10) Landing the job
Have you ever wondered what it’s like working at Kilimanjaro Safaris? Employed cast members must complete training through DAKlamation—the official mandatory class for all new hires at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. In case you were wondering, the “DAK” stands for Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and the suffix denotes that this is park “acclamation” training. Because Disney is known for delivering such optimal service, everything is covered in the training, from equipping cast members with all the detailed facts and tidbits they may be asked about by visitors to knowing all the various practices, procedures, and different courses of action to take. Kilimanjaro Safaris cast members in particular are instructed in carrying out many diverse roles, serving as safari vehicle driver, group greeter, and taking on other tasks that may be required. Before escorting guests on safari, drivers must go through a specific checklist for preparing the vehicle. This includes checking the tires, ensuring all gauges and electrical components are in working order, and that the vehicle is in optimal condition all around. The assigned duties and positions rotate throughout the day, so it’s vital for all cast members to be well versed and ready for whatever their shifts may bring.
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