Kilimanjaro Safaris

Description from PassPorter's Walt Disney World Guidebook:

Board a safari truck to explore 100 acres of African habitat with lions, giraffes, crocodiles, ostriches, gazelle, and many other live animals. Wildlife may be plentiful or scarce, since it’s free to roam. Disney also includes a vague story line in case the animals are feeling shy. The ride gets very bumpy, so hang on tight. We recommend you ride first thing in the morning, late afternoon, or after it rains, when the animals are more active. Sit in outside seats for best views and photos. Check out the new Sunset Kilimanjaro Safaris in the evenings where you can experience two new species: African wild dogs and hyenas. Outdoor queue is covered and has overhead monitors. Height restriction for children riding in front two seats. Young children should be accompanied by an adult. Health warning. Transfer from ECV to wheelchair to ride. Wheelchair accessible. Assistive listening. Closed captioning. Alex’s ToddlerTip: A Alex’s KidTip: “It’s more bumpy and more fun in back.” TweenTip: “Look at the signs in the truck to identify the animals.”

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Type: Ride
Scope: E-Ticket
Ages: Ages 4 & up
Thrill Factor: Bumpy, live birds and animals,

Ride Duration: 19 min.
FastPass: Yes
Queue Conditions: Outdoor queue is covered and has overhead monitors

Bonus: This attraction is open during Morning Extra Magic Hours (but not evening Extra Magic Hours).

Special Considerations:
- Handheld Captioning
- Assistive Listening
- Video Captioning
- Seating type: bench with backs

PassPorter's Ratings for Kilimanjaro Safaris
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Readers Rating: (rated by 192 PassPorter readers)

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82.02% of our readers would definitely visit Kilimanjaro Safaris again.

I would definitely visit this attraction again!
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What PassPorter Readers Think of Kilimanjaro Safaris (41 comments):

The animals on the safari are amazing. You can ride this over and over again and have different experiences. We have had rides where the lions have been out and other times hiding behind the rocks. We have had giraffe's come up right next to our vehicle. It is truly breathtaking experience. I can't wait to try the night time Safari's.
DisneyKimber gave this a rating of 9 on 06/30/2016 at 11:26:20 pm EDT

A ride for the whole family! Lots of animals.
BethC gave this a rating of 10 on 06/30/2016 at 1:29:42 pm EDT

The new night ones are interesting. We actually saw the lions awake and alert!
Horace Horsecollar gave this a rating of 9 on 06/30/2016 at 12:29:57 pm EDT

Saw lots of animals.
Jablers gave this a rating of 10 on 06/28/2016 at 10:29:14 am EDT

VERY enjoyable, especially if a lot of animals are out and about.
TomiRocket gave this a rating of 9 on 06/27/2016 at 1:20:00 pm EDT

Love this ride. Always go on it at least twice per visit.
Disneygirl288 gave this a rating of 10 on 06/25/2016 at 9:24:48 pm EDT

love love love this ride. A definite must do!
2babiesandthemouse gave this a rating of 10 on 06/24/2016 at 4:34:54 pm EDT

This is a good ride, however if you can do the Wild Africa Trek, I would suggest that over this.
questkitten gave this a rating of 7 on 06/24/2016 at 4:03:25 pm EDT

Love all the animals.
gardengalWDW gave this a rating of 8 on 06/24/2016 at 2:21:42 am EDT

This ride is the essence of the park! (Glad they got rid of the poacher back story though.)
CheriePenguin gave this a rating of 9 on 06/21/2016 at 5:03:17 pm EDT

A must do for my family. Lots to see and to learn about the animals. The number of animals you see varies greatly with the time of day you visit.
Dopey Girl gave this a rating of 8 on 06/20/2016 at 8:58:20 pm EDT

A MUST DO!!!! The animals are real close and you can't see any fences unless you really look for them.
scott disney dad gave this a rating of 10 on 06/20/2016 at 12:26:06 pm EDT

Go first thing in the morning when lines are not as long and the animals are still active (before the heat and the sun).
MissyMouse70 gave this a rating of 10 on 06/19/2016 at 9:44:31 am EDT

Signature attraction in AK; we never miss at least one experience per visit. Earlier times are best for seeing activity.
Victor gave this a rating of 10 on 06/18/2016 at 6:53:54 am EDT

On those hot days in Florida, it's best to ride this as soon as the park opens. It's a bit cooler then so the animals are a bit more active. Most of the animals are free range around your vehicle which can set you up for some interesting encounters. We had a young giraffe taste our vehicle when it stopped. Our driver told us to remain quite and to let him observe us. He tasted the mirrors and then moved on to the woman sitting in front of me. After her giraffe bath, the driver made sure to tell her to wash as soon as she got off the ride as they have a number of bacteria that they could share. An encounter we will never forget!
Missi gave this a rating of 10 on 06/17/2016 at 1:06:25 pm EDT

