Caring for Giants

A few months ago I found the perfect way to surprise my youngest sister.  She was visiting for Christmas break from Wisconsin and I wanted to find something fun for us to do together.  My sister, Kylie, LOVES elephants, so I surprised her with the Caring for Giants tour.

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Caring for Giants is one of the tours offered at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  This tour gives you a close up look at the African Elephants.  If you have taken a ride on the Kilimanjaro Safaris, this is basically a “behind the scenes” look at the elephant area.

Details:

  • The tour is approximately one hour in length
  • The tour is $30 per person (as of April 2020)
  • Only for ages 4+
  • Check in for the tour is located at the Curiosity Animal Tours kiosk which is located near the entrance to the Kilimanjaro Safaris (arrive 15 minutes early)
  • You can reserve space on the tour by calling Disney (407) 939-7529 or you can stop by the Curiosity Animal Tours kiosk to see if they have space
  • You will be with a small group of around 12 people
  • You will be escorted backstage, driven via bus to the elephant area, and you will be walking/standing for the majority of the tour
  • You will get to experience the African Elephants from less than 100 feet away
  • You are not allowed to take pictures backstage, but pictures/videos are welcomed once you are near the elephants
  • You get to learn more about elephants from experts (sometimes even the cultural representatives from Africa)
  • All profit from this tour goes directly to elephant conservation efforts

What this tour does not include:

  • There are no food/snacks/beverages provided
  • There are no restrooms once the tour begins (use the restroom before your tour)
  • You do not get to pet/ride the elephants
  • You do not get to tour where the elephants sleep/eat

Review:

I really enjoyed this tour.  It was only an hour long so it went rather quickly, but if you have a love or an appreciation for the elephants, you will enjoy this behind the scenes look.  We were also excited to get to see baby Stella, who was very playful.

The value of this tour at only $30 per person is very reasonable – especially since all of the profits go to helping elephants!  I would highly recommend doing this tour when the weather is cooler or in the morning as you will be outside and it could be very hot in the afternoon in the summer.

If you want a longer tour of more safari animals, check out the Wild Africa Trek!

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A close up of baby Stella!

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