'Up Close with Rhinos' tour coming soon to Disney's Animal Kingdom

Sep 19, 2018 in "Kilimanjaro Safaris"

Posted: Wednesday September 19, 2018 11:55am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney's Animal Kingdom is offering a new backstage tour this fall, giving guests a look at how the animal team cares for white rhinos.

Starting November 1, the 60-minute guided adventure will give guests a behind-the-scenes look at how our dedicated animal team cares for the white rhinos on Kilimanjaro Safaris and how Disney is helping save endangered rhinos in the wild. As part of this intimate experience, guests may even get a chance to touch a rhino.

One tour of “Up Close with Rhinos” will be offered each day. The booking window for the one-hour experience opens Sept. 22, which is World Rhino Day. Guests must be at least 4 years old to participate, and the cost is $40 (plus tax). Discounts are available to select passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members. To make a reservation, call 407-WDW-PLAY.

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xdan0920Sep 27, 2018

Be pretty cool if this was included with your theme park admission.

Missing20KSep 27, 2018

It wasn't quite a college try, but yeah, it was an effort I suppose. ;)

BoltSep 26, 2018

If you wanted to fix it, you’d say ‘you still can for a limited time’ but hey, you tried.

Missing20KSep 25, 2018


SirwalterraleighSep 25, 2018

We did a tour about ten years ago that had a visit to the elephant paddock (one was close to delivering...which involved her pacing furiously...so we had to keep more distance) and the rhino (she lifted her leg on demand and we got to touch her)... This tour kinda sounds like half that

RteetzSep 25, 2018

I wanted the 2nd but couldn't get it so I had to go with Nov. 5th.

Rogue21Sep 25, 2018

Tried to book this the first day it was available. Sadly, my vacation ends on Nov 2, so both days were full. Of course, there is only one tour per day - at 11:00 a.m. :( Caring for Giants had several times each day, so hopefully they'll expand Up Close with Rhinos. Soon.

Monorail_Red_77Sep 20, 2018

Yes that’s true, unless said Planet Watch is closed to guests. Then enter pay to see same rhinos. LOL NOT LOL

WondersOfLifeSep 20, 2018


BoltSep 20, 2018

There is typically always rhinos backstage - you can see them on the train to Rafikis Planet Watch.

wsmith1978Sep 20, 2018


WDWFanDaveSep 19, 2018

We really enjoyed Caring for Giants a few months ago, and felt it was very well done. And, secretly left hoping they might offer something like this in the future for the rhinos. Wish it started sooner, since we'll be there in the not-too-distant-future, but back home before it's slated to begin. Since it's a paid experience, though, I suspect it will persist for a while :-)

Tony the TiggerSep 19, 2018

Sounds good.

Walt dSep 19, 2018

This sounds interesting had one of these rhinos on the safari tour rolling in front of the bus in a mud puddle to get coded with mud like a little, puppy,