VIDEO: Lions ROAR during recent Kilimanjaro Safaris nighttime tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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The Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom has always been a popular destination for guests and while it always delivers with an incredible assortment of wildlife to observe, there are also plenty of times throughout the day where the animals weren’t exactly active.

On a recent trip to the new nighttime “Nocturnal Encounters” it was a different story. Hippos were very active bobbing in and out of the water and we saw several giraffes running around the savannah on what the tour guide helpfully described as World Giraffe Day.

Giraffes safari Disney's Animal Kingdom

But by the far the highlight of the tour around Harambe Wildlife Reserve, one that even the tour guide described as one of his best ever overall, were the majestic lions not only moving about but actually roaring back and forth between each other in a stunning and extremely rare moment.


Needless to say, getting an up close look at the nocturnal behavior of these beautiful and majestic animals at Kilimanjaro Safaris is a definite must-see next time you visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom as part of their new nighttime offerings!

Lions ROAR during Kilimanjaro Safari at night tour in Disney's Animal Kingdom 2


Safari Disney's Animal Kingdom


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    I have been going to Disney for years and never remember to ask how do they keep the lions from coming off the rocks and moving all through the park?

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      They aren’t just rocks. Its a cleverly designed enclosure that the lions cannot get out of. Disney magic just makes it look like a pile of rocks.

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      They don’t need too. Once an animal like a lion has mark their spot they won’t move from there for a loooooong time. Because in that way they know exactly where is everything they need, food, water, female etc. The reason why lion moves in nature is to find food. But a park like Animal kingdom or any zoo give it to them so they won’t bother moving if it could mean lose this free food. Lion are really lazy.

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      There is a huge gap separating the rocks from the road.

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    Some rocks are also temperature controlled. Warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It’s a little Disney magic for us and a nice place for the animals to keep comfortable.

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    During the opening week of the nighttime hours we managed to catch this. It was pouring at the start of the ride and by the time we hit the savannah it had let up.
    I feel like Disney added speakers to some areas of the expedition, for that “Oh I hear some [insert animal] ahead”. Being so dark it helps to have audio cues.
    When we get to the lions the bushes made a loud roar. Once the male lion heard it, he perks up and let’s out his own. Was a great experience but I think it was just a response to the speakers.

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      That’s awesome that you had such a great safari! I’m a driver there, and night safaris have been an interesting new experience for us all. Though I must admit there are no speakers around the lions. There’s a set before hippos and another between crocs and the first baobob tree. That’s it. Like roosters in the morning, lions don’t need any coaxing to roar. That’s awesome, though!

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