• On Jan 19, 2014
    Deborah from NC Asked

    Embarking on an African Safari would be a dream, but I'll settle for the next best thing - the Wild Africa Trek at Disney. My questions: First, is being overweight a problem? Second, I am afraid of heights, but can I bare the bridges?

    Hi Deborah,

    I highly recommend the Wild Africa Trek VIP tour at Animal Kingdom. Some of my Disney Parks Mom Panel friends and I did the trek together in September and it was so much fun.

    To participate, guests must be at least 8 years old and must weigh between 45 and 300 pounds with the safety harness on. The experience requires walking over some uneven ground and climbing some stairs. It isn't super strenuous but does require some stamina.

    I'm terrified of heights, and so is my Moms Panel friend Diane L. Neither of us was sure about doing the hanging bridges, but we managed well and didn't even look terrified in the pictures. (I thought walking on the bridges over the crocodiles was much less scary than Tower of Terror or the Characters in Flight balloon.) The key is to keep your eyes on the boards in front of you and to remember that you are securely harnessed to an overhead zip line.

    I would do it again in a heartbeat and think I would enjoy it even more the next time, knowing that I have already conquered my fear once. I might even look down next time!

    The guides were so knowledgeable and helpful throughout the experience, and I loved the delicious lunch on the savanna with a view of the giraffes and elephants.

    If you do the trek, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Please let me know if I can answer any other questions for you about this or any other part of the Walt Disney World adventure.

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