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The Ultimate Animal Kingdom Bucket List

JAMBO! Welcome to the Ultimate Animal Kingdom Bucket List. 

A lot has changed recently for the last of the four Walt Disney World theme parks. Earlier this summer, Animal Kingdom introduced a new area, Pandora, with new attractions, foods, and photo spots! Here’s everything you need to do when you visit the park.

  1. Grab a bite at the Rainforest Cafe.
  2. Visit the Oasis Exhibits
  3. Become a Wilderness Explorer like Russell from Up.
  4. Meet Russell in Discovery Island.
  5. Take the Discovery Island Trails to find the many animals around the Tree of Life.
  6. Experience some “creepy-crawly moments in the dark” on It’s Tough to be a Bug!
  7. Find your favorite ant Flik.
  8. Visit Adventurers Outpost and meet Mickey and Minnie.
  9. Stop for some pasta at Eight Spoon Cafe.
  10. Grab a sandwich at The Smiling Crocodile.
  11. Get your BBQ on at Flame Tree Barbecue.
  12. Feed your coffee addiction at Isle of Java.
  13. Experience world cuisine at Tiffins.
  14. Clink some glasses with cocktails and beers at the Nomad Lounge.
  15. Enjoy more familiar food at Pizzafari. (Can you guess what they serve?)
  16. Cool off and experience the Festival of the Lion King.
  17. Say “Wingapo” and catch up with Pocahontas.
  18. A Starbucks run at Creature Comforts.
  19. Chicken wings anyone? You’ll find them at Terra Treats.
  20. Grab a Mickey safari hat or some leopard print Minnie ears at the Island Merchantile.
  21. Find Tarzan on the Discovery Island Trails.
  22. Get to the park early to experience the Swotu Wayä Na’vi Drum Ceremony in Pandora.
  23. Journey deep into the rainforest on the Na’vi River Journey.
  24. Try the Night Blossom at Pongu Pongu.
  25. Find a shop of many wonders of Pandora at Windtraders.
  26. Fly on the back of a mountain banshee on Avatar Flight of Passage.
  27. Grab a bite at Satu’li Canteen.
  28. Take a picture by the Moss Wall. (Yes, it’s a thing.)
  29. Hit up Tamu Tamu Refreshments in Africa.
  30. Try the Dole Whip with Coconut Rum. (YUM)
  31. Take a ride through the lush African savanna on the Kilimanjaro Safaris.
  32. Wind down with a cocktail from the Dawa Bar.
  33. Journey down the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail.
  34. Experience Donald’s Dining Safari at Tusker House Restaurant.
  35. Discover how you can help save the world at Rafiki’s Planet Watch.
  36. Meet your favorite baboon, Rafiki.
  37. Visit the Affection Section and interact with a variety of animals.
  38. Get a check up with Doc McStuffins in Conservation Station.
  39. Shop for African-inspired artwork, carvings, and drums at Mombasa Marketplace.
  40. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Zuri’s Sweets Shop.
  41. Try the Giraffe and Zebra Marshmallow Pops.
  42. Go bananas for the Money Candy Apple.
  43. Watch exotic birds at Flights of Wonder.
  44. Embark on the Maharajah Jungle Trek.
  45. Get adventurous on the Kali River Rapids. (You’ll definitely get wet.)
  46. Enjoy specialty cocktails at Thirsty River Bar & Trek Snacks.
  47. Avoid the clutches of the yeti on Expedition Everest.
  48. Pick out your much deserved Expedition Everest souvenir at Serka Zong Bazaar.
  49. Stay until after dark to experience Rivers of Light.
  50. Grab some grub at Yak & Yeti.
  51. Feast on fried wontons.
  52. Try the Frozen Yak Attack.
  53. Swing by to meet Baloo and King Louie at Upcountry Landing.
  54. Dig up some bones in The Boneyard of Dinoland U.S.A.
  55. Get nachos and beer from Dino Diner.
  56. Catch up with Goofy and Pluto.
  57. Fly high on TriceraTop Spin.
  58. Feed your dino-sized appetite at Restaurantosaurus.
  59. Face your fears on DINOSAUR.
  60. Shop for all things Dino at The Dino Institute Shop.
  61. Ice Cream time at Dino-Bite Snacks.
  62. Enter a big blue world with Nemo and his friends in Finding Nemo – The Musical.
  63. Play carnival games galore at Fossil Fun Games.
  64. Take a spin on the Primeval Whirl.
  65. Buffalo chicken chips, anyone? Check out Trilo-Bites.
  66. Meet the #1 Duck in Dinoland U.S.A.
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You’re in for a wild time when it comes to Animal Kingdom! So many eat, meets, and feats. Have you seen the other ultimate bucket lists? If not, be sure to check out Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios!

