I tried making small objects fall into a container in Cycles, but by doing so when hitting the Animation Player feature, it just seems to take a while and like a long time. Is this normal in Blender? If there is a problem on the other hand, is there a way to make it go faster when making them fall into the container?
What are your computer's specifications? Generally, it's pretty common since the physics calculations require extensive computation. You should bake your animations so you can play it a bit faster. More info https://docs.blender.org/manual/en/latest/physics/baking.html