Up Close with Rhinos – Animal Kingdom

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Animal Kingdom has a ton of animals to look at enjoy, but what if you could PET one? Well, Up Close with Rhinos is the tour for you! This tour, which currently takes place once a day at Animal Kingdom, will literally give you the opportunity to pet a real, live white rhino! So what the heck am I talking about?

What is Up Close with Rhinos?

Animal Kingdom Up Close with Rhinos Check-in

If you’ve ever walked through Harambe on your way to Kilimanjaro Safari, you may have noticed the “Curiosity Animal Tours” booth. No, it’s not just a clever placement by Disney Imagineers, there are actually animal tours that you can book in Animal Kingdom! One such tour is Up Close with Rhinos! This tour is one hour long (roughly), and takes you backstage to the animal care area, where you will meet 2 keepers that work with the white rhinos.

How much are we talking?

Animal Kingdom Tours list including Up Close with Rhinos

The opportunity to not only get close to an exotic animal, but to also TOUCH one, sounds expensive, right? Well don’t dismay, this tour will only cost you $45 per person for one hour. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself. Again, what you get is a one hour tour backstage, where you will meet 2 rhino caregivers, who will teach you about the lives of white rhinos. It will culminate in the up close (hence the name) petting of a white rhino! Absolutely amazing!

What you Need to Know about Up Close with Rhinos

Rhino on Kilimanjaro Safari
Rhino found in Kilimanjaro Safari

This tour is outside, and runs rain or shine (unless there is lightning, then it may be delayed or altered), so dress appropriately. You will be going into areas with animals, so while your Birkenstocks may be adorable, you’ll probably want to wear a sturdy, close-toed shoe for this experience. Since you’re going backstage, you won’t be able to take pictures, so don’t think you’ll be getting a lot of content for your TikTok. You should plan to check in 15 minutes in advance at the Curiosity Animal Tours kiosk, and they WILL leave without you, so you will be out all the money paid if you are late. Plan accordingly.

Who is this for?

All participants must be at least 4 years old, so you won’t be able to take little ones younger than this. Other than that, this tour is for anyone that can walk it! Wheelchairs may be used for this tour, but ECVs must be left in the designated area. You must be able to walk on your own or with the aid of someone pushing you in a wheelchair. Call (407) 938-1373 to confirm all accommodation requests!

Unique Animal Experience: Up Close with Rhinos

Up Close with Rhinos lanyard via MouseHacking

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Fan-Favorite Tours Returning to Walt Disney World in 2022

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Great news for fans looking to add some special Disney touches to their Walt Disney World vacation in 2022! Enchanting Extras tours will be returning February 6, 2022, and you can book them now! Advanced reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance, and, while they are not required, these tours sell out frequently, so if these are something you really want to do, you should make the reservation!! These tours are phenomenal and I am more than happy to recommend the best one for your party!

Keys to the Kingdom

This magical, five-hour tour of Magic Kingdom Park is for guests ages 16 and up, and is currently priced at $114 per person. And it does include lunch! This tour unlocks the history of the Magic Kingdom and grants backstage access to LEGENDARY hidden areas, including the fabled “Utilidor” tunnel system! You will also learn the secrets behind some of your favorite attractions!

Caring for Giants

In this 60-minute tour at Animal Kingdom Park, you will learn all about the African Elephants! For guests ages 4 and up, this
tour is currently priced at $35 per person.

You will get a knowledgeable guide who will give you a glimpse into the day-to-day care of the elephants of Animal Kingdom. You will get to observe the elephants from a private viewing area around 80-100 feet away, while you learn about conservation and preservation.

Up Close with Rhinos

Much like Caring for Giants, this 60-minute tour is for guests ages 4 and up, at $45 per person, only substitute Rhinos!

Savor the Savanna

This premium tour, for guests ages 8 and up, offers sights and tastes of Africa. Your private tour starts with a private safari on the Harambe Wildlife Reserve. While on your savanna tour, you will be able to enjoy African cuisine, paired with beer and wine! Pricing is $174 per person.

Wild Africa Trek

This Animal Safari at Animal Kingdom Park is NEXT LEVEL! aThis 3-hour safari tour is for ages 8 and up, and costs $199 per person. Participants must be at least 48 inches tall, and weigh between 45

and 300 pounds with the harness gear on. It is recommended that participants have physical stamina, comfort with heights, and the ability to traverse small hills, foliage, and an unsteady rope bridge. You will cross a swinging rope bridge near crocodiles, view towering giraffes, powerful rhinos, and hippos, and ride across an open savanna. An African-inspired meal is included.

Park admission and park reservations are required for both Magic Kingdom Park and Animal Kingdom Park, and are not included in the price of these tours.

Ready to book your vacation and add these incredible tours? Contact me today!

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