Animal Kingdom has 11 points of interest with Genie+ entry, which is the fewest of any park at Walt Disney World. On high of that, solely a handful of these are literally price utilizing the Lightning Lane to skip the road. This information ranks the rides by way of time-saved and the way rapidly every reservation books up. (Up to date Could 7, 2023.)
More often than not, we don’t advocate shopping for Genie+ at Disney’s Animal Kingdom (DAK). Nevertheless, more often than not shouldn’t be all of the time–therefore this information. There’s about ~25% of the time when shopping for Genie+ at Animal Kingdom may be advantageous.
This is applicable throughout each peak season and when Park Hopping, two situations occurring with some frequency at DAK. Walt Disney World has skilled busy days which have “stress-tested” the system, so we all know precisely what’s in demand among the many Genie+ points of interest at Animal Kingdom and what isn’t.
In the case of crowds, wait instances, and Genie+ availability, Animal Kingdom tends to be extra laid again, which is largely on account of fewer company shopping for Genie+ right here. That is very true on decrease to average crowd days. In these situations, solely a few Genie+ points of interest could have notable wait instances, and even these aren’t that dangerous.
On excessive crowd days, the wheels can fall off–and that’s when Genie+ is most helpful. The park does a poor job of absorbing crowds, and contours spike considerably, with Animal Kingdom typically averaging the longest wait instances of any park at Walt Disney World on 9/10 or 10/10 crowd days. The distinction–and cause for this–is that Animal Kingdom doesn’t have as many rides, so company are concentrated amongst a handful of points of interest.
Consequently, whether or not Genie+ will prevent a whole lot of time or virtually no time in any respect actually relies upon upon the gang stage. This isn’t actually a profound assertion–it’s true at all the parks–nevertheless it’s most pronounced at Animal Kingdom. On a low to reasonably busy day, you received’t save sufficient time to make the acquisition of Genie+ definitely worth the cash until you’re Park Hopping after DAK. It’s additionally arguably not definitely worth the time, as Genie+ will drive you to criss-cross the sprawling park fairly than doing issues as you naturally arrive to them whereas navigating usually.
Throughout peak season, it’s a unique story as 5 of the Genie+ Lightning Lane points of interest can have important wait instances all through the day which might be price skipping. That’s nonetheless not many points of interest, however it will possibly quantity to time-savings of ~4-5 hours, which is fairly good for the $16 buy. This isn’t to say you should purchase Genie+ on these days, however fairly, that you must solely purchase it on days with peak crowds or, once more, when Park Hopping elsewhere after ending Animal Kingdom.
On any of as of late, it’s doable to sort out Animal Kingdom with out Genie+ or Lightning Lanes. For that, our 1-Day Animal Kingdom Itinerary covers how one can accomplish every little thing even for those who’re staying off-site and don’t need to spend something additional on Genie+ or Particular person Lightning Lanes. It additionally presents nice “zig after they zag” recommendation to flip the script on Pandora – World of Avatar and the opposite aspect of Animal Kingdom.
In case you’re staying on-site, the one factor we advocate is Early Entry at Animal Kingdom. In case you can’t swing getting up and out the door earlier than park opening and are not shopping for Park Hopper tickets, contemplate arriving late to Animal Kingdom. It’s uncommon that we don’t advocate rope dropping a park, however Animal Kingdom experiences considerably decrease crowds within the final 3 hours of the day–as a result of individuals run out of issues to do and head in direction of the exit early.
With that stated, the purpose of this submit is to provide the instruments and information it is advisable to create your individual Animal Kingdom touring plan with Genie+, fairly than counting on our 1-Day Animal Kingdom Genie+ and Lightning Lanes Itinerary. You may additionally undertake “a better of each worlds” method, consulting that pre-made plan and the rankings right here so that you perceive the why of it, and might modify the plan to account on your ADRs, showtimes, strolling distances, and so on. As a result of abundance of animal reveals and strolling trails–all of which haven’t any wait instances–it’s fairly simple to place collectively an Animal Kingdom Genie+ itinerary with out a ton of backtracking.
Moreover, see our Information to Genie+ at Walt Disney World & Lightning Lane FAQ for all the foundational need-to-know information about this substitute without cost FastPass+. This complete system is complicated and convoluted, so that you may need a query or two-dozen. That solutions all the commonest ones we’ve been receiving from readers.
Lastly, this presents journey priorities for Lightning Lanes by way of Genie+ and not Particular person Lightning Lanes (ILL), that are pay-per-ride. At current, the ILL attraction for Animal Kingdom is Avatar Flight of Passage. Beforehand, Expedition Everest was the opposite ILL attraction, nevertheless it has been dropped from the lineup on account of lack of recognition.
Conversely, Avatar Flight of Passage is doubtlessly definitely worth the cash. We aren’t eager on shopping for a la carte entrance of line entry, so we do (and advocate) Flight of Passage very first thing within the morning, throughout the lunch rush, or in direction of the top of the evening–however these with the sources may contemplate shopping for an ILL for Flight of Passage. On average crowd days or beneath, that’s in all probability the higher use of the cash than buying Genie+ for Animal Kingdom.
Now, on with the journey rankings for Genie+ at DAK…
The Better of Genie+ at Animal Kingdom
1. Na’vi River Journey – That is the target, consensus #1 Genie+ Lightning Lane choice at Animal Kingdom. In case you’re planning on rope dropping Flight of Passage and need to knock out each Pandora – World of Avatar points of interest very first thing, it’s a savvy choice that additionally gives you fast turnaround time in your subsequent selection.
