One of the original opening day attractions of Disney’s Animal Kingdom of Walt Disney World and definitely still one of its most popular is Kilimanjaro Safaris®. The open-aired safari vehicles accommodate all members of your family making it an ideal ride for the whole family to experience together.
Kilimanjaro Safaris opened on April 22, 1998 along with the Animal Kingdom itself. It is a trek through a 100-acre recreation of the savanna of East Africa and offers all who take it the chance to see some of the more exotic creatures typically found on that continent.
After a wait in the queue (FastPasses highly recommended), you board a propane powered safari truck specifically designed and built by Disney to take you on a “two-week” trip through Harambe Wildlife Reserve in Harambe, East Africa. Of course, the ride does not actually take that long, but it is fun to get into the experience.
Actually, the ride takes around 18 minutes or so, but can be extended depending on the moods of the creatures you will encounter. If some happen to block the road in front of you, you might just end up sitting there for a while until it decides to go about its business or a “cast member” coaxes it out of the way.
Creatures you can expect to see along the way include (but not limited to): Antelope, Baboon, Black rhino, Cheetah, Crocodile, Elephant, Flamingo, Gazelle, Giraffe, Hippopotamus, Lion, Okapis, Ostrich, Warthog, White rhino,Wildebeest and Zebra. In case you are not that good at spotting them, the driver of your vehicle is typically very good at spotting them for you.
Besides the animal encounters you are treated to, there is actually a storyline followed by the attraction. As previously mentioned, you are on a “two-week” excursion, but, of course, things do not go as planned. While on the road, you are radioed by the park warden telling you of poachers. Your group agrees to help, and in true Disney fashion, you do and the baby rhino in jeopardy is saved.
This is really an excellent way to spend some of your time at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Kilimanjaro Safaris is both entertaining and educational making it a win/win for all. As previously mentioned, however, the attraction is popular so get some Fastpasses if you can.
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