We’ve Ranked the Lands in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

We’re back with another Walt Disney World ranking installment for you! This time we’re heading to Disney World’s youngest Park: Animal Kingdom!

The Tree of Life in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

A few months ago, we ranked the wild roller coasters in Disney World, and you can read our full post here! But today, we’re ranking the lands in Disney World’s wildest Park

Let’s rank the lands in Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

When we put together our ranking, we took into account attractions, food, general atmosphere, and entertainment. You should know: we it was extremely difficult to rank the top three on our list. We could switch the order of those and be equally pleased with our choices. (Don’t @ us.)

Having said that, let’s dive into our ranking, from WORST to BEST!

6. Rafiki’s Planet Watch

Some folks may not consider Rafiki’s Planet Watch a full land per se, but we’re going to count it as one for the purposes of our ranking because it’s a themed and defined area of the Park.

Rafiki’s Planet Watch

It is home to the Conservation Station, the Affection Section petting zoo, a station for the Wildlife Express Train, and the charming Animation Experience…and…that’s about it.

Rafiki’s Planet Watch ©Disney

It’s a fun stop during your Animal Kingdom day, especially if you’re visiting with kids who love animals, but it just doesn’t have much to offer in comparison to the other lands on our list. Sorry, Rafiki: we love you, but you’re last in our ranking.

5. DinoLand U.S.A.

Coming in 5th place is none other than DinoLand U.S.A. In DinoLand, you’ll find Dinosaur, The Boneyard playground, Finding Nemo: The Musical, TriceraTop Spin, Primeval Whirl, and Restaurantosaurus.

DinoLand U.S.A. Sign

The downside for DinoLand is its atmosphere. Compared to the top four lands on our list, DinoLand’s aesthetic is not as impressive.

Chester and Hester’s Dino-Rama

Additionally, its attractions aren’t necessarily anything to write home about either. While we enjoy Dinosaur and the Finding Nemo Musical, and kiddos love The Boneyard, DinoLand never feels as awesome as some of the other lands in the park. Because we don’t feel that pull to explore in DinoLand, we’ve relegated them to near-extinction at number 4 in our ranking.

Finding Nemo: The Musical

4. Discovery Island

Now we’re getting into the lands we really enjoy in Animal Kingdom! We find Discovery Island in 4th place on our list.

Tree of Life Awakenings Projection Show
Tree of Life Awakenings

Discovery Island is centrally located and acts as the hub for the rest of the Park. But it’s also home to some stuff we love: the stunning Tree of Life, It’s Tough to Be a Bug!, Flame Tree Barbecue, Pizzafari, Nomad Lounge, and Tiffins. (Okay, maybe Discovery Island mostly makes us hungry…)

Nomad Lounge

We honestly don’t have any reason to dock points from Discovery Island, as it serves its purpose as the central hub well. It sits at number four on our list because it doesn’t have the awesome attractions that the top three lands do. But if you’re famished? Discover some tasty eats in Discovery Island!

It’s Tough to Be a Bug!

3. Africa

Cracking into the top three on our list is Africa, which could EASILY be placed as first or second place as well.

Harambe Market

Africa is home to Kilimanjaro Safaris, Gorilla Falls Exploration Trails, Tusker House, Harambe Market, and Kusafiri (AKA the OG home of the Colossal Cinnamon Roll). You’ll also find some awesome and interactive streetmosphere here as well.

Masai Giraffe Calf Born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Kilimanjaro Safaris

Africa landed in third place simply because it doesn’t have as many attractions as the top two lands.

2. Pandora — The World of Avatar

Landing in second place on our list is Pandora — The World of Avatar. If we were basing this competition on looks alone, Pandora would win HANDS-DOWN. It is absolutely breathtaking during the day…

Pandora Portrait 01
Pandora!

…and at night!

Pandora at Night

In Pandora, you can enjoy the epic Flight of Passage, peaceful Na’vi River Journey, Pongu Pongu (home of the Night Blossom slush), and Satu’li Canteen. You can also listen to the musical stylings of the Drummers of Pandora.

Swotu Waya Drummers

Pandora is home to our favorite single attraction in Animal Kingdom thanks to Flight of Passage, but it still just barely falls short of our number one land.

Avatar Flight of Passage

1. Asia

It was a tough decision, but we’ve got to give the slightest edge to Asia. It just has it ALL going for it: great attractions, wonderful food, and a beautiful atmosphere to boot.

Expedition Everest Disney's Animal Kingdom
Expedition Everest

During a visit to Asia, you can take a thrilling ride on Expedition Everest, unleash your inner explorer on the Maharajah Jungle Trek, cool off on Kali River Rapids, dine at Yak & Yeti Restaurant, all before watching Rivers of Light: We Are One.

Kali River Rapids

We believe that the Asia section of Animal Kingdom provides the most diverse set of experiences, which is why it lands in our top spot!

Rivers of Light: We Are One

How would you rank the lands in Disney’s Animal Kingdom? We’d love to know your thoughts!

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5 Replies to “We’ve Ranked the Lands in Disney’s Animal Kingdom”

  1. I concur with your findings. Although, Other than FOP, I would move Africa up to #2. The street performers are amazing!, the safari always different, and the look of Africa is wonderful. I agree with updates to Dinoland. Just not enough to do and half the time Primeval world is down. I love the Chester and Hester backstory, but needs more stuff to do and things to see, plus some better snacks. My friend just came back from WDW for first time and did not even realize the Dinosaur ride was there. I also miss Tarzan Rocks so much. Never even see Nemo anymore, so don’t even consider an attraction.

    I love the walking paths around tree of life and all the other hidden jems in the park. AK is my favorite park.

    I think they should update Rafiki Planet Watch as well. I am still hoping for a Zootopia land.

  2. Alright! Asia is my favorite too! I love the gibbons! My favorite animals in the world.

    Everest, Kali River Rapids, and Maharajah Jungle Trek push it into top land status for me. I’m genuinely happy you picked it. 😃

  3. I understand that Dinoland USA is intentionally kitschy, it is just a glorified roadside carnival or second rate amusement park. I guess that’s the intent, but it sticks out like a sore thumb compared to other lush, immersive areas of Animal Kingdom. Count me among those who would welcome a complete overhaul of this area. Surely the Imagineers can come up with something great for this space.

    1. Completely agree with John. Here’s hoping that when Animal Kingdom gets their next turn for new attractions, Dinoland gets scrapped for something more fitting to a Disney experience.