A Guide to Walt Disney World Attraction Vehicles and Seating: Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by on October 21, 2014 3 Comments

Filed under: Accessibility, Adults, Attractions, Trip Planning, Walt Disney World (FL)

t_logo_fbWe recently brought you photo guides to the ride and attraction seating situation at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Completing the series is our guide to the attraction seating at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

And away we go …

The Boneyard

  • Seating capacity per row: NA
  • Seating capacity per vehicle: NA. Playground experience. More than 100 guests permitted entrance simultaneously.
  • Seating surface: There is very little seating here. There are few picnic tables where adults may sit, but these do not have sightlines on the entire play area.
  • Safety restraints: None
  • Boarding procedure: Walk into playground
  • Height requirement: None
  • Note: 1: Wheelchair and ECV users may ride into the attraction. Much of the attraction is inaccessible to guests with mobility issues. The attraction includes stairs, slides, and rope climbing activities.
  • Note 2: It is extremely easy to temporarily lose sight of your child here. There are cavelike areas and child-size tunnels. However, there is only one exit to the attraction. If you have an elementary age child, you may feel comfortable “guarding” the exit and letting him roam. Parents of preschoolers will likely want to closely supervise their kids to avoid minor injury or separation anxiety.
  • Note 3: The dig area is separate from, and typically calmer than, the slide area. If you need some unstructured chill time, head to the dig site.
  • Note 4: During warm weather, a water feature will be activated. Children may get wet.

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Dinosaur

  • Seating capacity per row: 4
  • Seating capacity per vehicle: 12
  • Seating surface: Lightly padded chair
  • Safety restraints: Individual fabric lap belt for each guest
  • Boarding procedure: Small step up (less than 12″) into ride vehicle
  • Height requirement: 40″
  • Posted warnings: Standard motion sickness, pregnancy, and heart/back/neck warnings.
  • Note 1: Wheelchair and ECV users must transfer to the standard ride vehicle.
  • Note 2: Big, noisy dinosaurs frighten some children.

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Expedition Everest

  • Seating capacity per row: 2
  • Seating capacity per vehicle: 4 or 6. Approximately 34 guests per train.
  • Seating surface: Hard chair with armrest.
  • Safety restraints: Individual lap bar for each guest
  • Boarding procedure: Small step up (less than 12″) into ride vehicle
  • Height requirement: 44″
  • Posted warnings: Standard motion sickness, pregnancy, and heart/back/neck warnings
  • Note 1: Wheelchair and ECV users must transfer to the standard ride vehicle.
  • Note 2: There is a practice vehicle located near the single rider entrance (ask cast members for directions). Wheelchair and ECV users can assess their ability to board at the practice train.
  • Note 3: The last car on each train has a modified opening to give more room to guests with mobility issues.
  • Note 4: This is an intense roller coaster with backward and forward motion. Avoid if you have motion sickness issues. Children may be frightened.

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Festival of the Lion King

  • Seating capacity per row: Several dozen
  • Seating capacity per vehicle: NA. Show-style attraction. More than 100 guests per show.
  • Seating surface: Backless metal bench
  • Safety restraints: None
  • Boarding procedure: Walk into theater
  • Height requirement: None
  • Note 1: Wheelchair and ECV users may ride directly into the theater.
  • Note 2: This is bleacher-style seating with no handrails. If you are unsteady, ask a cast member to seat you near the front of the theater.

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Finding Nemo, The Musical

  • Seating capacity per row: Several dozen
  • Seating capacity per vehicle: NA. Show-style attraction. More than 100 guests per show.
  • Seating surface: Wood bench with back
  • Safety restraints: None
  • Boarding procedure: Walk into theater
  • Height requirement: None
  • Note: Wheelchair and ECV users may ride directly into the theater.

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Flights of Wonder

  • Seating capacity per row: Several dozen
  • Seating capacity per vehicle: NA. Show-style attraction. More than 100 guests per show.
  • Seating surface: Backless bench
  • Safety restraints: None
  • Boarding procedure: Walk into theater
  • Height requirement: None
  • Note 1: Wheelchair and ECV users may ride directly into the theater.
  • Note 2: Seats at the rear of the theater are bleacher-style with no handrails. If you are unsteady, ask a cast member to seat you near the front of the theater.

