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Wild Africa Trek

DH and I are thinking about doing the Wild Africa Trek next trip. I've seen the reviews and it does look awesome, but the cost seems a bit steep. Has anyone done it and is it worth it?

Also, I know you get the Photo Pass CD for free of the pics on the tour. Can you put your other vacation photos on there too, so basically get all the photos of your trip for the same price as the tour? I have a feeling that the Mouse won't let you do that, but I was just hoping that would make the cost a little easier to swallow....

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I know Kristen did the Trek and loved it! I'm sure she will pop in and answer! It definitely looks like a fun experience!

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Not me Kristen, different Kristen?

I looked into it pretty heavily, but it just didn't work out because of the cost. The cost of the tour seems to be seasonal, at least it was when I looked into last year. So, here's my opinion (take it for what you paid for it).

Wild Africa Trek looks really awesome, and all the bloggers that I know personally who have been on it said that it is really awesome. I decided that I had to look at the cost of the day overall; $500 for the trek (2 people) on top of $200 park admission (2 people), then adding dining and shopping. I didn't feel that for me one day at Animal Kingdom was worth what would probably come to $1000. We only had one park day on that trip because it was the day before our cruise and the trek didn't make sense. That being said, if I had a dining plan and week long park tickets during a longer stay at WDW, I probably would have bought the tickets to Trek.

You just really have to look at your budget and the rest of your vacation, then decided if it will fit in for you.

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I am traveling to WDW on Sunday. yay And I booked the Wild Africa Trek for Tuesday (anniversary!)....thought that would be a fun way to celebrate. clapping When we get back after the 1st of April, I'll come back here and fill you in. wink

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Whoo hoo Marlebl!! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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Thanks for letting us know about it Marlebl, we will be looking forward to hearing all about it.

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Kristen K. wrote:
Not me Kristen, different Kristen?

I looked into it pretty heavily, but it just didn't work out because of the cost. The cost of the tour seems to be seasonal, at least it was when I looked into last year. So, here's my opinion (take it for what you paid for it).

Wild Africa Trek looks really awesome, and all the bloggers that I know personally who have been on it said that it is really awesome. I decided that I had to look at the cost of the day overall; $500 for the trek (2 people) on top of $200 park admission (2 people), then adding dining and shopping. I didn't feel that for me one day at Animal Kingdom was worth what would probably come to $1000. We only had one park day on that trip because it was the day before our cruise and the trek didn't make sense. That being said, if I had a dining plan and week long park tickets during a longer stay at WDW, I probably would have bought the tickets to Trek.

You just really have to look at your budget and the rest of your vacation, then decided if it will fit in for you.

Oops, for some reason I thought you did it last March!

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Melissa W wrote:

Oops, for some reason I thought you did it last March!

Nope, I did the Chef Talk. Smile

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Well, I'm back from the World! sad But it was a wonderful time! cool We went on the Wild Africa Trek and here's the critique: It was a fun 3 hour tour....it's billed as a hike, but it's more like a stroll with more standing than walking for the first hour and a half. You see crocodiles and rhinos and cross a couple of swinging bridges. Then you get in a jeep, similar to the Safari jeeps, and continue the tour that way. The advantage here is that you stop along the way and take pictures as opposed to speeding through, like on the Safari. You stop at a nice outpost for a light lunch (or breakfast, depending on your tour time). This was really nice, as the giraffes were very close by and they provided binoculars. Then you ride back. They do take pictures the entire time, but they mail that disc to you, so you can't add any other pictures to it. Overall, I would say that while I had a really nice experience, I don't think it's a good value for the money and I definitely would not do it again. The Keys to the Kingdom tour at MK, on the other hand, was a fantastic tour and worth the money (which was significantly less!).

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Thanks for the review marlebl, we have been thinking about doing that. Hope you had a wonderful time.

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Thank you so much for writing your review of this. I have a question that I'm hoping you would not mind answering.

marlebl wrote:
...It was a fun 3 hour tour....it's billed as a hike, but it's more like a stroll with more standing than walking for the first hour and a half. You see crocodiles and rhinos and cross a couple of swinging bridges. Then you get in a jeep, similar to the Safari jeeps, and continue the tour that way....

I have a variety of health issues that boil down to: I take it slow when walking and have to sit down every now and then. I am not comfortable on rough terrain (walking trails = good, rocky hiking = bad).

What do you think? Skip it? Or could we (me) do it?

We LOVED the tour that this one replaced.

Thanks for your thoughts,
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