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Posted by: Sarah Chapman August 9, 2019

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I am a big fan of the tours and special experiences at Walt Disney World, particularly if you have visited a few times.  These offer a backstage glance, a look at how things work, or an encounter you wouldn’t otherwise get to experience.  These experiences are even more meaningful at the Animal Kingdom with the animal tours.  You really can’t put into words the impact of having an up close encounter with a rare or endangered animal.  And this is exactly what you get to do on the Up Close with Rhinos tour.

I tried for a few trips to get a reservation for this tour, but was only able to secure it when I booked several months in advance.  So if you think you are interested in Up Close with Rhinos after reading about it I recommend that you call 407-WDW-PLAY as far in advance as you can.  The tour is once a day at 11:00am, and the group is small (I think we had 13-15 people on our tour).

The tour is open to almost all ages, so that makes it great for families.  Many of the behind the scenes tours have older age limits.  The minimum age for this tour is 4.  Nearly all of the tour (except your transfer in a van to backstage) is outside, and there are some restrictions on ECVs that you should note.

Now to the fun stuff!  We arrived at the Curiosity Animal Tours stand near Kilimanjaro Safari at around 10:40 for our tour and checked in.  Waivers had to be signed and we were given our name tags.  I would advise a quick bathroom break here because there are no facilities on the tour.

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We were lead backstage to board vans that would transport us to the backstage areas of Animal Kingdom where the animals have their barns when they are not on Kilimanjaro Safari.  This is a fun ride as you get to see the “back” of the Safari attraction and several of the animal barns.  Our driver talked to us on the way giving us information on what we were seeing, the Animal Kingdom park in general, and the Rhino we were about to meet.

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Once we arrived at the barns we were greeted by two of the Rhino specialists who were going to be conducting our experience.  We visited the inside of the barn to see the huge stalls, and were given some information about the various types of Rhinos throughout the world, their extinction status, and how they are cared for at the Animal Kingdom along with how Disney contributes to protecting them from extinction. 

Next we went outside around the side of the barns where we would meet Disney’s male Rhino, “Dugan.”  The rhino was standing right by the railing of his outside area so that we could see him very up close.  Dugan is a young guy, and the animal specialists gave us all kinds of information on him, the female rhinos, and the program.  It was a very informal discussion and we were encouraged to ask questions which the whole group did.  It was fascinating to learn all of this information about these beautiful creatures while standing like 10 feet from one.  My 7 year old asked several questions, and the specialists were very accommodating with the answers, and even gave Dugan one of his stimulation toys to play with when my son asked to see him play. 

But, the most amazing part of the experience was the opportunity to touch the Rhino.  This is subject to the animal’s mood on the day of the tour, so they don’t guarantee you will be able to do this as the animals are their first priority.  We were invited to touch Dugan’s back which felt very unusual, kind of rough with small hairs, but tough like leather.  Then we were given the chance to touch his soft spot behind his ears.  Unfortunately, cameras were not allowed backstage.  I completely understand this requirement, but I would’ve loved to have a photo of my son’s face when he touched Dugan the first time.  It is safe to say we were all smitten with him.

After we said our goodbyes to Dugan and the specialists, we boarded the vans to return back to the onstage part of the Animal Kingdom.  The experience was about an hour in total.  At the current price of $40 per person (be sure to check for any eligible discounts like Annual Pass, Disney Visa, DVC), this tour is a bargain for the experience.  I would do it again, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone.  My family consisted of myself, my husband, and my 3 boys ages 20, 16 & 7 . . . we were all equally impressed by the experience. 

As a keepsake from the tour you keep your nametag which has a print of a Rhino on the back.  The image was drawn by Imagineer Joe Rohde.  I decided to purchase another souvenir to commemorate the tour and found one of the hand carved wooden rhinos in the marketplace of Harambe to add to my collection.

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Enchanting Extras Spotlight: Up Close with Rhinos

Article by Storybook Traveler Holly Averette .

