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Backstage Safari

An elephant marches along beneath the brightness of the sun during a Backstage Safari

Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

Walt Disney World® Resort

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Adult USD $72.00

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Animal Encounters, Behind the Scenes

A fascinating 3-hour look at how Disney Cast Members tend to the 1,500-plus inhabitants of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.

A colorful parrot entertains Guests

Wild About Wildlife?

Set out on an eye-opening tour of the facilities where the animals are cared for, and experience an exhilarating safari.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom park is a lushly landscaped oasis that’s home to more than 1,500 animals representing 250 species. Learn about the unique challenges involved in helping them thrive as you:

  • Visit the Animal Nutrition Center and see how over 3 tons of food are prepared and distributed each day.
  • Go behind the scenes and explore a backstage animal-housing area.
  • Tour the state-of-the-art veterinary hospital, where you may even witness animals being treated.
  • Stop by the Animal Programs Administration building and learn how Disney promotes global wildlife conservation and animal well-being.

In the midst of your tour, enjoy some light refreshments and collect a memorable keepsake.

A portion of the tour proceeds is donated to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund.

A giraffe raises its head above the grass and greenery while feeding during a Backstage Safari

Embark on an Animal Adventure

Next, take off on an animal expedition through a lush African savanna during an exciting Kilimanjaro Safaris® outing.

Board a rugged open-sided vehicle for your trek through the Harambe Wildlife Reserve, and be on the lookout for giraffes, lions and rhinos while you traverse across a 100-acre savanna in the Africa area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.

And since the animals have minds of their own, each Kilimanjaro Safaris tour is an experience all its own!

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Know Before You Go

View important information including Guest restrictions, recommended attire and cancellation policies.

  • Animal viewing is extremely limited, as the majority of the tour takes place in facilities behind the scenes. While there may be opportunities for animal interaction, it is not guaranteed. You will, however, see animals on the Kilimanjaro Safaris portion of the tour, which lasts about 30 minutes.
  • Please keep in mind that Backstage Safari is an outdoor tour, so be sure to check the weather forecast and dress appropriately, including wearing comfortable shoes. Since it can get extremely hot during the summer months, you may want to bring your own water.
  • No cameras, video equipment or cell phones may be used while backstage. Photography is allowed and encouraged in non-backstage areas.
  • Guests must be 16 years of age or older and have a valid photo ID.
  • Please check in at the Main Entrance of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park near the far left turnstile 15 minutes prior to the start of your tour. You will forfeit the entire price of your tour if you no-show or cancel within 2 days of your reservation.
  • Tour itinerary, content, duration and availability are subject to change without notice.

For Reservations Call
(407) WDW-TOUR or (407) 939-8687


Friday, February 27, 2015

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  • For assistance with your Walt Disney World visit, please call (407) 939-5277.
  • 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM Eastern Time. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.
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