Big news from Animal Kingdom! You can now ride Kilimanjaro Safaris after Dark starting this Memorial Day Weekend. During my press trip this week, we rode the Safari at night and it was amazing. I was surprised that I could indeed see many animals even though it was so dark out. I found the animals for the most part to be more active than during the day with the exception of the Giraffes I normally see roaming the Savannah in the daylight hours. It was especially cool to see the pack of African painted wild dogs running around at night!
Also, when you hit the Savannah during the ride, there is some magical lighting that casts the Savannah in a more permanent “sunset” for the evening hours. Neat!
Animal Kingdom Night Safari Photos and Video
During my visit to Animal Kingdom at night, I also had the opportunity to hear the famous Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde speak. He is fantastic and a major thought leader and creative genius. When it comes to Animal Kingdom, he’s THE Disney Imagineer. My kids always loved watching footage of him talk about the Everest attraction on these Behind the Scenes at Disney Park shows we used to stream NIGHTLY from Netflix when they were younger. His earring has made him extra memorable so I had to snap a photo of us together for Kenzie and Kyle! They were very excited to hear I met Joe!
My Interview with Disney’s Marketing & Strategy Director from Animal Kingdom
Official Details on Kilimanjaro Safaris after Dark
Each evening, the popular Kilimanjaro Safaris daytime experience is artfully bathed in the glow of sunset with special lighting allowing guests to explore this attraction well into the night. During the expedition, guests can now encounter the nighttime behavior of the wildlife and better tune in to the unique vocalization of the animals. Plus, there are two new species to discover: African wild dogs and hyenas.
Learn more about Animal Kingdom on Disney’s website here.
Disney invited me to attend their summer press preview and paid for my travel expenses. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.