Get ready for a close encounter with the world’s second-largest land animal, the white rhinoceros, when you book an Up Close with Rhinos tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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Important Details:       

  • The tour takes place daily at 11:00 am and lasts approximately one hour.
  • Each tour has limited spots available and guests must be 4 years of age or older to participate.
  • The current cost is $45+tax per person
  • Theme Park admission is required for this experience and is not included in the cost of the tour.
  • NO photography of any kind is allowed during the tour.
  • Guests using an ECV scooter must leave their device at the transport vehicle loading area where they will be able to retrieve it at the conclusion of the tour. A courtesy wheelchair can be provided but guests must be able to wheel themselves or be assisted by someone in their travel party.
  • Guests using a nontransferable wheelchair can participate, but space is limited and the accommodation needs to be noted by calling after the booking is made.
  • Because this experience involves animals, guests with service animals will need to contact the Guest Animal Experience team directly to discuss special considerations and policies.
  • Availability is extremely limited for this experience. Plan to book as far in advance as possible.

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General Information and Check-in Experience:

Guest check in will be at the Curiosity Animal Tours kiosk across from Kilimanjaro Safaris. We arrived about 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour. After presenting our ID and signing a waiver, we were given a lanyard and instructed to use the restroom if needed. We soon made our way to the meeting place around the corner as the tour would begin promptly at 11. The entirety of the tour is behind the scenes therefore, no photography or cell phone use is allowed.

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Tour Experience:

We met our tour guides, who were members of the rhino care team, around the corner from the check in kiosk and from there we were escorted backstage to board our vehicle. We had a short, but informative, ride to the Rhino care area. From there we were escorted to the barn and given some information on rhinos, the history of the rhinos at Animal Kingdom, and conservation efforts. While we could not walk through the barn, we got to see and learn more about it and how it’s used to help take care of the animals. Now for the best part- a quick walk to the back area of the barn where Ranger was waiting to meet us! Ranger happened to be celebrating his second birthday the day of our tour so we saw some of the “chugga chugga two two” party decorations and gifts the rhino keepers designed just for the birthday boy! After a little background information on Ranger, everyone took turns walking to the fence and petting him. He was a gentle giant and this was such a special experience! Once we were back “onstage” after the conclusion of the tour, our guides had a couple of signs we could take pictures with to commemorate our tour experience.

Quick note- The rhino you meet may vary. The care team does an excellent job respecting the animals and reading their queues, so if one of the animals does not want to participate that day, they will choose a different one.

Agent Impressions:

I absolutely adored this experience! It really blew my expectations out of the water and I recommend it to anyone looking for a special animal experience! If you had asked me prior to the tour what I thought it would feel like to pet a rhinoceros, ‘hairy basketball” probably would not have been it, but that’s exactly what it felt like! There was something remarkable and almost majestic about being so close to such a large animal. Definitely a core memory day! During our tour, we learned that 100% of the tour cost goes towards conservation efforts for the white rhinos. I love that Disney is not only providing a unique experience to guests, but they are using that experience to further impact conservation efforts. Throughout our adventure, you could really see the pride and joy the keepers had in caring for the animals. That excitement overflowed to the tour and helped make it a wonderful experience!

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  • Wear closed toe shoes if possible. You will be walking around a working barn for most of the tour.
  • Plan for the weather. It takes place almost entirely outdoors and will occur rain or shine, so plan to dress accordingly. It can be canceled in severe, or otherwise inclement, weather.
  • The experience does take place in a working barn so keep in mind that you may be exposed to some common allergens such as hay, dust, insects, etc.
  • Come prepared with questions! The animal care team is full of knowledge!
  • If you are staying on site, plan this experience for later in your trip to increase your chances of getting a reservation. It books up very quickly due to the limited number of tours (one a day) and slots available.

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Up Close with Rhinos at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Do you have an animal lover in your family? Enhance your Disney World vacation with a special family-friendly behind-the-scenes tour.

Your family will have a chance to make a real connection with white rhinos at  Disney’s Animal Kingdom®  through an exciting new backstage animal experience called “Up Close with Rhinos.”

Meet these mighty—but gentle—giants in a special viewing area for a wildlife experience like no other!

