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Editors' Comments

Editor: Doobie   Thrill: 2  Theme: 4  Overall: 4 (11/18/2006)
This is one of the must-see attractions in all of Walt Disney World. It delivers what promises - great views of lots of animals. The ride is bumpy so be prepared for that. And the story that's tacked on is kind of silly, but that doesn't detract from the amazing experience.

Reader Comments

User ID: luv4wdw   Thrill: 4  Theme: 4  Overall: 4 (10/2/2009)
Educational and exciting. Sit up front for a less bumpy ride, and early or later in the day to see the most active animals. The story line is fantastic, and its amazing how being that "up close and personal" to animals can touch your heart.

User ID: rsumrall   Thrill: 3  Theme: 4  Overall: 4 (2/20/2008)
Disney Imagineers came up with an amazing concept and actually pull it off very well. This ride is unique and should not be missed. In my experience, ride early to see more animals.

User ID: howulivin19   Thrill: 4  Theme: 4  Overall: 4 (11/28/2007)
Who isn't amazed at wildlife? You see so many animals and they truely look like they are at home!

User ID: tahoedonner   Thrill: 2  Theme: 3  Overall: 3 (11/26/2007)
Get a fastpass....say Jumbo..and join the other Safariers traveling thru the bush on the quest to stop pouchers and save "Little Red"..it's fun, entertaining and educational...a must Animal Kingdom ride/experience.

User ID: WolfDreamer   Thrill: 4  Theme: 4  Overall: 4 (4/29/2007)
I may never get a chance to tour the real Kiliminjaro safaris, but I think this is as close as it gets to the real thing. None of the animals seem to be confined, but instead seem to roam free in a natural habitat. I've done some research into the amount of work that was put into making this authentic and believable. Another dream come true.

User ID: halley123   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: 4  Overall: 4 (2/12/2006)
My fav. ride in the animal kingdom.

User ID: JosieCashew   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 3 (9/19/2005)
Not crazy about the "chasing the poachers." part.

User ID: TheSkyway   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: Unrated (9/5/2005)
Just like a real safari, but without the bugs. Very good ride.

User ID: jillstanley   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: Unrated (7/20/2005)
NOT TO BE MISSED. IT IS A LITTLE ROUGH, BUT WORTH IT.

User ID: jriversjr   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (7/14/2005)
MUST GO ON OVER AND OVER AND OVER

User ID: scvdisneyfan   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (6/23/2005)
Fantastic safari. A premier attraction at WDW and a must-see.

User ID: SpoiledTink   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (3/20/2005)
Awesome ride! It's neat to see the animals of Africa up close!!!

User ID: dave b 123   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (2/11/2005)
if you like visiting the different zoos in the us you'll love this attraction the safari ride takes you around africa to see all of the anamils they have at anamil kingdon

User ID: odyssea   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: Unrated (12/4/2004)
An excellent and amazing ride for all ages. I highly reccommend riding this attraction early in the morning to see the animals when they are most active. Be sure to bring a camera!

User ID: CinderellARob   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (11/4/2004)
This is the first ride I always go to when I get to AK

User ID: JackSparrow   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (5/29/2004)
You get to get off your feet and see some amazing scenery and animals.

User ID: Iluvwaltdis   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: Unrated (5/9/2004)
Coincidentally, we had the same driver this time that we had three years ago. This is a fun ride, although, if you see rain clouds or thunder clouds, turn around and go when it is sunny and warm. We got on as it started to rain and most of the took shelter so we couldn't see much. Just a little tip for you.

User ID: whopper65   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (5/4/2004)
We went early in the morning, and later in the afternoon after it cooled down. Both times we saw numerous animals. Great scenery. A don't miss attraction.

User ID: OneMansDream   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (12/30/2003)
Kilimanjaro Safari is the best thing at Animal Kingdom. My favorite part was the old bridge. The poacher story does get annoying after a while but the animal come so close to the vans. I'm sorry my mom couldn't go on the ride since she has had back surgery.

