• On Oct 14, 2019
    Christine from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We will be visiting WDW 2/23-2/29 for my daughter's 6th bday. She loves animals. What animal encounters are avail. for age 6? I see horseback riding is 9+ and some of the others are for children older. I found Up Close w Rhinos; are there any others?

    Welcome back, Christine! I'm so glad I get to answer another question for you today.

    Disney's Animal Kingdom is my favorite Theme Park at Walt Disney World Resort. Just like your daughter, I also love animals so I'll take whatever opportunity I can to catch a glimpse of them, between rides on Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, of course!

    There are a few tours that can get your daughter the up-close and personal experience she wants to have with animals that you don't get to see every day. Guests over the age of four are welcome to participate in the Caring for Giants tour, which will get you within 80 to 100 feet of the African elephant herd that lives in the Harambe Wildlife Reserve, the setting for Kilimanjaro Safaris! Animal specialists will be there to tell you about how they make sure that the elephants are happy and cared for, and African cultural representatives will share stories about the animals from their home countries and how conservation efforts are being undertaken to protect their populations. You also mentioned the Up Close with Rhinos tour, which is one of my favorite animal experiences and is also available to guests age four and over. You'll get to go backstage to see the rhino environment and meet the Cast Members who care for them. I was even lucky enough to touch one of the rhinos as well when I did this tour last year, which might be possible if they're feeling cooperative! Both of the tours take about 60 minutes and are perfect for your little animal lover.

    Have a wild time on vacation, Christine!

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Meet the Panelist: Jessica, Texas

I'm a personal stylist and I live in Texas with my husband and our three rescue animals. We are Disney Parks-obsessed and love enjoying all the magic that's out there especially for grown-ups. In fact, we even opted out of a tropical honeymoon to spend a blissful week at Walt Disney World Resort instead! I'm thrilled to be on the planDisney Panel and I'm excited to share everything I've learned from all of our trips and help you plan a memorable family vacation.  Learn More About Jessica

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