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Africa opened with Disney's Animal Kingdom on April 22, 1998 with the parks signature attraction, Kilimanjaro Safaris.

The story of how this section of the park came into being actually begins at Epcot. For several years, Disney was trying to figure out how they could incorporate an African pavilion in World Showcase, but due to the size of the great continent, nothing every came of it.

When Disney gave the go ahead to Disney's Animal Kingdom, it was decided to have one section of the park dedicated to the continent of Africa, but problems still arose. Since there are several different countries found within Africa, which country would best represent the continent as a whole?

The solution came from the minds
of the Imagineers instead of any specific African region. A brand new African town was created specifically for the park and Imagineers named it Harambe, which is Swahili for working together.

While walking through Africa you can see that Disney didn't go into creating this section of the park half-heartedly. While walking around make sure you take a look at the second stories of the different buildings. You can see beach towels hanging from windows, doorways that go towards different houses, and even hear talking from the windows.

Not only is Africa full of detail, but it's full of space as well. Kilimanjaro Safaris is the size of the entire Magic Kingdom, which helps make Africa the largest "land" in any Disney park around the world!

The current attractions in Africa are Kilimanjaro Safaris and the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail. In addition to these two attractions, you can also catch the Wildlife Express Train to Rafiki's Planet Watch from the outskirts of Harambe.


Fun Facts: You can find several references to the Imagineers that made Disney's Animal Kingdom a reality around Africa. While searching look for a sign that reads, "JORODI Masks and Beads." Joe Rohde (JORODI) was the creative lead for Disney's Animal Kingdom!


Touring Tips: Make sure you stop by Kilimanjaro Safaris earlier in the day, or grab a Fastpass for it as soon as you arrive at the park. This attraction can get busy as the day goes on and is a must see!

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade begins and ends in Africa which gives you the opportunity to see the parade twice! If you only want to see the parade once, however, try to stop by after it's first pass through the land since the crowds tend to get thinner during it's second pass through the land.


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