Thursday, May 30, 2013

Jungle Jim's Animal Portraits; Waiting on a Friend

Jungle Jim has sent us another of us animal portraits.  This one is of a female White-Cheeked Gibbon who seems to just be sitting here waiting for a friend to come along.


Anyone who has visited the Maharajah Jungle Trek or the Kali River Rapids has probably stopped for a moment to watch these guys swinging around their habitat.  They are hilarious fun to watch, and when you have finished visiting the Asia attractions do yourself a favor and observe them for awhile.  To learn more about the White-Cheeked Gibbon check out Safari Mike's report on them.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Disney's Animal Kingdom News Round-Up for May 29; Guns and Rumors

Loaded Gun Found on Dinosaur Ride Vehicle:  Yes, you read that correctly.  According to a story from the Orlando Sentinel, a guest boarding the Dinosaur ride found a loaded semiautomatic pistol that apparently slipped out of the pocket of another guest who had just exited the ride.


The interesting thing to keep an eye on in the coming weeks is if this event changes the security screening procedure at the front gates of Disney parks.  We'll keep you posted if we hear of any thing.

Rumors About Details of the new Wilderness Explorers Game:  You've likely heard about the upcoming Wilderness Explorers game coming to DAK this summer.  Today, rumors are circulating that it should open in June and that the game's headquarters will be located on the Discovery Island bridge.


Park Hours for this week are...

Wednesday: May 29 9am - 7pm
Thursday: May 30 9am - 7pm
Friday: May 31 9am - 7pm
Saturday: June 1 9am - 8pm (Extra Magic Hour 8-9am)
Sunday: June 2 9am - 7pm
Monday: June 3 9am - 8pm (Extra Magic Hour 8-9am)
Tuesday: June 4 9am - 8pm

Check Out Kenny the Pirate for this week’s Entertainment Schedule!

Attraction Closures:
no current closures

Have A Wild Time this week!!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

You Too Can Look This Good!

Time for a shameless plug for our official travel partner, Jennifer Greene of Destinations in Florida.  And there is no doubt from the photo below that she certainly earned it!


We seriously love Jennifer!  She does an amazing job delivering Disney vacations for folks, and if you book via this website, she will make a donation to our Conservation Effort.  But besides all of that, she also has AMAZING taste in clothes!!

Now, to get one of those shirts, go to zazzle.com/jamboeveryone and customize your own shirt.  Remember that 50% of the profits also go to our Conservation Partners.

A Closer Look at the Adventurer's Outpost

Today we have some photos of the Adventurer's Outpost, the brand new meet-and-greet location for the safari-clad Mickey and Minnie Mouse.


The Outpost takes the place of the old Beastly Bazaar store in Discovery Island.  And while many changes have been made to the inside of the building, the exterior has been largely left untouched.


Even the inside of the building has not changed much.  Remember these little details from the old Beastly Bazaar?


They seem to have simply added some nice photos and details, but the interior walls look like they always have, which is not at all a bad thing.  But it certainly does lead one to wonder why this took so long to open...


However, they certainly have put some thought into these new details, and some of them are really nice.  Is this the best themed meet-and-greet specific location in Walt Disney World?


And, of course, the payoff is to meet the first couple of Walt Disney World, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, appropriately clothed in their best exploring outfits.  I love the backdrop created here.


Our thanks to Jen Greene of Destinations in Florida, official travel agent of Jambo Everyone for providing these photos.  Drop Jen a line to get a quote or book your next WDW vacation or Disney Cruise.  Every trip means a donation to our Conservation Partners

by Dave McBride (twitter: @davemcb1897)

Monday, May 27, 2013

Quick Peek at Dinoland

Here's a quick look around the underappreciated Dinoland, USA. This is Chester and Hester's tribute to the nearby Dino Institute. We love this area for its incredible theming and awesome gift shop. Plus, Primeval Whirl is a lot of fun.

 

by Safari Mike (twitter: @JamboEveryone

Friday, May 24, 2013

Turning Disney's Animal Kingdom into a Night Destination; Rafiki's Character Safari


Today we continue our examination of how we would turn Disney’s Animal Kingdom into an awesome nighttime destination.  While some of our ideas are admittedly a bit farfetched from a budget standpoint, today we look at one of our more cost-effective proposals.

