Type

Animal Exhibit

Status

Opened

Fastpass+

No

On-ride Photo

No

Level

C - Major Attraction

Height Requirement

None

Disney Warnings

None


About

The Maharajah Jungle Trek is an animal walk through through ancient ruins. Guests can encounter, tigers, komodo dragons, bats, birds and more while enjoying the scenery.

 

Disney Description

Anandapur Royal Forest
Since very ancient times the Rajahs of Anandapur have hunted tigers in this forest. In AD. 1544 King Bhima Disampati decreed the forest a royal preserve closed to all save his guests and built a royal hunting lodge whose ruins lie nearby after 1948. The royal forest was given to the people of Anandapur. Today the forest protects not only the remaining tigers and other wildlife but is a valuable watershed of the Chakranadi River and some of the last remaining virgin forest in this region.

 

Visible Animals

Along the path

  • Banteng
  • Rodrigues Fruit Bat
  • Blackbuck
  • Water Buffalo
  • Sarus Crane
  • White Naped Crane
  • Eld's Deer
  • Komodo Dragon
  • Roechelle Duck
  • Malayan Flying Fox
  • Bar-Headed Goose
  • Lion-tailed Macaques
  • Green Peafowl
  • Asian Tiger
  • Sumatran Tiger

Terrariums in the Bat area

  • Tree Monitor
  • Prehensile-tailed Skink

Animals no Longer in the Terrariums in the Bat area

  • Asia Giant Centipede
  • Blood Python
  • Annam Leaf Turtle
  • Burmese Black Mountain Tortoise

Birds of the Royal Forest (On Spotting Guide)

  • Fairy Bluebird
  • White-Cheeked Bulbul
  • Bartlett's Bleeding Heart Dove
  • Green-Winged Dove
  • Jambu Fruit Dove
  • Mandarin Duck
  • Chestnut-Breasted Malcoha
  • Gold-Crested Mynah
  • Plum-Headed Parakeet
  • Crested Wood Partridge
  • Hooded Pitta
  • Golden Pheasant
  • Great Argus Pheasant
  • Nicobar Pigeon
  • Pied Imperial Pigeon
  • Victoria Crowned Pigeon
  • Masked Plover
  • Black-Collared Starling
  • Metallic Starling
  • Falcated Teal
  • Shama Thrush

Not on the Guide but in the Aviary

  • Green Jungle Fowl

No Longer on the Spotting Guide or in the Aviary

  • Fire-Tufted Barbet
  • Palm Cockatoo
  • White Headed Duck
  • Indian Pygmy Goose
  • White-Throated Kingfisher
  • Stella's Lorikeet
 

Location

Located in the back of the Anandapur Village, to the left of the entrance to Kali River Rapids.

 

Appeals To

This attraction appeals to guests of all ages, especially animal lovers.

 

Times Guide – Opening/Closing

This attraction opens with the park and typically closes at dusk.

The animals may go into their night houses earlier than the closing time for the park when there is an early sunset. On these days, refer to the time guide or in park signage for the closing time. Signage exists near Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail and Maharajah Jungle Trek indicating the closing time for those attractions. Most other animal enclosures will close at around the same time with the exception of Kilimanjaro Safaris which remains open later.

 

Story

Signage at the attraction entrance tells some of the back story created for this walk through:

Since very ancient times the Rajahs of Anandapur have hunted tigers in this forest. In AD. 1544 King Bhima Disampati decreed the forest a royal preserve closed to all save his guests and built a royal hunting lodge whose ruins lie nearby after 1948. The royal forest was given to the people of Anandapur. Today the forest protects not only the remaining tigers and other wildlife but is a valuable watershed of the Chakranadi River and some of the last remaining virgin forest in this region.

The walk through begins with a wooded area that is home to Komodo Dragons. The largest lizard in the world is often seen sunning itself on a giant rock in the middle of the exhibit. Following the Komodo Dragon exhibit is a sign that reads:

Jungle Trekkers Please Apprehend That

Tigers

Are frequently encountered in the ruins ahead.

The bamboo fences line the path that leads to a large grassy enclosure featuring Lion-tailed Macaques. When the walk through opened, the enclosure was originally home to the Malayan Tapir. After the Malayan Tapir passed away the area become home to Bar-Headed Geese, Roechelle Ducks and White Naped Cranes.

The next area features two species of bats, Malayan Flying Foxes and Rodrigues Fruit Bats hanging from a selection of perches. The viewing area is open to the bats, but they will not fly into guest areas. The viewing area also has a couple of terrariums that include smaller animals. There is a chalkboard sign in the area that educates guests on the behaviors of bats:

Inside the covered bat area are two terrarriums that feature a Tree Monitor and a Prehensile-tailed Skink.

The winding path that follows the bat area leads to the first tiger viewing area. Most of the tigers are referred to as "Asian Tigers" because the tigers that debuted in 1999 were not pure bread to an individual species. Additional Sumatran Tigers were added to the enclosure beginning in August of 2014. The first viewing area is elevated and overlooks a grassy area that has been segmented by ruins.

The tigers often play in the water or lie in the grass. Following this viewing area, the path continues through the ruins. A sign along the path re-assures guests:

Although tigers are present in the forest. You will be very safe by walking on the well-traveled path.

The second tiger viewing area looks into a fallen courtyard. This area allows for more privacy for the tigers. On the opposite side of the bridge/path is a viewing area that's often home to Bantengs, Water Buffalo, Eld's Deer, Green Peafowl, Sarus Cranes and Blackbucks. The bridge is decorated with prayer flags that are similar to those found near and on Expedition Everest.

After the bridge, the path leads into the "Red Pavilion" which offers additional glassed in viewing of the tigers before leading into the aviary. A sign guides guests:

Jungle trek continues this way through the red pavilion.

Inside the aviary, a large selection of birds can be seen in the ruins. The remains of an old checkered floor overruns the path as many larger birds can be seen hiding in the brush.

 

Similar Attractions

The Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail is a similar exhibit in scope.

Attractions in the park that feature live animals are as follows:

Rides

Large Shows

Small Shows

Walking Paths

Outdoor Exhibits

Indoor Exhibits

 

Videos

The below video is used with permission from the YouTube channel Virtual Disney World. These videos allow users to manipulate the camera a full 360 degrees using their cursor or directional arrows on their computer. Users on a smartphone or tablet can also manipulate the camera by moving their device in the direction they wish to look.

 

Photos