Planning The Perfect Disney’s Animal Kingdom Date Night

Animal Kingdom Date

In Disney World’s perhaps most underrated park, you can find attractions, entertainment, dining and an incredible menagerie of wildlife: Animal Kingdom truly has something for everyone, from families to couples. You can fill a whole day experiencing the sights, sounds and hidden gems throughout the park.

If you are planning a date night in Animal Kingdom, check out our list of suggestions for your magical evening!

Explore The Animal Exhibits

Animal Kingdom is home to over 2,000 animals. During your Animal Kingdom date night, take a walk together through the different lands and see some of these wild residents in their habitats! 

There are many animal viewing locations throughout the park, from the gibbons in Asia to the American crocodiles in DinoLand U.S.A. You can find a large number of animal exhibits at the Oasis Exhibits near the park entrance; the Discovery Island Trails on Discovery Island; and, of course, on the must-see Maharajah Jungle Trek. This beautiful trail is home to tigers, birds, komodo dragons, water buffalo, flying foxes and so much more.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Tiger
See the rare Sumatran tiger and other amazing animals during your Animal Kingdom date night. Photo by Emily Murray.

Reserve A Capture Your Moment Photo Session

Animal Kingdom has some of the most scenic views in Disney World, from lush landscapes to otherworldly bioluminescence to snow-capped mountains. What better way to commemorate your date night than by capturing some of these incredible views together during a Capture Your Moment photo session

During your private 20-minute photo session, one of Disney’s talented PhotoPass photographers will help you select the perfect setting for your photos and take plenty of pictures for you to later purchase/download. Your beautiful photos will be the perfect keepsake to remember your date night!

Disney's Animal Kingdom
What better backdrop for a romantic evening than the Tree of Life? Photo by Disney.

See A Live Show

During your date night, be sure to check out some of the amazing live shows Animal Kingdom has to offer. The fan-favorite stage shows Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond! offer an entertaining pageantry of music, costumes, puppetry and characters. Or if you prefer an outdoors experience, visit the Feathered Friends in Flight! Theater in Asia to get a behind-the-scenes look at the winged residents of Animal Kingdom and learn about their care.

Don’t forget there are also live musical acts that perform around the park throughout the day, such as the Viva Gaia Street Band! in Discovery Island and the Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe in Africa. 

Festival of the Lion King
Enjoy musical acts and other live entertainment as you explore Animal Kingdom together. Photo by Emily Murray.

Enjoy Delicious Dining

Animal Kingdom has several restaurants that offer scenic ambiance, consistently good food and a romantic setting for a date night. For your evening meal, schedule an advance dining reservation at one of the following:

  • Yak & Yeti Restaurant is the perfect place for weary travelers to enjoy a Nepalese-style meal, unique decor and (if you’re lucky enough to be seated by a window) scenic views of the walkway through Asia.
  • Tiffins is perfect for a date night, offering a signature/fine dining experience, international cuisine and excellent service. The interior of each dining room features photographs, sculptures, paintings and other artwork from explorations around the world. 
  • For a lounge experience, Nomad Lounge offers one of the best on Disney World property. This gem sits near the river and has a beautiful view when seated outside, while the indoor seating area offers a similar travel theme to the adjacent Tiffins. Since Nomad Lounge does not offer advance reservations, make sure to join the walk-up list early–this is a popular spot!
Disney's Animal Kingdom Meal
Try unique dishes at one of Animal Kingdom’s restaurants. Photo by Disney.

Do you have any recommendations for an Animal Kingdom date night? Tell us in the comments!

Featured photo by Emily Murray.

Written by

Leia Cullen

Leia is a proud mom of two boys. She has been in love with Disneyland and Disney World since her first visit to the parks many years ago, and she continues to relive the magic now with her family. She is passionate about creating helpful content that shares news or information about all things Disney, in the hopes it helps others create their own magical moments.

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