Be here when the gates open, usually around 8 or 9am. (Call Disney information at tel. 407/824-4321 to check the time.) This will give you the best chance of seeing animals -- they're most active in the morning air (the next best is late in the afternoon, although some can be seen throughout the day in cooler months). If you want to eat at Yak & Yeti or the Rainforest Cafe, make Advance Reservations by calling tel. 407/939-3463.
The size of the park (500 acres) means a lot of travel once you pass through the gates. Don't linger in the Oasis area or around the Tree of Life; instead, head directly to the back of the park, grab a FASTPASS for Expedition Everest (in Asia), and then go immediately back to Africa to be first in line for Kilimanjaro Safaris. This will allow you to see animals before it gets hot and the lines become monstrous.
Work your way back through Africa, visiting Pangani Forest Exploration Trail and its lowland gorillas, and then head to the Flame Tree Barbecue for a quick bite to eat, though kids may prefer the Restaurantosaurus just inside DinoLand. After lunch, head to the Tree of Life on Discovery Island for It's Tough to Be a Bug. If you want a bird-show fix, see Flights of Wonder, and then go on the Maharajah Jungle Trek, both in Asia. Expedition Everest will thrill older kids and teens (adults, too). Then you're off to tackle Kali River Rapids, a great way to cool off in the midday heat (some of you might even get soaked).
Older kids, teens, and adults can ride Dinosaur and Primeval Whirl in DinoLand U.S.A.; both are good choices if you get there before lines form or if you use FASTPASS. Younger kids deserve some time at the Boneyard and on TriceraTop Spin in DinoLand. Visitors of all ages will be entranced by Finding Nemo-The Musical (be sure to check the Times Guide for showtimes).
Make time in your day for the Festival of the Lion King, over in Camp Minnie-Mickey; it's a must-see (again, check the Times Guide to see which showing fits in best with your schedule).
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