Rivers of Light to Open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Feb 17, 2017

Rivers of Light to Open at Disney's Animal Kingdom Feb 17, 2017

The much anticipated Rivers of Light will finally debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World on February 17, 2017.

Rivers of Light is a 15-minute show combining live performance, floating set pieces, a soaring musical score, fountains and more in a celebration of animals and nature on the Discovery River inside the park.

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Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks Now Open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks are now open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom near Mt. Everest.

Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks at Disney's Animal Kingdom

The Trek Snacks menu offers pastries in the morning, such as assorted muffins and Danish, croissants and an indulgent chocolate twist.

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Disney Announces Big Changes Coming to Animal Kingdom at #D23 EXPO 2015

Since its opening in 1998, Disney’s Animal Kingdom had pretty much been a daytime park. Announcements made at this weekend’s D23 EXPO 2015 are set to change that.

Disney's Animal Kingdom - Pandora World of Avatar

As part of the largest expansion in the park’s history, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will immerse guests into the world of Pandora, and the entire park will transform after dark with new nighttime entertainment experiences, offering guests longer days than ever before to experience this one-of-a-kind theme park.

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Starbucks Opens at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Donating Portion of Flat White Lattes Sales to Charity

It’s official, Starbucks has made its way into each of the four Walt Disney World parks with the opening of its outlet at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Starbucks Opens at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Guests to the park can enjoy Starbucks beverages at Creature Comforts on the Discovery Island area, as well as breakfast sandwiches and pastries, as well as treats crafted by Disney chefs.

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Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Officially Opens Today!

Today, May 23, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will officially open their new Harambe Market for guests to enjoy.

Harambe Market at Disney's Animal Kingdom

This area will offer a variety of African-inspired street food and beverages via four walk-up windows. Food items include a Kabob Flatbread sandwich, Skewered Chicken, Corn Dog with Chickpea Salad, and Spice-Rubbed Karubi Rib.

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New Africa Marketplace Coming Spring 2015 to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Africa Marketplace

Disney’s Animal Kingdom already does a great job of replicating the experience of being in Africa, while actually being in Florida, but a new expansion will soon build on that adventure.

Coming in spring 2015 is Africa Marketplace, which will provide a shopping and dining area in Harambe, the village area of the Africa section of the park. With the opening of this, will be a new pathway from Africa to Bradley Falls and the Asia section of the park, to help with guest flow.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Shows New Tree of Life Carvings

Disney's Animal Kingdom Shows New Tree of Life Carvings

If you’ve ever been to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you’ve seen the iconic Tree of Life anchoring the center of the park. It has been there since the park opened in 1998, but recently there have been walls around it as work was being done.

In the early morning hours of Feb. 7, construction walls around the Tree of Life came down, revealing bold, outstretched roots and newly revealed animal carvings.

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Walt Disney World Celebrates Africa During Harambe Nights at Disney’s Animal Kingdom This Summer

Harambe Nights

Harambe Nights, which features a new theatrical production based on the classic Disney film “The Lion King,” will debut June 7, 2014 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

A 55-minute theatrical extravaganza, “The Lion King Concert in the Wild” uses celebrity narrators, a live orchestra, choir and special effects to present the story of Simba’s coming of age.

Harambe Nights

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Walt Disney World Raises Ticket Prices Again Starting February 23, 2014

Effective Sunday, February 23, a Walt Disney World ticket will cost you more again, as the theme park raises it’s prices for the second time in less than a year.

Walt Disney World ticketDisney will hike the price of a Magic Kingdom one-day ticket to $99, up $4 from last summer’s price increase.

Meanwhile a one-day ticket to Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios will increase to $94, up from $90.

These new ticket prices will be reflected on the Walt Disney World website starting Sunday. Of course, there will still be discounts for multi-day tickets, but those will go up as well.

For more information, visit DisneyWorld.com/tickets.

What do you think of this latest price increase? Do you still feel Disney is worth the price?

Walt Disney World Releases Artist Renderings of AVATAR-Inspired Land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Walt Disney World, AVATAR

One of the biggest changes coming to the Walt Disney World parks is the addition of a land inspired by James Cameron’s hit film AVATAR.

