When it comes to adult rides at Animal Kingdom, only one usually comes to mind – Expedition Everest.
But aside from the only roller coaster in the park, there are a handful of rides and attractions that adults will truly love.
Below, I’ll share my list of favorite rides that are perfect for adults, along with some helpful tips to ensure that you make the most of your time at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park!
But before we get started, here’s a quick ranking of the best Animal Kingdom rides for adults, followed by some in-depth details about each attraction.
- Avatar Flight of Passage
- Expedition Everest
- Kilimanjaro Safari
- Kali River Rapids
Ranking the Best Animal Kingdom Rides for Adults
Here are my top 5 rides at Animal Kingdom that are perfect for adults:
1. Avatar Flight of Passage
Get ready to soar on the wings of a banshee and experience the breathtaking wonders of Pandora on Avatar Flight of Passage, an extraordinary adventure at Disney World that adults won’t want to miss.
Avatar Flight of Passage is a thrilling 4D simulation ride that allows you to become an avatar and explore the stunning landscape of the far-off planet, Pandora. As you step into the immersive environment, you’ll feel a sense of awe and wonder at the vibrant colors and otherworldly beauty that surrounds you.
Once seated on your specially designed banshee, the adventure begins. As the ride takes off, you’ll feel the exhilarating sensation of flight, soaring through towering mountains, cascading waterfalls, and lush forests. The state-of-the-art technology and breathtaking visuals make you feel as if you’ve truly entered the world of Pandora.
As you glide through the air, you’ll encounter the majestic creatures and extraordinary flora that inhabit this alien world. From breathtaking cliffs to serene valleys, each scene immerses you in the grandeur and magic of Pandora, making it a truly unforgettable experience.
The realistic motion and synchronized effects add to the immersive nature of the ride, creating a sensation of speed, wind, and even splashes of water. It’s a thrilling and sensory-packed adventure that will make you feel like you’re truly flying through the mystical world of Avatar.
Avatar Flight of Passage is a must-do for adults seeking an exhilarating and immersive experience. It allows you to step into a world of wonder and witness the awe-inspiring beauty of Pandora from a unique and thrilling perspective.
This was widely considered to be one of the best rides in Disney World, and for good reason. It’s truly one of a kind.
2. Expedition Everest
Expedition Everest is a high-speed roller coaster that immerses you in the world of a daring mountain expedition. As you approach the towering peak of the Forbidden Mountain, the anticipation builds, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by the sights and sounds of a remote Himalayan village.
Once aboard your expedition train, the adventure begins. Hold on tight as you ascend steep slopes, navigate sharp turns, and plunge into darkened caverns. The relentless twists, drops, and surprising encounters will keep you on the edge of your seat, heart pounding with excitement.
The immersive theming and attention to detail transport you into a world of mystery and discovery. You’ll come face to face with the legend of the Yeti, a mythical creature said to inhabit the mountain, adding an element of thrilling suspense to your journey.
As you race through the mountainous terrain, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. The sweeping vistas of snow-capped peaks and lush valleys create a sense of awe and wonder, reminding you of the majestic beauty of the Himalayas.
Expedition Everest is an adrenaline-pumping ride that offers adults a thrilling and immersive escape into a world of adventure. It’s a chance to experience the exhilaration of a mountain expedition, with all its twists, turns, and unexpected surprises.
I recommend that you ride this in the evening because wait times are generally shorter. If not, there’s also a Single Rider Line that can help cut down waits on those extra busy days.
Dinosaur takes you on a daring mission to rescue a dinosaur from extinction. As you enter the prehistoric world, you’ll be surrounded by the sights and sounds of a long-lost era, complete with ancient foliage, rumbling earth, and roars of mighty dinosaurs.
Once aboard your Time Rover, the adventure begins. Hold on tight as you race through the darkness, encountering enormous dinosaurs at every turn. The thrilling twists, turns, and sudden encounters will keep your heart racing and adrenaline pumping.
As you travel deeper into the primeval forest, you’ll be immersed in a thrilling chase filled with close calls and intense moments. The lifelike animatronics and special effects create a sense of urgency and danger, making you feel like you’re right in the middle of a thrilling dinosaur rescue mission.
The immersive theming and atmospheric lighting enhance the experience, plunging you into a world shrouded in mystery and excitement. The detailed sets and realistic audio effects transport you to a time when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, adding to the sense of adventure.
Dinosaur is an exhilarating ride that offers adults an immersive and pulse-pounding experience. It’s a chance to feel the thrill of being in the presence of mighty dinosaurs and the excitement of a daring rescue mission.
Just don’t let the on-ride photo catch you off-guard!
4. Kilimanjaro Safari
Kilimanjaro Safaris is an extraordinary experience at Disney World that allows adults to get up close and personal with the incredible wildlife of Africa.
Kilimanjaro Safaris takes you on a rugged expedition through the vast savannahs, dense forests, and picturesque rivers of Africa. As you board your open-air safari vehicle, the anticipation builds, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by the sights and sounds of a real African safari.
As your safari guide leads the way, be prepared to encounter a breathtaking array of majestic animals in their natural habitats. From towering giraffes grazing on treetops to mighty elephants bathing in watering holes, each moment is a chance to witness the beauty and grace of Africa’s wildlife up close.
The journey is filled with surprises as you navigate bumpy terrain, cross rickety bridges, and venture deep into the wilderness. Along the way, your knowledgeable guide will provide fascinating insights into the behaviors, conservation efforts, and unique characteristics of the animals you encounter.
Keep your eyes peeled for rare and exotic creatures, from elusive cheetahs to playful hippos, as you traverse the stunning landscape. The ever-changing scenery, complete with scenic vistas and lush greenery, creates a sense of awe and wonder at every turn.
Kilimanjaro Safaris is an immersive and educational experience that allows adults to connect with the wonders of the natural world. It’s a chance to witness the diversity and splendor of African wildlife firsthand, fostering a deep appreciation for the importance of conservation and protecting these magnificent creatures.
5. Kali River Rapids
Kali River Rapids invites you to embark on a wild river rafting expedition through the untamed jungles of Asia. As you approach the attraction, you’ll be greeted by the sight of rushing waterfalls and lush vegetation, setting the stage for an exciting adventure.
Once aboard your circular raft, the excitement begins. Hold on tight as you navigate swirling currents, cascading rapids, and unexpected twists and turns. The unpredictable nature of the rapids ensures that no two rides are the same, adding an element of surprise and anticipation.
As you make your way through the turbulent waters, prepare to encounter surprises along the way. From gushing geysers to playful water sprays, each element adds to the laughter and excitement of the experience. And be warned, there’s a high chance of getting drenched, so embrace the refreshing splash and let the thrill of the rapids wash over you.
The immersive theming and detailed scenery transport you to the heart of the Asian rainforest. The vibrant colors, lush vegetation, and realistic sound effects create a sense of authenticity, immersing you in the beauty and untamed nature of the jungle.
Kali River Rapids is by far one of the worst “thrill rides” at Disney World. However, it still has some fun moments that will more than likely leave you drenched.
In my opinion, this ride is a great way to cool off, especially during those insanely hot and humid summer days. Other than that, you won’t be missing much if you skip it.
Did I get this list right?
As you already know, these are only my personal recommendations and preferences so there’s a good chance that our favorites will be ranked differently.
That said, if you are looking for more adult friendly rides at Animal Kingdom, this list is a great frame of reference to start.
Hope this helps!
Adult-friendly rides at the other parks: