Welcome to Mouse Monday Magical Seven! A new weekly series where we will cover different topics from around Disney World and Disneyland!
This week, we will discuss the different ways to experience animals while at Disney World.
1. Kilimanjaro Safaris
Located in Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, this 19 minute safari ride will get you up close to giraffes, crocodiles, lions, elephants, rhinos, and so many more beautiful live animals. The safari vehicle doesn’t stop for photos, but does afford some wonderful shots if you keep your camera on sport mode.
2. Maharajah Jungle Trek
Also in Animal Kingdom, this walking trail is a fun way to experience exotic animals from the Asian continent. Be prepared to come face-to-face with Komodo dragons, giant fruit bats, and tigers! There are cast members throughout the trek who are more than willing to share their knowledge with you! Be sure to leave your family at least 30 minutes to experience everything.
3. The Seas
Have a future marine biologist in the family? Head over to The Seas at Epcot. The aquarium here contains nearly 6 million gallons of water and is home to sharks, turtles, dolphins, rays, and beautiful tropical fish. Also in the pavilion, guest can find manatees, seahorses, and smaller reef exhibits. Guests will see an occasional scuba diver, and there are sometimes dolphin training shows. There are also two great attractions located in The Seas pavilion, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, and Turtle Talk with Crush. In addition, if you are looking for a unique dining experience, Coral Reef Restaurant is located in the pavilion and has large picture windows out to the aquarium. Advanced dining reservations are required, view the full menu here.
4. Animal Kingdom Lodge
Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of the most unique resorts at Walt Disney World. Their savannas feature 44+ acres of African wildlife which includes 36 species of mammals and 26 species of birds that guests can view from their balconies. If you are not staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge, you can enjoy a meal at Sanaa (menu here), which has savanna views, or walk out on the Arusha Rock Kopje Overlook from the lobby at Jambo House. The Overlook has spectacular views and there are usually cast members on hand to share their knowledge about the beautiful animals and their African home.
5. Jungle Cruise
What? Why is this on the list?? These aren’t real animals!! Walt intended for them to be real and it’s still an amazingly fun adventure, even though it’s only audio-animatronic animals. Plus, you get to appreciate all the skipper’s corny jokes! It’s a classic, and a favorite for the Magic Kingdom.
6. Fort Wilderness
Besides all the natural Florida wildlife you can experience at the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds, there is a barn on site called Tri-Circle-D Ranch that houses Cinderella’s Ponies, as well as Clydesdales, Arabians, Shetland ponies, and more. They offer pony rides and horseback rides through the trails at Fort Wilderness. There are also wagon and carriage rides around the resort available. To make reservations call (407) WDW-PLAY
7. Flights of Wonder
This 25 minute show is features more than 20 different species of exotic birds, including macaws, owls, hawks, and chickens! The birds show off their different skills and some will even fly over the audience! After the show, you have a chance to come down and take photos of the stars and ask their handlers questions. The theater is located in Asia at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and is outdoor, and covered. Be sure to grab a Times Guide for showtimes.
Wild Africa Trek
The Wild Africa Trek is a privately guided 3 hour tour at Animal Kingdom. It offers close encounters with African Wildlife through the Harambe Wildlife Reserve. This wasn’t included on the main list, because this is a separately priced tour that is not included in your theme park admission. Prices for the tour are $189-$249 for adults based on the season. Call (407) WDW-TOUR to book your excursion. Note: The tour does have age, height, and weight restrictions, as well as physical restrictions.