Rhinos in Disney's Animal Kingdom

This 60-minute guided adventure will give guests a behind-the-scenes look at how our dedicated animal team cares for the white rhinos on Kilimanjaro Safaris and how Disney is helping save endangered rhinos in the wild.

As part of this intimate experience, guests may even get a chance to touch a rhino!

One tour of “Up Close with Rhinos” will be offered each day at 11 a.m. Your family can check in at 10:45 a.m. at the Curiosity Animal Tours kiosk, located across from the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction entrance.

  • To make a reservation, call 407-WDW-PLAY (407-939-7529).
  • Guests must be at least 4 years old to participate
  • The cost is $40 (plus tax).

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Get Up Close With Rhinos At Disney's Animal Kingdom

Rhinos on the Kilimanjaro Safari

This behind-the-scenes look will spotlight the way Disney's dedicated animal team cares for the Park's white rhinos and as a part of this intimate experience, guests may even get a chance to touch a rhino . Though this part of the encounter will depend on the mood of the animals, so I don't advise booking on that alone. You should however book because due to poaching rhinoceros are among the most endangered animals in the world and getting 'Up Close with Rhinos' is a very special treat.

Space will be very limited for this new experience as only one tour of "Up Close with Rhinos" will be offered each day. Bookings open up on September 22, 2018 to celebrate World Rhino Day . To make a reservation, call 407-WDW-PLAY. Guests must be at least 4 years old to participate, and the cost is $40 (plus tax). Discounts are available to select passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members.

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Valid admission required. A theme park reservation may be required based on admission type.

A Unique Encounter

Get ready for your close-up with the white rhinoceros—Earth’s second-largest land animal. In this 60-minute guided adventure, the rhinos’ keepers will take you backstage to meet these massive creatures as few people ever do.

As your guides introduce you to the park’s white rhinos, they’ll offer fascinating insights into the species’ behavior and biology and discuss the challenges that threaten populations in the wild.

Know Before You Go

View important information, including Guest restrictions, recommended attire and cancellation policies.

  • This is an outdoor experience. Be sure to check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.
  • Comfortable closed-toe shoes are strongly recommended.
  • No cameras, video equipment or cell phones may be used while participating in this tour.
  • Guests must be 4 years of age or older to participate.
  • Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a participating adult (18 years of age or older).
  • Theme park admission is required, but not included in the price of this tour. Theme park reservations are also required.
  • Check in at least 15 minutes prior to your tour time at the Curiosity Animal Tours kiosk, located across from the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction entrance.
  • The tour begins promptly at the scheduled start time. Late arrivals will not be permitted to join the experience.
  • Itinerary, content, duration and availability are subject to change without notice.
  • There is a 24-hour cancellation policy. Full price will be charged/forfeited if the Guest cancels within one day or fails to show up for the reservation.
  • For information about service animal policies for this experience, please call the Guest Animal Experience team directly at 00 800 2006 0809.*
  • Guests using nontransferable wheelchairs may remain in them throughout this experience; however, due to limited capacity onboard the transport vehicle, all accommodation requests should be confirmed by calling 00 800 2006 0809.*
  • Guests using an ECV must leave their mobility device at the transport vehicle boarding area, where they will retrieve them upon conclusion of the experience. Guests must walk by themselves, or be assisted by a member or members of their party in a courtesy wheelchair to participate in this experience.
  • This experience includes visits to outdoor areas that may contain common allergens such as dust and hay as well as biting and stinging insects.
  • The experience will be held rain or shine, with the exception of severe weather or lightning.

*Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.

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Up Close With Rhinos at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom

Up Close with Rhinos is an hour-long experience which offers guests a close-up look at the white rhinos who call Disney’s Animal Kingdom home!

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Rhinos in Animal Kingdom

Guests will meet with the rhinos’ keepers who will take them backstage for their up-close experience with the “mighty but gentle giants” in a special viewing area.

Guests will also learn about white rhinos along the way including their behavior and biology as well as the challenges they face in the wild.

Check-in takes place at the Curiosity Animal Tours kiosk located by the entrance to the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour starting time.