What’s something you can’t wait to scratch off of your Animal Kingdom Bucket List?

  • Aww I want to go back to Animal Kingdom so bad now! I love Disney, and it’s always fun reading these types of posts and getting ideas for the next time I go back 🙂 xx


    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Awe yeah!

  • Sam Temsah-Deniskin

    My daughter would go nuts for this place! Thanks for all the recommendations!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Of course!

  • thesophiadiaries

    omg, thanks for this list!! every time I read your blog it makes me wish I could go to disneyland again xD

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Awe! I want to go back to Disneyland too!

  • Dole whip is always a must! I would love to do everything on this list!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      I hope you get to someday!

  • The Festival of the Lion King is sorely underrated! I love it!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      I agree! I loved it

  • Julie Shenton Peters

    great list! Our favorites were the Bone Yard and the Kali River Rapids. (The day we were there, it wasn’t very hot and hardly anyone wanted to go on the Kali River Rapids ride. We got to ride it over and over about four times in a row – we felt like we owned the place!)

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Oh yes! Kali River Rapids is a blast! We did it at night last time and it was even more fun!

  • this looks like so much fun!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      It is girl!

  • The Festival of Lion King is my favorite-such a fun show!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      I love the energy!

  • Animal Kingdom is my favorite park in Disney World, hands down. I always loved the Festival of the Lion King! I miss it so much!

    xoxo, Paige

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Festival really is fun!

  • Animal kingdom is the best!!! I love Disney world its the best.

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      I agree!

  • Now I want nachos and beer! That sounds so yummy!

    xoxo, Candice

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew


  • Lovely list! I definitely need to go to Animal Kingdom next time I’m there. Disney World is always so much fun!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Yes it really is!

  • This looks like SO much fun! I haven’t been to disney world in so long!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Awe I hope you end up there again soon!

  • Greta Hollar

    Oh my gosh how fun is this! I’d love Animal Kingdom!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      You’ll have to check it out!

  • I haven’t been to Animal Kingdom since I was 8, I would love to go back!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Awe! Yes so much has changed since then!

  • Amy

    I’ve been to WDW 4 times and visited all of the parks but Animal Kingdom!! I need to go asap!


    Amy | Pastel N Pink

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Yes girl! Get over there soon!

  • I haven’t been to Animal Kingdom is foreverrrr but this looks so fun! I need to go back!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      YES GIRL!

  • I actually have a trip to Walt Disney World soon and I was looking for recommendations on what to do. I keep hearing that rainforest cafe is a must I’ve been to the one ear Disneyland and it’s fun.

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Awe! I hope You have the BEST time!

  • I have never been to this park but it sounds so fun! I wonder if my little nephew would like it? He’s 2, so maybe too young still? xoRach | http://www.rkcsouthern.com

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Oh I think he would love the animals!

  • Wow, such a robust list! I haven’t been to a theme park in so long. I need to go!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Yes you’ve got to go!

  • Such a perfect Animal Kingdom bucket list. I’m missing home already.

    Diary of a Debutante

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Awe! I’m ready to be back as well!

  • Wow that is definitely a long bucket list! I loved going to The Festival of the Lion King years ago!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Yeah! It’s kind of meant to cover everything so those who have a chance to go back can cover it al!

  • My time at Animal Kingdom was so short. I feel like I missed a lot of this!!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Awe, I’m sure you’ll get back soon!

  • Elly

    never been but it looks fun! x

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Animal Kingdom is definitely pretty wild!