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Harambe Wildlife Express (train to Conservation Station)

  • Seating capacity per row: More than a dozen
  • Seating capacity per vehicle: About 30 per train car, more than 100 per train
  • Seating surface: Bench with back
  • Safety restraints: None
  • Boarding procedure: For the first row, walk on flat surface into train. For the second row, moderate step (about 12″) into seating area.
  • Height requirement: None
  • Note 1: Personal strollers may be brought on board if folded
  • Note 2: There is a wheelchair capable car. Wheelchair and ECV users may remain seated and ride onto the train car.

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Kali River Rapids

  • Seating capacity per row: Six sets of two seats.
  • Seating capacity per vehicle: 12
  • Seating surface: Plastic chair with armrest on one side.
  • Safety restraints: Fabric lap belt. One belt for every two guests to share.
  • Boarding procedure: Small step (less than 12″) from moving walkway to moving raft, then moderate step down (about 12″) into raft, then walk to seat.
  • Height requirement: 38″
  • Posted warnings: Standard motion sickness, pregnancy, and heart/back/neck warnings.
  • Note 1: Wheelchair and ECV users must transfer to the ride on their own.
  • Note 2: Most guests get wet, some guests get soaked. Consider ponchos for guests averse to water. Protect camera equipment and medical devices.
  • Note 3: Larger guests may be more comfortable if they have a two-seat section to themselves. Speak with a cast member if you have concerns.

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Kilimanjaro Safari

  • Seating capacity per row: 3-5 depending on size
  • Seating capacity per vehicle: Approximately 35
  • Seating surface: Lightly padded bench with back
  • Safety restraints: None
  • Boarding procedure: Small step (less than 12″) up into vehicle
  • Height requirement: None
  • Posted warnings: Standard motion sickness, pregnancy, and heart/back/neck warnings.
  • Note 1: There is a wheelchair capable vehicle. ECV users must transfer to a standard wheelchair.
  • Note 2: All guests have good views, but photographers will want to sit at the outside of their row.
  • Note 3: Cast members will ask you to seat children at the center of the row.

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Primeval Whirl

  • Seating capacity per row: 4
  • Seating capacity per vehicle: 4
  • Seating surface: Hard chair with back
  • Safety restraints: Pull-down lap bar. Two guests share the lap bar.
  • Boarding procedure: Moderate step up (about 12″) from stationary platform into moving vehicle.
  • Height requirement: 48″
  • Posted warnings: Standard motion sickness, pregnancy, and heart/back/neck warnings.
  • Note 1: Wheelchair and ECV users must transfer to the ride on their own.
  • Note 2: Larger guests may be more comfortable if they have a two-seat section to themselves. Speak with a cast member if you have concerns.
  • Note 3: This a small scale roller coaster with spinning elements. Guests with motion sickness issues take caution.

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TriceratopSpin

  • Seating capacity per row: 2 to 3 guests, depending on size. Two average size adults or one adult plus two small children will fit comfortably in each row. Cast members may seat two adults and one child in a row, which can be tight. Larger guests may ask for their own row; this is rarely necessary.
  • Seating capacity per vehicle: Two rows per vehicle, for a total of 4-6 guests per dino.
  • Seating surface: Hard bench with back.
  • Safety restraints: One fabric lap belt over all guests in each row.
  • Boarding procedure: Moderate step (just over 12″) up over a wall and down into the vehicle.
  • Height requirement: None
  • Note 1: There is a wheelchair capable dino. ECV users must transfer to a standard wheelchair.
  • Note 2: There are control levers in the dino. One row controls the height, the other controls the tilt. If you have kids in different rows, you may want to work out in advance which child does which. The row access area is open while the vehicle is in motion. Children should be seated to the inside of each row.

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Be sure to check out our related articles about Attraction Vehicles in the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Related information can be found in our posts about Disney Transportation Vehicles, and Touring with Odd Numbers of Family Members.

Posted on October 21, 2014

3 Responses to “A Guide to Walt Disney World Attraction Vehicles and Seating: Disney’s Animal Kingdom”

  • Thank you for these posts. They have been a terrific help for my upcoming multi-generational family visit.

  • Thanks for another great post. But I think you’ve got Kali River Rapids wrong. You wrote:
    Seating capacity per row: Four sets of two seats.
    Seating capacity per vehicle: 8
    but the photos clearly how six sets of two seats, i.e. a capacity of 12.

    • Well that’s certainly embarrassing. You are obviously correct. Going in to fix it now. Thanks for catching this.