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Suzannah at Zannaland.com asked this question the other day, “What Attractions Do You Avoid at Walt Disney World?” We don’t purposely avoid anything when we are in Walt Disney World, but there are some things that we find are not “Must Do” attractions. And that’s a shame, because one of the attractions that we don’t go on every time we are in Disney World, is a wonderful Attraction that changes everytime you ride it and it is definitely an Unknown Magic. When the Walt Disney Company wanted to get into presenting Animals to the guests, this was the crown jewel of the new theme park. Today I bring to you the Unknown Magic of Kilimanjaro Safaris.



The “stump” in the background is
really a feeding center.

 Kilimanjaro Safaris is the largest attraction at any Disney Theme Park. It covers 110 acres, which is just about the size of the Magic Kingdom. And you get to travel through this man made Savanna in an open sided truck, so that you can see the animals up-close and in their own habitats. This is one of the most amazing attractions for more than its size. The Disney Imagineers had to figure out how to present all of these different animals to the guests without placing either the guests or animals in harm’s way. The way they did this was by creating moats, underwater posts, fences hidden by plants, landscaping used as barriers and rockwork that is used for containment purposes. With all of these special, “hidden” ways to keep the animals contained, the guests are kept safe and the animals that need to be kept separated are and all of this creates a Magical Experience as you are riding through the savanna. The Imagineers also added special objects throughout the savanna to help keep the animals in the guests view. Things like special feeding stations that look like old tree stumps, or heated and cooled rocks, to keep the animals comfortable in the Florida weather.

The back story of the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction is that the Harambe Wildlife Reserve used to be a game-hunting reserve, but in the 1970’s the towns people made the effort to change it to a Wildlife Preservation Zone. As you go through the Safari, the driver of your truck starts to get radio calls about poachers on the savanna and is asked to keep a look out. At one point there is an elephant taken and the driver decides to join in the chase. At the end of the ride, you pass by a truck that was caught before it got off the savanna, with a baby elephant in it. We enjoy this attraction, for the reason that the animals are beautiful and to be able to see them as close as they get to the truck creates a Magical Experience.

Although, the Kilimanjaro Safaris is one of those attractions that we don’t go out of our way to ride, every time we do, it is a fun and Magical Experience. It is never the same twice, because of the animals. They are always moving and roaming and doing something. Disney did a great job with this attractions and I highly recommend it, even if you have been on it before, take the time to go back and check it out one more time, You never know what you will get to see.

So, now you know, Kilimanjaro Safaris is not only the largest Disney attraction anywhere, but it is also one that is constantly different even if the story stays the same and if you have younger children or any family member that likes animals, this is an attraction that is a “Must Do.” So go do it and enjoy the wildlife.

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