User ID: RoadTrip   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (11/1/2003)
Some of my best WDW memories are from this attraction. One trip our vehicle was surrounded by 5 giraffe -- a couple so close you could have reached out and touched them. Awesome!

User ID: chrisandginny   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (10/16/2003)
The best attraction at Animal Kingdom and one of the best in WDW!!! Not to be Missed! Great for every one in the family.

User ID: The Ghost   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 3 (7/17/2003)
Very nice ride... The spiel a bit over the top though. But overal an experience not to be missed

User ID: pbohr   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (6/26/2003)
Go for the fast pass on this one unless you're really early. Don't forget the camera.

User ID: thumpersgirl85   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 3 (6/6/2003)
They took out the part where the bridge fake collapsed. Phooey!

User ID: stlcardinals   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (5/19/2003)
I was able to see most of the animals when it rained!

User ID: teknodave   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (5/13/2003)
Great ride - saw quite a few animals even though the weather was really hot...loved the "poachers' chase" ... it was almost like the real thing!

User ID: jaysue   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (4/5/2003)
Lots of fun and great different type of experience

User ID: rfairydust3903   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (3/15/2003)
Get your camera out!The best ride ever!

User ID: Mickeygal123   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 3 (2/26/2003)
Great for relaxing and seeing wild animals, I loved it!

User ID: purplern   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (2/20/2003)
Loved it!!!!

User ID: SuperFoxtrot   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: Unrated (1/28/2003)
Great ride. Always use one full roll of film. But our "Little Red's alright" guy seemed a bit bored.

User ID: raebel   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (9/1/2002)
the coolest!!!!

User ID: BuzzLightyear84   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (6/9/2002)
A unique and spectacular ride. Never the same twice.

User ID: lfigment   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 3 (5/30/2002)
Watching excited tourists taking pictures of two of the elephants was worth the ride. the only part of the elephants you could see was their backsides. Sometimes tourists are the show.

User ID: DISNEYFAN_je   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (5/20/2002)
This is a lot of fun. Neat things to see. The tour guide is alo very informative, and entertaining. A definite must do when you are there.

User ID: 6501   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 3 (4/15/2002)
Be careful if travelling w/ small children or have a bad back - it is a VERY bouncy (but fun) ride.

User ID: barnum42   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 3 (4/14/2002)
I thought that the "story" detracted from the ride, but did not ruin it in the least. The unpredictability of what you may or may not see does add to the enjoyment.

User ID: shawnp0001   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (3/20/2002)
Clearly the best event in AK; I will go on this twice in the morning and again in the evening.

User ID: 1313WEBFOOTWLK   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (2/21/2002)
One of disney's best attempts at re-creation. A great adventure and wonderful attention to detail. You don't feel like you're in florida anymore.

User ID: poa65   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (3/4/2001)
This is one of my most fav things at Disney Parks ever! It is good how it has real Animals, unlike the Jungle Cruise a MK.

User ID: kirbysloan   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 3 (11/1/2000)
Very good. Our CM seemed a little bored so the poacher story was a little hard to follow.

User ID: purplern   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (8/1/2000)
We loved it! It was great. Well worth the wait.

User ID: disneycat   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (8/1/2000)
AWSOME!!!!

User ID: irishfan   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (8/1/2000)
One word: Spectacular!

User ID: disnutt   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (8/1/2000)
My whole family enjoyed this one!

User ID: RPK4444   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (8/1/2000)
It's better than going to a zoo. I compare it to a "Jungle Cruise" on wheels. It needs more animals though.

User ID: SirLamer   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (6/23/2000)
If you do one thing in the park, make sure this is it. The natural environment for the animals makes them much more lively than any other zoo. I remember seeing a mother hippo throwing her baby into the air with her nose. Make sure you get a fast pass for this first thing in the morning, because if you just wait in line it'll be a long wait. MAKE SURE YOU SEE THIS FIRST THING IN THE MORNING!

