Monday, May 29, 2017

Episode 113 of Radio Harambe: Radio Pandora News

It's time for us to pretty much rename the podcast Radio Pandora! Once again it seems the planet full of big blue aliens has taken over Radio Harambe as this week's news show seems to be all about Avatar.


We also sprinkle in some stories from the rest of Disney's Animal Kingdom and Walt Disney World. If you have any questions or comments about the show, email us at jamboeveryone@gmail.com

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Disney's Animal Kingdom News for May 24, 2017: Avatar Dedication

Avatar Dedication: Today Disney had their dedication ceremony for the new land. Bob Iger and James Cameron both gave brief speeches. Joe Rohde as well as members of the cast of the movie were also in attendance. Frankly, the whole thing was a bit ho hum but check it out for yourself here.

Photo courtesy of Disney 

Long Hours: Saturday marks the opening of Pandora for everyone and hours get extended by quite a bit. Take a look at the schedule below. Also, Rivers of Light will play three times a night with performances at 9:15, 10:30 and 11:45. The last of which is part of the daily evening extra magic hours. It will be interesting to see how well attended that last show is, check back for more information.



Park Hours for this week are...
Thursday May 25 9 am- 9:30 pm
Friday May 26 9 am-9:30 pm
Saturday May 27 8 am- 11 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, evening 11 pm to 1 am
Sunday  May 28 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Monday May 29 4 8 am- 11 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, evening 11 pm to 1 am
Tuesday May 30 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Wednesday May 31 8 am- 11 pm Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am


Friday, May 19, 2017

Update on Extra Extra Magic Hours

As noted earlier this week, Disney is planning on keeping the park open for additional 2 hours every night for resort guests at the Animal Kingdom during the summer. This is in addition to the 2 extra magic hours in the mornings per week.



Initially, Disney had planned to keep this "extra" extra magic hours to just Pandora. However, in anticipation of big crowds, Disney just announced additional attractions that will be open every night from 11 pm to 1 am from May 27 to July 4.



It is a rather strange group of attractions. The evening shows, Tree of Life Awakenings and Rivers of Light, will continue throughout that time. Expedition Everest will also be available. Primeval Whirl, Triceratops Spin and the Fossil Fun games will be open but not Dinosaur. Presumably, Harambe will shut down because the only added entertainment is the Discovery Island Carnivale.



Also, select food and merchandise locations will be open.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Disney's Animal Kingdom News for May 17, 2017: Hours and Grants

Daily Extra Magic Hours: Of course, most of the talk surrounding the Animal Kingdom is the impending opening of Pandora the World of Avatar. The land has had numerous cast member, media and annual passholder previews already. And once the land officially opens to all on May 27th you should keep in mind if you are a resort guest, the land will be open for extra "extra" magic hours, 11 pm to 1 am every single night from opening until July 4th.



Conservation Grants: Disney released the recipients of the Disney Conservation Fund grants. For some some of that information, you can click here. More than $7 million in grants went to a wide range of groups. The amounts varied for each organization. Including even a smaller but vital grant to a young teen trying to preserve mangrove trees.



Short Day: Among all of these extended hours, you should take a look at the park closing time on May 24th just a few days before Memorial Day. The listed time is 3:30 in the afternoon. Presumably, the park is shutting down for another big media event. But if you are down there this week, please keep this in mind.


Park Hours for this week are...
Thursday May 18 9 am- 9:30 pm
Friday May 19 9 am-9:30 pm
Saturday May 20 9 am- 10 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Sunday  May 21 9 am- 9:30 pm
Monday May 22 4 9 am- 9:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Tuesday May 23 9 am- 9:30 pm
Wednesday May 24 8:30 am- 3:30 pm

Monday, May 8, 2017

Episode 112 of Radio Harambe - Pandora Preview

Today we have our comprehensive preview of "Pandora: The World of Avatar" opening in just a couple of weeks at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Safari Mike takes the reigns and rides solo again as Dave tries to stay spoiler free ahead of his upcoming trip to Walt Disney World. If you have any questions or comments about the show, feel free to email us at jamboeveryone@gmail.com. Asante Sana!
 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Disney's Animal Kingdom News for May 3, 2017: Avatar opens

Map on the App: On My Disney Experience, you will now find the entire map of the land available to you. You can see the location of the rides as well as all the food and drink areas, and the shop. You can also see there are a lot of random trails in around the mountains. It seems very similar to the Tree of Life trails.



New shake: a new alcoholic milkshake has appeared at Trilo-Bites, the kiosk just on the outskirts of Dinoland heading towards Flame Tree BBQ.  The Smoky Bones Chocolate shake adds candied bacon and bourbon to a chocolate ice cream shake. I plan on trying this considering my adoration for Tipsy Ducks in Love over in Epcot.  

