Animals in the Savannah at Disney's Animal Kingdom resort
  • On Mar 18, 2022
    Elizabeth from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Are there any safaris available without theme park admission?

    Hello Elizabeth,

    Thanks for stopping by planDisney with your question. Disney's Animal Kingdom is an amazing park! Besides the animals you get to see during Kilimanjaro Safaris, there are also walking trails where you can see and learn about gorillas, tigers, bats, and so many other animals

    Did you know that you can also reserve tours at Disney's Animal Kingdom to get a closer experience with specific animals than during a regular park visit? Park admission is required in addition to the cost of the tour, but there are some amazing experiences available. Caring for Giants, Up Close with Rhinos, and Wild Africa Trek all provide unique wildlife adventures.

    If you are a guest at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel and don't want to visit the theme park, you might consider Starlight Safari at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. You won't see all of the animals that you would experience in Kilimanjaro Safaris, but you'll be given night vision goggles during this after dark adventure that will help you see the animals roaming the resort savanna, including zebra, ostrich, giraffes, and more. 

    Finally, anyone can make dining reservations at one of the restaurants in Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. You can enjoy the resort's savannas before or after your meal, and Sanaa has huge windows that provide amazing views. 

    Hope this helps. Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Georgia

After spending 25 years in RI, my husband and I relocated to GA with our youngest, who is now in high school. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes. From creating our first itinerary as a honeymooner to later creating magical experiences for our multigenerational family gatherings, every aspect of planning a vacation has been pure joy to me.  Learn More About Diane

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