If you’re heading to Disney’s Animal Kingdom anytime soon you may want to avoid Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail. This walking trail near Kilimanjaro Safaris now has multiple animal areas under renovation causing portions of the trail to be closed and foot traffic to be rerouted. And in some areas of the trail it is a challenging experience.
The old entrance is now the exit. The entrance is now to the left, so the entrance and exit share the same space. There are plenty of arrows to direct traffic, but our field team observed plenty of confusion among guests. There are some areas that physical distancing becomes a challenge.
About half of the animal areas are out of service until end of February to early March 2021, but the Gorilla area, the meerkat and zebra areas are still open. The closed areas include the hippo viewing area, the aviary, the research building, and the okapi.
The crowded walkways in some areas are a concern, but the greatest issue our team experienced today is the entrance and the exit being the same spot. Hopefully in the coming days this area can be reworked to make it less crowded and confusing. If you really want to visit Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail it may make sense to do so first thing in the morning or after 3:00 p.m. if you want to avoid any crowds.
Here’s a little map of the trail we put together indicating the closed areas.
Have you been on the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail? Would you visit during this refurbishment?