Attractions to Skip in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

UP! A Great Bird Adventure
UP! A Great Bird Adventure - Photo by Steps to Magic

I LOVE THE DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM!

From the hidden gems to the e-ticket experiences, you’re able to spend hours exploring and escaping the real world in one of the most unique theme parks in the world! That being said, there are a few attractions that you really don’t need to spend your time waiting for…and it’s not because they’re bad. In fact, most of the list was created by attractions that had their day in the limelight and have slowly started to become routine.

Remember that we’re all about providing insider tips, trips and plans to make your vacation as pleasant and memorable as possible. If I were to say that everything is amazing…well you wouldn’t give me any credibility right?

Attractions to Skip in Disney’s Animal Kingdom


It’s Tough to be a Bug

It's Tough to be a Bug
It’s Tough to be a Bug – Photo by Steps to Magic

Disney’s description of It’s Tough to be a Bug: “Discover what it’s like to be a bug during this 3D film and live show inspired by the Disney•Pixar film A Bug’s Life.”

Let’s be honest: I still have no idea how this attraction is drawing guests.

Back in 1998, the concept of creating a 3D movie based around characters from a movie that was still 6 months out was groundbreaking! In today’s market though, you’re going to be hard pressed to find someone who can actually name the characters or the movie itself.

We’re waiting for the closing sign to show up, as the version of this attraction in Disney California Adventure was closed back on March 19, 2018 to make way for a Marvel-themed experience.

  • Don’t worry about getting a FP reservation for it.
  • Don’t waste time in the line if it’s more than a 5-minute wait
  • Unless it’s raining, just avoid it.

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Primeval Whirl

Primeval Whirl
Primeval Whirl – Photo by Steps to Magic

Disney’s description of Primeval Whirl : “Spin and slide on a time-machine coaster back to the dinosaur age through a madcap maze of curves and drops.”

When I worked in Walt Disney World, this attraction was one of my must-do’s while on a day off…but I think it was more because it was always a walk-on. In recent vacations, we’ve actually steered clear of the entire Chester & Hester’s Dino-Rama area because there’s so many better things to do at the Animal Kingdom.

Why should you avoid it? Well it’s horrible if you’re tall because you’ll just wreck your knees with the constant bashing on the ride vehicle around the sharp turns. The ride is also a clone of many coasters that you can find at various amusement parks around the country, including at Disney’s California Adventure.

When should you try this attraction? If there’s literally no wait and you didn’t just eat lunch! 😉

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UP! A Great Bird Adventure

Disney’s description of Up! A Great Bird Adventure:”Flock together with Russell, Dug and their fine-feathered friends for an informative foray into bird-watching.”

When Flights of Wonder closed, we thought that there was a chance that Disney would retool and reimagine the experience into a more thrilling and educational show that would draw the attention of guests. And then they announced that it was going to be adapted with characters from Disney-Pixar’s movie Up….well that made us realize that although it’s a pleasant way to sit down for 30-minutes, little changed.

Overall, when you’re thinking about investing time into a show…Finding Nemo would be a better choice for you! It’s air conditioned:)

When should you see this show? Honestly, this is a one-and-done show where a YouTube video can substitute the live experience easily.


Na’vi River Journey

Disney’s description of the Mad Tea Party: “Journey deep into a bioluminescent rainforest in search of the Na’vi Shaman of Songs”

And here’s controversy!

The fact that Na’vi River Journey is in the same conversation as Flight of Passage is a disservice to every single guest who’s thinking about visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

I’m all about giving credit when it’s due, but after going on this boat ride multiple times…and actually using a FastPass+ reservation that I booked 60 days in advance…I actually apologized to my partner after it was over.

When should you try this attraction? We walked on to the Na’vi River Journey during evening extra magic hours…twice! Similar to Spaceship Earth at EPCOT, there are huge lines during the day but after the park gets settled and folks start finding their pace, you’re able to find that the times will decrease at River Journey.

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TriceraTop Spin

Disney’s description of TriceraTop Spin :”Fly high on a dinosaur around a twirling tin-toy top at this delightful carnival-inspired attraction”.

What does Dumbo, Astro Orbiter, the Magic Carpets of Aladdin and TriceraTop Spin have in common? They’re all spinners. AND at least all the other ones are themed to a Disney IP!

Just skip it…and if you really want to do a spinner…go with the originator and head to New Fantasyland with Dumbo!

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Did we get it right? What attractions would you add to the list? Let me know via social media @StepstoMagic!

Attractions to Skip in Disney's Animal Kingdom - #StepstoMagic
Attractions to Skip in Disney’s Animal Kingdom – #StepstoMagic

Written by Dustin Fuhs

I’m Dustin Fuhs, a theme park fanatic that has created this platform to showcase my passion, tools and opinions to create a fun and interactive experience for everyone who visits. My goal is to help you and your family have the most magical experience at Walt Disney World. In reading my articles and ideas, I hope that you can find some fantastic ways to bring your dreams into reality! If you want more Theme Park fun - listen to the We Like Theme Parks Podcast at https://welikethemeparks.podbean.com/

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