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Disney World adds Up Close With Rhinos tour


A new behind-the-scenes experience called Up Close With Rhinos will begin at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park on Nov. 1.

The 60-minute guided tour takes participants goes backstage to see how Disney World cares for the white rhinos along the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction and the company’s conservation efforts for the endangered animals. The Disney Conservation Fund has given more than $2 million in support of worldwide efforts.

One tour will be given at 11 a.m. daily, rain or shine, according to Disney World’s official website, and visitors must be at least 4 years old to do the Up Close experience. The cost is $40 per person. Bookings begins Saturday, Sept. 22, which is World Rhino Day.

Down in the fine print: no cameras, video equipment or cell phones may be used within the rhino enclosure; visitors will forfeit the price of the tours if they don’t show up or if they cancel within two days of the reservations; and “comfortable closed-toe shoes are strongly recommended.”

Animal Kingdom also offers an elephant-oriented experience called Caring for Giants and the three-hour Wild Africa Trek that shares unusual access to the park and its animal residents.

For reservations for Up Close With Rhinos, call 407-939-7529.

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