Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Disney's Animal Kingdom News for January 18, 2017: New baby otters

Baby Otters: Lots of animal news recently at the park. This week Disney has begun exhibiting baby small clawed otters on the Tree of Life trails. The pups were born a few months ago but now can be seen on stage.



Celebrity sighting?: Safari Mike will be heading down to the world this week. So make sure you are on the lookout for him. And don't be shy, make sure you say hello.


Park Hours for this week are....
Thursday January 19 9 am- 7:30 pm
Friday January 20 9 am-7:30 pm
Saturday January 21 9 am- 7:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Sunday  January 22 9 am- 7:30 pm
Monday January 23 9 am- 7:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Tuesday January 24 9 am- 7:30 pm
Wednesday January 25 9 am-7:30 pm

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Dangers of Africa

There are some great graphics along the Gorilla Falls trail. At the hippo exhibit, there is this gem showing 2 of the most dangerous animals in Africa. 


The hippo is extremely unpredictable and territorial. So when small boats or other animals get close, they get angry, and in the water they are fast and dangerous. The nile crocodile is also dangerous and both these animals have been known to kill humans. 

By Safari Mike 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Disney Animal Kingdom News: January 11, 2017: New Animals at the park

New Elephant Baby: Disney has recently announced the birth of Stella, a new baby African elephant born to Donna. Donna became pregnant in January 2015. Yes, that's right, 2015. This is Donna's third calf, with the 2 previous babies born in 2005 and 2010. The herd now numbers 10 elephants with three males and seven females. Stella is on exhibit periodically be on the lookout.

photo courtesy of Disney

New Experiences: Disney will be testing some new animal experiences around the park. Disney has an agreement with Natural Encounters, Inc. to provide small animal encounters. Testing will mostly occur off hours but it is possible that some testing will occur during park operating times. Testing areas are said to include Dinoland, Discovery Island and Harambe. Live animal demonstrations could include birds, reptiles and small mammals.




Park Hours for this week are....
Thursday January 12 9 am- 7:30 pm
Friday January 13 9 am-7:30 pm
Saturday January 14 9 am- 7:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Sunday  January 15 9 am- 7:30 pm
Monday January 16 9 am- 7:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Tuesday January 17 9 am- 7:30 pm
Wednesday January 18 9 am-7:30 pm

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Episode 103 of Radio Harambe - Our 2017 DAK Wishlist

It's our first podcast of the New Year and that means we present our wishlist of what we would like to see at Disney's Animal Kingdom in 2017. Dave and Safari Mike each get six choices, 3 little, 2 medium, and one big and then they get to throw in a bonus wish for the rest of Walt Disney World. They also look back at how their repsective lists panned out from last year. If you have any questions or comments about the show, feel free to email us at jamboeveryone@gmail.com. Asante Sana and Happy New Year!


The guys also discussed the passing of their friend Alan Mize, and here is the link to a GoFundMe drive being held to benefit the college education for Alan's daughter. Thank you

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Disney's Animal Kingdom News for January 4, 2017: Avatar date?

A potential opening date: WDWNT got a hold of Florida resident 3 and 4 day ticket offers. Often times, because these are significantly cheaper tickets, Disney blocks out dates such as around the Christmas holiday and spring break. This year the tickets are blocked out at the Animal Kingdom from May 27th until June 9th. Speculation is that the Memorial Day is the current target date for Pandora opening. Perhaps it is a bit of leap, but we shall see.



Album for 2017: I love Disney music. Who doesn't really? And Disney has plans to release the Rivers of Light and Awakenings show's scores on CD early next year. Be on the lookout for it, I've heard the music, it's fantastic.



Churros: Speaking of love, churros are back at Disney's Animal Kingdom after being gone for nearly a year. They can now be found at Dino Bites over in Dinoland.


Park Hours for this week are....
Thursday January 5 9 am- 7 pm
Friday January 6 9 am-7 pm
Saturday January 7 9 am- 7 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Sunday  January 8 9 am- 7:30 pm
Monday January 9 9 am- 7:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Tuesday January 10 9 am- 7:30 pm
Wednesday January 11 9 am-7:30 pm

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Disney Animal Kingdom News for December 29, 2016: More Pandora

Disney Parade: One of the (few) highlights of this year's Disney Christmas Parade was the video clip showing us some more glimpses of the upcoming Avatarland. There was nothing earth shattering, but some interesting details were given. Orlando Park News put up some stills here. The 3 most interesting tidbits involve the landscape and the rides. You got quite a few looks at some of the plant life of the land as well as close ups on the floating mountains. There was scenes of executives testing out the boat ride. And we all love boat rides. Finally, there was a peek at the simulator. If you look close, it seems you can see the "banshees" lined up. The theater is very Soarin'-like but instead of seats, you have rows of what looks like bicycle machines.





Park Hours for this week are....
Thursday December 29 8 am- 8:30 pm
Friday December 30 8 am-8:30 pm
Saturday December 31 8 am- 8:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Sunday  January 1 9 am- 7 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Monday January 2 9 am- 7 pm
Tuesday January 3 9 am- 7 pm
Wednesday January 4 9 am-7 pm

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Episode 102 of Radio Harambe: 2016 Year in Review at DAK

It's time to look back at the year that was 2016 at Disney's Animal Kingdom as Dave and Safari Mike discuss all the biggest news stories and changes at their favorite Walt Disney World Park this last year. If you have any questions or comments about the show, please email us at jamboeveryone@gmail.com. Asante Sana and Happy New Year!
 

