Friday, August 24, 2012

A birthday to celebrate at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

From The Disney Parks Blog

A year ago today, we welcomed our newest elephant calf Jabali to the Disney’s Animal Kingdom family. Jabali has been out on the park’s African savanna since he was only two weeks old. Since that time, guests have enjoyed seeing him and the rest of the elephant herd when they ride the Kilimanjaro Safaris or experience the Wild Africa Trek.

image copyright Disney


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Beastly Kingdomme; what might have been…

Many hardcore disney fans, myself included, always get a little disappointed when we see that dragon head at the entrance to the Animal Kingdom. For those of you who don’t know (and I am sure there are not many of you reading this that don’t), there was to be a land in the Animal Kingdom themed to mythical animals, like dragons and unicorns. It was to be built where Camp Minnie-Mickey currently sits. The Camp was supposed to be merely a temporary land until Asia was completed and construction of the Beastly Kingdomme could begin in earnest.  It seems the Disney execs felt another land was needed for the opening of the park to help with the anticipated heavy crowds so they threw together the idea of Camp Minnie Mickey on the fly.

But the Beastly Kingdomme was to be truly amazing. Here’s an early release from Disney as to what the land was to be:

“Beastly Kingdom is the realm of make believe animals, animals that don’t really exist, out of legends, out of fairy tales, out of storybooks. Like our legends and fair tales about imaginary animals, this land is divided into realms of good and realms of evil.

The evil side is dominated by DRAGON’S TOWER, a burned, wrecked castle inhabited by a greedy, fire breathing dragon. He hordes a fabulous treasure in his tower chamber. The castle is also inhabited by bats who speak to us from their upside down perches. The bats have a plan. They enlist our help trying to rob the dragon and fly us off on a wild chase. At last, we meet the fire-breathing dragon himself and barely escape un-barbecued.

The good side of this land is ruled by QUEST OF THE UNICORN. An adventure which sends us through a maze of medieval mythological creatures to seek the hidden grotto where the unicorn lives. There is also FANTASIA GARDENS. A gentle musical boat ride through the animals from Disney’s animated classic, “Fantasia.” Both the crocodiles and hippos from ” Dance of the Hours” and the Pegasus, fauns and centaurs from Beethoven’s “Pastoral” are found here.”

Other details have been rumored from its original concepts. It is thought that the bridge leading to the area was to be guarded by a troll underneath. There was to be a Mother Goose shop. Perhaps coolest of all, there was to be an outdoor eatery surrounding a small pond. Every so often faint bagpipes would be heard and the loch ness monster would surface from the center of the water.

Unfortunately, Disney execs wanted to make sure that Dinoland was there for the opening and before the Beastly Kingdomme could be built, the funds for it were pulled. But is it gone forever?

by Safari Mike
Twitter: @JamboEveryone

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Jambo Everyone Launches!

New Jersey, August 10, 2012 - Jambo Everyone! is a brand new online celebration of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, created by fans, for fans, and all about an amazing and immersive vacation destination.

The launch of Jambo Everyone! offers readers a taste of what is to come in the future of this new Disney World related fan site.  It includes all of the latest news from Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the Animal Kingdom Lodge, and the efforts of Disney’s Worldwide Conservation Fund.  There is also the “Jambo Blog” where readers will find a sounding board for the website’s contributors, all of whom are former writers for the Mouse Extra blog, to talk about everything Disney related.

The centerpiece for Jambo Everyone! is the photo gallery.  For years, the staff has been compiling their favorite images from this beautiful theme park, and at the time of launch only a small portion of those photographs have been posted.

A real treat for the wildlife enthusiast is the adventures of Safari Mike, Jambo Everyone’s own resident naturalist and wildlife guide.  Safari Mike served as a volunteer guide at the Bronx Zoo for decades, and now brings his enthusiasm and expertise on the subject to Jambo Everyone!

Readers will also find a page devoted to attraction information and tips, and also one on dining reviews.  Plans for the site include much more, such as a soon-to-be launched Facebook page and an area dedicated to our Little Adventurers.  But readers will simply have to check back to see what’s in store.

Jambo is Swahili for “Hello” and it is our welcome to you and all of our fellow fans of Disney's Animal Kingdom.  Have A Wild Time!