Stave Church in Epcot's Norway

Many people associate Walt Disney World’s attractions with long lines above all else. If you’re dreading the potential for hours of lengthy queues on your visit, try tweaking your itinerary to include some of the many park highlights that come with no line at all.

Wildlife Trails – Animal Kingdom

Gorilla in Animal Kingdom's Africa

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Animal Kingdom offers several opportunities to meet their animals outside of the major attractions. You don’t have to wait in line for Kilimanjaro Safaris to see many of the same animals.

  • Maharaja Jungle Trek – Explore Southeast Asia and meet komodo dragons, Asian tigers, and gibbons among the ruins of an ancient palace.
  • Discovery Island Trails – Circling the Tree of Life, Discovery Island trails give you unbeatable views of the carvings that make up this majestic tree. You’ll also find animal exhibits featuring macaw, Asian small-clawed otter, ring-tailed lemur, and others.
  • Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail -  This African trail features everything from small adorable meerkats to massive yet majestic gorillas.

The Boneyard – Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom Boneyard

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Tucked away in DinoLand U.S.A., The Boneyard is a wild playground set in what was purportedly an archaeological dig side. Slide through tubes, play with musical dino bones, and hop on prehistoric footprints for roaring fun. Cross the bridge and you’ll find an excavation site where you can grab a shovel and start digging up new discoveries.

Rafiki’s Planet Watch – Animal Kingdom

Conservation Station

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Just a short train ride from the main area of Animal Kingdom, Rafiki’s Planet Watch offers several attractions that you can enjoy without any time in line.

  • Affection Section – Head into the petting zoo and say hello to the park’s sheep and goats.
  • Conservation Station – Meet snakes, birds, and more as you learn how Animal Kingdom works to promote global conservation efforts.

This is also one of the best places in the park for spotting hidden Mickey’s and meeting rare characters, so keep a keen eye out and be ready for surprises.

Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station – Magic Kingdom

Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak

If you’re battling your way through a long hot day with several rides that the little ones are afraid to board, head to the Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station. This water play area features fountains and misters surrounding the famously cheerful choo-choo train. Kids will play the day away in this whimsical little play land in Fantasyland’s Storybook Circus area.

Cinderella Castle – Magic Kingdom

Cinderella Mosaic

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The towering icon of Magic Kingdom, Cinderella Castle is impossible to miss in the center of the park. You can get closer and appreciate it in more detail by taking a stroll through the castle itself. Inside, you’ll find five stunning mosaic murals depicting Cinderella’s story in more than a million pieces of colored glass. This walkway is easily missed, but an absolute must-see if you’re a fan of the princess tales. Head outside to pay a visit to the wishing well, too.


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