There has been quite a bit of chatter around the blogosphere lately about the new AVATAR themed land coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and to be honest, I didn’t pay a lot of attention. I didn’t see AVATAR in the theaters. From what I heard, it just wasn’t that good. (If I heard wrong, I’m sure you’ll let me know, right?) But this little tidbit from the Disney Parks Blog post caught my attention:

[box] The park will introduce more nighttime entertainment as well, including live performers on Discovery Island and a new nighttime version of the Kilimanjaro Safaris. (Read the full post here.) [/box]

Concept art, Walt Disney Imagineering. Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World

Concept art, Walt Disney Imagineering. Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World

For most park guests, the only time you can see the animals is during the day, when they’re least active. If you’re willing to get up early, there are currently two ways you can do the Kilimanjaro Safaris while the animals are still relatively active:

  • Sunrise Safari: available only to Kilimanjaro Club Level Guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. The Sunrise Safari leaves at 7:00 sharp, just after the animals leave their night enclosures.
  • Donald’s Dining Safari: Book your character breakfast at Tusker House at 8:00 – an hour before the park opens. You’ll be finished eating and in line for Kilimanjaro Safaris for the first trek of the day at 9:00.

If you’re not one of those people who likes being awake at sunrise, especially on vacation, you’re going to have to do Kilimanjaro Safaris during the heat of the day, and hope the animals are awake. The last safari leaves at 6:00 pm. I’m hopeful that with the expansion to Animal Kingdom, nighttime safaris will be open to all park guests, not just those staying at the Club Level at Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Would stay up late to do Kilimanjaro Safaris at night?