Looks like Wilson's out of a job :fork:
I do really miss the zebras, which have been off-safari for awhile, so on the bright side I'll be glad to have them back. From what I understand, they didn't get along well with the other animals on the open savannah, so this will give then their own area away from all of that, but now in guest view once again instead of backstage.
I rode the Safari last week and maybe it was my imagination but the song seemed to play longer than usual. Maybe this is hinting of what's to come. Incidentally, the song translated into English is The Our Father (The Lord's Prayer) in Swahili. In other Kilimanjaro news, our driver seemed less than enthused about the entire experience and didn't even speed up through the geysers. We just cruised along at the usual speed while she said nary a word. She even made the collapsing bridge boring. Meanwhile in the MK, one of the African elephants on the Jungle Cruise was out for repairs so now I'm wondering if Little Red might find his way to the JC to join his AA friends.
The song can go on for several minutes if need be, it is switched off automatically just before the bridge, so if there is a backup of trucks at the bridge or a great view of the bull elephants and the driver is purposefully going slow, then it can go on and on.
I can't speak for the driver's attitude, but obviously every truck is a little different and some do go slower than others, it's just a reality that every ride vehicle on every attraction is a little different.
Little Red Will not be going to the Jungle Cruise....That's not happening.
And just to re-iterate the new savanna will stretch all the way from the bottom of the existing hill past the warthog area cattle guard all the way to the existing waterfall area.
There are NOT CURRENTLY SCHEDULED to be any CLOSURES for this change, and work will be completed starting soon (March most likely) and continuing over the summer.
There are ALWAYS rumors about new animals coming out onto the ride, There do appear to be some strong rumors about new animals headed to the savanna, but honestly they are just rumors so who knows.
Awesome news! I wonder how much space is actually in that area though to make a large enough plot for zebras?
We need someone with skills to bust out google earth or something.
Please, no more convoluted stories.I'd like to point out that this doesn't necessarily mean there will be no story. I'm sure they'll come up with something. The obvious choice is to eliminate the "two week safari" idea since I'm not really sure how they would "cut it short" without an "action" sequence.
So...yeah...by the way, it was never, to my knowledge, *officially* a two-week safari. All of the posters in the village refer to "day trips." As far as I know, it's something that evolved among the drivers. It's certainly not in the current script or Operating Guide (though 99% of the drivers say it).I'd like to point out that this doesn't necessarily mean there will be no story. I'm sure they'll come up with something. The obvious choice is to eliminate the "two week safari" idea since I'm not really sure how they would "cut it short" without an "action" sequence.
I've always thought that it was somewhat odd that the attraction is named Kilimanjaro Safaris but there is no view of Mount Kilimanjaro. Does anyone know if we will be getting some type of mountain facade at any point? IF (I'm not an insider and don't have any information regarding this) they are planning on using the Rafiki/northern expansion area for Avatar, a Kilimanjaro facade on the back of one of those attractions would be very sweet off in the distance.
I thought that too, at first. But then I had it explained to me and it made sense that it isn't there. (And I know this isn't a complete explanation, so apologies in advance)
From the sign as you enter from Discovery Island, Harambe is a "Port of East Africa", meaning it's along the coast. While it's not specifically intended to depict Kenya, I believe it is generally modeled after Mombassa, which is along the Kenyan coast. The real Mount Kilimanjaro is at least 150 miles from the coast.
The areas where the animals are is the Harambe Wildlife Preserve. It's land set aside by the people of Harambe to protect the endangered animals. The Preserve is overseen by wardens, Wilson is one of them. That's why his shirt emblem and his truck say "Harambe Wildlife Preserve" on them.
But the Preserve does not run the tours. Instead, they allow authorized companies to come and bring tours through the Reserve. "Kilimanjaro Safaris" is the name of one of those companies. They have their own trucks and logos.
Presumably the Kilimanjaro Safaris company started or is based much closer to Mount Kilimanjaro, hence the mountain appearing in their logo. But the Harambe operation is just a satellite office.
All of this backstory is laid out in the posters in Harambe, the office you pass in the queue, and elsewhere.
Also, Kilimanjaro Safaris isn't the only tour operator bringing people onto the Preserve. If you check out Harambe, you'll see advertising posters from competing tour companies.
So...yeah...by the way, it was never, to my knowledge, *officially* a two-week safari. All of the posters in the village refer to "day trips." As far as I know, it's something that evolved among the drivers. It's certainly not in the current script or Operating Guide (though 99% of the drivers say it).
As for the radio music thing, if there's a backup at Tilting Bridge, the music can go on for a while. It does eventually fade out on its own after about 3 minutes or so.
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