A 60-minute experience featuring an up-close encounter with the rhinos in a special viewing area

Up Close with Rhinos is offered daily, typically at 11AM.

$49.00 per guest

Additional Information

  • Valid Admission into Animal Kingdom Park is required, but not included;
  • This experience is held outdoors, so clothing should be planned accordingly (comfortable close-toed shoes are also strongly recommended).
  • Guests must be at least 4 years of age, and all guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No photography or videography is allowed in backstage areas; however, it is allowed in non-backstage areas.
  • Cancellation must be made at least 24 hours before your tour to avoid forfeiting the entire price of the experience.
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New Up Close With Rhinos Tour At Animal Kingdom

Up Close With Rhinos Tour At Animal Kingdom

Do you love getting up close with animals?  This week, the Walt Disney World Resort launched a new tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom that provides guests with the opportunity to get to know some of their resident animals.  The Up Close with Rhinos Tour definitely is a unique and amazing experience. I am thrilled that I was given the opportunity to check out the Animal Kingdom’s newest offering.

New Up Close With Rhinos Tour At Animal Kingdom

This tour is offered daily at 11 am (check-in is 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour).  Check-in is located at the kiosk across from the entrance to the Kilimanjaro Safari attraction. After you sign your releases, you are given your lanyards and you wait for your guide to take you on this unique experience.

New Up Close With Rhinos Tour At Animal Kingdom

Once everyone has gathered, you get to behind the walls and backstage.  Since this tour takes place completely in the backstage area, photography is not permitted.

New Up Close With Rhinos Tour At Animal Kingdom

Once backstage, you will board a small bus and head to the animal barns.  We got to see a young elephant enjoying some enrichment and a cheetah relaxing in the sun before we arrived at our destination – the rhino barn.  We toured the barns and learned about these magnificent creatures.

We learned that there are two varieties of African Rhinos – the white and the black.  The white rhinos are the ones we got to visit with today.  There are also three species of Asian Rhinos – the Javan, the Sumatran and the Greater One-Horned.  Disney’s Animal Kingdom only has the African species in residence.  We learned that all rhinos have three twos and that all have two horns excepted the Javan and the Greater One-Horned Rhino (hence the name).

All animals at both Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom Lodge have specific sounds that are used to call the animals back into their barns.  The sound for the rhinos is two large metal bars being banged together.

We then went out to the Rhino yard where we met Jao, a 25-year-old wild caught female and Lola an 8-year-old female.  We got to watch a training exercise which is used to help the animals come and stand still.  This is used for veterinary care procedures.  We also got to meet Dugan, the newest member of #TeamRhino.  He is a male and is in the process of being introduced to Jao and Lola in hopes of there being a successful breeding to help the survival of this amazing species.

We got to observe these magnificent creatures, ask questions and then we got to do the best thing ever!!!!!  We got to pet Jao.  We got to feel her skin and see her up close.  We got to look in her eyes and let me tell you, she has the most beautiful eyelashes.  We also got to witness the amazing bond the rhinos have with their keepers.

Overall, this tour was amazing! It runs for about an hour and there is minimal walking required.  I highly recommend you check this out!  Most importantly, the entire cost of the tour is donated to the Disney Conservation Fund and earmarked for Rhino conservation.

What you need to know before you go:

  • This is an outdoor experience. Be sure to check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.
  • Comfortable closed-toe shoes are strongly recommended.
  • No cameras, video equipment or cell phones may be used while participating in this tour.
  • Guests must be 4 years of age or older to participate.
  • Guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a participating adult (18 years of age or older).
  • Park admission is required for participation and is not included in the tour price.
  • Check in at 10:45 AM at the Curiosity Animal Tours kiosk, located across from the Kilimanjaro Safari attraction entrance.
  • The tour begins promptly at 11:00 AM. Late arrivals will not be permitted to join the experience.
  • Itinerary, content, duration, and availability are subject to change without notice.
  • You will forfeit the entire price of this experience if you fail to show or if you cancel within 2 days of your reservation.
  • For information about service animal policies for this experience, please call the Guest Animal Experience team directly at (407) 938-1487.*
  • Guests using nontransferable wheelchairs may remain in them throughout this experience; however, due to limited capacity onboard the transport vehicle, all accommodation requests should be confirmed by calling (407) 938-1487.*
  • Guests using an ECV must leave their mobility device at the transport vehicle boarding area, where they will retrieve them upon the conclusion of the experience. Guests must walk by themselves, or be assisted by a member or members of their party in a courtesy wheelchair to participate in this experience.
  • This experience includes visits to outdoor areas that may contain common allergens such as dust and hay as well as biting and stinging insects.
  • The experience will be held rain or shine, with the exception of severe weather or lightning.
  • ALLERGY ALERT – you will be in an area with dust, hay, and possible nut exposure.
  • The cost of this tour is $40.
  • Annual Passholders are eligible for a discount.

