May 13

A New Place to Meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Welcome Guests to Adventurers Outpost

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse welcome Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests to their new exploration headquarters, Adventurers Outpost, on Discovery Island. The all-new indoor retreat is the perfect spot for guests to meet the globetrotting duo as they get ready to set off on their next adventure.

Aug 12

Animal Kingdom Celebrates a Tiny One Pound Monkey

Cotton top tamarin disney animal kingdomAugust 15th, is the official Day of the Cotton-top Tamarin in Colombia so Animal Kingdom has created a celebration for guests to enjoy.  Get ready to participate in a variety of activities from learning how scientists track tamarins in the forest, what cotton-tops like to eat, and how people in Colombia are helping to recycle plastic bags into amazing tote bags called eco-mochilas.  But a cotton-top tamarin celebration wouldn’t be complete unless you learned the cotton-top tamarin dance and enjoyed a tasty cotton-top tamarin cupcake

Sometimes called the “punk rock primates” because of their wild manes of white hair that outline their black faces, their numbers are dwindling because of habitat loss and the pet trade. Because of efforts by Dr. Anne Savage, Conservation Director for Disney’s Animal Programs and other conservationists, the cotton-top tamarin has been added to the critically endangered species  list, giving them international protection from the federal government to prohibit them from being hunted or captured.

Guests can see cotton-tops in Discovery Island in a habitat in front of the Tree of Life and also at Rafiki’s Planet Watch in Habitat Habit!, a fun and educational wildlife trail between the Wildlife Express Train and Conservation Station. Cotton-tops have been on exhibit at Disney’s Animal Kingdom since 1998 and serve as ambassadors for the species so that guests can better understand the importance of conservation efforts to help protect them.

Jun 10

Extinct Walt Disney World Attractions Tribute Video

Epcot's SMRT-1 Robot from Sperry

Epcot’s SMRT-1 Robot from Sperry

While Dreamfinder and Figment tug on my heart strings and I wish I could take a trip up that outside conveyor belt one more time and through the World of Motion…I do so very miss my beloved SMRT-1 Robot. He was my favorite!

Which one of these do you miss the most?

Nov 09

Have You Seen the Asian Otters at Disney’s Animal Kingdom?

Asian OttersAnimal Kingdom…I must admit that I don’t get out there as much as I do some of the other Walt Disney World parks.  One of my favorite things to do when I eventually make a trek out to Animal Kingdom is to visit the Asian Otters…one of Animal Kingdom’s Overlooked Attractions.  They are so playful and highly entertaining. (and you don’t even need a FastPass!) :o  If you haven’t taken the time to visit this small but whimsical family, make it a point to do so on your next visit.  You’ll be glad that you did.

The otter trio is located on the southwest side of Discovery Island.  There are two distinct sections to the otter viewing area. The first section is located down a flight of stairs and gives you a view of the family from below the waterline.  The second viewing area can be found at the top of the handicapped ramp and will give you a view from above the waterline.  This is, in my humble opinion, the better area for viewing. You can watch the family dip in and out of the water as they play and chase each other on and off their island home.

Pop in and see Mr. and Mrs. Otter and their pup on your next trip to Animal Kingdom and tell them Amanda sent ya!

Oct 09

Walt Disney World FastPass Machines Have Character – Part Four

Yes folks…its the fourth and final installment of this blog series. You’ve already gotten a peek at the FastPass Machines in Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Now let’s journey on to Disney’s Animal Kingdom…

FastPass Machines at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

As we make our way into Animal Kingdom through the Oasis and over the bridge to Discovery Island, the first attraction we encounter is “It’s Tough to Be a Bug”. I absolutely love this 3D experience! And what a great way to sit, relax, and cool off on a HOT day!  The queue line for the show starts at the base of the Tree of Life, the centerpiece for Animal Kingdom, and winds along through its carved root system, leading guests into the trunk of the tree where the theater is housed.  It’s no surprise then…that the FastPass Machine for “It’s Tough to Be a Bug” would resemble the bark of a tree.  “It’s Tough to Be a Bug” FastPass Machines have character!

Its Tough to Be a Bug FastPass

Next stop…DinoLand U.S.A.!  The “Dinosaur” attraction, formerly known as “Countdown to Extinction” is set within the Dino Institute.  The Dino Institute is a research facility and the FastPass Machines match the exterior architecture of the building.  Dinosaur FastPass Machines have Character!


Another attraction in DinoLand U.S.A. …which is slightly more “Kid Friendly” and an integral part of Chester and Hester’s Dino-Rama, is Primeval Whirl.  In this attraction, you board a whimsical Time Machine for a thrilling trip back in time! Back to the time of the dinosaurs.  As a complement to the time travel theme, the FastPass Machines are decorated with clocks. The day that I visited was a light traffic day and all of the machines were covered. A very nice cast member agreed to pull back the shade on one machine so that I could take a picture for you. Primeval Whirl FastPass Machines have Character!

Primeval Whirl FastPass

Our next stop is Animal Kingdom’s most popular attraction. If you’ve been to the park and you like coaster rides, I’m sure you’ve encountered this machine. It’s the Expedition Everest FastPass Machine. (Did you know that Disney’s Mt. Everest is the tallest of the Disney Mountains.) This attraction is set in the remote village of Serka Zong in the fictional kingdom of Anandapur.  The Royal Anandapur Tea Company has vacated and been replaced by a trekking outfit that takes hikers on journeys throughout the Mountain region.  The FastPass Machine looks as if it could be one of the storage chests left by the Tea Company.  Expedition Everest FastPass Machines have Character!

Expedition Everest FastPass

Time to get wet on Kali River Rapids!  This attraction is a rafting expedition along the Chakranadi River and the FastPass Machines look like part of the wooden dock that leads you to the start of your journey! Kali River Rapids FastPass Machines have Cahracter!

Kali River Rapids FastPass

Our final stop on our FastPass Tour of Animal Kingdom is my favorite ride…Kilimanjaro Safaris!  This ride is a two-week safari…and what do you take on safari? Why… chests with supplies of course…and it looks like these explorers didn’t pack light! One needs a lot of things on safari, so the FastPass machines resemble the luggage of the day. Kilimanjaro Safaris FastPass Machines have Character!

Kilimanjaro Safaris FastPass

The Disney Imagineers put so much thought into every little detail at the Disney Theme Parks.  There are days when I just walk around for hours observing the landscape (and people) and will not get on a single ride.  I have been hundreds of times and always notice something that I hadn’t noticed before on each and every trip.  I hope that this blog series has shed a little light on these somewhat overlooked Disney Gems.

Thanks so much for reading my blog! I appreciate you!

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