Posts Tagged ‘Disney’s Animal Kingdom’

Take Part in The Lion Guard Adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by on February 5, 2016

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Have you heard of the Disney Junior show, The Lion Guard? Well beginning this Sunday, February 7, Guests who visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be able to become an honorary member of the Lion Guard with The Lion Guard Adventure.

The Lion Guard Adventure is a self-guided experience that encourages Guests to protect the environment and care for animals. Guests can do this by finding small statues of some of the characters from the TV show.

To take part in the fun, Guests may pick up a Lion Guard Adventure map at one of the following locations:

  • Oasis: The Outpost
  • Discovery Island: Island Mercantile
  • Africa: Zuri’s Sweets Shop, Mombasa Marketplace, and the Festival of the Lion King merchandise cart
  • Asia: Maharajah merchandise cart
  • Rafiki’s Planet Watch

Guests will be able to find the following statues throughout the park: Kion (lion), Fuli (cheetah), Beshte (hippo), Ono (egret), Bunga (honey badger). Once you have found all the statues, you will need to return your map to Rafiki’s Planet Watch where you will take a special pledge to become an honorary member of The Lion Guard and receive a special button.

This opportunity will take place through early April.

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Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 1/26/16

by on January 26, 2016

I’m back again! Looks like we have quite a few small nuggets for you all today that can help you with you next trip. These nuggets range from all four parks, as well as a few of the resorts too.

  • Habit Heroes at Epcot’s Innoventions has officially closed.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at the Magic Kingdom will be closed for a lengthy refurbishment, from April 4 through sometime in July 2016.
  • The Writer’s Stop is officially on the chopping block for Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Flights of Wonder at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is closed for two months, until March 17. The attraction will be gaining the addition of a permanent roof over the seating area.

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Zootopia Exhibit Coming To Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by on January 20, 2016

Zootopia exhibit at Disney's Animal Kingdom

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If you’re looking forward to the upcoming movie Zootopia, you’ll soon be able to experience an all new Zootopia exhibit in Conservation Station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This exhibit will show Guests some of the behind the scenes research that took place in the creation of the film.

The exhibit will feature characters from the film, as well as images from the extensive, behind-the-scenes research the filmmakers conducted to learn more about animal behaviors, personalities and movements. Matter of fact, due to the fact that while making every Walt Disney Animation Studios film begins with research, the movie’s team actually visited the Animals, Science and Environment team at Disney’s Animal Kingdom back in March 2014 to learn more about animals and their habitats.

This exhbit opens at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on January 29. Guests who are excited about the film can also catch a sneak preview of Zootopia at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the end of One Man’s Dream. Zootopia opens in theaters on March 4.

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Additional Details About New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World

by on December 30, 2015

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New Year’s Eve is rapidly approaching and as we say goodbye to 2015, there are a few things you should know about celebrating at the theme parks of Walt Disney World. Disney is the ultimate party atmosphere on New Year’s Eve, so you want to make sure to get the most out of your experience. Here’s what you should know, both in general and park by park:

General Tips:

  • If possible, eat at off-peak times. Avoid dining from noon-2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Stay in the parks after midnight to avoid the rush to the parking lot.

Magic Kingdom:

  • There will be two fireworks show on December 30 and 31: Holiday Wishes New Year Celebration – 6:30 p.m. and Fantasy in the Sky – 11:50 p.m.
  • Guests will be able to experience special dance parties on both December 30 and 31. One in Frontierland from 7:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. and one at the Castle Stage from 9:30 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.
  • Complimentary cookies and cocoa will be available for Guests on December 31 from midnight until 1:00 a.m. at Columbia Harbour House and at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.
  • Hats and Horns will be distributed on December 31 beginning at 4 p.m. in the following locations, while supplies last:
    • Near Splash Mountain
    • Near Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
    • Tomorrowland Speedway
    • East FastPass+ viewing lawn

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Newsworthy Notes – 12/18/15

by on December 18, 2015

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The busiest season is upon us at Walt Disney World, so because of that, I want to make you aware of a few changes and refurbishments that will be taking place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom going forward.

