Guests Wait Backstage as Popular Disney Attraction Line Grows

in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World

Kilimanjaro safari line

Credit: @Kryptonlogic

If you have been to Disney World during the pandemic, there are a few very noticeable changes that you may have picked up on.

One of the biggest differences that Guests have had to adapt to, was the idea of waiting in a socially distanced queue for any attraction, which, at times, can make lines seem a lot longer than they actually are. At the moment, the majority of queues continue to follow a 6 ft social distancing rule with markers on the floor denoting where Guests should stand.

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Orange County, Florida, has now deemed it safe to reduce distancing to 3 ft. However, we have not yet seen this change majorly impact Disney World, as of yet. That being said, the 6 ft terminology is now no longer on the Walt Disney World website. 

It seems that today, the effects of having Guests physically distant while in line for an attraction are being seen at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Kilimanjaro Safaris is a popular and unique attraction at Animal Kingdom, allowing Guests to see animals in their natural habitat while being guided by a Cast Member. The attraction often boasts a long line, but today, that queue may look a lot loner than it appears.

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Jose Castillo (@Kryptonlogic) Tweeted a photo of the attraction queue wrapping backstage with new plastic dividers being implemented to hold Guests.

Line for Kilimanjaro Safaris goes backstage. Wait is estimated at 50 min.

As Jose noted, the line was approximately a 50-minute wait, which is not terribly long, but still, the queue has ended up extending backstage. That being said, a big reason the line seems to appear this long is due to social distancing.

In the Twitter thread, The Clever Canry (@theclevercanry) asked if the lines were distanced by 6 ft, in which Jose confirmed that the queue continues to follow 6 ft markers on the ground.

Are they still doing 6 foot distancing?

Funny enough, Jose provided an update noting that the 50 minute wait time that was posted only ended up being a 25-minute wait, even though the queue seemed to look incredibly long.

Actual wait time was 25 min

The official description for the Disney attraction reads:

A Truly Wild Adventure
Explore the Harambe Wildlife Reserve, home to 34 species living in 110 acres of picturesque open plains, shady forest landscapes and rocky wetlands. Your rugged safari vehicle is driven by an expert guide, who helps point out animals and shares fascinating wildlife facts during this extraordinary 18-minute expedition.

Unique Animal Encounters
Spot a shy hippopotamus nestled in a still pond. Behold a regal lion sunbathing on a rocky perch. Drive past a gentle giraffe grazing on the tall trees or wave hello to a swinging baboon. Other amazing animals you may encounter include rhinos, cheetahs, crocodiles, elephants, hyenas and zebras—and so many more!

Kilimanjaro Safari
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Since animals have minds of their own, every expedition is a unique and unforgettable experience. Be sure to keep your eyes open and have a camera ready—you never know what you’ll see on a Kilimanjaro Safaris outing.

Go Wilder at Night
Venture onto the savanna for a safari tour after dark—and see the animals in a whole new light.

Previously off limits to visitors after sundown, this unforgettable journey through the reserve allows you to witness rarely seen nocturnal animal behaviors. Strategically placed lighting evokes both the setting sun and rising moon, so you won’t miss a moment. And as always, your friendly safari guide is on hand to share expert knowledge.

If you find yourself shocked at the length of any queue at Disney World, do not let that deter you from getting on the attraction! Ensure you keep an eye on your My Disney Experience app or posted wait times, as the length of a line does not necessarily equate to how long Guests will have to wait.

Have you ever ended up backstage at Disney World due to a line extending past its queue?

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