Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Aug 14, 2013
    Nicole 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.

    Hi. Our 8 year old will be having a birthday when we visit WDW in Jan 2014. We think the princess experience might not be the right surprise for her.....Is there any live animal experience available at Animal Kingdom? She LOVES animals.

    Hi, Nicole!

    I may be a bit biased, but I can't imagine a better place to celebrate a birthday than at Walt Disney World! And I have a suggestion for the perfect birthday surprise for your daughter at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park: the Wild Africa Trek! This special behind-the-scenes tour is all about live animal encounters!  

    On this 3-hour tour you and your daughter will be treated to up-close views of hippos and crocodiles as you venture on foot through parts of the Harambe Reserve. You will also take a privately guided jeep safari ride across the savannas and enjoy an array of snacks while viewing more native African wildlife from an elevated private safari station. 

    Guests must be at least 8 years old (and 48 inches tall) to experience the Wild Africa Trek, so your daughter will be just the right age to go on this adventure with you! My daughter (who is also a BIG animal lover) will be turning 8 in November and I've already booked the Wild Africa Trek for us. I am so excited to be able to share this amazing tour with her! 

    While you're at Animal Kingdom, be sure to take a relaxing ride on the Wildlife Express train over to Rafiki's Planet Watch. At the Affection Section, your daughter will love meeting several species of domesticated animals. The pigs are my favorite! 

    Your daughter is sure to have the time of her life on the Wild Africa Trek! It will be one birthday surprise she'll always remember! 

    Wishing you a magical vacation! Please let me know if I can assist you further as you continue planning your January visit.  
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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, New Jersey

I'm a Disneyphile and Type A planner! I'm also a writer and editor, wife and mom to an amazing daughter, age 7. I love helping guests of all ages and abilities plan their "Disney time" and make magical vacation memories at Walt Disney World!
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