Animal Kingdom Safari
  • On Apr 25, 2023
    Melissa 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.

    Is Kilimanjaro Safari open for rope drop with early entry? I am planning this for May 13, 2023. Thanks very much!

    Hello there, Melissa! 

    Like you, I’m also Team Rope Drop. Early Entry for Guests staying at Disney Resort hotels is such a perk because you can go on so many attractions during this time. I like to show up 30 minutes before the 30-minute early entry window begins so that I’m one of the first people in line to enter the Walt Disney World theme parks. So much for feeling like Sleeping Beauty when I’m on vacation!

    You can find all of the attractions that are planned to operate during the early entry period on the Early Theme Park Entry website. Unfortunately, at this time, Kilimanjaro Safaris is not on the list. I usually like to start my day with Avatar Flight of Passage and Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, and then I head over to Kilimanjaro Safaris once it’s open. I also like going on Kilimanjaro Safaris in the evening because you’ll see totally different animals moving around. Avatar Flight of Passage is one of my favorites because you get to ride a banshee through the World of Avatar, and you can actually feel it breathing! If you’re looking for a light breakfast snack after riding Avatar Flight of Passage, I always grab a Pongu Lumpia, a pineapple-cream cheese spring roll, from Pongu Pongu. No matter what, you’ll feel like a Wildnerness Explorer visiting this theme park.

    Did you know that Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park just celebrated its 25 anniversary on Earth Day? I just love that the Disney Conservation Fund demonstrates how Disney is dedicated to protecting the magic of nature by giving back. Feel free to follow up if you have any other questions. 

    May the magic be with you!

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Meet the Panelist: Melanie, Maryland

Hello there! I'm Melanie - a Walt Disney World Resort-loving Jersey girl living in Maryland with my Jedi Brewmaster husband and Bluey lookalike dog. Before I was even born, I grew up taking multigenerational vacations with my family at Disney's Beach Club Resort. The Disney force has grown stronger in my family since we took an adults-only voyage aboard Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. Whether you want to feel like a Disney Princess or a Jedi-in-training, I can't wait to help you plan a harmonious vacation. Learn More About Melanie

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