The Kilimanjaro Safaris ride at Disney Animal Kingdom has instituted a change in the show. Mrs Jobson has been eliminated from the script and it is much more focused on the enjoyment of the animals around the vehicle – though the poacher storyline still exists.
Additionally, the vehicles themselves will debut an additional row of seating for guests increasing the ride’s capacity. The station gates have already been modified and the vehicles are nearing completion of the conversion.
Minor changes are coming to Kilimanjaro Safaris at Animal Kingdom. The vehicles are adding a 9th row for additional capacity, and thus the loading areas are being reworked to accomodate them.
Rumors persist on the savannah though of further changes to the attraction in the coming months, including the removal of Mrs. Jobson’s character completely from the audio and the elimination of the poacher storyline. These rumors are entirely unconfirmed at the moment.
During peak periods, long lines have been forming at the Animal Kingdom theme park for the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction. Please be aware that the attraction must close by a pre-determined time to get the animals into their homes for the night.
This means that the final ride vehicles must depart the station at a certain time and the attraction will close regardless of how many guests are still waiting in the line after that time. This situation does not arise often, but did occur on the 1st of January.
Thus, be aware of the signage posted in the Animal Kingdom stating the closing time for ride. It can be found at the entrance of the attraction, the Tipboard, and by asking at Guest Relations. Please arrive at the attraction well prior to this time – as on Janaury 1st the queue was closed 20minutes prior to its 4:45 advertised closing with a 70min queue.
The Early Sunset closure can vary throughout the year depending on light levels, and throughout the Christmas week was a early as 4:30pm, and as noted, the queue can be closed earlier if it becomes extremely long, and even then guests are not guaranteed to ride.
In short, visit the attraction early to avoid dissapointment.