animal kingdom tour...only for premium rooms?

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  1. hannymom

    hannymom Mouseketeer

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    are there any animal kingdom experts out there that can help me with this question?
    i have read about an early morning tour at animal kingdom lodge, but also heard you can only book it if you are booked in a premium room. are there any ways of getting around that and still get the tour if you are in a savannah room?
    thank you
     
  2. stinkerbelle

    stinkerbelle In a #10 sort of way?<br><font color=green>Sometim

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    I believe you are talking about the Sunrise Safari?

    Nope - sorry...it's only available to concierge guests - no way around it. This is a VERY popular tour, and books up very quickly.
     
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  4. gizfish

    gizfish We wants the redhead! Gives us the redhead!

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    There is a behind the scene tour of Animal Kingdom that is separate from the sunrise safari and only requires park admission and an additional $65.00 per person. It is called "the Backstage Safari" and runs for three hours. It includes a look at the veterinary hospital, stables and housing, warehouses, etc. I got this info from "the Unofficial Guide to Disney for Grown-ups." You can call (407) WDW-TOUR to book this or find out about other tours available.
     
  5. Tiffany

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    If you are referring to the Sunrise Safari then yes this tour is only avaiable to guests staying on the concierge level at the AKL. This is a tour of the savanna over at the AK before the park opens to guests and then you have a great buffet breakfast in a private room at Tusker House. We have done this twice and it is out of this world.
     
  6. hannymom

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    thanks for your quick responses. if anyone knows any other secrets to a great time at animal kingdom lodge, let me know.
     
  7. lisareniff

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    There is a grand gathering safari that is at the end of the day at AK. You need to have at least 8 people staying at a disney resort registered as a grand gathering. The safari is very similar, from what I can gather, but instead of breakfast you have a buffet dinner at the Tusker House.
     
  8. stinkerbelle

    stinkerbelle In a #10 sort of way?<br><font color=green>Sometim

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    another thing available to AKL cocierge guests is the Sunset Safari. You are taking on a "safari" through the savannahs of the AKL in a very unique van. There is a limit of 8 people to this safari. Following the tour, you are treated to a WONDERFUL meal at Jiko. You are seated with everyone from your safari and course after course is brought out to you by the chef. It's amazing!

    Cost is $150 per person (totally worth it!) and you must be a concierge guest.

    Here are some pictures from when DH and I did this in January:
    http://users.adelphia.net/~jareddewey/sunsetsafari.html

    We have done both the sunrise and sunset safaris and would not hesitate to do either again! We've also done the 'backstage safari' that gizfish mentioned - also well worth the money!
     

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