New Animal Encounters at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom

New animal experiences are in testing phases at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with the support of Natural Encounters, Inc.  Guests are being told that they may see various animals moving freely throughout the various locations in the park.  The testing is currently happening in Discovery Island, Africa and Dinoland, USA.  The animals are being monitored and observed very closely to determine if these kinds of experiences will be safe for guests to enjoy.  If the testing goes well, this means that we may begin to see more animals roaming around the park.  This means more up close sightings and observations.


Disney is known for creating immersive experiences unlike anything you would be able to find anywhere else.  Creating more experiences with animals helps to provide animal education for guests and allow them to get up close and personal with animals that they can’t see anywhere else.  We will keep you posted as we learn more about the animals in these new encounters and when they will officially be open to guests.  What animals are you hoping to see?

About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!