Pangani Forest Exploration Trail

Opened: April 22, 1998

Location: Africa – The entrance is located to the right of Kilimanjaro Safaris. You’ll pass Kilimanjaro’s FastPass+ return queue and then take a left.

Extra Magic Hours: Morning.

Time Commitment: Pangani is a little less than a half mile long. Most visitors spend about 30 minutes moving through the trail and the various exhibits, but you can spend as much or as little time as you like.

Colobus Monkeys.

Expect to Wait: No waits.

FastPass+: No.

Type: Self-guided walking tour, zoo exhibit.

Similar To: Maharajah Jungle Trek

Requirements: None.

Scary Factor: Zero.

When To Go: Last hour of operation, which may be earlier than park close. Kilimanjaro Safaris spits out thousands of guests an hour right at the doors to Pangani, causing crowding from 9:30am to 4pm along the narrow paths. The gorillas are also visible more consistently in the late afternoon.

What to Expect: Pangani is one of the two major “zoo-like” trail exhibits at Animal Kingdom. Visitors walk along the path and enter various enclosures and exhibits that show off the animals in their native habitats. Expect to see hippopotamuses, meerkats, naked mole rats, gorillas, okapi, and an extensive number of rare African bird species.

Rating: 8/10

A long day.

Commentary: Both Pangani Forest Exploration Trail and Maharajah Jungle Trek are must-experience attractions at Animal Kingdom. Many visitors will overlook them and focus on the rides and shows, but this is a mistake. You may have zoos with similar animals and exhibits near where you live, but they won’t have Disney’s budget or ability to theme an exhibit so extravagantly. Since you can ride most of the major rides before lunch or early afternoon, you should have plenty of time to walk the trails. You won’t regret it.


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