My absolute favorite, if I could I would quit my job tomorrow and drive the safari vehicle for a living.
ashlvsq2004 gave this a rating of 10 on 06/16/2016 at 7:22:07 pm EDT

I miss when it was the "catch the poachers" theme, but it's nice just as a plain safari. This is a good one to test your camera prowess :)
goofyboysmama gave this a rating of 9 on 06/14/2016 at 9:53:49 am EDT

I think we have to do this every time. The adventure is fun.
jodistrock gave this a rating of 9 on 06/13/2016 at 8:55:31 pm EDT

Must see first thing while its cool. See lots of different animals and learn about them.
handette gave this a rating of 10 on 06/13/2016 at 7:14:48 pm EDT

I love love LOVE this ride!!! I do this every trip and sometimes twice a day in a trip! It is different every time and the animals can get so close to you!! The only part that disappoints me is sometimes they fill the row with other parties so can't always get good photos of the animals from both sides.
loveariel gave this a rating of 10 on 06/10/2016 at 4:20:36 pm EDT

Great ride and different every time since you never know what animals you will see.
AeroScott gave this a rating of 10 on 06/10/2016 at 12:02:14 pm EDT

so beautiful!! just try to do this first thing in the am as you see more animals; they tend to sleep in the heat of the day
dmsprung gave this a rating of 9 on 06/10/2016 at 12:00:09 pm EDT

One of kind experience where you get an up close view of so many awesome animals! Great narrators that make the experience personable! Fastpass must!
Csb10salum gave this a rating of 10 on 06/10/2016 at 11:34:14 am EDT

Love seeing all of the animals!
hokiegal gave this a rating of 10 on 06/05/2016 at 10:25:10 pm EDT

Very re-rideable. Can't wait to see the nighttime safari.
Urbss gave this a rating of 8 on 06/05/2016 at 7:11:42 pm EDT

Went on this one at 2:00PM on a 98 degree day. No animals were out except for the human kind. Next time I will go first thing in the morning. I am hoping it will be more exciting.
Loridove gave this a rating of 5 on 06/05/2016 at 6:51:12 pm EDT

Unbelievable. The coolest animal attraction around.
Big G gave this a rating of 10 on 06/05/2016 at 6:07:08 pm EDT

I try to ride this twice every visit, because you can see different animals each time. Very happy the old plotline and the audio-animatronic elephant is gone.
Marie the Cat gave this a rating of 9 on 06/05/2016 at 12:12:28 pm EDT

Try to see this ride at least twice as there is so much to see. You see more animals in the morning. Try to sit on the outside for good photos of the animals.
FARMERGIRL gave this a rating of 9 on 06/03/2016 at 10:18:29 pm EDT

the guide made it a fun trip! seeing the animals on the safari was an interesting experience.
comfort80 gave this a rating of 10 on 06/03/2016 at 3:19:45 pm EDT

We try to go more than once each trip. Love that every safari is different depending on time of day.
yalibrarian gave this a rating of 9 on 06/03/2016 at 5:35:00 am EDT

It's great seeing the animals roaming around. It's different every ride.
dodgersle gave this a rating of 9 on 06/02/2016 at 2:31:47 pm EDT

One of my favorites of all times. Love to see animals in their own environment and learning about them.
cutiepie gave this a rating of 10 on 05/31/2016 at 11:30:48 am EDT

Can't wait for the nighttime version.
Marandaclan gave this a rating of 9 on 05/30/2016 at 11:11:34 am EDT

Typically one we try to do at rope drop, whilst cooler in the morning as animals seem to be more active.
Emlette gave this a rating of 10 on 05/28/2016 at 8:00:25 am EDT

Real animals.
txtink gave this a rating of 7 on 05/27/2016 at 12:38:47 pm EDT

Definitely a must-do.
MayraLR gave this a rating of 10 on 05/27/2016 at 12:13:13 pm EDT

One of the coolest things at WDW. We sat in the front of the car last time and chatted with the driver and asked questions.
zettarooski gave this a rating of 10 on 05/27/2016 at 9:30:38 am EDT

Always fun to see the animals. Better now since the canned speech has changed.
sherrymickey gave this a rating of 9 on 05/27/2016 at 12:04:50 am EDT

A must do every visit!
norm & linda gave this a rating of 9 on 05/26/2016 at 11:07:50 pm EDT

My favorite thing in all of Walt Disney World! I Fastpass this attraction and ride stand by as well! Back to back!!
Luvsun gave this a rating of 10 on 05/26/2016 at 11:30:04 am EDT

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