The common answer to the question of why Disney’s Animal Kingdom closes so early is that the animals need to “go to sleep” at night.  While I am fairly certain that in actuality the animals “rest time” is not at all factored into the equation, I do understand the need to close Kilimanjaro Safaris at night due to the “free roaming” nature of the animal habitats.  That leaves a big gap in the Harambe night entertainment offerings.


However, I do think Disney is not factoring in ALL of the animals they can have “on stage” during the night hours.  Which brings me to my next idea for making DAK a prime nighttime destination, turning Rafiki’s Planet Watch into “Rafiki’s Character Safari” when the sun goes down.

If you have not been back to the area of Rafiki’s Planet Watch, it is huge.  There is plenty of room inside the building, and along the surrounding grounds to place quite a few characters.  So there is little need to build anything to accommodate this idea, keeping costs down.  I would, however, consider a couple of annex-style paths along the entrance road where you can place a couple of characters, just for the sake of creating that “discovery” feel.  As far as construction goes, if you want a few overhangs or shelter style buildings to keep the rain off outside characters that is fine.


And I am not talking about just any characters for this.  Remember, this is a “Character Safari” so let’s have lots animal characters and even a rare find or two that fit the bill.  The obvious ones that come to mind are Rafiki, of course, Timon, and perhaps Flik and Francis the Lady Bug.  These guys are the character-ambassadors for DAK so they need to be there.  Safari Mickey and Minnie have new digs, so there is no need to bring them over.  But Safari Donald and Daisy only appear at a character meal, so this might be a good place for the rest of us to meet them as well.

But how about a couple of other more classic animals that seem to be less prevalent around the parks these days as well, such as Dumbo, Jiminy Cricket, Robin Hood, Brer Rabbit, Brer Bear ,Thumper and Miss Bunny.  Or perhaps a rotation of a few truly rare characters, such as Mowgli, Koda and Kenai, Tarzan and Terk, or even the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Pigs.  It can be the only place in Walt Disney World to meet  these characters on a regular basis.


And finally, and I will admit I know nothing about this character, but how about a Safari themed Duffy, found only at Rafiki’s Character Safari?  (I would imagine a Safari Duffy gift shop is also compulsory here...)

Let’s also make the journey aboard the Wildlife Express Train something special at night as well.  How about one or two of these characters ride the train with guests?  I am thinking about perhaps Baloo and King Louie for this since there are already opportunities to take photos with them during the day in the park.  Maybe we can add the safari-clad Goofy and Pluto as well for the same reason.


So here is what I need from you, the readers.  What do you think of this idea?  To me, it is cost effective and can create a night time buzz for DAK.  But I will confess I am not a character person whatsoever, so perhaps I am overrating their popularity.  If not, it draws people deep into the park during the hours when currently the park is all too often closed.  Perhaps not all of the real animals can participate in our after-dark remake of DAK, but these Disney animals certainly can!

by Dave McBride (twitter: @davemcb1897)

A Photo For Today; Touching the Surface

Today's Photo for Today shows just a little scenery, the amazing and breathtaking scenery that makes Disney's Animal Kingdom such an amazing place.  It's a park where nature comes alive and surrounds us, and allows us to escape from the rest of the world.


Photos like these do not capture the true splendor of DAK.  It has more detailing and theme than any other park Disney has created.  (Sorry folks, that's simply the case!)  This shot just touches the surface.  Between the flower in the foreground, the simply stunning rock-work and architecture, or the surrounding lush jungle, this one photo gives you an idea of all that went into building DAK.

by Dave McBride (twitter: @RadioHarambe)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Posters of Harambe; Part Two

Today we have Part 2 of Safari Mike's look at the posters of Harambe Village, just a few examples of the amazing detail work that went into the construction of Disney's Animal Kingdom.


Now we take a look at some of the posters geared towards conservation and, again, demonstrating the town of Harambe's "recent" embrace of preserving the wild. We all know ivory poaching is a serious problem and the nearby reserve has lots of elephants and two species of rhinos, so its a problem for the fictional Harambe, as well.


Another sign warding off poachers. This one is a good example of the team's research into the syntax used for signs like this. Its almost Victorian English translation of Swahili.


This not so much a poster as a warning painted onto the side of the Burudika hotel itself. You can find it near the check in for the Tusker House. It is meant to convey a sense that this is the edge of the wild and that civilization does not quite have complete control here.


