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Have a Wild Time at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Earlier this year, we shared a lot of details about the new Wild Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. But did you know that the trek isn’t the only tour offered at the park? Two other tours are also available that offer insight into the park’s creative construction and daily operation.

Backstage Safari Tour at Disney's Animal Kingdom

If you want to learn just how Disney cast members take care of the park’s population of 1,500 animals, the Backstage Safari tour could be a perfect choice. The three-hour program offers a behind-the-scenes look at several backstage animal care and conservation areas, plus a trip through the park’s African savanna aboard Kilimanjaro Safaris.

Backstage Safari Tour at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Stops on this tour include the Veterinary Hospital, animal housing areas and the Animal Nutrition Center. Cast members at these locations work around the clock to care for the park’s 250 different species, while the Animal Nutrition Center prepares more than 4.5 tons of food daily, in dishes that range from fresh fruits and veggies, to mealworms. Backstage Safari costs $72 (plus tax) and is open to guests age 16 and older.

Wild By Design Tour at Disney's Animal Kingdom

For guests who can’t hear enough about the creativity of Walt Disney Imagineering, the park’s Wild By Design tour is a great option. This three-hour walking tour unveils the design secrets that went into the planning and construction of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Guests learn how the park’s architecture and details support the themes of areas like Anandapur, Discovery Island and Harambe. Highlights of this tour also include visits to the Maharajah Jungle Trek and Pangani Forest Exploration Trail. A light continental breakfast at Pizzafari also is included.

Wild By Design costs $60 (plus tax) and is open to guests age 14 and older.

Both tours are wheelchair accessible and can be booked here.


  • I cant wait to do the Trek. I am waiting until the fall weather rolls in though : )

    • I was lucky enough to do the trek in January. It was AMAZING. The best part is the photos you get to take!

  • I am stationed overseas in Bahrain for a one-year tour and am planning my R&R (Rest & Relaxation) for January. My wife wants to go to Disney and southern Florida. I was wondering what the possibility of getting a behind the scenes tour for my family. My two daughters, Sierra and Teagan’s, first trip was last November and they were floored at all the characters they saw and met. They loved all the animals in Animal Kingdom. I would love to give them a surprise of going behind the scenes. What is the possibility of that? Who would I need to talk to to get a tour? Thanks for any help you can give to help surprise my girls. Jon US Coast Guard (PATFOR SWA, Bahrain)

    • Jonathan – Thanks so much for serving our country! Here’s a link to all of our tours. Some are onstage (with a VIP guide), others are backstage, while some are a mix of both. If your girls like animals and are old enough, I’d recommend the Wild Africa Trek for something unforgettable. If they love Disney history, I’d suggest the Keys to the Kingdom. Hope you have a blast! http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/tours-and-experiences/

  • Have not done the design tour but have done the other 2. Worth every dime spent.Will do the trek again in a couple of years to see how it has progressed.Was one of the first to do the trek. See you all at the Garden/Flower show next year. YEA

    • That’s great news that you found it worth your money. I toured the animal nutrition center once and found it really interested. They had the best-looking fruits and veggies I’d ever seen in there!

  • I just clicked the link for the Wild Africa Trek – it didn’t make any mention of any food being included in the tour. Do they still do that? Has that part been eliminated? It says the price includes the trek and a photo CD, nothing about any meal/food.

  • The tours are always something I look forward to on my trips! Real Disney magic 🙂

  • So my husband just found out and told me about the wild. U design tour today! We are really thinking about adding this our trip in September! we are also taking the keys to the kingdom tour at the magic kingdom. Do you get to re IDE any rides during this tour as you do in keys to the kingdom? Or is this just completely different?

  • Hmmm…let me check into this for you.

  • Hi, we are coming to Orlando in November and I want to book a tour as a surprise for my husband but have the problem of him seeing e-mails & would notice a call to you on phone bill..Can I do it via the travel agents I booked holiday through?????we are in UK.HELP.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Hmmm…that sounds like a question for your travel agent. Can you share the link with her so she can book? Or perhaps send her the link to this article instead?

  • Thanks Jennifer! I can’t wait to hear what you find out!

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