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Accessible Attractions | Kilimanjaro Safaris

July 21, 2017

Accessible Attractions | Kilimanjaro Safari - Rolling with the Magic

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.


The Basics

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.
FastPass+: Available
Who Should Ride: Animal lovers of course!


Disclosure: I am an ambassador for WHILL. I was given a Model M demo unit to try out in the Disney Parks. As always, all opinions are my own!Kilimanjaro Safari

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.

Accessible Attractions | Kilimanjaro Safari - Rolling with the Magic

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.

Kilimanjaro Safari Accessible Ride Vehicle

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.

Accessible Attractions | Kilimanjaro Safari - Rolling with the Magic

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.

Kilimanjaro Safari

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.

Accessible Attractions | Kilimanjaro Safari - Rolling with the Magic

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.

Accessible Attractions | Kilimanjaro Safari - Rolling with the Magic

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!

Accessible Attractions | Kilimanjaro Safari - Rolling with the Magic

We would love to hear about your experience. Have you experienced Kilimanjaro Safari? What tips do you have? You can find more of our accessible attraction reviews here.

Accessible Disney Attractions - Kilimanjaro Safaris

Accessible Disney Attractions - Kilimanjaro Safaris - Rolling with the Magic Blog
  • Holli
    August 3, 2016 at 2:58 am

    Thank you for your blog! We are planning a family trip to Disneyworld and my Dad is in a wheelchair so its awesome to know which rides will be easy for him!

  • Susan
    April 12, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Hi! My husband is wheelchair bound and unable to stand or walk from a spinal cord injury. This is our first trip to Disney World. Thank you so much for your detailed explanation of the rides that are assessable for his wheelchair. Is the Haunted House assessable for a standard wheelchair? Any of the roller coasters assessable for his wheelchair? He must stay in his own chair and loves roller coasters. Thanks again, Melissa! You have no idea how much you helped us.

    • Melissa
      April 18, 2016 at 11:14 am

      Hi! Yes the Haunted Mansion is accessible as are a lot of the roller coasters. Any attraction that he can stay in his wheelchair to experience he can use his own. I have a few covered here, http://www.rollingwiththemagicblog.com/wheelchair-accessibility-at-disney/, but if you have any more questions feel free to contact me me using the link at the top of the page. I hope you have a great time!

  • Crysta
    June 11, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Hi! I use an electric wheelchair; would I still be able to stay in my wheelchair during the ride or would I be asked to park it?? Just a question! I’ve ALWAYS wanted to do Kilamanjaro Safaris.

    • Melissa
      June 11, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      I am not 100% certain but I think you can as long as it fits you should be able to stay in your wheelchair. The space is pretty large. You may need to back in. If I find out for certain I will let you know!