Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Official Debut Date for “UP! A Great Bird Adventure” Announced

by on February 11, 2018

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While it was highly suspected, today we have official confirmation. The new Up-inspired bird show for Disney’s Animal Kingdom called “UP! A Great Bird Adventure,” will officially debut on April 22. The show will feature Russell and Dug from the hit film, and Guests will get to see their favorite Senior Wilderness Explorer and his furry friend as they discover bird species from around the world.

It was recently announced that a second show would soon debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom launching a “dino-tastic” celebration, in which Donald Duck takes over Dinoland, U.S.A., in a new character celebration. No official date has been announced for the debut of that particular show just yet.

Stay tuned to the TouringPlans blog for more information about both of these shows.

Celebrate Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s 20th Anniversary With A Path Less Traveled Tour

by on February 9, 2018

A Path Less Traveled

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It’s hard to believe that this year, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be celebrating its 20th anniversary! To celebrate, a brand new, limited-time experience called A Path Less Traveled – Disney’s Animal Kingdom 20th Anniversary Tour. During this tour, you’ll receive an insider’s glimpse at what goes into making the magic of nature come to life at the park. Guests will be able to experience:

  • A Visit to Rafiki’s Planet Watch: Go backstage and learn about the animal care program at our state-of-the-art veterinary hospital. You’ll also get a behind-the-scenes peek at the Animal Nutrition Center, which is where meals are prepared for the more than 1,500 animal residents.
  • Birds Nest Exploration: Check on the homes of the purple martins.
  • Unforgettable Elephant Encounters – Delve into the world of the park’s largest inhabitants during a one-hour Caring for Giants tour.
  • VIP Viewing of Rivers of Light

Experiences will take place throughout the day, but you’ll need to check in at the Curiosity Animal Tours Kiosk at 10:30 a.m. and the tour experience begins at 11:00 p.m. The price is $59 per person, plus tax. Valid theme park admission is not included, but is required for tour participation.

This tour is only available from April 1 through May 5 daily. Tours can be booked by calling 407-WDW-PLAY.

Discovery Island Carnivale at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to Add Characters

by on February 2, 2018

Discovery Island Carnivale

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So if you all don’t know, the Discovery Island Carnivale that takes place nightly at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of my favorite things to do in the park! It includes fun, Caribbean-inspired music from the Viva Gaia Street Band, lots of dancing, entertainment, and more. But now, it’s going to be even more fun as Panchito and Jose from The Three Caballeros will be joining in on the merriment!

The Discovery Island Carnivale only takes place once the sun goes down right in front of Flame Tree Barbecue. Showtimes traditionally take place on the hour.

The duo will be joining the dance party for a limited time, from February 4 through May 5, so if you want to see them, you only have a brief window to do it! But if you haven’t experienced this party yet, make sure you do it on your next trip!

Flights of Wonder to End and New “Up” Themed Show to Debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by on December 13, 2017

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This week, it was announced that the show, Flights of Wonder found in the Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be ending it’s almost 20 year run. Its last performance will take place on December 31.  The show, which took place on the Caravan Stage, featured at least 20 different species of exotic birds displaying fun “tricks” that were all part of their natural behaviors and often included humorous talents. There was also a strong conservation message that was delivered.

Flights of Wonder will be replaced by another bird show, but this time, it will feature Russell and Dug from the Pixar film, Up. The duo will discover species of birds from around the world in their newest adventure. This new show is expected to debut in the spring of 2018.

Stay tuned to the blog for further information about the new show that will be coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Julia’s Best Week Ever, November 2, 2017: Off to Animal Kingdom

by on November 2, 2017

Those who have been following Best Week Ever for the past few weeks have watched me squeeze in “just one more park” before my work schedule changes, making it more challenging to take a quick morning trip to the park. I’d already done Magic Kingdom and Epcot, so Animal Kingdom was the obvious choice. (Sorry, Studios!) After dropping my daughter at school, I headed on to Animal Kingdom. The weather was brisk, and the crowds were as well. Thankfully, I have an annual pass, so off to the passholder line I went. I love this perk!