2. Kilimanjaro Safaris – The argument may very well be made that, qualitatively, Kilimanjaro Safaris is definitely the higher #1 decide for Animal Kingdom. This is because of the truth that wildlife on the safari is most lively very first thing within the morning (and late within the afternoon), making an earlier return time subjectively preferrable. Nevertheless, the standby line is brief early within the morning and late within the afternoon, so utilizing the Lightning Lane then is often pointless.
Personally, I’d go for Na’vi River Journey with out hesitation and “play it by ear” with Kilimanjaro Safaris. Whereas standby wait instances for each points of interest may be lengthy noon, they are usually quick for Kilimanjaro Safaris early and drop off a cliff by mid-afternoon–the 2 finest instances of day to do the safari, anyway. In contrast, there’s no subjectively “higher” time for Na’vi River Journey because the expertise is an artificially-staged indoor boat journey. (Sorry for the spoiler that you just don’t truly go to an alien planet.)
3. Meet Favourite Disney Buddies at Adventurers Outpost – When it first returned, the explorer Minnie & Mickey Mouse meet & greet shot up the rankings on account of elevated demand and staffing limitations. As of Could 2023, it has improved significantly and now has a lot improved Lightning Lane availability–and often shorter standby wait instances.
With that stated, you can too fairly simply beat the gang at Adventurers Outpost by doing it earlier than 10:30 am or after 3:30 pm. Between these hours, we strongly favor utilizing the Lightning Lane to see the globetrotting couple as they put together themselves for his or her subsequent grand expedition. The standby line strikes gradual, and though it comprises some enjoyable references, it’s not a nice expertise.
4. Expedition Everest – Now a everlasting a part of the Genie+ lineup, Expedition Everest can have first rate wait instances throughout the center of the day. Nevertheless, it’s comparatively frequent to search out Genie+ Lightning Lane availability nicely into the afternoon…and there’s additionally a single rider line.
5. Kali River Rapids – That is one other a difficult one. Throughout the colder months of the 12 months, Kali River Rapids is fairly unpopular and received’t have a lot of a wait, making Genie+ completely pointless even on 8/10 or 9/10 crowd days. Nevertheless, as soon as heat climate hits it turns into common as soon as once more. On the most well liked days of the 12 months, this leapfrogs Expedition Everest and Kilimanjaro Safaris into the #3 spot.
6. Dinosaur – Right here’s the place we enter “solely vital in excessive crowds” nation. On a low or reasonably crowded day, Dinosaur could have a brief or nonexistent wait and Genie+ received’t be vital. On busier days, having a Lightning Lane time reserved may prevent 60 minutes right here.
The Remainder of Genie+ at Animal Kingdom
It’s Robust to Be a Bug – We now have but to see a day when this attraction has run out of Genie+ Lightning Lane reservations.
The Animation Expertise at Conservation Station – Identical deal right here. Having this as a Lightning Lane choice strikes us as a technique to “trick” unsuspecting company to take the prepare out to Conservation Station. Don’t get us improper–we benefit from the stress-free journey, goat farm, and complete space…nevertheless it’s not precisely common with common company nor does it usually want line-skipping entry.
Stage Reveals – At Animal Kingdom, this implies Pageant of the Lion King, Feathered Buddies in Flight, and Discovering Nemo: The Large Blue…and Past! (Previously Discovering Nemo: The Musical.) Whereas Genie+ presents precedence seating, which might quantity to a greater view, it’s usually not all that advantageous for exhibits.
On the contrary, reserving a Lightning Lane for that is simply going to quantity to useless backtracking or clicking within the app, and the chance price of not reserving one thing else. The overwhelming majority of company ought to merely do exhibits by way of the standby strains.
In the end, you must be capable of knock out each single Animal Kingdom attraction by way of Genie+ utilizing Lightning Lanes on the overwhelming majority of days. The largest drawback you’ll run into on busier days is reserving each Na’vi River Journey and Kilimanjaro Safaris, which might not be doable on 10/10 crowd days.
Nearly all of company staying the entire day at Animal Kingdom received’t want Genie+ besides on these 10/10 crowd days…and even then it’s not strictly vital. Wait instances drop so much within the final 3 hours of the day, and we’ve but to have any drawback engaging in each main journey at Animal Kingdom by way of standby in a full day. (The trickier half is occupying the center of the day when strains are at their worst.)
The place Genie+ is most helpful for Animal Kingdom is when arriving late and leaving early earlier than bouncing to Epcot, Hollywood Studios, or Magic Kingdom for the night. Since Genie+ presents minimal worth at each DAK, it makes a ton of sense to mix a Genie+ day right here with the opposite parks.
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How would you rank your journey priorities utilizing Genie+ and Lightning Lanes in Animal Kingdom? Shocked by any of the rankings in our high 5, that the explorer Minnie & Mickey Mouse meet & greet ranks so extremely, or is that this all fairly apparent? Are you planning on shopping for Genie+ or skipping it? Will you apply it to a DAK-only day, or completely when Park Hopping to Epcot? Do you agree or disagree with our rankings? Any questions we may also help you reply? Listening to your suggestions–even if you disagree with us–is each attention-grabbing to us and useful to different readers, so please share your ideas beneath within the feedback!