When most of us think of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the first thing that comes to mind is usually either zoo or Expedition Everest. The “Yeti Coaster” (as we call it) and Kilimanjaro Safari are two of the best offerings in all of Walt Disney World. The stage shows can often be overlooked. If you do this, then you are missing out. These are arguably the strongest stage shows of any park.
“The Festival of the Lion King” – This is the best known. It is an acrobatic display of performers representing animals. The gymnastics and stunts are impressive. It is fun, lively, and exciting.
“Finding Nemo the Musical” – A Broadway musical style retelling of “Finding Nemo” using actors, puppets,flags, and lights. This is not just for kids. I think this is the best stage show in all WDW. It is wonderful and thoroughly entertaining.
“Flights of Wonder” – The most overlooked. The true stars are the birds, but the story brings it together and adds to the fun. The bird species change from performance to performance. You can usually walk up and get a seat within 5 minutes prior to start.
If the park is slow, then there often is no problem getting into any of these shows. Historically though, “The Festival of the Lion King” stays full. I have not been to it since it moved to Africa, but I doubt that it has changed. A fast pass is often a good idea for this one. During busy times, a fast pass may be beneficial for “Finding Nemo.”
Try to work these into your next Animal Kingdom visit. I guarantee that you will enjoy these shows and they will certainly make Animal Kingdom into a fun, all day experience.