Posts Tagged ‘Disney’s Animal Kingdom’

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Nighttime Festivities Begin Memorial Weekend

by on April 20, 2016

While Rivers of Light may be delayed for who-knows-how-long at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney has announced that they will begin showcasing their nighttime events staring this Memorial Day Weekend.

In the interim, while the issues delaying Rivers of Light are being addressed, a temporary nighttime show will take place on the Discovery River. The show, which will take place during the summer, will take it’s influence from the recent release of the live action version of The Jungle Book. Called Jungle Book: Alive with Magic, this limited-engagement show will include music and special effects that celebrate the film and the classic songs, while being infused with an Indian flair.

In addition, the other nighttime elements that had previously been announced will also debut Memorial Day Weekend.  They include:

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  • Kilimanjaro Safaris After Dark – Enjoy the attraction in the evening thanks to special lighting that will allow guests to explore the savanna even in the nighttime hours.  Plus, there are two new species to discover: African wild dogs and hyenas.

 

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Celebrate Earth Day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with Party for the Planet

by on April 15, 2016

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While Rivers of Light may not be debuting now on Earth Day (April 22) there is still going to be a party for Guests to experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The Party for the Planet, which is presented this year by Disneynature, will celebrate and encourage Guests to connect with nature by participating in exciting and engaging activities.

Guests will be able to learn about the world around them, enjoy special food offerings (I smell cupcakes), purchase unique merchandise, and even meet a rare character. Each land in the park will feature a unique activity to help celebrate.

In the Oasis, Guests can uncover little known facts about animals featured in the live action version of “The Jungle Book.” Also, in celebration of the film’s release, Guests can take photos of “The Jungle Book” sand sculpture through April 24.

Over in Discovery Island, Guests are invited to discover the size of their environmental footprint and learn some new ways you can make it smaller to protect our planet. Guests will also be able to meet Imagineer Joe Rohde. Joe will be at Discovery Trading Company from 1:00 p.m – 2:00 p.m. signing original art and the new Disney Conservation Fund book. A wristband is required to meet Joe Rohde.  A limited number of wristbands will be distributed at the time of art or book purchase at Discovery Trading Company on April 22. Wristbands are available while supplies last. In addition, Boiled Books will be selling stationery items stained with real plants and flowers (from April 20-24) and the Fairy House Ladies will sell fairy houses made from material found in nature (from April 21-24).

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Tusker House Dining Review

by on April 8, 2016

As we continue to wait patiently for all of the new nighttime offerings at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we also carry on in our look at dining options at the park. I recently reviewed many of the park’s popular quick service options, and today, we continue our dining adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s popular character meal at Tusker House Restaurant. I dropped in for late solo dinner a few days ago to see how the food compares to other dining options around the park and Walt Disney World, and was pleasantly surprised with the meal from start to finish.

First step: getting to the restaurant. If you’ve never been to Tusker House, it’s not super intuitive – the check-in desk is hidden just behind the covered seating area next to Dawa Bar, adjacent to the walkway to Festival of the Lion King, and just across from Tamu Tamu Refreshments in the Africa section of the park. Luckily, Disney has placed a few signs along the path to help guide you to the desk, where a cast member will greet and check you in, then give you a buzzer or take your phone number to text you once your table is ready. At that point, I was led to the outdoor waiting area just behind the desk, full of chairs and benches (and complimentary water to help cool you off on a hot day!). After a short wait, my phone alerted me that my table was ready, and I was led from the second check-in desk to the inside of the restaurant, where the seater acquainted me with the sprawling (and gorgeous) buffet area and led me to my table in a neighboring room. Both the Cast Member who seated me and my server helpfully explained from which direction the characters (Mickey, Daisy, Donald, and Goofy) would come and how they’d move around the room to reach my table, which was really great to know – I could better plan when it was safe to leave the table to grab a plate of food without missing anything.

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Best (and Worst) Attractions to Get Stuck On

by on April 6, 2016

Thankfully, I had the good sense to bring some reading material along just in case I got stuck

Thankfully, I had the good sense to bring some reading material along just in case I got stuck

It happens. You’re right in the middle of an attraction, and everything just grinds to a halt.  Sometimes you’re down for a few seconds, sometimes it’s several minutes, and sometimes you actually have to be evacuated from the ride.  I was talking with someone in line on a recent trip, and he relayed a story where he spent an hour at the crest of the big drop on Splash Mountain before eventually having to walk off of the attraction without experiencing its climax.  To me, that seems like a pretty awful way to spend an afternoon, and it got me to thinking — what are the best and worst attractions at Walt Disney World to find yourself so stuck that you actually have to exit the ride using your feet? This article attempts to answer this pressing quandary that I suspect most of you had never bothered to contemplate before.

Here are the parameters of the challenge: you’ll be in the midst of the ride, and then at either the most or least optimal moment, the ride will stop moving, although the effects and show elements other than motion will continue to work. You’ll thereafter spend 30 minutes plus whatever time it take to get you rescued in that spot, and then you’ll either be ushered out by Cast Members, or extracted from the ride if necessary. Shows that you could just stand up and leave do not count (i.e., you cannot get “stuck” at Hall of Presidents). Also, you should assume that any momentum-based ride (e.g. roller coasters) is going to come to a natural resting place, such that you won’t be stuck upside down or in the middle of a steep hill.

So, without further ado, let’s go!

