Animal Kingdom Fastpass Tiers And Strategy 2018

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In this post we discuss how to use Fastpass+ successfully at Animal Kingdom in 2018. We suggest also reading our full Walt Disney World Fastpass+ strategy to fully understand Fastpass+.

Animal Kingdom Fastpass Tier 1 Attractions

There are two Animal Kingdom Fastpass tiers. Tier 1 has two attractions. Tier 2 has ten attractions. We'll start by discussing the Animal Kingdom Tier 1 attractions. When selecting your three advance reservations for Animal Kingdom, you can only pick one of these attractions. The two Tier 1 attractions at Animal Kingdom are:

  1. Avatar Flight of Passage
  2. Na'vi River Journey

Best Ride To Fastpass at Animal Kingdom (Tier 1)

This is a simple call. If you can get a Flight of Passage reservation, you should. Flight of Passage is undoubtedly the best ride to Fastpass at Animal Kingdom. Lines frequently exceed three hours, and the wait at rope drop can be two hours.

If you get the Flight of Passage Fastpass, plan to rope drop Na'vi River Journey, which is comparably easier to grab a short wait for. If you can't get an advance reservation for Flight of Passage, then you'll need to get to the park as early as humanly possible and hop in line (and you'll want to us your Tier 1 Fastpass for Na'vi River Journey).

If you don't grab a Fastpass reservation for Flight of Passage, don't count on being off the ride earlier than two hours after park open. You very well may be off earlier than that, but better to be safe than risk missing a Fastpass reservation.

Finally, in our post on scheduling your park days, we suggest you try and reserve Avatar Flight of Passage for your second-to-last day at the parks. You want to aim for as late as possible (you'll have better availability later in your trip) but you want to leave a buffer in case something goes wrong (like the ride breaking down).

 Worried about Pandora crowds? With our Animal Kingdom Fastpass+ strategy, you'll be able to fully experience Animal Kingdom without worrying about the lines!

Worried about Pandora crowds? With our Animal Kingdom Fastpass+ strategy, you'll be able to fully experience Animal Kingdom without worrying about the lines!

Animal Kingdom Fastpass Tier 2 Attractions

There are ten Animal Kingdom Fastpass Tier 2 attractions. When making your advance reservations, you can reserve two of these (or three if you don't reserve a Tier 1 attraction). The ten attractions are:

  1. Kilimanjaro Safaris
  2. Expedition Everest
  3. DINOSAUR
  4. Kali River Rapids
  5. Primeval Whirl
  6. Rivers of Light
  7. It's Tough to Be A Bug
  8. Festival of the Lion King
  9. Finding Nemo Musical
  10. Adventurers Outpost Character Greeting

Best Rides To Fastpass At Animal Kingdom (Tier 2)

Kilimanjaro Safaris is definitely the best ride to Fastpass at Animal Kingdom outside of Pandora. Fastpass reservations go quickly for this one, and lines get quite long.

Worth noting is that between 11AM and about 4PM you'll see less activity on the safari because the animals relax in the heat. This doesn't make or break our scheduling, though.

 It's all Pandora when talking about the Tier 1 rides at Animal Kingdom!

It's all Pandora when talking about the Tier 1 rides at Animal Kingdom!

After that, it's a matter of preference between Expedition Everest, DINOSAUR, and Kali River Rapids for the third slot. We think, generally, Expedition Everest is the best ride to Fastpass at Animal Kingdom with your third Fastpass because it is the most popular of the three and will be the hardest Fastpass to get on the same day (though none of these are particularly hard. But we have a few caveats...

Expedition Everest has a single rider line, and we've found that in the morning while everyone is in line for Pandora rides, we can get Everest in multiple times.

Geographically, it makes sense to go from Pandora to Kali River Rapids to Everest or from Pandora to DINOSAUR to Everest. If you do this, you'll hit all the major rides except one pretty quickly. Here are two options for what a morning with a rope drop at Pandora could look like:

 Your morning should take one of these two routes. Use your third Animal Kingdom Fastpass for the ride you skip.

Your morning should take one of these two routes. Use your third Animal Kingdom Fastpass for the ride you skip.

With this approach, you'd use your third Animal Kingdom Fastpass+ slot for whichever of River Rapids or DINOSAUR you skip.

Also, remember that even though crowd calendars might tell you Animal Kingdom is busier on some days, these crowds tend to concentrate on Pandora. This means even on busier days you'll find a lot of reasonable waits outside Pandora,

Animal Kingdom Fastpass After Your First Three Reservations

While we always recommend using Disney's official, free My Disney Experience app to snag Fastpass+ reservations, the physical kiosks are located at:

  • At Island Mercantile (shops on the left hand facing the Tree of Life from the front)
  • Outside Kali River Rapids
  • Outside Dawa Bar (near the "front" of Africa if entering from Discovery Island)

We suggest checking the Walt Disney World website to confirm kiosk locations in case they change before we update this post.

 Expedition Everest always makes our Fastpass+ list!

Expedition Everest always makes our Fastpass+ list!

If you manage to put your Animal Kingdom Fastpass Tier 1 ride first, you'll be in a good position to tinker your second two reservations to earlier times. Alternatively, you can consider cancelling those if you find availability on either of the Tier 1 rides. DINOSAUR, Everest, and Kali River Rapids typically have moderate Fastpass availability throughout the day. We'd also consider pairing DINOSAUR with a wait in line for Primeval Whirl, if you're interested in that ride.

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