Monday, September 24, 2018

What Can I Do At Disney's Animal Kingdom With Little Kids and Babies?

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Animal Kingdom is a fantastic park.  If I had to rank the Walt Disney World Parks, I would put it at number two, second only to Magic Kingdom (which simply has to be first!).  This park has three amazing rides, although two of them the little ones can't do: Flights of Passage (the best Disney ride, hands down), Expedition Everest (my favorite Disney coaster), and Kilimanjaro Safaris (simply an amazing animal experience).

Can I bring my little one on rides at Disney's Animal Kingdom?

Ride options for little ones at Animal Kingdom are somewhat limited.  The following rides do not have a height restriction:
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • TriceraTop Spin
  • Na’vi River Journey
  • Wildlife Express Train
Since it's one of my favorite Disney things, I just have to say that the Safari is an amazing experience for the whole family.  It's not a short ride either, it lasts roughly 22 minutes and you will see a large variety of animals on the journey.  It's one of my favorite Disney experiences.  (I should note that the seats aren't particular soft and that the terrain is purposefully bumpy, so just keep that in mind.)  My Instagram account has a couple pictures of the Safari, including this one of a giraffe!


Here are some of my Amazon recommendations for Animal Kingdom: get in the Disney spirit with a fun shirt and matching socks, don't forget snacks for you and the children in a small cooler, which you can easily store in your lightweight stroller


What can't my little kids and babies ride?

Here are the rides for taller riders with their height requirements:

  • Kali River Rapids -- 38 inches
  • DINOSAUR -- 40 inches
  • Expedition Everest -- 44 inches
  • Primeval Whirl -- 48 inches
  • Avatar Flight of Passage -- 44 inches
Are the shows appropriate for all ages?

Yes!  My little ones both were mesmerized by Lion King and Nemo in particular.  These, like Beauty and the Beast at Hollywood Studios, really are in a class above the others.

  • It's Tough to be a Bug! (Does have some some slightly scary effects -- darkness, loud noises, and fake spiders)
  • Festival of the Lion King
  • Finding Nemo - The Musical
  • Up! A Great Bird Adventure

What characters should we see while at Animal Kingdom?

There are a couple of characters that can be seen in the "traditional" meet and greet format exclusively at Animal Kingdom.  These currently include: Dug and Russel, Timon, Pocahontas, Scrooge McDuck, and Launchpad.  Below Alexander and I were having fun with Chip and Dale during Donald's Dino-Bash!

What else is there for little kids to do at Animal Kingdom?

  • The Boneyard (playground with climbing nets and slides)
  • Rafiki’s Planet Watch (closing October 2018)
  • Wilderness Explorers
  • Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail
  • Rivers of Light (night show)
  • Animal stations

Keep in mind that things at Walt Disney World are constantly changing.  Something that might be there today might not be there tomorrow.  Something that is there today might not have been there yesterday.  If you notice something on this page that needs updating please leave me a comment.  This post was updated September 2018.

Be sure to check out the rest of the posts in this series!


  1. We just visited Disney World a couple of weeks ago. I wish that I had seen this before we went, but it was fun to read and know what you were talking about. Thank you for sharing at To Grandma's House We Go.

  2. We have planned to visit Disney World in May and I'm very much looking forward to it. Even more so now.

  3. Thank you for these great ideas.

  4. thanks for this post, we are planning a visit next year!

  5. We went there when our sons were 3 & 4 and it was a little tough for them because they were easily tired.

  6. Looks like so much fun! Can't wait to take my kiddos one day!
    Katie Bellamy


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