It's your

Lucky Day!


Get My Tickets

Offer applied in cart. Expires midnight 3/2/21..

Get My Tickets

Offer applied in cart. Expires midnight 3/2/21.

The Secret History of Disney Rides: Kilimanjaro Safaris

by Tad on June 20, 2016 1   Video

The Secret History of Disney Rides: Kilimanjaro Safaris - Secret History of Kilimanjaro Safaris

Traveling to Africa and experiencing a real safari is definitely on my bucket list when I'm older! (Unless of course I can go in the near future... ahem, Mom and Dad.) Seeing animals up close and in their natural habitat would be such a thrill. But for now, Disney Animal Kingdom's Kilimanjaro Safaris is a perfect way to see some of Africa's wildlife on a Jeep safari! With some recent (but exciting) changes to the attraction, I figured this is a perfect time to explore the secret history of the safari ride.

====>Hop here for Kilimanjaro Safaris wait times, ride details and more!<====


The Secret History of Kilimanjaro Safaris

Remember when we explored the secret history of Jungle Cruise and how it started with Walt Disney wanting to use real animals? Well, the idea of Kilimanjaro Safaris actually stems from that! Although the safari ride didn't debut until April 1998 with the opening of Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Disney Imagineers kept this in mind to create an attraction featuring real animals.

The safari ride was constructed on a savannah identical to those found in Africa. Disney Imagineers wanted the savannah to look like it had always been there and wasn't constructed by man! To get this look, they matched concrete with the surrounding soil and rolled tires throughout it to create the rough terrain. Some of the animals on the safari include: cheetahs, black rhinos, baboons, wildebeests, white rhinos, lions, hippos and more! According to, Kilimanjaro Safaris also was created by moving over 1.5 million cubic yards of dirt and placing 2.3 million plants, trees and bushes throughout the savannah. The animals brought for the opening of the park were brought from zoos and breeders, rather than from the wild!


While the animals do roam freely throughout Kilimanjaro Safaris, Imagineers designed the savannah with water features, moats and natural barriers to keep the animals in their designated areas. And of course, little tricks like salt licks, fresh water features and more keep the animals within view of the safari adventurers! Now, with the addition of late hours of Disney's Animal Kingdom, we get to now experience Kilimanjaro Safaris at night with a fake sunset as the backdrop. It's wild!


Kilimanjaro Safaris Fun Facts

  • Magic Kingdom could actually fit into the area of Kilimanjaro Safaris—that's how big the attraction is!
  • One of the original storylines for the ride included a gruesome ending featuring an elephant that had been poached. Obviously, Imagineers decided to not use this!
  • The moat that separates you (and other animals) from becoming lion food on the attraction is 18-feet deep and 21-feet wide!
  • The safari Jeeps you travel on are GMC made.
  • Disney feeds many of the animals (gorillas, giraffes, baboons, elephants, etc.) from the 8-acre browse farm that grows hibiscus, mulberries and more!
  • The safari Jeeps travel on an altered route and deeper into the savannah during nighttime hours. The Jeeps used are also different!

Make sure to experience Kilimanjaro Safaris at night! It's spectacular. Hope you learned something new during this secret history and let us know if you have any questions!

Stay cool!

Keep hopping, Tad!
View Comments
<<  Newer Posts | Older Posts  >>
Nov 3, 2016 at 11:06 p.m. Carlos Medina Says...

I like kilimanjaro safaris because you can see the animals

Leave a comment
Name is required. Email is required. Please input a comment.
About Us
About Undercover Tourist

Undercover Tourist is the leading supplier of online discount tickets to Orlando, Florida-area attractions, including Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld® Orlando, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort and more.

Sign up for our newsletter!
Please enter your Name
Please enter your Email address
footer grass

Contact:  1 (800) 846-1302 (USA)  |  1 (386) 239-8624 (Worldwide)

Sign up for Our Newsletter Let's Plan a Better Family Vacation

monthly news, planning tips and special deals

Please enter your Name
Please enter your Email address

Contact Us

Send Feedback

Or call 1 (800) 846-1302 (USA)

1 (386) 239-8624 (Worldwide)

©2000–2021 Undercover Tourist. All rights reserved. | Privacy Policy | Terms & Conditions
As to Disney photos, logos, properties: ©Disney
WIZARDING WORLD and all related trademarks, characters, names, and indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s20)
Newsletter logo

Sign Up for Our Newsletter

monthly news, planning tips and special deals from the Frog Family

Please enter your Name Please enter your Email address

Thank you for joining our email list!

Joined email list logo

You should be receiving your first email soon!
Thanks for being a part of the family.

Create an account

Create An Account

In order to save your favorite items, you'll need to create an account. Already have one? Sign in.

An Undercover Tourist account allows you to:

Join The Frog Family
No, thanks. ×