The Traveling Gals at Opening Night of Disney’s Animal Kingdom After Dark
When we booked our Memorial Day weekend at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge last year, we had no idea how much extra magic we were in for! All three of us gals arrived just in time for opening night of Disney’s Animal Kingdom AFTER DARK! In the first phase of the massive expansion happening at Animal Kingdom, the park is now open until 11 p.m. with a spectacular nighttime transformation. It is always so exciting to see everything you have read about come alive Disney style!
Our first stop was the evening safari on Kilimanjaro Safaris. We were able to get Fastpasses so our wait time was only about 5 minutes. We had a very entertaining safari guide so the trek started out just right. Being on the savannah in the dark is such a different experience than during the day. It was not quite dark when we arrived, but just after sunset so there was a beautiful, dusky glow. Disney added very unobtrusive lighting that allowed for great viewing. The animals were so incredibly active after sunset. It was like an entirely different safari than the daytime (which we also love!). Some of the hippos were out of the water walking around, the baby rhino was actually running with its mother. The cheetahs were awake and alert, the lion and lionesses were wide awake and actually walking around! It was such a thrilling sight. For us gals who go on the safari regularly, this was almost like going on a new safari encounter all together.