Disney’s Animal Kingdom is on the threshold of offering a new experience to willing guests of the park who would like to participate in a more immersive look at Harambe Reserve.
This is the same reserve as guests get to ride through on the wildly popular Kilimanjaro Safaris. However, the new experience is touted to be much more personal with small groups being led through the reserve by a guide. Guests will get more time to observe the animals and ask more questions of their guide than is allowed on the Safari tour.
Details are sketchy, as of yet, for the new experience. Preliminary plans call for a short trek through an undeveloped portion of the forest before guests board a newly designed vehicle for their trip through the rest of the reserve. No official start date is available but Disney indicates reservations for the experience will begin this fall.
For a bit of related background, look at the video of the Kilimanjaro Safari shown below. It will give you an idea of some of the animals that you might encounter and the environment they are presented in.
Opening on April 22, 1998, Disney’s Animal Kingdom was the fourth theme park to be added to the Walt Disney World Resort. Obviously, the park centers around the animal conservation theme with many of the rides and attractions in the park supporting that philosophy.
The park consists of seven themed areas – the Oasis, Discovery Island, Camp Minnie-Mickey, Africa, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Asia and Dinoland U.S.A. Design elements of each themed area support the location it is supposed to represent.
One of the most popular attractions in the park aside from the aforementioned Kilimanjaro Safaris is a roller-coaster over in the Asia section of the park known as Expedition Everest. This new ride only opened in 2006 and features a unique switch from a normal forward-facing coaster, to a ride-through the structure going in reverse.
Thanks to Knabbel77 for providing the video shown above.
We will post more information on the new guided trek through the Harambe Reserve as it is released.