Posts Tagged ‘Kilimanjaro Safaris’

Hidden Details of Animal Kingdom

by on August 23, 2014

There are many reasons why the Disney Parks stand apart from other theme parks around the world, but one of the biggest has to be Disney’s incredible attention to detail. You can see the extra mile in the form of details just about everywhere on Disney property, from attractions to parade costumes to resorts to transportation to even the bathrooms! Personally, I love the details. They are not only appealing to the eye and fun to find, but almost always meaningful to the history of an attraction or to the story the Imagineers are trying to tell. For today’s post, let’s take a look at the hidden details of Animal Kingdom!

Expedition Everest Height Measurement

Expedition Everest Height Measurement

Over at Asia’s Expedition Everest, be sure to notice the special height measurement for young riders. Only at Disney would the measurement be a giant, wooden Yeti foot! I’ve always thought that Expedition Everest has one of the most clever, detailed themed queues, and this fun detail just proves it!

Inside of the Dinosaur attraction, look up to see red, white, and yellow pipes running through the queue. Chemical combinations are printed on those pipes, which isn’t anything special, unless you realize the combinations are actually the chemical names for ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard! Weird, right?

Animal Kingdom Harambe Sign - A Glass Slipper Vacation

Animal Kingdom’s Harambe Village

Animal Kingdom’s Africa is meant to look and feel as if you have just walked into a real African village called Harambe. Disney Imagineers really went to new heights with the details here, as Harambe appears lived-in and authentic with thatched roofs, posters for the village’s Harambe Wildlife Preserve, handpainted signs on the sides of local businesses, and so much more. This particular sign welcoming you into Harambe features ads of the village’s establishments, and the lights above it are even rusted to show age.

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Observations from Disney’s Animal Kingdom: August 15, 2014

by on August 15, 2014

Observations from Disney's Animal Kingdom

Take a day — or at least 2/3s of one — to walk around Animal Kingdom with Touring Plans (photos by Seth Kubersky).

This week it was time for me to make some observations from Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and is there any place in Walt Disney World more welcoming on a muggy, humid day? Wait, don’t answer that… As an infrequent visitor to Animal Kingdom, it was my objective to visit as many of park’s major and mid-tier attractions as possible, in order to test Derek Burgan’s controversial theory that DAK is indeed more than a “half-day park.”

 

While the typical Touring Plans approach is to arrive before rope drop, I decided to give Animal Kingdom a fighting chance by pulling onto Disney property a half hour after the park’s 9 a.m. opening time. The first sight that greeted me past the toll booths was a large section of the overflow parking lot where grass was being replaced with asphalt.

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More Adventures with Disney World Annual Passholder Advance FastPass+: DHS & DAK Edition

by on March 22, 2014

Welcome back to the continuing saga of Walt Disney World’s recent roll-out of Annual Passholder Advance FastPass+ privileges to the general public. As explained in our last episode, all WDW annual passholders should now be able to make up to 7 days of FastPass+ reservations within the next 30 days through the My Disney Experience website and apps. Last time, we looked at how I set up my first week of FastPass+ selections, and saw how my first intinerary turned out at Epcot (TLDR: not perfect, but pretty good).

For this followup, follow me to Walt Disney World two least-popular parks for examples of how advance FastPass+ may (or may not) work to your advantage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios FastPass+

Much like my day at Epcot, I arrived at the Disney’s Hollywood Studios parking lot a little after 1:00 p.m.

Advance FastPass+

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Safari Script/Vehicle Changes

by on May 20, 2007

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.

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Kilimanjaro Safari changes

by on February 24, 2007

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.

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Early Sunset Warning

by on January 3, 2007

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.

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