The Burudika hotel is not the only place for weary travelers to stay. The Hafifu House is right around a fictional corner. Hafifu means "worthless" in Swahili so I actually don't recommend staying there.


Safaris have become so popular at the reserve that a travel agency has sprung up to get you the best deals. Twiga means giraffe. In fact, that is translated for you both on a chalkboard in the Tusker House as well as on the queue for the safari itself.


Here is the Joe Rodhe sign. This beauty is actually in a couple of spots throughout the town. It seems very much like the window panes of Main Street USA. And considering Mr. Rodhe's penchant for unusual jewelry, this seems like a perfect homage to the man behind the park.

by Safari Mike (twitter: @JamboEveryone)

Disney's Animal Kingdom News Round-Up for May 22; Dinosaurs and Shameless Plugs


Laser Effects Return to Dinosaur:  Here is an interesting story that comes via WDWNewsToday.com regarding the return of laser effects to the beginning and the end of the Dinosaur attraction.  Have a look...


While still a great experience, Dinosaur is one of those attractions that seems to define the late-Eisner era of Disney Parks.  It began life as a great ride with a great name.  But corporate synergy robbed it of its name while cost cuts robbed it of it original grandeur and thrill.  Here’s hoping this is the first sign of good things to come.

Shameless Plug Time!:  It is a slow news week so you know what that means...Shameless Plug Time!

 
All we are really hoping to do here at JamboEveryone.com is to help raise funds for the five conservation partners we are working with.  So please, head to our Conservation Page and see how you can help.
 
Park Hours for this week are...

Wednesday: May 22 9am - 7pm
Thursday: May 23 9am - 7pm
Friday: May 24 9am - 7pm
Saturday: May 25 8am - 8pm (Extra Magic Hour 7-8am)
Sunday: May 26 8am - 8pm
Monday: May 27 8am - 8pm (Extra Magic Hour 7-8am)
Tuesday: May 21` 9am - 7pm

Check Out Kenny the Pirate for this week’s Entertainment Schedule!

Attraction Closures:
Anandapur Ice Cream Truck is closed until 5/24/2013

Have A Wild Time this week!!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Posters of Harambe; Part One

Harambe is an amazing place. It truly is. The level of detail astounds and its one of the best reasons to go on the Wild by Design tour for a true taste of what is really there and to understand the back story and the level of detail the imagineers placed under your nose. Most people don't know it and perhaps don't care as they hustle their way to Kilimanjaro Safaris or check in at the Tusker House. Someday I will post for you the history of Harambe, the colonial fort turned tourist town on the edge of the wild.


For that is what Harambe is "now". The word means "working together" and what once was a term used for locals and their European lords, now identifies the town's attempt to live with the animals at the neighboring Harambe Wildlife Reserve. The Burudika Hotel, the Mombasa market, the fruit stand all make their money from guests heading out on their 2 week journey into the reserve. The town's economy now relies on living animals, not on hunting them.

To set that stage, Disney imagineers used different techniques. One of the most fun ways are the posters and signs spread throughout the town of Harambe. Disney imagineers traveled to eastern Kenya for inspiration. Kevin Brown, who was the Lead Show Writer for concepts and development for the Animal Kingdom in this design phase spent a lot of time gathering those ideas. Perhaps no one was more important in this process. He was responsible for the all graphics whether it be in Harambe or Gorilla Falls or Discovery Island. And in the Africa section of the park, he used his trips to get a sense of not only the decor but the language and syntax to get an authentic feel to this little east African town.


In Harambe, as I said, the posters are used to set a feel. The feel is that of a town in transition. Its old way of life, first controlled and used by European super powers (mostly Portuguese and British) to a haven for big game hunters has now become a stop over before tourists with big wallets and fancy cameras head out to see elephants, rhinos and lions. The posters are ads used to get those tourists to spend some money.

These signs are also used as little pieces of homage to the people that worked on the project not at all unlike the windows at Main Street over in the Magic Kingdom. There are little winks to Joe Rohde, landscape planner John Shields, architect Ahmad Jafari among others.

I want to show you some of the examples that the streets of Harambe has to offer:


 You see the safari you are taking is not the only one. There are the cheap knock offs like Cap'N Bob's Super Safaris. He apparently invented economy camping and is guaranteeing animal sightings. Of course, if you read further your safari includes a crocodile farm and a camel ride so, yeah, you will see animals.


