Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

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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Daisy’s Best Week Ever, September 7, 2017: A Little Bit of Everything

by on September 7, 2017

Hello, friends! I can’t tell you how happy I am that nothing closed this week at Walt Disney World! 😉 It seems like all I’ve done lately is say goodbye to my favorite, old attractions. So this week I’m saying hello to all four parks, a character meal, and Food & Wine Festival! Let’s get started with a look at Epcot’s iconic entrance all decked out for the festival.

So far we’ve only stopped into Epcot for one evening of Food and Wine goodness. During that visit we tried the Seared Scallops, Truffled Celery Root Purée, Brussels Sprouts, and Wild Mushrooms. It was totally stellar! Of course, you can’t go wrong with a trio of cheeses too. These can both be found in the Future World booths. I’m still adjusting to the festival spreading out all over the park.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom to Introduce the Ultimate Nights of Adventure VIP Tour

by on September 1, 2017

Ultimate Nights of Adventure VIP Tour

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If you’re looking for a great new tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, have I got a suggestion for you! Disney is rolling out the Ultimate Nights of Adventure VIP Tour. With this tour, Guests will be able to experience the magic of nature in a unique way throughout the evening.

During the Ultimate Nights of Adventure VIP Tour, your tour guides will treat you like a VIP as they impart knowledge of the park and its animals while you explore the different lands. You will also get to enjoy certain attractions with FastPass+ access. During the evening, Guests will be able to experience Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey, Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, DINOSAUR, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Rivers of Light. In addition, you’ll be able to dine at Satu’li Canteen in Pandora – The World of Avatar where they will enjoy the sampler option, as well as a beverage. Guests will also receive popcorn.

The tour is only available on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays and lasts for approximately four hours. The cost is $265.19 per person. (Tax is included. Must have valid theme park admission in addition to the tour.) There is a discount available for Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club members and Disney Visa cardholders. Bookings are now available for dates beginning October 1. For more information, call 407-WDW-PLAY.

The Best of Walt Disney World for Grade School Kids

by on August 29, 2017

Welcome back to Part 3 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 and preschoolers. Next up are those fun-loving pirates and princesses, grade school kids (ages 6-12). When checking out the list, keep in mind each attraction that made the cut scored at least four stars by the grade school kids surveyed. Come on, everybody, here we go!

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