April 22 is quickly approaching! That’s the day the new nighttime safari debuts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom as part of Kilimanjaro Safaris. (Along with a few other things, such as Rivers of Light, the Tree of Life Awakening, Discovery Island Carnivale, and Harambe Wildlife Street Parti.) The nighttime experiences are certainly going to transform this park into a whole new experience.
Of course, one of the more unique aspects of the evening options is what will occur with Kilimanjaro Safaris and how they will transform the attraction into a nighttime experience, as well as what Guests should expect when visiting the attraction in the evening hours.
Kilimanjaro Safaris won’t be billed as a new attraction, but instead it is simply an extension of the hours the attraction will be open. Thanks to some great technology, the attraction will appear as though it is constant sunset.
One thing to keep in mind, for those of you who are planners is that the attraction itself will unfortunately have no set start time for the nighttime option, since it will depend on what time the sun set is nightly. However, the everlasting sunset is expected to last approximately 4-5 hours each evening.
The ride path will be adjusted and the truck will make longer stops, allowing Guests more time to see the animals on the savanna, however Guests will not be able to use flash photography during the nighttime experience. (Thank goodness, because I don’t want to be blinded by your flash when I’m trying to see a hyena on the savanna!) In addition, Guests may see different animals than they normally would during the nighttime safari.
Keep in mind that attractions that previously closed at sunset at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will continue to do so. Attractions that will continue to close early will include: Wilderness Explorers, Maharajah Jungle Trek, Rafiki’s Planet Watch and the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail.
Are you as anxious as I am about being able to experience Kilimanjaro Safaris in the evening? (Heck, I’m excited to finally experience Disney’s Animal Kingdom at night! That’s still something I’ve yet to do!) It certainly seems like the nighttime safari will be a unique way to see the animals found in the savanna.