Avatarland media preview: I am sure you have all seen the media previews for the new land. Extensive videos can be found of the landscape and the queue of the Flight as well as portions of the Na'vi boat ride. For a short time, the entire boat ride was available but that has since be taken down. You can find videos of the shaman AA that has received some significant praise. And its very impressive for sure, which is good because at least on video the remainder of the ride seems relatively ho hum. Disney describes it as the most technically advanced AA in the world.


photo courtesy of Disney 

Park Hours for this week are....
Thursday May 4 9 am- 9:30 pm
Friday May 5 9 am-9:30 pm
Saturday May 6 9 am- 9:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Sunday  May 7 9 am- 9:30 pm
Monday May 8 4 9 am- 9:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Tuesday May 9 9 am- 9:30 pm
Wednesday May 10 9 am- 9:30 pm

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Disney's Animal Kingdom News for April 27, 2017: Return of the Anteater

She's an Anteater: Now that construction is almost completed at the nearby Pandora area, it has been determined that the anteater can return to her exhibit at the Oasis. The species is the giant anteater, a ground dwelling animal of the South American grasslands.



Rivers of Light reduced: Spring break is over so Rivers of Light is going back to one show per night until May 26th. It is no coincidence that the production will return to 2 nightly shows as Avatarland opens. Right now Disney is only saying the event will be twice nightly until July 4th but if the new Avatar land is as popular as expected, that will likely change.



Park Hours for this week are....
Thursday April 27 9 am- 9:30 pm
Friday April 28 9 am-9:30 pm
Saturday April 29 9 am- 9:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Sunday  April 30 9 am- 9:30 pm
Monday May 1 4 9 am- 9:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Tuesday May 2 9 am- 9:30 pm
Wednesday May 3 9 am- 9:30 p

Monday, April 24, 2017

Kangaroos at the Tree

With the recent refurbishment, the red kangaroos were absent from the front of the Tree of Life. But a few months ago, they returned.  I am throwing out a couple of recent quick videos of them,



The red species of kangaroo are the largest. They are therefore, the largest mammals found in Australia. They are very common in the grass and scrub lands of the western and central areas of that continent.



They are not endangered. However, there is a kangaroo harvesting industry in Australia, which due to the animals incredible popularity is somewhat controversial

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy Earth Day Photo Montage

Happy Earth Day everyone. In celebration, I am just going to let some pictures speak for themselves. And Happy Birthday DAK 




















See ya real soon!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Disney's Animal Kingdom News for April 19, 2017:


A New Pandora Video: Disney continues its full court press of social media advertising for the upcoming land at the park. This time the video is about the plants and animals of the land. As you can see from the video here, the focus is really on plants, even ones that interact with guests.

photo courtesy of Disney 


Maharajah Tiger and other refurbs: Some refurbishments will be going on right before the opening of Avatar. The tiger exhibit will be closed until May 5th. The Serka Zong Bazaar at the end of Everest is undergoing some work (but will remain open) until May 12th. Also, the fast pass plus queue for the safaris will be altered through May 12th, as well.





Park Hours for this week are....
Thursday April 20 9 am- 9:30 pm
Friday April 21 9 am-9:30 pm
Saturday April 22 9 am- 9:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Sunday  April 23 9 am- 9:30 pm
Monday April 24 9 am- 9:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Tuesday April 25 9 am- 9:30 pm
Wednesday April 26 9 am- 9:30 pm

Monday, April 17, 2017

Episode 110 of Radio Harambe: 10 Things You Never Knew About Gorilla Falls

How well do you know the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail? Maybe not as well as you might have thought. On Today’s show, Safari Mike presents us with 10 Things You Never Knew about the former Pangani Forest area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. If you have any questions or comments about the show, feel free to email us at jamboeveryone@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Disney's Animal Kingdom News for April 12, 2017: Pre Order Your Bluefood

Mobile Ordering: Pretty soon you will be able to order from 15 counter service restaurants using your My Disney Experience app. You will be able to order from the menu and pay all through the app. Once you are at the eatery, you will hit the "I'm Here" icon and you will be notified when you can pick up your items. The new Avatar themed Sa'tuli Canteen is a restaurant on the list as is Flame Tree BBQ, Pizzafari, and Restaurantosaurus. We know this will be ready by Memorial Day when the Sa'tuli will begin operating, but the start dates for the currently operating places is not determined.

photo courtesy of Disney


Look Behind the Tree: We love the Tree of Life Awakenings show, and apparently so does everybody else. Until now, the show itself has been visible only from the "front" of the park icon. That is, the projections were displayed on the park entrance side. Soon, however, it appears there will be projections behind the Tree, as well, being visible from the path between Africa and Asia. No start date has been announced.



Na'vi Translators: So apparently the Na'vi don't have a written language. In order to help guests learn the language, the park will offer translators and card packs for purchase to help you learn the language of the natives of Pandora. You will able to purchase all of this in Windtraders, the merch spot.



Missing Tree: The tall tree outside of Flame Tree BBQ across from the entrance to It's Tough to Be a Bug has been removed. In its place is a tiny little palm tree.


Park Hours for this week are....
Thursday April 13 9 am- 9:30 pm
Friday April 14 9 am-9:30 pm
Saturday April 15 9 am- 9:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Sunday  April 16 9 am- 9:30 pm
Monday April 17 9 am- 9:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Tuesday April 18 9 am- 9:30 pm
Wednesday April 19 9 am- 9:30 pm