  • From December 26 through January 2, guests looking to make FastPass+ reservations will be able to do so at a kiosk in Asia across from the Yak & Yeti Restaurant. In addition, two other kiosks have moved locations. The Africa kiosk is now located near Harambe Market entrance; it is no longer located near the Dawa Bar. In addition, the Discovery Island kiosk has been moved to the front of the new Riverside Depot store.
  • Some of the outdoor dining kiosks throughout the parks have changed names. They are as follows:
    • Terra Treats – located on Discovery Island. Previously known as the Allergy Kiosk and provides allergy friendly items and dining tips.
    • Mahindi – located in Africa. Previously known as the Harambe Popcorn Cart, serving popcorn and Jungle Juice slushes.
    • Caravan Road – located in Asia. Previously known as Bradley Falls, serving edamame and Asian noodle salad.
    • Warung Outpost – located in Asia. Previously known as Upcountry, serving margaritas.
    • Chakranadi – located in Asia. Previously known as Maharajah Pretzel, serving pretzels, roasted nuts, and beer.
    • Eight Spoon Café – located on Discovery Island. Previously known as Beastly Kiosk, serving pretzels and pastas.
    • Smiling Crocodile – located on Discovery Island. Previously known as Gardens Kiosk, serving lemonades and salads.
    • Feeding Ground – located on Discovery Island. Previously known locally as DI Popcorn, serving beer and popcorn.
  • Seasonal surprise entertainment offerings will take place on Discovery Island for Guests to enjoy from December 20 through January 2 between 12:30 p.m. through 7:30 p.m.

 

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Updates for Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by on December 8, 2015

Disney's Animal Kingdom's Tree of Life

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There are quite a few new additions that are coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom here within the next week. Here’s what you can expect to see when visiting.

The Riverside Depot, a 4,700 square foot merchandise location connected to Disney Outfitters opened today. The location is themed to animals that live around and in rivers and is your stop to purchase Disney character souvenirs. Because of this new merchandise location opening, after the holiday season, Disney Outfitters will be closing for a refurbishment.

Also, the pathways around the Tree of Life will be closed for refurbishment from now through the first few months of 2016. Because of this, Tarzan will be moving to an area near Island Mercantile.

Over at Kilimarjaro Safaris, a new species has been added to the mix. Guests will have the chance to see a pack of six  painted dogs, who are joining the savanna. Unique to Africa, these rare animals are among the continent’s most endangered species and are easily identifiable by their oversized ears and unique multi-colored coat patterns.

Finally, on December 12, Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks is set to join the line-up of dining options when it opens in Asia. The location will offer grab-and-go snacks along with alcoholic, as well as non-alcoholic beverages.

That’s it for the major updates to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Things are rapidly changing to get ready for the transition of this park into a right full day experience.

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10 Ways To Have Free Family Fun At Disney World

by on December 7, 2015

Disney Phineas and Ferb: Agent P's World Showcase Adventure

Enjoying a little free family fun!

Walt Disney World can be expensive. You know that, I know that. But what if I were to tell you that there are lots of ways to add some magic to your Disney World vacation for absolutely free? That’s right folks, I’m going to share with you 10 of my favorite ways to have family fun around the resort without spending an extra penny.

So without further ado, let’s enjoy some free family fun and save some money!

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

Location: Magic Kingdom

The Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is an enchanting interactive game where you use spell cards at magic portals to defeat Disney villains. Kids and gamers alike love this experience, especially because they can collect and keep the spell cards.

A Pirate’s Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas

Location: Magic Kingdom

During A Pirate’s Adventure join Captain Jack Sparrow on an interactive adventure raiding hidden treasures throughout Adventureland. There are five different missions, each taking about 20 minutes to complete. There is no time limit on the missions, so they can be started and stopped at your leisure. This is a lot of fun for the whole family and each adventure sets off some exciting special effects scattered throughout Adventureland; especially great at night.

