I have been fortunate to ride Kilimanjaro Safaris dozens of times since Animal Kingdom opened back in 1998. However, it was usually the first attraction we would hit in the morning. Every time we would ride past the male lion, he would be asleep. I was beginning to wonder if he might have just been a big stuffed animal! However, on our most recent trip, we rode the Safaris near the end of the day, around 5:00 pm. For the first time, I saw this majestic animal wide awake and pacing on his habitat of giant boulders. It was an amazing site, especially because there are no man-made fences between us. If you want to experience the male lion in all of his glory, I highly suggest riding late in the day.