Disney’s Animal Kingdom in a day

Over on this Ask.Mefi thread I was giving advice on how to do Disney’s Animal Kingdom in a day if you’re a first time visitor. Which got me thinking, I certainly have my habits, likes, and dislikes. Perhaps I’m in a bit of a rut when it comes to trip planning.

So, I’m soliciting your plans on how to visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom in a day. What would you do first, how do you handle Fast Pass, where do you eat, what are your can’t miss attractions and shows and what can the first time visitor skip if they’re pressed for time? Please use the comments to fill us in.