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Rivers of Light and Other Nighttime Experiences Delayed for Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by on April 5, 2016

Today, I bring some bad news. Disney announced that the Rivers of Light nighttime show, as well as the other nighttime experiences for Disney’s Animal Kingdom have been delayed and will now NOT be debuting on April 22, as it was previously announced that they would.

Details about the nighttime event are expected to be released in mid-late May, with no exact date listed any longer.

For those who are unaware, Rivers of Light is the upcoming nighttime experience that is set on the Discovery River in the Asia section of the park and will feature two storytellers who guide you through an ancient lantern festival. There will be large floats of animals, water, fire, and more.

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©Disney

 

Rumors have persisted that Rivers of Light was seeing technical difficulties and would potentially cause delays.

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New Details About Tiffins Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by on March 31, 2016

Can I just tell you how excited I am about the upcoming restaurant, Tiffins, that is slated to open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the Discovery Island section of the park? (For those who are unaware, the restaurant is named after a lunch tin used by travelers.) The signature restaurant will feature dishes inspired by African, Asian, European, and American cuisines.

The newest Walt Disney World table-service restaurant is part of the biggest expansion in the history of Disney’s Animal Kingdom and will offer dishes inspired by the world travels of the park’s creators.

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Tiffins specializes in the theme of travel which can be seen and felt everywhere you look. When you enter the rustic front doors, you’ll come upon an enormous map of the globe.  There restaurant will seat 252 people and will be separated into three different sections – The Trek Gallery will focus on Asia, the Safari Gallery will focus on Africa, and the Grand Gallery will focus on the animals that Disney protects through the Disney Conservation Fund.

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Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 3/25/16

by on March 25, 2016

Spring is here and the busy Spring Break season is upon us! That means we have a few news notes that I need to share with you all to make your upcoming trips better. Here are the details you should be aware of, especially if you’re traveling to Walt Disney World this weekend:

 

  • Looking for an Easter-inspired cupcake at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? You’re in luck! Guests can pick up a white chocolate raspberry Thumper specialty cupcake at the following locations through April 14:
    • ABC Commissary
    • Backlot Express
    • Catalina Eddie’s
    • Fairfax Fare
    • Rosie’s All-American Café
    • Starring Rolls Café
    • Trolley Car Café
  • Guests who would like to play Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure at Epcot will now have the option to use their own smartphone. Guests may still opt to receive a F.O.N.E. or Field Operative Notification Equipment to help maneuver through their mission as well, if they choose, but for the first time, Guests will have the option.

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What to Expect With New Live Entertainment Offerings at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by on March 25, 2016

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©Rikki Niblett

Details are slowly trickling out about the new nighttime experiences that will be a part of Disney’s Animal Kingdom beginning on April 22. Last week, we learned about what Guests can expect with Kilimanjaro Safaris. We now know some more information about what Guests will be able to experience during the nighttime entertainment offerings.

Each night, there will be two evening parties. The Discovery Island Carnivale invites Guests into a dance party experience that features Latin drumming and worldly rhythms. The Discovery Island Carnivale will occur on Discovery Island. The Carnivale will celebrate the magic of nature and will include Spirited Islanders, who are dancers and stilt walkers; The Viva Gaia band; and Danza del Arpa, a Paraguayan harpist.

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Updated Details about the Nighttime Safari for Kilimanjaro Safaris

by on March 17, 2016

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©Rikki Niblett

April 22 is quickly approaching! That’s the day the new nighttime safari debuts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom as part of Kilimanjaro Safaris. (Along with a few other things, such as Rivers of Light, the Tree of Life Awakening, Discovery Island Carnivale, and Harambe Wildlife Street Parti.) The nighttime experiences are certainly going to transform this park into a whole new experience.

Of course, one of the more unique aspects of the evening options is what will occur with Kilimanjaro Safaris and how they will transform the attraction into a nighttime experience, as well as what Guests should expect when visiting the attraction in the evening hours.

Kilimanjaro Safaris won’t be billed as a new attraction, but instead it is simply an extension of the hours the attraction will be open. Thanks to some great technology, the attraction will appear as though it is constant sunset.

One thing to keep in mind, for those of you who are planners is that the attraction itself will unfortunately have no set start time for the nighttime option, since it will depend on what time the sun set is nightly. However, the everlasting sunset is expected to last approximately 4-5 hours each evening. 

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How Disney’s Animal Kingdom is Preparing for Rivers of Light

by on March 10, 2016

The most under-appreciated theme park in Walt Disney World is about to be the proud recipient of a brand new nighttime spectacular that promises to be unforgettable.  Rivers of Light is set to debut on Earth Day, April 22nd, the 18th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Disney has begun releasing more details about the show, its themes, and major visual elements. In fact, they held a brief chat on the Disney Parks Blog to share some information about the show and its development. I also visited my favorite Walt Disney World theme park a few days ago and checked out the construction of the show’s amphitheater. Finally, there’s some other preparations being made in the park to get ready for the arrival of Rivers of Light.

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Disney reveals more details about Rivers of Light

Disney recently released a few videos showing footage of technical rehearsals as well as construction of some of the shows key floats. In case you’ve missed the concept art and basic storylines, Rivers of Light will take place on the lagoon in between the back edge of Discovery Island and Asia, essentially in front of Expedition Everest. Fountains, water projection screens, lighting, floats, boats, and live performers will bring this spectacle to life. Even the parks icon, the Tree of Life will become part of the show. If for some reason you are really wanting to stay away from any spoilers whatsoever then it may be best to skip ahead to the next section regarding the amphitheater construction.

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