Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – Night Safari Tour

Posted by on February 23, 2016 in Thoughts and Opinions | Comments Off

Anna Trosper
February 23, 2016

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a resort that when you arrive you feel as you have stepped into the heart of Africa. The detail that the Walt Disney World Resort has put into this resort is spectacular, from the thatched roofs to the spectacular views of four lush savannas and just the architecture takes you away.

So what if you were in Africa, what is the one thing that you would really want to do? Well, guests staying at the Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge are given the opportunity that no other guest staying in a Disney resort are given. Only guests of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge can book a daytime or nighttime Safari Tour.

On a Safari you will be able to get even closer to the amazing and exotic animals. Here on the four lush savannas there is over 30 species of African wildlife, zebras, giraffes, gazelles, kudu and so much more.

On the Night Safari you will set out after dark on an adventure you will not soon forget. You will see the animals as they come to life at night.

Your Safari starts off by meeting over at Kidani Village at the front desk at the Sanaa restaurant on the first floor. Here you will sign in and be given your Disney glow-in-the-dark conservation pin and a glow-in-the-dark wrist band. I did the 10 pm Safari, so I arrived about 9:40m.

You are then taken out to the Safari Truck and everyone gets loaded up and ready to go. There is a maximum of 8 people to each Safari. There is plenty of room on the truck to move about when it stops so you can see the animals. There is a Safari guide in the back of the truck with you. Ours was very nice and knowledgeable, she told us all kinds of interesting facts about the animals and the behind the scenes details of how all the animals are cared for.

Once you are on your way on the Safari you are given a pair of night vision goggles. This allows you to see the animals at night without light. You can take your cameras but you cannot use flash at all.  Your guide will show you how to use the night goggles with your camera. The animals are very active at night, and you will get to see them up close. We had a giraffes that would not move off the dirt road in front of us, so we had to sit and wait for a while. When the giraffe finally decided to move it came around the truck and stuck its head inside. This was way cool!

The Safari lasts one hour and I must say this is one of the best tours I have taken at Walt Disney World so far. It is very well run and organized, and staff are very friendly and well educated. It did start to rain a little on our Safari but the trucks are covered and have plastic sides that can be pulled down so you do not get wet. We all did not want the sides down so our guide pulled out a box and low and behold she gave all of us Mickey rain ponchos, and yes we got to keep them.

So if you are staying at the Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge, I highly recommend the Safari. If you need help or have any questions about planning your trip to Walt Disney World I would be more than happy to help you. You can reach me on my Facebook page at: www.facebook.con/atrosper.wft or you can e-mail me at: annat@wishesfamilytravel.com.

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