the four Disney World theme parks, there is no way for you to see all the entertainment, meet all the characters and ride all of the attractions. There simply isn’t time. You need to pick certain things to miss or skip. Doing this ahead of time can avoid disappoint and create more of a relaxing pace in your day. On our last vacation we spent one park day at Animal Kingdom and therefore had to skip quite a few attractions. Take a look at the rides we skipped and why.

Avatar Flights of Passage

This is one of the most popular attractions at Walt Disney World. This attraction puts guests on their very own banshee and fly through the skies of Pandora. This attractions requires guests to be 44 inches. This was the first trip that our older kids would have been able to ride this ride, and we were really hoping they would be able to get on it. We hadn’t decided to choose this as our top tier FastPass because we have a one year old. We opted to choose the equally popular Na’Vi River Journey for our top tier FastPass, knowing the whole family would be able to enjoy it. We tried to get on Flights of Passage first thing, when the gates opened, but everyone had the same idea. When the line began to wrap from Pandora into Africa, we knew we didn’t want to spend the first part of our day at Animal Kingdom in a 3 hour line. So we opted to forgo Flights of Passage for this trip, looking forward to doing it on the next.

Kali River Rapids

This water raft ride is found in Asia and is one of our family’s favourites. Unfortunately, because we were visiting in January it was down for refurb, which it always is at this time of year. So we were unable to ride Kali River Rapids this trip. Make sure to check refurb lists when you’re making up your list of attractions you’re going to do and not do.


Our older kids are now tall enough to ride this thrilling ride found in DinoLand U.S.A. but we still thought it would be too frightening for them. The attraction takes guests back in time to when the dinosaurs were wiped out. Between the meteors crashing all around you and the huge dinosaurs throughout the ride, it is a scary ride for even adults. So we knew it was a good skip for us.

TriceraTop Spin

This ride is also found in DinoLand U.S.A. It’s similar to Dumbo’s Flying Elephant found at the Magic Kingdom and is perfect for visitors with preschoolers. We skipped this one because we opted to spend more time in the Boneyard. The Boneyard is a larger than life outdoor playground, with slides that are several feet tall, caves to explore and a sand pit for digging up fossils.

It’s Tough To Be a Bug!

This “attraction” is a 3D show featuring the characters from A Bug Life. The show takes place underneath the Tree of Life at the centre of the whole park. We opted to skip this show because it gets kind of dark and has a couple interactive elements that I find scary myself and didn’t think our one year old would be able to handle.

Rafiki’s Planet Watch

This whole area of the park we skipped. You need to take a train to this area of the park. At Rafiki’s Planet Watch guests get to interact with animals and characters. We had done this on our last vacation and felt like that was the last time we would be visiting there.

Animal Kingdom has several stage shows that eat into your day if you choose to add them to your itinerary. We opted to watch the Finding Nemo Musical and The Festival of the Lion King. So when you factor in these shows to your day, you have to carve out other elements. Take a cue from us and carve out attractions of your choosing instead of running out of daylight.

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