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Up Close with Rhinos Tour Starting Nov. 1 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

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You will soon have a chance to make a real connection with white rhinos at Disney’s Animal Kingdom through an exciting new backstage animal experience called “Up Close with Rhinos.”

Starting Nov. 1, this 60-minute guided adventure will give guests a behind-the-scenes look at how the Disney Animal Kingdom dedicated animal team cares for the white rhinos on Kilimanjaro Safaris and how Disney is helping save endangered rhinos in the wild. As part of this intimate experience, guests may even get a chance to touch a rhino.

One tour of “Up Close with Rhinos” will be offered each day at 11 a.m.. You can check in at 10:45 a.m. at the Curiosity Animal Tours kiosk, located across from the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction entrance. To make a reservation, contact your Pixie at Pixie Vacations to have this added to your Walt Disney World vacation package. Guests must be at least 4 years old to participate, and the cost is $40 (plus tax).

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Posted on Last updated: September 19, 2018

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Up Close with Rhinos tour coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom

Guests get a chance to get up close and personal with these magnificent beasts as part of this new 60-minute guided tour and you might even touch a rhino!  Experts will explain to you how they care for the White Rhinos that you an see while visiting the Kilimanjaro Safaris.  Being on the endangered species list, they also explain to what lengths Disney goes in helping these wonderful beasts.

Caitlin Miller, a member of the Rhino care team said: “I love talking to guests about how unique each individual rhino’s personality is. I know once guests come and meet the rhinos, they are going to see just how amazing they are and will want to help us secure a future for them.”

Up Close with Rhinos tour coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom

You can book the ‘Up Close with Rhinos’ Tour starting November 22, World Rhino Day, by calling (407) WDW-PLAY.  It lasts 60 minutes, so the $40 price (plus tax) per person seems like a good deal imo!  There are discounts available for select Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members too, so ask about those.

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You may see white rhinos and black rhinos in action during the following experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park:

  • Kilimanjaro Safaris , a Guest-favorite attraction at  Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park
  • Wild Africa Trek , a privately guided tour
  • Up Close with Rhinos , a privately guided tour

Despite their names, white rhinos and black rhinos are both gray in color. What differentiates them is not their coloring, but the shape of their mouths! “White” comes from an English mispronunciation of the Dutch word wijd —which means “wide.”

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Here’s a look inside the life of a rhino at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park:

  • Natural Habitat: Rhino habitats are made to feel as natural as possible. Hills, tall grasses, shade trees, rocks and shrubs invite the rhinos to rest, communicate, interact, hide and explore.
  • Mud Baths:  The rhinos can wallow in mud baths to keep cool, get rid of parasites and prevent sunburn. The mud baths are updated regularly with new clay—and are even relocated—to encourage rhinos to investigate their environment.
  • Veterinary Care and Animal Training:  Positive training techniques encourage rhinos to participate in daily visual examinations to ensure they are healthy. The rhinos receive rewards—alfalfa hay for white rhinos, sweet potatoes and carrots for black rhinos—that help motivate them to line up for care.

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The Walt Disney Company is committed to saving wildlife and protecting the magic of nature together as a global community. Since 1995, the Disney Conservation Fund * has supported nonprofit organizations working with communities across Africa and Asia to protect wildlife like rhinos and their habitats.

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