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San Diego Zoo's Wild Safari Park TR

PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 11:08 am
by SoCalCoasters
Hello everyone! I visited the San Diego Zoo's Wild Safari Park today! The park had a very opposed name change, and was formerly known as the Wild Animal Park.

The park itself has had a very major turnaround over the past few years, going from a very rustic feel, to a modern and updated feel. The only loss was the former tram ride called the WGASA Busch Line. Supposedly the designer of the monorail named it "WGASA", which is an acronym for "Who give a $@#% anyway"...

This in turn caused the downfall of the Asian Area, which has since become nearly abandoned. I did not visit this area during this trip because it's a 30 minute hike uphill with little shade. The only other area was not visited was the Gorillas, because we ran out of time.

Also with the name change came updates all over the park along with new pricing options. You now buy a "Safari" with your ticket. Various options are given including:

Zipline Safari (Flightline)

African Tram Safari (standard Safari, included in ticket price)

Cart Safari (small vehicles get you up closer to the animals)

Segway Safari (Segways with offroad tires that take you into the backroads with an upclose encounter)

Truck Safari (the Safari that allows you to ride in a truck and feed various animals inside the exhibit)

Ballon Safari (A hot air ballon that takes you 400 feet up in the air for a true brids eye view of the park)


All of these attractions are upcharges except for the African Safari which is included in your ticket.

If you intend to visit, I recommend the Zipline Safari, which takes a good two hours, but is absolutely amazing, but for $75 a go...


Anyway, here's all the pictures from the park, enjoy!

Re: San Diego Zoo's Wild Safari Park TR

PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 11:19 am
by xmichellex
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This picture is hilarious!!

Great pictures, thanks for sharing. This looks like an awesome experience - the zip line option sounds so cool!

Re: San Diego Zoo's Wild Safari Park TR

PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 2:47 pm
by DiveMachine
Wow, Great Photo TR! The Zipline option sounds really cool, and I love the fact that they have a lot of different options. Looks like a pretty unique thing.

Re: San Diego Zoo's Wild Safari Park TR

PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 2:55 pm
by QueerRudie
It's interesting to see The Wild Animal Park... SDZWAS... whatever it's name is now compared to my first visit there in 1984... Yes, that long ago. I do remember the Monorail, as it reminded me of the one at Kings Dominion and Kings Island (Anybody have any clue if it too was an Inty Monorail). I also remember (Fondly!) the "There are NO bathrooms on this safari, so use them before you board!' signs all over the place.

Sad to see them go, I can only hope they'll ressurect them again in the future!

Re: San Diego Zoo's Wild Safari Park TR

PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 4:22 pm
by 805Andrew
I haven't been there since my last trip to San Diego in 2005 which included the Wild Animal Park, San Diego Zoo, and Sea World. I've always enjoyed my visits to the Wild Animal Park and almost prefer it over the Zoo as it is more interactive. The WGASA Monorail was my favorite, I'm sad to see it go, as the 45 minute ride gives you a good chance to see animals in their natural surroundings. I know they have a tram now, but its not the same as a monorail. I also really enjoyed the African Outpost section and feeding the Giraffes, feeding the lorikeets, and the butterfly aviary. I'm glad they added a zipline, it looks cool and I may have to try it next time I visit there. I don't know why they changed the name though to San Diego Zoo Safari Park as I thought Wild Animal Park was a better and catchier name.

Re: San Diego Zoo's Wild Safari Park TR

PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 7:20 am
by mrkstinn
great pix! it was real fun to watch your fotoreport))

Re: San Diego Zoo's Wild Safari Park TR

PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 7:29 pm
by Electerik
Thanks for posting this! I didn't even know it existed.

Re: San Diego Zoo's Wild Safari Park TR

PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:35 am
by SoCalCoasters
More pictures!

Sorry these took nearly 6 months to post. :oops:

Re: San Diego Zoo's Wild Safari Park TR

PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:43 pm
by ntweisen
Great pictures! I'm still pissed about the name and tram tour changes. Oh well, guess I should get over it.

Re: San Diego Zoo's Wild Safari Park TR

PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:28 am
by WFChris
Wild Safari Park is really a little gem here in Southern California. It is one of those parks that just can't be covered in one day if you want to check everything out. Especially if somebody in your group becomes fixated on a specific display, like the banzai trees.