Behind the scenes tours at the Animal Kingdom
I am a fan of the Disney behind the scenes tours. What do you know about a walking tour in Animal Kingdom that allows close up viewing of the animals and lunch on the savanna?
Wild Africa Trek Food pack from the Facebook page - Photo by Collette LeBlanc
Dad’s African Adventure Answer
Animal Kingdom is really an underrated park – the shows, the attention to detail, and of course the animals, all make this a pretty magical place to visit. But the folks at Disney have taken the experience one step further and now for those of us who are eager for more animal interactions (and don’t mind a lighter pocket book) there is a new behind-the-scenes tour: The Wild Africa Trek.
Two years ago, Disney introduced the Wild Africa Trek as a new, exclusive experience for guests looking to create their own African adventure (here on American soil of course!). The animal offerings at Animal Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom Lodge had intrigued guests who now wanted more, and boy do you get more on this tour!
The Wild Africa Trek is 3 hours long and there are usually a few departure times per day. Tickets are around $200 per person (on top of park admission) and you need to make reservations in advance. Each trek has no more than 12 guests, and with 2 guides assigned to each tour you’ll get lots of personal attention. The tour price includes refreshments and a PhotoPass CD, and for the price the adventure is worth it is you’re an animal lover!
There are age, height, and weight restrictions for this tour, and yes there is a weigh in before you depart on the safari. When guests check in, they are fitted with a special vest and harness, and taught how to cross a suspension bridge. That comes in handy when you’re 30-40 feet above the crocodile and hippo pits! You’ll also receive a headpiece and transmitter so you don’t miss a word of what the guides are saying.
Part of the tour is on foot – over bridges, or navigating ferns and vines in the forest. But then you’ll board a VIP safari truck that will take you through the Kilimanjaro Safari
attraction, though you’ll get different views than you would on the regular attraction. Part way through the adventure you’ll get to stop in a private safari camp where you can drink jungle juice (yum!) and snack on African nibbles provided by Tusker House
On top of all that, a PhotoPass Photographer will be with you every step of the way, capturing your magical experience, and a few weeks later you’ll get your CD in the mail to relive the experience.
When you book, you’ll be told what to wear, and since the Wild Africa Trek is more physically demanding than most other backstage tours, you must be ambulatory, in good health, and expecting mothers are encouraged not to partake in the adventure.
You can get more information on the experience here
Dad's Bottom Line
Catherine, the Wild Africa Trek is really something special – a once-in-a-lifetime experience! If you decide to go on it, drop by Dad’s site and tell us all about it!