Several weeks ago we reported about a new experience coming to Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom Park, personalized treks into Kilimanjaro Safaris. Small groups of guests will go more ‘in depth’ into the safaris with specialized guides, see parts of the savannah unavailable to the general guest population, and learn more about the animals which call the savannah home. Rumored to start in December 2010, the treks are being talked about all over the Disney web and some more details are starting to emerge.
As many avid Disney Parks fans know, Disney often changes plans & details can be tweaked in the drop of the Fairy Godmother’s wand. Even though none of these details have been officially confirmed we now have a better idea of what the experience could look like, and if all plays true this experience may be more of an adventure than previously assumed.
Rope bridges, platform viewing areas, and possibly a zip line will take guests through previously unexplored parts of the savannah; a large portion of the trek will take place on foot & through these new infrastructures. Disney is constructing a new specially designed vehicle for this experience also, which will transport an intimate number of guests on the trek for about 50% of the tour. Participants will be required to attend a safety meeting, and waiver signing, in Harambe Village prior to the 3 hour experience which will be held during park hours. One of the most interesting details being discussed is a viewing experience over the hippo pond. Guests will be escorted to a cliff’s edge over the hippo pond where harnesses will be required to observe the wildlife below.