Starting early morning at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is more than an idea to think about, it’s a concept that you’ll want to plan around. Rope Drop is integral for the opportunity to experience a living and breathing theme park that needs to be explored without thousands of people around you.
Remember, the strategy is simple….be one with Nature and know that your vacation will be better when you have time to wander:)
Here are our recommendations for the Top Disney’s Animal Kingdom Attractions to do BEFORE 10am
–with a Morning Extra Magic Hours Tip at the end–
NOTE: We are planning for you to have a FastPass+ reservation for a Pandora: The World of Avatar attraction.
Hours of Operation
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom has turned into a full-day theme park. This means that the daily hours will change day to day. Extra Magic Hours are also available for morning & evening.
Starting with Pandora: The World of Avatar
Flight of Passage
I’ve been a fan of the Flight of Passage since the first time that I rode it. In fact, the number of times that I said “wow” only rivals the first day of my contract on the Walt Disney World International Program.
The attraction itself is an awesome experience, but when you add in the queue and pre-show, you’ll be transported into the world of Avatar like you’ve read about. The goal for your morning is to do as much as possible before 10am, so the hope is that you’re able to get a FastPass reservation anytime and then plan your day around that.
This is the most difficult FastPass+ reservation to get at Walt Disney World, so make sure that you’re prepared to change your plans around this.
Na’vi River Journey
After spending way too much time waiting for this attraction, my recommendation is to do it first thing in the morning OR if you see a huge group of guests rope-dropping it…skip it. If you’re looking at riding this without an issue, morning or evening Extra Magic Hours are great!
You should be prepared that everyone will be going to Pandora: The World of Avatar. Plan around that and you’ll be able to get a ton of stuff done before 10am:)
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The Best of the Rest
Walking to the back of the park allows you to get ahead of families and folks who don’t have the fitness level to speed walk. Your goal is to be out on safari during the morning feeding routine before the animals get sleepy and settled into their afternoon of relaxation.
I absolutely love experiencing Kilimanjaro Safaris first thing in the morning, especially when the majority of folks will be heading to Pandora: The world of Avatar and leaving the rest of the park til later in the day.
Enjoy the details of the pre-show, the queue line and the amazing atmosphere of the attraction. Probably one of my favorite experiences in a park that’s slowly moving towards character-driven rides, like Flight of Passage or the UP! Bird Show.
Front row on Expedition Everest is one of the best experiences at Walt Disney World, in line with Rock N Rollercoaster! That being said, there are other priorities that you should do before 10am…especially the outdoor animal activities. I’ve walked onto Everest as late in the morning as 11am, so knowing where the crowds are will definitely help!
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**Morning Extra Magic Hour TIP**
If you’re planning on being at DAK during Morning Extra Magic Hours, keep in mind that there are only a select number of attractions that are actually worth getting up early for. Personally, when we do Early Morning EMH, our goal is to do two attractions (Flight of Passage and being ahead of the regular day-guests for Kilimanjaro Safaris) then go for lunch at Satuli Canteen before figuring out what do to with the day.
Why? It’s all about using the time to our advantage without over-doing the expectation for a park that gets incredibly crowded AND hot during the midday hours.
What’s the best Touring Plan for Early Morning Extra Magic Hours?
- Flight of Passage
- Kilimanjaro Safaris
- Expedition Everest
Once the park opens
- Lunch @ Satuli Canteen
- Hopefully Flight of Passage FastPass+ Reservation
Fastpass+ Reservations to get on this day
- Kilimanjaro Safaris (First thing in the morning)
- Expedition Everest (Close to Noon)
- Flight of Passage (Anytime)
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