Kilimanjaro Safaris is one of my favorite attractions at Walt Disney World. Located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, no safari is ever the same so it is fun to ride multiple times on your vacation if you can. It is also a wheelchair friendly attraction.
Location: Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Height Requirement: Guests can be any height
Accessibility: May remain in your wheelchair. ECV users must transfer to a wheelchair.
Who Should Ride: Animal lovers of course!
You enter through the standard queue or the FastPass+ line. In both queues there is an area for stroller parking. If you have the tag that identifies your stroller as a wheelchair you can take it with you to the wheelchair loading area. Just let the Cast Members at the stroller area know. The wheelchair loading area is separate. A Cast Member is there to point you in the right direction but you enter through a gate to the right of the standard loading area.
The wheelchair loading area has spaces to park your ECV, stroller, or wheelchair. You will be dropped back off at the same spot when your safari is over. But there are also special safari vehicles that allow you to stay in your wheelchair. There are smaller rows that allow family members to sit with you. If you are in a larger party they will sit in the row behind you.
If you can walk up a few steps you can sit in the standard seats. You will probably board a little quicker since there are only a few safari vehicles with wheelchair seating. I don’t mind the extra little wait because it’s always nice when I can stay in my wheelchair to experience an attraction.
Once the safari vehicle is parked, a Cast Member will show you to the ramp that leads up to your seat. If you have people sitting with you on the in the wheelchair sitting area they will board first.
A Cast Member will then strap your chair in. There are two tie downs in the front and two in the back. Trust me, these are important. The safari can get really bumpy. I have always felt really secure though and I’ve never had any problems with my wheelchair moving around.The WHILL Model M in the photo above has easily identifiable spots to attach tie downs. There are two handles, one on each side, that you can also use to support yourself.
Like I said before, each safari is different and the animals you encounter will vary. If you are visiting during the summer months I would recommend going in the early morning. Once the Florida heat sets in the animals tend to be less active. I also recommend going in the rain. The safari vehicle keeps you dry, unless its a downpour, and we got some really great photos. But really it’s just up to the animals and if they want to cooperate.
Once your safari is over, the jeep will take you back to the same area where you boarded. A Cast Member will unstrap your chair and then you leave via the same ramp. This is one of my favorite attractions so you if you are in Disney’s Animal Kingdom make sure you stop by!