Giraffe at Kilimanjaro Safari; Animal Kingdom
  • On Feb 15, 2024
    Karen from ON Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    As a grad present for my daughter we would like book a behind the scenes tour at AK. She starts Vet school in the fall and her dream is to work at AK when she finishes. What would be the most in depth tour we can book to give her the best experience?

    Hi Karen!

    Thanks for stopping by planDisney!  We love helping guests celebrate special occasions and it sounds like you have a wonderful idea to congratulate the graduate in your family this year.  

    There are several tour options at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park available in the Enchanting Extras Collection.  The most in-depth tour currently listed is the Wild Africa Trek.  This 3-hour guided tour gets you up close and personal with wildlife and offers some unique experiences around the park.  Not only do you get to walk the savanna and ride in a safari vehicle, but you can channel your inner Tarzan as you explore wildlife from the trees via a rope bridge!  In addition, guests receive complimentary photo downloads of pictures from the tour and snacks are also included.  I think your daughter would love this experience!  Other tours that would interest a budding veterinarian would be the Caring for Giants and Up Close with Rhinos tours.  Advanced reservations are highly recommended for tours available in the Enchanting Extras Collection and are available 60 days before your arrival.   

    If your family hasn't already thought about a place to stay, I think a reservation at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge would be perfect!   My family stayed here a few years ago and had a Savanna View Room.  It was absolutely breathtaking to wake up each morning to giraffes, zebras, and other wildlife outside while we had our morning coffee on the balcony.  Our oldest was just two at the time and he would pretend he was on his own wildlife expedition each morning - complete with binoculars!  Not only will you enjoy a memorable stay, but the dining choices are delicious here.  Jiko - The Cooking Place is a great option for a special celebration dinner and the Zebra Domes from Boma - Flavors of Africa are legendary!  

    Before I go, I'd also like to suggest a Capture The Moment photo session in Animal Kingdom.  This 20-minute private photography session is with a Disney PhotoPass photographer and can include up to eight people.  How cool would it be to celebrate her graduation with a special family photo shoot and then look back on those photos in the future as she pursues her dream of working for Disney?  If you have purchased Memory Maker for your vacation, the photo downloads from this session are included!    

    Karen, I'm sending pixie-dusted wishes for a wonderful graduation trip to celebrate your daughter's accomplishment!  Please stop by planDisney with any other vacation planning questions in the future!

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Meet the Panelist: Kristi, Maryland

Hi! I'm Kristi and I've been making magical memories at the Walt Disney World Resort since my first visit in 1989. While I cherished my childhood visits, my favorite memories have come sharing all of the excitement and wonder of a Disney Parks vacation with my husband and three boys. Whether you're planning a runDisney racecation, a trip with little ones, a land and sea adventure, or anything in between, I'm ready to help you make some bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful plans for your next Disney Parks vacation! Learn More About Kristi

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