In February Walt Disney World ® announced that the popular Kilimanjaro Safari attraction at Animal Kingdom ® would be undergoing a few renovations designed to allow guests to see more of their favorite wildlife, particularly zebras. In doing so, Animal Kingdom ® has had to remove the Little Red animatronic elephant and rebuild that area with more Savannah space with a watering hole for the new white and black animal favorites.
By mid-May the old onboard soundtrack recordings featuring Mr. Wilson, who was protector of animal life on the reserve and the Little Red animatronic figure at the end of the safari were completely removed. Mr. Wilson still remains on the pre-show videos, as does the poaching message but as Animal Kingdom ® continues the construction we imagine that too will be completely removed.
Kilimajaros new storyline well isn’t really a storyline at all, right now anyway. Since the removal of Little Red at the end of the tour, which subsequently removes the poaching plot, the finale now has safari goers driving past long construction walls, where the new Zebra habitat is being constructed. And with such big changes to the attraction, you can expect Safari guides to point out the changes and the addition of a Zebra-filled Savannah. But don’t expect much more information than that. In true Disney ® fashion, they are keeping their changes close to the belt.
Walt Disney World ® has said that the updated Kilimanjaro Safari will be completed by this fall. While that may be true, there are rumors that the attraction will undergo several more changes over the next three to four years. One of the rumored changes is a special nighttime version of the safari that would bring a completely different feel to the ride.
The new nighttime safari fuels the rumors that Animal Kingdom ® will soon be extending their hours well into the night, allowing for guests to experience several of the park’s rides and attractions and even some new ones (hint: Avatar Land) in a whole new light, or lack thereof! Stay tuned for more details on the Kilimanjaro Safari updates and possible new nighttime fun at Animal Kingdom ®.
In the meantime you can still enjoy the popular attraction, just minus Little Red and with a few construction walls up with discounted Walt Disney World ® tickets right here on Best of Orlando.
Orlando, FL 07/25/12