Come face-to-face with animals that are native to Africa, like Gorillas, Meerkats, and Okapi, on the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!
|Walt Disney World Resort Park
|Disney’s Animal Kingdom
|Location in Park
|8:15 AM to 6:45 PM
|May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV
Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail is a self-guided attraction located in Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This trail takes through the tropical Pangani Forest where you will see amazing animals from the continent of Africa. As the name suggests, you are sure to see Gorillas on the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail along with many other creatures.
The first exhibit on the trail are the Black and White Colobus Monkeys which are native of Kenya. These tree-dwelling monkeys are unique because they have no thumb. Next, you will encounter the Okapi. Although they have stripes like a Zebra, they are actually the only known relative of the giraffe. After the Okapis, you will head into the research building where you can see several small creature exhibits, such as reptiles, amphibians, and naked mole rats.
Once you go through the research building, you will enter the aviary. In this area, there are many African birds flying above. Some of the birds that can be seen in aviary are the carmine bee-eaters, Green Woodhoopoes, and Purple Glossy Starlings. Past the aviary exit, you will see the hippo exhibit through the a glass underwater viewing area. The Savannah Grasslands are next where there are meerkats and zebras to view. Finally, you will reach the main attraction: the Gorilla Research Camp. Here you can spot adolescent and mother gorillas. This exhibit extends past the research camp as you head over the suspension bridge. In this section of the trail, you may see more gorillas including the male leader of the group, Gino.
Location & Wait Times
The Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail is located in the Africa area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The entrance to the trail sits between the queue for the train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch and the exit of Kilimanjaro Safaris. Because Gorilla Falls Exploration Trails is a walkthrough attraction, there is no wait time. You will self-guide yourself along the trail which means you can take as long as you would like viewing the different animal exhibits.
Because there is no wait time to enter Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail, there is also no queue to enter the attraction. Once you go through the entrance, you will begin your journey down the trail. Once on the trail, you will encounter the first animal almost immediately.