Are FPs needed for Animal Kingdom shows?

Stacied68

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Apr 20, 2008
I am planning to see Festival of the Lion King, Finding Nemo the Musical and Up! A Great Bird Adventure. Also, if it makes a difference I am doing this on a solo trip. Would it make sense to use a FP for any of them or should I just use my FPs for rides?

Thanks
 

JETSDAD

DIS Veteran
Joined
Jan 7, 2016
We use FP's for everything that offers a FP simply because we can. Sometimes it just gets you out of the heat sooner or gets you a better seat. That being said, if you're deciding between using a FP for a ride or a show, I'd go with the ride.
 

monkyby87

DIS Veteran
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Jan 18, 2012
I wouldn't use them in place of a ride, no. But if you have nothing else to use them on, then absolutely go for it. But they don't necessarily offer you an advantage where as they would on a ride.
 
  • epcotobsessed

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    May 1, 2018
    I think it depends on the day and it's pretty much impossible to predict that in advance. There are times when we walk right into the Lion King show, other times when the line is so long that I don't think the people at the back of it will get in for the next two shows. I personally believe the best AK attractions are FOP, Safari, and Lion King, so I would use a FP for it if it were just me - my kids and husband would never let me not get them an EE FP.
     

    OB1

    May the Ears be with you
    Joined
    Aug 25, 2003
    We have always been able to get in, even though it may be WAY back. As stated previously, FP does get in first while we wait in the sun. We will often wait until 5 minutes before loading, so there has been occasion to not make it. If you arrive 15 minutes before loading (which is probably 25 before showtime), then you will be safe. These are often good additional FP selections.
     

    Dis Dragon

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    May 19, 2019
    Rides, the show buildings are so big there you don't really need to worry about it. I haven't seen crowd levels for UP more than twice but I can't imagine that would fill - people were coming and going in the one we were in the whole time.
     
  • CalSea12

    Desperately needs a dose of the magic!
    Joined
    Jun 4, 2011
    I would agree that these are good additional FPs.. I would not sub for a ride though. I usually try to see if any are available the day of.
     

    starrysky

    DIS Veteran
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    Mar 31, 2009
    We like the seating area near the front for Nemo so we would get FPs for that but other than that we wouldn’t bother.
     

    jaysmom4285

    DIS Veteran
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    Jan 19, 2002
    We will often get FP+ for a show if it's one that we really want to see anyway, particularly in the morning. Not so much because we feel we need the FP+ but because it lets us burn a FP+ or two early on, so that we can start looking for additional FP+ after the third one is used. If I'm planning to go to the 10 AM Lion King show, I'll get a FP+, just so one of the three is out of the way.
     

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