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Kilimanjaro Safari

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Kilimanjaro Safaris (Disney's Animal Kingdom)

Disney is known for exerting fierce control over its shows, but in 1998, it risked building an entire park around animals, which are notoriously recalcitrant performers. Cleverly, Disney turned a problem into a virtue by inventing a fake African safari plot, ensuring that sneaking glimpses of animals being themselves would be the show. This 32-passenger, 20-minute round-trip Jeep excursion threads through stage-managed veld stocked with lion, cheetah, elephants, and other safari all-stars. There's a silly plot overlay with poachers, but there are no bars or visible fences. Instead, animals are separated by hidden berms and invisible obstacles—and no two rides are the same.

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