This week I stopped by the WDW Radio Show as Lou Mongello and I headed out across the savanna for a DSI of Kilimanjaro Safaris!
The Imagineers took several trips to Africa in order to make sure they captured this corner of the world as closely as they could in their own incarnation. They took photos and videos and filled countless sketchpads and journals with as much of Africa as the Imagineers could document. Perhaps one of my favorite pieces is this sketch and description of a bridge found on the Serengeti on 17 April 1993.
In case you can’t make out the handwriting, “Leaving the lodge this morning we discovered a perfect wooden bridge to use for our rickety show bridge. We photo’d and video’d the heck out of it.
“Soon we spotted 2 cheetah just a bit off the road. After watching a while we noticed a baby wildebeest left behind form the 30,000 beast migration that had crossed our path the night before. Before we knew it the cheetah slunk toward the baby and then darted toward it.”
That may be where the page ends, and this type of story unravels every day on the savanna, but the Imagineers were just as intrigued by the animals of Africa as they were by the surroundings. When it comes to the research and conceptual work done for Kilimanjaro Safaris I think that the results speak for themselves, don’t you?