Say your last goodbye to Little Red. Today the Disney Parks Blog announced some changes are coming to the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Starting this spring, Disney Imagineers will begin the removal of some of the end show elements, including the Audio-Animatronic elephant known as Little Red, to make room for more live animals.
While most of the safari ride offers guests a view of real live animals, towards the end of guests’ “two-week” journey, their safari truck goes on a fast chase, looking for poachers. Guests pass the poachers’ camp, which shows some elephant tusks on the ground, then a truck that houses the “saved baby elephant” named Little Red (pictured above). This part of the ride will be going away to make room for more animals, specifically zebras. The area will be reconstructed into savannah space and feature a new animal watering hole.
The refurbishment is scheduled to begin this spring and be completed by fall. The ride will stay open during construction. No further details were given about the storyline changes, but the attraction is said to still feature a strong conservation message.