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Everything You Need to Know About the Maharajah Jungle Trek

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You’re going on vacation to Walt Disney World! The only problem? You’re not sure which attractions are right for you and your kiddos and you have questions. Which attractions are too intense for little ones? What rides do I really need a FastPass+ reservation for? What’s the disability access like for certain attractions? We’re answering all those questions and more in our Everything You Need to Know attraction series with today’s focus on the Maharajah Jungle Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

What is the Maharajah Jungle Trek?

Maharajah Jungle Trek is a self-guided walking trail where guests encounter Komodo dragons, birds, Gibbons, and tigers among Asian ruins.

Where is the Maharajah Jungle Trek?

Maharajah Jungle Trek is located next to Kali River Rapids in the Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

What is the History of Maharajah Jungle Trek?

While Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened April 22, 1998, the Asia section of the park didn’t open to guests until 1999, serving as Animal Kingdom’s first expansion. The Maharajah Jungle Trek specifically opened on March 1, 1999.

What You Need to Know About the Queue

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There is no queue for the Maharajah Jungle Trek since its a self-guided walking tour. However, guests might encounter crowds around certain animal viewing areas and may need to wait for their turn for a good view.

What You Need to Know About the Experience

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Tucked towards the rear of Asia, the Maharajah Jungle Trek allows guests to discover viewing areas for Asian animals at their own speed. The areas guests trek through are designed to resemble ruins of an Indian hunting lodge now reclaimed by nature. Just like everything at Animal Kingdom, there’s a message in there…

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Guests may find water buffalo, a variety of birds, Blackbuck, Gibbons, tigers, Komodo dragons, and more! Cast Members are often stationed along the paths to answer guests’ questions about the animals and to point out where they are.

What You Need to Know About Accessibility

Guests may remain in a wheelchair/ECV to experience the Maharajah Jungle Trek. Due to the nature of the experience, service animals are not permitted in some areas of this attraction. Please see a Cast Member for additional information.

What You Need to Know About Health and Safety Advisories

There are no health or safety advisories for this attraction! It’s an experience everyone in the family can enjoy together.

What are the Height Requirements?

There is no height requirement for the Maharajah Jungle Trek!

Does the Maharajah Jungle Trek Offer FastPass+?

No. The Maharajah Jungle Trek does not offer FastPass+. Since this is a self-guided attraction, there is no wait to experience it.

Does Weather Affect the Maharajah Jungle Trek?

A June storm pops over World Drive as a rainy afternoon gets started.

The Maharajah Jungle Trek is located outdoors and guests will be exposed to inclement weather.

What’s the Best Time of Day to Experience the Maharajah Jungle Trek?

The Maharajah Jungle Trek typically opens to guests about 30 minutes after the park opens for the day and tends to close early. While you never know when the animals might make their appearance, the coolest part of the day is often your best bet. The trek also serves as a great retreat from the crowds and long lines during the busiest parts of the day.

Did I answer all of your questions about the Maharajah Jungle Trek? Is this attraction at the top of your family’s vacation to-do list? Let us know in the comments.

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Savannah Sanders

Savannah has been visiting Disney World since she was a year old and has gone back almost every year since. In the real world, she teaches high school history and government and enjoys writing about all things Disney. Savannah can be reached on Twitter @DisneyParkSavvy.

2 thoughts on “Everything You Need to Know About the Maharajah Jungle Trek

  • I stumbled across this on a 2000 trip while the rest of my party went off to do something else, and it was genuine magic. I happened to be at a viewing area for the tigers in the early evening, just before feeding time. No one was near me. I saw five adolescent female tigers frolicking close to my viewing area like overgrown house cats! As a lifelong cat lover it was hilarious and thrilling. One of my most indelible WDW memories.

  • Does anyone know if there are benches around throughout the trek? Since the last time we visited, both of us now need to sit and rest more than we used to! I honestly don’t remember if there are any. Thanks

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