With most of the crowd going to Pandora, I started making my way to the Safari, but first I stopped to see the river otters. They’re only out for a little bit each morning, but they are so fun to watch. This morning they were running around chasing birds and then jumping into the water for a quick swimming game of tag.

With the animals being in such a good mood due to the cooler temperatures, I figured that I’d have a good Safari ride. It was only about a 15-minute wait and I was off through the wilds of Africa.

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The Best of Walt Disney World for Families

by on October 25, 2017

The Best of Walt Disney World for Families

Welcome back to the final installment Part 7 of my blog series – The Best of Walt Disney World! I hope you’ve enjoyed the last several weeks as I’ve shared with you the top picks in attractions for various groups of travelers visiting the Walt Disney World theme parks. We’ve discussed favorites for babiespreschoolersgrade school kids, teens, adults and seniors. Today we’re going to wrap things up with families. When checking out the list, keep in mind each attraction that made the cut scored a minimum of four stars by at least half of the age groups surveyed and has no height restrictions so that everyone from baby to great grandparents can enjoy it together as a family. Come on, everybody, here we go!

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The Best of Walt Disney World for Seniors

by on October 4, 2017

The Best of Walt Disney World for Seniors

Welcome back to Part 6 of my blog series – The Best of Walt Disney World! In case you missed it, over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing with you the top picks in attractions for various groups of travelers visiting the Walt Disney World theme parks. So far we’ve discussed favorites for babiespreschoolersgrade school kids, teens and adults. Next up are the still-going-strong seniors. When checking out the list, keep in mind each attraction that made the cut scored at least four stars by the seniors surveyed. Come on, everybody, here we go!

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The Best of Walt Disney World for Adults

by on September 27, 2017

The Best of Walt Disney for Adults

Welcome back to Part 5 of my blog series – The Best of Walt Disney World! In case you missed it, over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing with you the top picks in attractions for various groups of travelers visiting the Walt Disney World theme parks. So far we’ve discussed favorites for babiespreschoolersgrade school kids, and teens. Next up are the young-at-heart adults. When checking out the list, keep in mind each attraction that made the cut scored at least four stars by the adults surveyed. Come on, everybody, here we go!

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Julia’s Best Week Ever, September 21, 2017: A Week for the Birds

by on September 21, 2017

Talking with my family on the phone this week, they asked how things were going in the wake of Hurricane Irma. My comment was “Things are business as usual, but not yet back to normal.” We were lucky in that we had very minimal damage (a couple torn screens and a leaning sapling tree), only lost power for 17 hours, and largely went on about our life as usual. Of course my daughter had more than a week with no school, and getting restocked with supplies after the power came back on was challenging, but by and large we did A-OK. We also learned that three people and two cats can rest comfortably in our walk-in closet, which didn’t feel that much smaller than our first DCL stateroom when we traveled with a toddler and seriously overpacked. 😉

To give you an idea of some of the ways that things aren’t yet back to normal in this area, aside from many people (including hard-working Cast Members) who still don’t have electricity more than a week after the storm rolled through, some supplies are still hard to find. This is from late last week–finding a gallon of milk meant calling to a half dozen stores to track one down.

Along the back side of Walt Disney World property, behind the Magic Kingdom, there’s a huge parking lot for Cast Members. The road that runs alongside the parking area still has significant standing water for about 1/8 mile–these are from one week after Irma (and yes, the water is deep enough on the edges to splash it over the hood of a car).

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The Best of Walt Disney World for Teens

by on September 18, 2017

The Best of WDW for Teens

Welcome back to Part 4 of my blog series – The Best of Walt Disney World! In case you missed it, over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing with you the top picks in attractions for various groups of travelers visiting the Walt Disney World theme parks. So far we’ve discussed favorites for babies, preschoolers, and grade school kids. Next up are those thrill-seeking teens. When checking out the list, keep in mind each attraction that made the cut scored at least four stars by the teens surveyed. Come on, everybody, here we go!

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