The magic that greets you when walk through the gates of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is almost as magical as what goes on once you’re beyond the gates. Did you know that you can get an exclusive tour behind the scenes of Animal Kingdom to learn more about the more than 1,500 animals representing 250 species that reside there?
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It’s beyond the gates, where very few park goers trek, that you see the park’s animals and caretakers, talk to the caretakers and ask them questions, and learn about a typical day for both the animals and their keepers.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Backstage Tales tour is your exclusive opportunity to explore backstage animal housing areas, visit the Animal Nutrition Center to see how over 4 tons of food are prepared and given to the animals each day, tour the state-of-the-art veterinary hospital to see where animals are medically treated and often, guests have been lucky enough to see treatment or a surgery in action!
You’ll also visit the Animal Programs Administration building to learn how Disney promotes global wildlife conservation and animal well-being. You won’t just see your average Florida animal on this tour; we had the opportunity to be face-to-face with the endangered black and white rhinos, a Komodo Dragon and other exotic and exciting animals!
If you’re as lucky as we were, you might enjoy watching one of Disney’s hippos wake itself up with a warm dung bath. Yes, it absolutely is as pleasant as it sounds.
It’s an opportunity that is a must when you visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom and is new to the park this year as of March. The tour only costs $90 per person and portion of the tour proceeds is donated to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. It’s offered Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 8:30am and 1pm. You’ll also get a fun Disney-themed treat and a great souvenir to take home with you.
If you’re looking for another exciting, backstage opportunity to up close and personal with Disney’s animals at Animal Kingdom, check out our Wild Africa Trek experience!
If you’re looking for family-friendly adventure close to home, be sure to see Monkey Kingdom in theaters now!