2017 Training Stats

Miles Completed = 29.01
(Run/Walked = 29.01, Biked = 0.0, Elliptical = 0.0)


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Countdown to 2012 WDW Marathon Weekend #39

#39 - Animal Kingdom's Kilimanjaro Safaris

From the Walt Disney World website:
Kilimanjaro Safaris, an attraction for Guests of all ages, provides the chance to see African animals including giraffes, black rhinos and lions, as they roam the 100-acre savanna in the Africa area of Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park.

The Kilimanjaro Safaris tour begins in the Harambe Wildlife Reserve, across the river from Discovery Island. Climb aboard a rugged open-sided safari vehicle for an exciting expedition through the wildlife preserve. The ride can be a bit bumpy as it crosses rickety bridges, rocky hills and rivers—but you're rewarded with spectacular animal sightings.

Since animals have minds of their own, no two Kilimanjaro Safari experiences are the same. You may even catch a glimpse of one of the many baby animals that were recently born at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park.

Perhaps you'll see one of these species:
•Black rhino
•White rhino
The attraction concludes when your tour guide receives word that poachers have taken a baby elephant from its mother. Your truck takes off on a chase to help save the infant animal from harm.

You never know what amazing animals you'll see on Kilimanjaro Safaris. Keep your eyes open and your camera ready!

Why am I looking forward to Kilimanjaro Safaris?
What's not to like about seeing all these beautiful animals out on the wildlife preserve?  Okay, maybe you're not in to animals and that's okay too.

For me, I love animals and I love that I'm not sure what I'm going to see each time I board a safari vehicle.  The weather can play a big part in where the animals are and how easy they are to see.  A lot of times right after a nice rain is a great time to ride as the animals enjoy the rain and cooler temperatures.
2007 Black Rhinos
First thing in the morning can also be a great time to ride.  The animals are still out and about going to their favorite locations or munching away on treats.  The attraction was designed so that the animals are visible, but they do have places they can hide if they don't want to be seen.
Of course, there is a storyline to the ride as well.  Your vehicle will encounter a poachers' camp and a baby elephant has been separated from its mom.  You'll help reunite the two elephants and save the day.  The storyline is not the draw for me and just serves as background.

Your guide can play a large part in your enjoyment.  If you get a great guide, they'll be able to spot hidden animals and be a wealth of knowledge about them and it can really make the ride even more fantastic.  The guide's enthusiasm helps make things even more exciting.
It's important to note that this ride can be very rough and bumpy in spots.  There's some side to side jerkiness as well.  Just be prepared to hold on to your belongings or put them in the pouches available.

There are a ton of photo opportunities on this ride, so keep a tight hold on your camera and have it ready to point and shoot.  The ride vehicle only stops if there is a back up or an animal crosses in front of it and is blocking the path.  Sometimes, it's nice to just ride the ride without looking through a viewfinder too!


J. Wazowski said...

i see you have captured the elusive giraffe.

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