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A look into the future: Walt Disney World 2025 – part 1

by on November 27, 2015

What’s 10 years? When you’re young, it seems like forever. For me, now solidly in middle age, 10 years can seem to pass in the blink of an eye.

In theme park terms, a lot can happen in the span of a decade. Take the 10-year period of 1989-1998, when Walt Disney World opened two theme parks: Disney-MGM Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom; two water parks: Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach; and a dozen resort hotels: Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club, Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter, Dixie Landings (Port Orleans Riverside), Disney’s Vacation Club Resort (Old Key West), All Star Sports, All Star Music, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn and Villas, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and Caribbean Beach Resort.

No one can expect that kind of progress over the next 10 years. But combining what we know is coming to Walt Disney World with the needs and opportunities at Disney’s Florida park can provide some clues to what we can expect to see in the year 2025.

In this, the first of two posts, we will look at the theme park experience. In part two, we’ll look at future resorts and transportation changes.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom: By 2025, Pandora – The World of Avatar is eight years into its existence and has been bolstered by three sequels to the highest-grossing film of all time produced by James Cameron. This land, along with the Rivers of Light nighttime spectacular and the evening version of Kilimanjaro Safaris, have transformed Disney’s Animal Kingdom into a full-day park, increasing its attendance past Epcot. A year after the opening of Pandora, Expedition Everest was taken down for an extended refurbishment in which the dormant Yeti was finally restored to its full glory. Meanwhile, a re-imagined DinoLand USA has just opened, taking its cues from Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” and including a kid-friendly dark ride alternative to DINOSAUR.

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Disney’s Hollywood Adventure?: As strong as attendance is at Animal Kingdom, it’s still behind Magic Kingdom and, yes, Disney’s (insert name here for the renamed park). Star Wars Land has had a Potter-esque impact on this park, jumping attendance so much that an expansion of the five-year-old land is already in the works. With the continued success of the new Star Wars films, shows and games, Imagineers have even more material from which to draw. The addition of Toy Story Land has also spurred further Pixar expansion talk that could either be a version of Radiator Springs Racers or the long-rumored Monsters Inc. Coaster. Meanwhile, Aerosmith has company on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, as other artists are enlisted for the pre-show and soundtrack, which rotates throughout the day to give riders different experiences.

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Flights of Wonder at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Added As FastPass+ Option

by on November 20, 2015

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Disney has been changing up their FastPass+ options lately. Earlier this week, Brian shared that Epcot would be seeing some major changes what with Soarin’s upcoming refurbishment, as well as with the closure of Captain EO.

Now, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be seeing a FastPass+ change as well with the addition of Flights of Wonder into the mix. Beginning on November 25, Guests will have the opportunity to choose the exotic bird show as one of their three experiences. This educational show combines live animals, a conservation message, and humor.

FastPass+ Attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom (as of November 25)

  • DINOSAUR
  • Expedition Everest
  • Festival of the Lion King
  • Finding Nemo – The Musical
  • Flights of Wonder
  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost
  • Primeval Whirl

As a reminder, Guests who visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom have the option to choose from any of the FastPass+ attractions available to make up their first three FastPass+ selections.  For more information about using FastPass+ at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, make sure to check out our tips page.

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Tiffins Restaurant Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by on November 20, 2015

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom‘s expansion is rolling on and today Disney announced a brand new signature table service restaurant called Tiffins will be opening its doors on Discovery Island, next door to Pizzafari.

Tiffins, which is an Indian English word that means a midday meal or a type of container used to carry food while traveling, will celebrate the diverse art of traveling. (The artwork looks fabulous, by the way!)

The table service restaurant, which will be open for both lunch and dinner will feature a diverse menu that draws from places that inspired the creation of the park. Tiffins will also include waterfront views from both indoor and outdoor seating areas.

The restaurant will be opening in the spring of 2016 around the same time as the debut of Rivers of Light, as well as the nighttime version of Kilimanjaro Safaris.

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