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Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Walt Disney World® Resort

Valid Admission and Park Reservation for Same Park on Same Date Required

Age Interest

Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults


Adult $30.00

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Behind the Scenes, Animal Encounters

Get a closer look at the majestic African elephants at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park—and learn what it takes to care for them.

Three elephants standing in a grassy field

An Experience You’ll Never Forget

Delve into the wondrous world of our park's largest inhabitants.

During this 60-minute experience, you’ll meet with dedicated animal specialists who provide for the care and wellness of our African elephant herd. They’ll give you a glimpse into their day-to-day responsibilities as they provide fascinating facts about the elephants.

African cultural representatives will also be on hand to share stories of Disney’s conservation efforts dedicated to the preservation of wild populations throughout their homeland.

Throughout this experience, you’ll be able to observe the elephants from approximately 80 to 100 feet away—so you’ll enjoy a closer encounter with the elephants than you would during other in-park experiences.

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Know Before You Go

Be sure to review important information, including Guest restrictions, recommended attire and cancellation policies.

  • You will be approximately 80 to 100 feet away from the elephants during this experience.
  • Please keep in mind that this is an outdoor experience. Be sure to check the weather forecast and dress appropriately, including wearing comfortable shoes.
  • No cameras, video equipment or cell phones may be used while backstage. However, photography is allowed and encouraged in non-backstage areas.
  • Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a participating adult (18 years of age or older).
  • Guests must be 4 years of age or older to participate.
  • Please check in 15 minutes prior to start of experience at the Curiosity Animal Tours kiosk, located across from the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction entrance. Late arrivals may not be able to join the experience.
  • Itinerary, content, duration and availability are subject to change without notice.
  • You will forfeit the entire price of this experience if you no-show or cancel within 2 days of your reservation.
  • For information about service animal policies for this experience, please call the Guest Animal Experience team directly at (407) 938-1487.
  • Non-transferrable wheelchair guests may remain in their wheelchair throughout this experience; however due to limited capacity onboard the backstage transport vehicle, all accommodation requests should be confirmed by calling (407) 938-1487.
  • Guests using an ECV must leave their mobility device onstage where they will retrieve them upon conclusion of the experience. Guests must walk by themselves, or be assisted by a member(s) of their party in a courtesy wheelchair to participate in this experience.
  • This experience visits outdoor areas containing common allergens such as dust and hay, as well as biting/stinging insects.

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Up Close with Rhinos

Encounter white rhinoceroses as few people ever do on this one-of-a-kind wildlife adventure.

African Elephants

Be awestruck by the world’s largest terrestrial animal—one of the most beloved beings anywhere.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park

Explore the wonders of nature throughout the day and into the night with rare animals, authentic adventures and world-class entertainment.

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Pandora - The World of Avatar

Visit a world beyond belief—filled with floating mountains, a bioluminescent forest, flying banshees and so much more.

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A Path Less Traveled Tour

Set off on a 2-hour walking tour to uncover hidden details of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

Call for Reservations
(407) 939-7529
(407) WDW-PLAY
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  • For assistance with your Walt Disney World visit, please call 0800 028 0778 (UK) or 1800 812 678 (Ireland).
  • New or existing Disney Resort hotel reservations and tickets: Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Dining reservations, technical support and other enquiries: daily from noon to 10:00 PM
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