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  • On Feb 25, 2010
    Cathy from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    This is probably a crazy question but, how close are the animals to you on the Kilamanjaro safari?

    It depends on the animal.

    All of the animals on the Kilimanjaro Safari look like they are incredibly close, and some of them actually are. I have been on the Safari probably 25 or 30 times. On three or four occasions, I've had animals walk right up to the ride vehicle, standing close enough that if I leaned off the side of the ride, I could touch them (though this is certainly not allowed). In this manner, I've been as close as about five feet away from an ostrich and a zebra. Truly, a spectacular way to experience these amazing creatures.

    However, the animals that are actually dangerous (lions, cheetahs, crocodiles, etc.), are kept much further away from guests, either by actual distance or other safeguards. For example, when passing by the lions' rock, it looks like you are only about 30 feet away from the cats - great for viewing. But neatly camouflaged in the space between you and the lions is a big moat which the cats could not possibly cross.

    Disney does a fabulous job of melding the experience of being up close and personal with the wildlife, with paying the utmost attention to guest and cast member safety. If you have more interest how the animals are cared for or positioned, there are a number of behind-the-scenes tours of the Animal Kingdom which allow you to interact with the animal keepers and ask them questions. You can find out more about these experiences by calling 407-WDW-TOUR.


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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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