'; Off the Map and Behind the Magic: Part Three - Animal Kingdom Tours ~ Wild by Design - WDW Hints
Tuesday 11 June 2024
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Off the Map and Behind the Magic: Part Three – Animal Kingdom Tours ~ Wild by Design

Disney’s Wild by Design tour is a three hour tour through the Animal Kingdom Park. The tour takes place “onstage” which means that the areas visited are all open to the public. Because of this, the Wild by Design tour is open to children as young as 14 years old.

Your tour guide will walk you through the planning and creation of the Park and explain just how Disney took 500 acres of wetlands and created Animal Kingdom. You will learn some of the details that Disney’s Imagineers used to create the theming of unique cultural areas.

Highlights include learning about the fictional kingdom “Anandapur” in Asia, understanding the backstory for DinoLand USA, the village of Serka Zong, Chester & Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures and Expedition Everest! I always wondered how DinoLand fit into it all, and now I know!

But the fun doesn’t stop there! You will also get the opportunity to meet and talk with Animal Keepers who give you a glimpse of what they do to care for the animals that call Animal Kingdom their home. This is a great way for teens to learn about the park and Disney’s attention to detail but also about exotic animals and the importance of conservation.

One of the reasons that I think this tour is so fun is that when the tour is over you can share what you learned with younger members of the party, or other people that were not able to go. Because the experiences all occur onstage, you can retrace the tour’s steps and remember the experience time and time again!

The Wild by Design tour costs $60.00 and includes a light continental breakfast and a commemorative pin. Have you taken this tour? What did you think? What was a highlight for you?

Be sure to check out the other Tours featured in Maggie’s WDW Tours Series:
Part One: Introduction
Part Three: Wild By Design
Part Four: Backstage Safari

Maggie Madere has always dreamed of working for Disney. With her travel company, Moments with Mickey Travel, she can do just that! Specializing in travel to and through Disney Destinations she can help you make the most of your Moments with Mickey! Find Maggie on Facebook! Maggie@EnchantedEarsTravel — an independent agent of Enchanted Ears Travel.

Terri is owner, creator and an author for WDW Hints. She enjoys taking less-traveled paths of WDW and sharing her lesser-known discoveries with you!