New Animal Kingdom Trekking Experience
During yesterday’s announcements, Disney offered a few details on the new trekking experience coming soon to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
They’ve released some concept “art” (see below) of the trek which shows a close-up experience with the hippos, and a look at the observation station on the savannah. The two areas shown in the concept art are currently under construction on Kilimnajaro Safaris.
The name of the new experience will be “Wild Africa Trek”. There are no details on pricing yet, but the experience is available to book for the end of this year, with the first treks beginning in January.
Below are some details offered by Disney a while back. Nothing is 100% official, but we expect most of these items be hold true.
- The trekking adventure is to be a 3 hour experience, with two guides and a group size of approximately 10-12 guests.
- It will be operating daily during park hours, with multiple excursions per day.
- The experience begins in Harambe village, where guests will receive safety equipment and a briefing ahead of the trek. It will be somewhat physically demanding, so there will likely be age/physical requirements and a waiver.
- The trek will pass through the forests of Kilimanjaro Safaris along unmarked paths on foot. Rope bridges link some of the areas to be explored. New construction on the savannah will provide infrastructure – rope bridges, viewing areas, restrooms, and possibly a zip line.
- A big emphasis of the experience is touring unexplored areas with a sense of adventure, and there are no plans for any direct interaction with the animals.
- Approximately half of the experience will be on foot, and the other half will be on a new specially designed vehicle.
- One of the highlights of the trek will feature a cliff edge viewing of the hippo area requiring the use of safety harnesses.