Nighttime Safaris at Animal Kingdom Coming in the Future?
Back in February, we brought you news about changes to the Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney's Animal Kingdom. It now looks like Disney could be planning on adding a nighttime safari to the lineup sometime in the next few years.
Wilson, the audio-animatronic near the end of the ride, was removed near the end of April to expand the animal savannah. Basic changes to the safari, including moving the zebras to Wilson's area, are planned to be completed by fall. Sources are reporting, however, the Kilimanjaro Safaris could see some more changes over the next 3-4 years, including the inclusion of a permanent nighttime safari ride.
According to a source, Disney Imagineers Imagineers recently were spotted testing lighting for a possible after dark safari as well as large video walls and "intelligent moving headlights mounted on large lifts." The video walls were apparently mounted onto the Wild Africa Trek trucks and then used to test night vision and infrared technology - all in order to enhance the guest experience for a nighttime safari.
At this point, it is uncertain as to when (or, really, even if) the attraction will be ready for a later version of the safari. We'll keep you posted if any more news develops.