Just a quick change of scenery. I like pictures of people in World Showcase as much as the next bro, but there is more to life than 22 ounce beers for $11.75 and vaguely authentic bite-size food samples prepared by non-chefs from America for $5. Or maybe there isn’t, I don’t know.
Here we are arriving around 2:15pm. A good time to arrive as far as security/turnstile lines are concerned, but the Park should be at its busiest from now until about 4:15pm.
Once you make it through bag check, look to your right for this Lion King topiary scene. You might want to grab a picture as you exit in the afternoon/evening, depending on how much of a hurry you’re in.
The 3D release of Lion King has brought in over 90 million dollars so far and Disney is planning 3D releases of Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid, and Monsters. Inc. over the next two years. Hopefully George Lucas won’t be consulting.
With a 6pm close and restaurants that most people don’t go out of their way to visit, not a lot of people arrive at Animal Kingdom after 1pm:
At least the first line is short.
Kilimanjaro Safaris is operating right up until close.
Wait times at 2:35pm. This should be as high as they get.
Over to DinoLand USA.
10 minute posted wait at DINOSAUR, which is common. I saw the occasional 40 or 50 minute wait this summer, but 10-20 minutes should be what you see in the afternoon throughout October. It’s an easy FASTPASS because return times are almost always just 40 minutes in the future. Get here before 10:30am or wait until the final hour of operation to find the shortest standby waits.
Primeval Whirl continues to operate with half of the queue still behind blue walls. A 20 minute posted wait, thanks to an abysmal capacity and slow loading.
Busy outside Expedition Everest.
But still a moderate wait and FASTPASSes 40 minutes out:
Not the time we want to be in line for any major attraction.
The busiest thoroughfare in Animal Kingdom.
Walking toward Asia – outside the Flights of Wonder theater.
Another busy part of the Park here as we look at Kilimanjaro Safaris in the back of Africa. We have people getting on/off of Rafiki’s Wildlife Express, people entering/exiting Pangani Forest Exploration Trail, and people entering/exiting Kilmanjaro Safaris, along with Harambe Fruit Market, face painting, and Kusafiri Coffee Shop.
Nominal waits at Kilimanjaro Safaris:
About as short as wait times get this time of day.
I saw a blurb on WDWMAGIC.com today that Animal Kingdom was serving “fall-themed treats,” including a pumpkin item at Kusafiri and a pumpkin mousse at many quick service locations. They weren’t available yet, here or at the quick services:
Kusafiri does change its menu at 11:30am. The cupcakes, Turtle Brownie, Brownie Paw, and other dessert-ish items aren’t available until then.
Walking toward Camp Minnie-Mickey.
And to the exit.
Nice to see some trees. Off to Epcot next.