Animal Kingdom Touring Tips For Rainy Days

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The weather in Central Florida is one of the most unpredictable things about your Walt Disney World vacation.

You could be walking right down the middle of Main Street, U.S.A. and the heavens will open up your and start down pouring.

At this time a lot the guests tend to leave the park and head back to their resort. But I say stay in the park, there is plenty to do while raining. Also, the rain will typically not last long anyway.

In this series we’re going to take a look at things to do while it is raining at Walt Disney World.

Previously we toured Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios, this week we’ll take a look at Animal Kingdom.

Animal Kingdom is without a doubt a very large park but if you’re in the wrong place when the weather changes you can get caught in a bad spot.

Discovery Island

If caught on Discovery Island you have some great options if the rain starts coming down. Many of the parks shops are in this area, however not really connected. But the shops themselves are rather large.

A better place to kill some time, though, is the It’s Tough To Be A Bug show. The queue is usually empty so you can head right in under the Tree of Life.

The show itself is alright, could be scary for younger kids. But it is better than standing out in the rain.


If stuck in Pandora I would order some food at Satu’li Canteen and grab a seat indoors. You can Mobile Order here so I highly recommend that.

Satu’li Canteen is arguably the best Quick Service dining location on property. It has a lot of different options for any type of eater in your party.


If you have ever been to Animal Kingdom then you know exactly what I am going to recommend in Africa, Festival of the Lion King.

This is still one of the most popular stage shows on property, and for good reason. The talent in this show is amazing. The show was originally supposed to be in the park temporarily while budget freed for what was supposed to be Beastly Kingdom.

The show proved to be so popular that is stuck around when plans for the new land were put on hold indefinitely. Festival of the Lion King recently got its own, permanent indoor theater.

The new theater makes it a great place to head when it’s raining. This, of course, depends on the show times. But the queue is mostly covered and the show is spectacular.


What I am about to propose in Asia may seem odd, but trust me, you will enjoy it. I am going to recommend jumping in the queue for Expedition Everest but not to go on the attraction. Just explore the queue!

It is often lauded as the best themed queue on property. The back story here that Imagineer Joe Rhode crafted is unparalleled. Just left everyone around you pass you by as you read through and explore the different exhibits.

Then when the weather clears move on to the attraction with a great appreciation for the backstory.

DinoLand U.S.A.

Although the DinoLand is supposed to represent a roadside attraction, it is almost too well themed and comes off as an after thought. But the shining light of this area is Dinosaur.

This e-ticket attraction is a mix of a dark ride and thrill ride. Again, it is another attraction that might be scary for younger kids. But this a great, fun attraction with an excellent indoor queue.