• On Oct 7, 2021
    Linda from PA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I would like to book a Kilimanjaro safari. Not the 20 minute Disney ride but the longer 3 hour safari. I would like to go on Friday, Nov 26. I will be staying at Shades of Green. Do I need to buy a park admission to take the longer safari?

    Hi Linda!

    Fun fact: Shades of Green was originally a golf club resort! I hear the rooms here are perhaps the most spacious on Walt Disney World property.

    The extended safaris at Disney's Animal Kingdom are an immersive, unique way to experience the savannah. Unfortunately, these tours have not yet returned since Walt Disney World reopened in the summer of 2020. No announcement has been made on when these Enchanted Extras will resume. If the Wild Africa Trek and Savor the Savannah: Evening Safari return by the time of your trip, you will need to purchase park admission and book a Disney Park Pass Reservation.

    The Starlight Safari at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is also currently on hiatus, but when it is available no park admission is required. 

    Do try the standard Kilimanjaro Safaris if you have not experienced it. I adore giraffes- their big eyes and impressive eyelashes make them so endearing. I am always rewarded with an up close sighting of these towering, beautiful creatures. The number of hippos, zebras, antelope, and elephants you see is stunning and I almost always catch at least a glimpse of a lion. The habitat so resembles the African bush, you will occasionally have to remind yourself you are in Central Florida in a popular theme park.

    Enjoy your visit to see Mickey!

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