Jambo House 1 Bed Room Suite

We recently spent a few days in a one bedroom suite at the Jambo House DVC wing. And let me tell you, we love this set up as its a great and spacious room. 



First of all the balcony is huge covering the space of 2 full rooms. Want to have a few guests? This would be a great spot to relax. The bedroom itself has plenty of space. 



I wanted to give you some photos of what the room looks like to help decide if you really want to use the extra points for this place. Honestly, I think its worth it but, of course, it truly depends on the points available to you.



The bedroom is located down a small hall from the living room and kitchen across from a large bathroom. One of the best features is the laundry appliances available in the room. This means for a week stay you don't need to pack for a week. Let the laundry go while you enjoy the parks since it your room, you don't have to sit there waiting for it.


The living space has a nice table with a large screen TV.


The kitchen has plenty of space to actually cook. To be honest, we never do that on vacation but its there.


Moving to the bathroom, you can see its plenty big.


The decor, of course, sticks with the look of the resort as a whole with great dark woods and African art.


The chairs, tables and other pieces follow this aesthetic. I for one love these mirrors.


And there is always outside...

Obviously the best part of the room is the view. I mean this can't be beat. 

By Safari Mike 


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Disney's Animal Kingdom News for December 21, 2016: Breakfast option for the holiday

Breakfast at Restaurantosaurus: From now until the end of the year, you will be able to get breakfast at Restaurantosaurus. Basically, it serves waffles with a topping bar including chocolate, caramel, banana foster topping, strawberry sauce, and the like. Yogurt and and cereal is also available. This type of service is typical with the incredibly heavy crowds of the holiday season.



Avatarland Update: We got some new aerial views of the construction of the Pandora section of the park. You can check them out over at WDWMagic. As you can see, work on the building is moving along rapidly as they are closing in on the opening time of Summer 2017. The landscape is really starting to take shape.


New AP holder entrances: All the parks debuted a new express entrance for exclusive use by Annual Passholders. Apparently, these will only be in use during the busiest times of the year such as Christmas week, mid summer and spring break. Considering how crowded it can be to enter the park, it is a nice little perk.


Park Hours for this week are....
Thursday December 22 9 am- 7:30 pm
Friday December 23 9 am-7:30 pm
Saturday December 24 9 am- 7:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Sunday  December 25 8 am- 8:30 pm
Monday December 26 8 am- 8:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Tuesday December 27 8 am- 8:30 pm
Wednesday December 28 8 am-8:30 pm

Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas At AKL

In my opinion, Christmas at the Jambo House at the Animal Kingdom Lodge is about as good as it gets. The blending of  animal and African themes with Christmas decor makes for a slightly unusual festive experience. I cannot thank the wonderful Cassie (@DoleWhipSwirl) enough for taking all of these fantastic pictures. 


The tree is absolutely amazing.


And I love the little Christmas boxes. 




Garland and wreaths are found throughout with great animal and animal print ornaments. Speaking of ornaments...






I love the style of these adornments.


Here is some more great shots from around Zawadi Marketplace.







Finally, a couple of more shots from the impressive lobby. Thanks again to Cassie for bringing a little Christmas to the blog this year.



I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday season. 

Safari Mike 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Disney Animal Kingdom News for December 14, 2016: A return

The Paroon Shark Catfish Has Returned: The trail leading up to the Tree of Life is now open. And, thankfully, we have the return of the amazing Paroon Shark Catfish. These gigantic freshwater fish are from 2 river basins in Indochina and critically endangered. So, its good to see its return. Thanks to Belle (@belle599) for the photo.


DisneyNature film: The next DisneyNature film is called "Born in China." It will focus on a giant panda family as well as a golden monkey and snow leopard family. Disney has announced that the narrator will be John Krasinski of The Office fame. Disney also has announced that donations will be made for every ticket sold, just like with past similar films. In this case, Disney will donate to the World Wildlife Fund to help protect the wild panda and snow leopard.



Park Hours for this week are....
Thursday December 15 9 am- 7 pm
Friday December 16 9 am-7 pm
Saturday December 17 9 am- 7 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Sunday  December 18 9 am- 7:30 pm
Monday December 19 9 am- 7:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Tuesday December 20 9 am- 7:30 pm
Wednesday December 21 9 am-7:30 pm

Sunday, December 11, 2016

The new Macaques

The lion tailed macaques are now out at the Maharajah Jungle Trek. Their exhibit is located just past the komodo dragon and before the bat house. A special thanks to friend of the show and blog Ken (@DisneyDad611) for these pictures of the new additions to the park.



This is a perfect example of what we would like to see come to the Animal Kingdom. An interesting animal (although to me they all are) and one that needs awareness.



The lion tailed macaque has 2 distinguishing features. One is the black tuft at the end of their tail, much like a lion, and hence the name. But there is also that impressive silver mane. One has to wonder why they are not called the silver mane macaque.



These primates spend the vast majority of their life in the canopy eating fruits, leaves and small invertebrates. They are only found in the Western Ghats of Southwest India which has been listed as one of the "hottest hot-spots" for biological diversity.



Thanks to their naturally limited range and the abundance of farms destroying habitat, they are endangered, and rank as one of the rarest monkeys in the world. It is estimated there are only about 3000 of them in the wild.



It is hoped that Disney can add to the population as they have 3 females and 1 male in the troop. In the wild, hierarchical groups usually have many more females than adult males, so this group is not unusual. But those groups do typically number around 10 to 20.

By Safari Mike