The Kilimanjaro Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom may be a familiar attraction to those that frequent Disney parks. At 100 acres, it is the biggest Disney attraction in the world (The Magic Kingdom is 107 acres). Like any trip to any zoo, the level of excitement is completely dependent on the cooperation of the inhabitants.

“Everything the light touches, is our kingdom”

The rocks the lions are laying on are climate controlled by Disney. The lions came from a zoo in Oregon and were used to cooler temperatures than what is normal in Florida. The rocks can also be heated for them, if needed.

“Hakuna matata!”

On this particular visit in 2017, we went on the safari when the park first opened. It was sunny, but foggy, giving the entire ride a unique quality. We were also lucky to catch all the animals out and about. It was almost like they weren’t expecting company and caught the by surprise.

“Getting wildly out of wing”

Taking a usable photograph during this trek is made exceptionally difficult by the bumpy and pitching nature of the safari vehicles (propane powered). I’m not sure how much of the jerky driving is on purpose. It is almost like they are daring you to get a clear shot at anything. On this trip, I felt victorious.

Baobab Tree – not real, but still beautiful in the morning light

“Growing old is mandatory but growing up is optional” – Walt Disney

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