Best Attractions for Cooling Down at Disney’s Animal Kingdom


Staying cool during hot Florida days is essential when visiting Disney World. The summer and fall months average high temperatures in the upper-90s, and even the winter months can see their fair share of hot days. In order to manage the heat guests should drink plenty of water, dress lightly, and take frequent breaks in the shade and air-conditioning. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a large park, and due to its dense plant life it tends to feel hotter than other parks. Because of the size of the park, guests might feel tired faster than they would at other parks. If you find yourself in need of air-conditioning during your visit to the parks, check out our list of the best attractions for cooling down at Animal Kingdom.

Conservation Station

Located in Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Conservation Station is not only a place to cool down but also a fun educational experience for all. Here, guests can enjoy the air-conditioning while they get a closer look at the animal habitats that exist within the parks, and can view veterinary care and nutrition care, as well as views of the science labs. Guests can also have fun exploring the reptile house and viewing various amphibians and insects.

Conservation Station
Conservation Station. Photo: Disney

Festival of the Lion King

What better way to cool down than with a Broadway-style show? Festival of the Lion King is a musical extravaganza that celebrates The Lion King film and its music through puppetry, performance, and audio-animatronics. This show runs for about 40 minutes which is plenty of time to cool down and rest while you enjoy the show.

Festival of the Lion King
Tumble Monkeys in Festival of the Lion King. Photo: Emily Murray.

Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond!

Animal Kingdom is home to another incredible stage show, Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond! This show takes puppetry to a new level as the story of Finding Nemo is retold onstage. This show features live singing and incredible artistry, and at 25-minutes long there is plenty of time for cooling off and resting.

Finding Nemo: The Big Blue...and Beyond!
Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond! Photo: Disney

It’s Tough to be a Bug!

Located at the base of the Tree of Life, this 3D show utilizes 4D effects to bring the characters of Bug’s Life to you. Audio-animatronics accompany this film to bring guests the ultimate bug experience. This show runs for about 9-minutes but the cool and dark theater enviroment will provide a great break from the heat and sun.

It's Tough To Be A Bug.
It’s Tough To Be A Bug. Photo: Disney.

Kali River Rapids

If you don’t mind getting wet then Kali River Rapids is the perfect cooldown attraction for you. This ride is for guests 38 inches or taller and takes them on a wild ride down the jungle rapids. This attraction is quite the water ride and features big splashes. You won’t exit this attraction dry so be prepared to be soaked. This ride is great for cooling off because of the water, making it a great “grand finale” attraction for your day at Animal Kingdom.

Kali River Rapids
Kali River Rapids. Photo: Disney

Where do you go to cool off at Animal Kingdom? Let us know in the comments below!

Featured Photo: Emily Murray.

Written by

Megan Woodard

Contributing Writer

Megan was born into a Disney family. Her first trip to Disney World was when she was only 18 months old. Now as an adult, Megan loves to share the magic of Disney with her two toddlers. Keeping up with Disney news and Disney World knowledge is a fun hobby for Megan. Disney World is her favorite place to be and continuously brings back her childhood joy.

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