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Meet The Tigers of Maharajah Jungle Trek at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom


Disney’s Maharajah Jungle Trek Tigers

Animal Kingdom’s Maharajah Jungle Trek self-guided tour attraction feels like a walk through ancient ruins in Nepal, India, Thailand and Indonesia. The architecture, animal carvings and ruins were painstakingly recreated by Disney’s Imagineers in an effort to replicate what they experienced in their travels to Asia before designing the park. About 1,700 animals and 250 species of amphibian, birds, reptiles, and mammals make Animal Kingdom their home. What I want to focus on today, however, is Panthera Tigris (also known as the Asian Tiger).  The Maharajah collection consists of six female tigers. These furry femme fatales stand as the living breathing embodiment of Disney’s mission to delight guests while educating them on the importance of animal conservation, care, education and research.

So What do You Need To Know To Get The Best View of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Tigers?


The early bird gets the…tiger?

I can’t stress this enough: Get there early. These tigers sleep. A lot. (Like, most of the time.) Especially when it’s hot. Think of your little house cat and how much s/he sleeps. If you get there early, the cats are fresh and ready to frolic!

Preparing to frolic!

Preparing to frolic.

Have patience. People tend to walk away if they don’t see a tiger immediately. With a little perseverance, the girls will appear for you and put on a great show.

Sure, they look ferocious but, trust me, they are playing.

“Grrr…I don’t wanna play. It’s hot.” “Oh, sure you do. C’mon…*nudge nudge*”

Get that camera snapping! Getting a great photo of a tiger doesn’t come easy. Snap a bunch. You can always delete. I mean, you don’t want to miss a photo like this do you?

Look at those fangs! Just a friendly reminder to ease up. (You know how sister can be)

Say cheese!

Last, but not least, enjoy these incredible animals. These big cats typically live in forests and grasslands. Their stripes make them difficult to spot. In Animal Kingdom, they are right there in front of you! Sadly, humans are the tiger’s only predator. They are illegally killed for their fur and (this is not for the squeamish) their penises, which are thought to be aphrodisiacs. Humans also destroy the tigers’ habitat.  As a result, tiger numbers have decreased and these gorgeous felines are on the endangered species list. Interpol has even gotten involved. You, too, can do something to help by picking up one of these symbolic adoption kits (so cute!) from the World Wildlife Fund for a donation as little as $9 a month. According to the WWF: “Since 1900, the estimated number of wild tigers has declined from 100,000 to as few as 3,200. Your symbolic adoption could mean the difference between survival and extinction for species and wildlife around the world.”


Save us! (I mean, look at these faces.)

One more bit of advice: Tigers love to swim and they love to eat. So if, by chance, you don’t take my advice to get up early…or that pesky alarm clock doesn’t go off, there’s one more option. Make the Tiger Exhibit your last stop of the day. You can often find the whole family playing in the fountain or hanging out near the door to their private sanctuary, awaiting dinner.

Along with thrilling rides, entertaining attractions, animal exhibits, a safari adventure (more great photos ops, early in the day, so get a Fast Pass+), a Broadway-style musical and Disney’s trademark parades, Maharajah Jungle Trek makes Animal Kingdom a fantastic day trip destination! Click here for a printable map of the park and here for hours and more information.



Have You Visited Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom And The Maharajah Jungle Trek?

What was your experience like? Would you like to go? What do you think of the Asian Tigers? Don’t be shy! Leave a comment in the box below. Don’t forget to follow the blog to keep up on all latest posts. You can also like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter , Google + and Pinterest.

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Safe and happy travels,



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  1. Reply Penny @onepennytourist

    Love Maharajah Jungle Trek, it’s a must-do every trip (just like the Safari).

    One of my favourite memories was watching a sleeping one the paving stones beside it’s ornamental pool – she woke up, stood up, and did a very slow yawn and stretch, just like a thousand household kitties do every day. It was amusing seeing these huge, beauties doing something so very familiar.

    You got some great photo’s of them playing together there, really lovely to see :)

    • Reply Erin

      Thanks Penny. The same thing struck me; how much they act like house cats. You just long to cuddle them. (Which, of course, would be a very bad idea ;P)

  2. Reply Laura

    wow those tigers are so beautiful you’re so lucky to get to see them up close. Great advice about getting up early!

    • Reply Erin

      I know, it was hard to take the photo cuz I was like “SQUEEE! Is this really happening?” Glad you enjoyed, Syd.

  3. Reply Bob R

    Really beautiful animals.I’ll always have mixed feelings about keeping animals in captivity but would love to see these gals up close at least once.

    • Reply Erin

      I hear you on that. I guess if I’m going to trust anyone to keep tigers and teach conservation, it’s Disney. Let’s hope that trust pans out. Unlike Sea World, which I was never a fan of (and now DESPISE).

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  5. Reply Amber Ray

    I love Disney World, period, but adding tigers to the trip is even better! You’ve got some great shots as well! Love it :)

    • Reply Erin

      I know they would eat me in an instant, if they had the chance, but they are still so darn adorable! Love that they were playing like tiny little house cats. Thanks, Samantha :)

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