/ Friday, September 21st, 2007

The Kilimanjaro Safaris is in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the largest single attraction ever created by Disney at over 100 acres in size! In fact, the entire Magic Kingdom can fit inside this one attraction!

  • The rocks in the lion area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s “Kilimanjaro Safaris” are climate-controlled – they are heated in the winter and cooled in the summer to encourage the lions to lie in good viewing areas!
  • There are climate-controlled rocks on the Kilimanjaro Safaris, to encourage the lions to sit in view of the safari vehicles.
  • The safari vehicles are modified GM trucks, and go a maximum of 10mph.
  • Planting the trees and plants in the Kilimanjaro Safaris was a challenge. With a ride-through attraction and live animals roaming about, planting patterns were based on what designers thought the animals would do, and what the guests will experience. Paul Comstock, principal landscape architect, laid out the plant bed lines on a motorcycle (using spray paint) riding at the same speed as the ride vehicle, “because guests will experience the landscape at that speed,” he said. The rutted safari road also is part of the landscape design. Imagineering’s design team matched concrete with the surrounding soil, then rolled tires through it, and tossed stones, dirt and twigs into it to create an appropriately bumpy experience duplicating a remote African road.
  • The Kilimanjaro Safaris is in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the largest single attraction ever created by Disney at over 100 acres in size! In fact, the entire Magic Kingdom can fit inside this one
    attraction!


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