Shows at Disney World often get overlooked because most guests are eager to experience all the excitement and thrills of the rides. The shows in all the parks are worth a second look. They are relatively quick (think 45 minutes or less for most), offer an opportunity to sit down for a bit, and are highly engaging and entertaining! These are the best shows in Animal Kingdom at Disney World.
Must See Animal Kingdom Shows
In Animal Kingdom, there are several “must-see” shows you do not want to miss. There are many great “street” performances, such as Burudika in Africa, Chakranadi in Asia, and DJ Anaan in Asia. However, I want to focus today on the attractions with consistent show times throughout the day.
Festival of the Lion King-Africa
The first time my girls visited Disney World, they were enamored with the Festival of the Lion King. This is a great show that only lasts about 30 minutes and plays multiple times daily. Find it in the Harambe Theater, toward the left side of the Africa section of the Animal Kingdom.
It’s a musical extravaganza that takes you through an abbreviated telling of the animated classic. If you’ve ever seen the stage production of The Lion King, the costumes will seem very familiar to you as they seem to have taken their cues from the Broadway show.
If you are visiting Disney World this year, I highly recommend this show.
Finding Nemo-The Musical-Between Asia & Dinoland USA
Another show you won’t want to miss in Animal Kingdom is Finding Nemo-The Musical. Like Festival of the Lion King, this musical features all your favorite characters from the Disney-Pixar movie.
This time, however, most of the action occurs between live puppet characters, with the puppeteers blending in seamlessly. After a few minutes, you’ll probably forget that there are actual people on the stage singing and dancing and not just puppets.
Finding Nemo-The Musical is a little longer than most shows at around 40 minutes. It is a high-quality production that will leave you feeling satisfied with time well spent.
UP! A Great Bird Adventure-Asia
A relatively new show, UP! A Great Bird Adventure pairs Wilderness Explorer Russell with his loyal friend Dug on a high flying adventure. Russell, Dug, and their troop leader learn about bird species worldwide.
This is a free-flying bird show, so be prepared for swooping, soaring birds overhead. It lasts approximately 25 minutes and runs about five times a day.
It’s Tough to Be a Bug-Discovery Island
Next, we can’t miss the classic attraction; It’s Tough to Be a Bug. It must be included, even if I’m not a massive fan of the attraction.
Based on the movie A Bug’s Life, the show is a 3D film and live animatronic show combined. There are dark and loud moments, so make sure you and/or your little ones are prepared!
Seating for this show is indoors “under” the Tree of Life. There is ample seating, so I wouldn’t waste a Lightning Lane reservation on this one if I were you.
Rivers of Light-Asia
Finally, end your perfect Animal Kingdom day with its nighttime show Rivers of Light-We Are One. Featuring a new storyline with footage from Disneynature films and animal-inspired Disney animated films, Rivers of Light: We Are One is about the journey we all share through the circle of life.
This show plays at 7pm and 8:15pm each night, subject to weather conditions, and it lasts 17 minutes. Seating for this show is outdoors, so poor weather can cancel or delay the performance.
Do you have a favorite show at Animal Kingdom? I’d love to hear the “must-do” shows on your list!