Anyone who knows me knows I love animals so no trip to Walt Disney World is complete without going to Animal Kingdom Park. There are so many very fun things to do in this park and with the advent of Pandora, the list just got longer. I know that as a Vacation Planner specializing in all things Disney, I really should not have favorites, and technically I will go to any park pretty much anytime, but…that said, I love the Safari Ride.
In fairness, I have not yet ridden the Avatar Flight of Passage, which I am pretty sure I will enjoy, however, since it falls into a “fantasy” category I will probably not lose my love for the Safari Ride. We have had an opportunity to enjoy the Na’vi River Journey which was beautiful, but I still find I love to see the animals. Naturally, a vacation planner has to ride all the rides, right? So it is on the list.
The Safari Ride is called Kilimanjaro Safaris, and it is located in the African section of the park. The ride is meant to depict a safari through the Harambe Wildlife Reserve in East Africa. It simulates the various terrain around the Safi River valley and the open bush country of the Serengeti Savanna. African animals on view during the ride include real live elephants, giraffes, antelopes, gazelles, crocodiles, monkeys, hippopotamus, lions, cheetahs, hyenas, African wild dogs, warthogs, ostriches, rhinoceroses, ducks, storks, pelicans, flamingos, wildebeests, okapis, and zebras. During the ride, the driver points out animals and provides facts about the various animals we view. As I say, this ride gets two thumbs up from this vacation planner!
Even though the ride rarely changes, the animals are always interesting to watch. Speaking strictly as a vacation planner, the best time to take the ride is first thing in the morning when the park opens. We usually go through the entrance lineup and head straight for the ride, which, as a bonus, eliminates too long a line. The animals are usually more active in the morning so there is a better chance of catching them on camera. It also does not hurt to fast pass this ride, and for my clients who love animals, I have them fast pass it for later in the day to see different animals out and about.
We have also done the more personalized Africa Trek tour and when my clients ask me to suggest something fun, I suggest they purchase this tour. On this smaller, private tour we walked along a grassland path crossed a rope bridge and rode in a rugged safari vehicle across the savanna. We had great opportunities to see and photograph animals much closer than the main attraction ride. We also had a personal tour guide share information about the animals in more detail as well as learn about the park’s dedication to animal conservation. We enjoyed an interesting African lunch on the Savanna. I highly recommend this tour for anyone who loves animals and wants to enhance the park visit.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park is full of amazing things to do, so stop back as I share some of the other fun things to do in the park. And when you are ready to plan your next vacation to any Disney Destination remember to contact Sharon Schierling, your Vacation Planner specializing in all things Disney.