User ID: User6056   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (6/22/2000)
Great ride. Found early in the day best for viewing animals. Poacher patter gets a little old - but the animals are great.

User ID: ToonKirby   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (5/28/2000)
Exiting safari adventure, different experience every single time! The "radio chatter" storyline has been toned down. Best time to see it? Several times through out the day!

User ID: hartelmd   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (5/28/2000)
This and Bug's life are far and away the best parts of animal kingdom!!

User ID: rollerstan   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (5/28/2000)
This is a great safari ride. The radio coming in all the time gets annoying sometimes. Early in the monring is the best time to see the animals I think.

User ID: Phillip   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (5/28/2000)
Just beautiful! But get rid of the silly 'poaching storyline' and just let riders enjoy the animals. You can't improve upon the natural experience by trying to concoct a phony 'adventure'. It's different each time, and the animals sometimes come right to the transports.

User ID: FCD01757   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 3 (5/21/2000)
Very Beautiful and a well done tour of the country side that they set up to look like Africa. Even includes some surprise here and there.

User ID: Sapphire   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (5/19/2000)
We went in the early morning and the animals were out in full force! If you only see one live-animal attraction here, this is it - and go early!

User ID: BurgerBurger   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 3 (3/20/2000)
I really liked the themeing of the driving communicating on the radio and being very enthusiastic throughout the attraction. With the mix of real animals, it proabably makes each time unique. Great attraction!

User ID: dwbazemore   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (3/20/2000)
The best thing about the park!!! The best time to visit this attraction is as soon as the park opens... the animals are not fed until they are put out on the safaris, the feeding stations are next to the road beds that the jeeps travel!!!!!!!!!

User ID: Ursula   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (3/20/2000)
The best time to go on this is just before closing when the nocturnal animals become, well, animated. We were surrounded by giraffes at one point.

User ID: imbartalk   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 3 (3/20/2000)
Animals are not on schedules & don't know they have to even be visible. Too bumpy for photos. Glorified Zoo. Good for animals, bad for spectators

User ID: Guddy   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (3/20/2000)
Great ride, and the best ride in the Animal Kingdom ...my only gripe was my 5 year old being able to see a leash tied to one of the lions, which blew the illusion for us all...

User ID: keefelc   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (3/15/2000)
Visiting this attraction at different times of the day definitely makes a difference.

User ID: LaffnStock   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (3/12/2000)
Go more than once! We went first thing, when many of the travel books suggest, and saw little. We went in the afternoon, after the stroller brigade took off and saw much more. We were forced to sit and wait as a giraffe wanted to stand in front of us. Great!

User ID: dairyvalley   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 3 (3/11/2000)
Awesome if you go first thing in the morning, right before closing, or during the day right after a thunderstorm. Otherwise, disappointing.

User ID: KristinFrasier   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 2 (3/10/2000)
It was not the "thrill ride" it had been touted as at first. Seeing the animals was nice, but not worth a 45 minute wait!

User ID: Century   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (3/9/2000)
halfway through our safari it rained a deluge. Our safari guide did a great job and made our "soaked Safari" great.

User ID: Jeremiah   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (2/5/2000)
Still a great attraction after seeing it so many times. Disney took a basic idea and made it great. The story line is a bit lame but it is still great.

User ID: NancyDVC   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (1/7/2000)
I love it. Try to ride at different times. Unless it is really hot you will get to see different animals at different times of the day

User ID: Greaseman   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: Unrated (1/6/2000)
This is one of the most fun and exciting rides I've experienced at a Disney them park (be forewarned: it is VERY bumpy). Unfortunately, the resolution of the poachers storyline is handled lamely.

User ID: TPA_RickWest   Thrill: Unrated  Theme: Unrated  Overall: 4 (1/6/2000)
While this attraction got off to a somewhat rocky start, it is a wonderful addition to the park and an absolute highlight of a vacation to WDW. Take LOTS of pictures when the vehicle is stopped - but trying to video tape while it's in motion - you'll put your eye out!











































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