Every Walt Disney World Resort guest goes home with stories about a favorite adventure, moment or experience. Longtime visitors Lee and Ted from Pennsylvania are no exception. Their very favorite moments have been spent on Disney’s animal program tours interacting with keepers and the animals in their care, and learning about conservation projects around the world.
After Ted and Lee took part in their first tour, the former Sunrise Safari in 2012 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, the couple was hooked! Since that time, they have participated in all of the animal program experiences at Walt Disney World Resort, including Backstage Tales at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Wanyama Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Epcot Seas Adventures – Aqua Tour. So, when they heard about the new Sense of Africa program, they signed up to be the very first guests! They even cut the red ribbon to officially launch the program.
Sense of Africa is a three-and-a-half-hour-long experience, consisting of both a breakfast and tour where guests experience dining with a unique twist at Boma – Flavors of Africa restaurant and participate in up-close, backstage animal encounters, all of which are inspired by the sensory experience the resort offers.
“It was majestic! The height of the giraffe – when you really grasp that we are only as tall as their knees,” Ted said. “And the okapi was so gentle and smooth, and of course the red river hogs were so … ”
“Funny!” Lee said.
The couple said that although they have enjoyed all the animal tours – some multiple times – this one is a true feast for the senses.
“[The programs] are each so unique; it’s hard to say [which is my favorite],” Lee said. “But I’m a hands-on person, so this is very special. You see the animals out on the safari, but you still don’t appreciate how big [they are] – or with the okapi – how soft …”
The authenticity and variety of the buffet breakfast at Boma – Flavors of Africa was another highlight for the couple.
“It’s very nice to have so many different little things to sample,” Ted said.
Although Lee and Ted look forward to experiencing everything the parks have to offer, they know what their favorite memories will include.
“As far as I’m concerned,” Ted said, “… this is the highlight of our trip.”
We hope you’ll enjoy learning about and experiencing some (or, like Lee and Ted – ALL) of the many animal program tours around Walt Disney World Resort:
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Sense of Africa
- Dine with Animal Specialist
- Wanyama Safari
- Starlight Safari
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Wild Africa Trek
- Backstage Tales
- Behind the Seeds
- Epcot Seas Adventures – Aqua Tour
- Epcot Seas Adventures – Dolphins in Depth
- Epcot Seas Adventures – DiveQuest
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
This looks like a great tour! I’ve also done most of the tours offered at WDW including Dine with an Animal Specialist and what was once the Backstage Safari where we met a wonderful white rhino named Samson and a couple of other smaller animals. [Sadly, I understand that Samson went to “Rainbow Bridge” a few years ago.] Enjoyed both these tours and have done them more than once. This looks like a great opportunity to get up close to one of my favorite animals, the giraffe. Will definitely look into this for our next trip!
Thank you, Carol. I’m so glad that you have enjoyed our animal program tours. The giraffe experience is just one of the many possible interactions you may have during the Sense of Africa tour. We hope to see you on your next visit!