It’s been two years since the project was first announced, and this week, Disney has offered up artist renderings of what to expect.

Walt Disney World, AVATAR
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Welcomes First Masai Giraffe Born at the Park

This summer, Disney’s Animal Kingdom welcomed its first Masai giraffe calf to be born at the park. The male baby has been named Mosi, by the readers of the official Disney Parks blog.

He recently stepped out with his mother onto the savanna at the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction. Isn’t he adorable?

Disney's Animal Kingdom, Masai giraffe

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Celebrate 4th of July at Walt Disney World

Earlier this week, we mentioned that Walt Disney World was hosting a week-long Independence Day Limited Time Magic promotion. If you’re planning to visit the parks on July 4, you can also expect to enjoy these events.

Magic Kingdom fireworksMagic Kingdom:

  • “Celebrate a Dream Come True” Parade will have additional characters during the week, as Goofy, Donald and Pluto dressed as a colonial fife and drum corps join a spirited procession down Main Street, U.S.A, prior to the parade. The will be joined by the Main Street Philharmonic, Citizens of Main Street and Walt Disney’s historic horse-drawn calliope.
  • “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” takes place at 9pm and features 14 minutes of fireworks.


  • Discovery Experiences at American Adventure will feature Disney characteers adorned in patriotic dress, from 11:30am to 2:30pm and again from 3:30pm to 6pm.
  • Enjoy live entertainment in the America Gardens Theatre with the Voices of Liberty Fourth of July concert, which also includes the Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps and Disney characters. Shows are at 12:30pm, 1:45pm and 3pm.
  • Special show times for Slippery When Wet (Sounds Like Summer concert series) on the Fourth of July are 5:15pm, 6:30pm, 7:45pm and 9pm.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

  • The “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration” will begin at 6pm, with a DJ at the Sorcerer Hat stage. Mulch, Sweat & Shears takes over, with sets at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm, with a special “rock’n’roll” fireworks presentation at 10:15pm.

Walt Disney World theme park hours for July 4 are: Magic Kingdom 9am-11pm; Epcot 9am-10pm; Disney’s Hollywood Studios 9am-10pm; and Disney’s Animal Kingdom 8am-7pm.

All 4th of July events are including in regular park admission.

Walt Disney World To Raise Ticket Prices on June 2, 2013

Walt Disney World ticketWalt Disney World has announced they are raising ticket prices as of June 2, 2013.

With Universal Orlando raising their base one-day ticket prices last month, it was only a matter of time before WDW did as well. What is unusual is that not all of their one-park/one-day passes have gone up the same amount.

For Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, a one-day/one-park ticket will now cost $90 (plus tax). However, Magic Kingdom’s one-day/one-park ticket will now cost $95 (plus tax).

Yup, the MK one-day/one-park ticket will now cost $5 more than the other three parks. Maybe to help pay for the New Fantasyland expansion?

A full list of all the new prices can be found at the official Disney blog.

Will these new prices impact your plans to visit Walt Disney World?

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Celebrates 15th Anniversary on April 22, 2013

wdw-ak-15thannlogoHard to believe, but Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be celebrating its 15th anniversary on April 22, 2013 – which also happens to be Earth Day.

They have a slew of special events and opportunities for guests to enjoy throughout the day, including:

  • Special opening ceremony – Meet at the Tree of Life at 8:40 a.m., to hear from Josh D’Amaro, Vice President of Disney’s Animal Kingdom; Dr. Jackie Ogden, Vice President of Animals, Science and Environment. 
  • Earth Day “Party for the Planet” festivities – Special interactive activities that focus on animals and nature will take place throughout the park from 9am-5pm.
  • Artists and other vendors will present their work in Africa and on Discovery Island, which will be available for purchase.
  • Opportunity to purchase special 15th anniversary merchandise, available in limited quantities.
  • Special food & beverage.

The 15th anniversary celebration is included with regular park admission.

I remember visiting the park right before it opened in 1998, and it’s grown into quite a fun park, especially if you love animals.

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