Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Jul 9, 2010
    Liz from Isle of Wight Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    we are coming to WDW in Aug 2011.Our daughter will be celebrating her birthday (11 yrs old)and as she was planning on becoming a future vet, i thought it would be a lovely gift to give her an animal experience in one of the parks. can you help with ideas?

    Hi Liz! That is exciting that your daughter has such lofty goals set already and what wonderful goals they are too!

    There are several things she can enjoy during her Disney stay that relates to animals.  With her age it does limit the tours she can participate in as many have a minimum age of 16.  These tours constantly change so please keep checking the website as new ones might be added.

    There is a tour called The Seas Aqua Tour that takes guests as young as 8 years old into the large aquarium in EPCOT to learn more about the fish and animals that inhabit our seas.

    My choice for your daughter to learn more and get up close and personal knowledge is to spend a day at the Animal Kingdom park.  There are many cast members stationed throughout the park that are there to help educate the guests. Many will often be holding special animals or located next to animal enclosures.   Make sure you follow both the Pangani Forest Trail and the Maharajah Jungle Trek to see the animals that you won't see on the Kilimanjaro Safari ride. Flights of Wonder would also be a great attraction to visit as there are over twenty different bird species have a part in this performance!

    Last but not least be sure to take the train to Rafiki's Planet Watch.  It is best to do this in the morning when most of the veterinary procedures are done as you can watch on the other side of the glass as they work on various animals. The vet will discuss the procedure and what they are doing for the animal and then once it is completed they will answer questions from the guests.  They often come out to the front as well so it would be a very special experience for your daughter. There are also other naturalists with special animal guests and a petting area where the children can brush the sheep and goats and interact.

    I am sure your daughter will not want to leave the Animal Kingdom park. 
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