May 14

First Look at the Concept Art for Disney’s Newest Nighttime Show “Rivers of Light” at Animal Kingdom

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Disneyphiles may not get heart palpitations from the thought of the new Avatar addition coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park but the concept art released at this past weekend’s press event held at the Walt Disney World Resort for the new “Rivers of Light” Nighttime spectacular are, well, pretty spectacular.

“Rivers of Light” will be similar in concept to Fantasmic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The show will combine live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery as guests watch from the banks of the Discovery River, between Discovery Island and Expedition Everest.

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!