And then there is the safari you will be joining, the Kilimanjaro safari through the Harambe Wildlife Reserve. To me, this poster is a bit more elegant. It emphasizes the fact that we are talking about a photographic safari as opposed to a hunting one.


I wish they actually had this safari at the Animal Kingdom. A champagne breakfast flying over the wildlife reserve. Sounds nice right? Just another example of how the local population is using the reserve to boost its economy instead of it serving as a detriment. Its also there to demonstrate how new all of this is. This venture has been in operation since 1995, only three years before the Animal Kingdom actually opened.


I love this sign. "One Love" at the local Civic Club. I love the fadedness too. I can only assume One Love's performance was some time ago.


This one is a little different in that its not on the streets but inside the Tusker House. This gives you information on all the different types of safaris you can take. Of course, the first two reference Kilimanjaro Safaris and the Pangani Forest Trail. The rest, well, you can see references to the posters for the balloon tour and good old Cap'n Bob. That's synergy.


This is another homage. It is referencing an imagineer who left the company during the construction of the park. Mahali Pote translates to everywhere.

by Safari Mike (twitter: @JamboEveryone)

Monday, May 20, 2013

How Would Mystic Point Look at Disney's Animal Kingdom?

Every few years, Disney imagineers pull off something that simply wows. For all the complaints about newer attractions being sub par compared to the old days, its nice to see attractions that the imagineers get perfectly right. The most recent examples I can think of are Carsland and Expedition Everest which seem to be universally praised. And the imagineers seem to have hit that mark again with Mystic Point, a new mini-land at Hong Kong Disneyland which opened on May 17th.

Lord Henry Mystic (image copyright Disney)
 It is a land based around a single, amazing attraction: Mystic Manor. The conceit is that the home is owned by Lord Henry Mystic, an adventurer and explorer. In fact, he is a member of the S.E.A, the Society of Explorers and Adventurers. The manor is deep within a dense uncharted rain forest (perfect for a land at the Animal Kingdom no?). This forest is home to supernatural forces. And Lord Mystic has many powerful artifacts in his home as well as a pet monkey Albert. Guests board a trackless ride system to take a tour and Albert triggers a powerful music box, sort of like Pandora's box, and mayhem ensues. Watching the ride on youtube is breathtaking.

entrance to Mystic Point in Hong Kong Disneyland (image copyright Disney)
But as I said, this is a mini-land in Hong Kong. There is a shop called the Archive Shop and a restaurant named, the Explorers' Club, which apparently is very much like the old Adventurers' Club sans the characters mingling with the eaters. At Animal Kingdom, they could easily fit this into a dinner show like we have talked about in the past. For those in the know, there are many S.E.A members identified at both Mystic Manor as well as the Tower of Terror located at Tokyo DisneySea. These characters and others developed by imagineers would make an excellent dinner show along the lines of the old shows at the Adventurers' Club.

The whole theme of the areas fits well with the ideals behind the Animal Kingdom. I have always said that the Magic Kingdom is the park of fantasy, Epcot is the park of innovation and learning, the Studios is park of magic and the Animal Kingdom is the land of adventure. This land not only fits but fits perfectly. But what about animals. Well, there is Albert, a major focus of the ride and a monkey. Plus, adventurers around this time (the late 1800s/early 1900s) were an important aspect of conservation in its infancy. It is the adventurers that brought to the western public knowledge of mysterious creatures like mountain gorillas and okapi. It was also big game hunters, early adventurers, who began the conservation movement. Most national parks owe their existence to people like Teddy Roosevelt. The first major zoos, like the Bronx Zoo, were formed by hunters who wanted to preserve wildlife. The American bison owes the fact they are not extinct to those big game hunters.

 (image copyright Disney)
That brings us to another attraction at Mystic Point, the Garden of Wonders. Here, travelers will find interesting and unique sculptures of things such as the Sphinx or a dragon, all perfectly suited to the Animal Kingdom. But I would add something else, animals. But not just any animals to this unique trail. I would place those that are rarely seen in zoos to set the Animal Kingdom apart from all but the cream of the zoo crop. One would be the Sumatran rhino. This is the smallest rhino and one of the most endangered. Its also hairy and prehistoric looking. Only the Cincinnati zoo has had success in breeding them. Tasmanian devils would be popular, as well. They are currently found in no zoo in this country. In a few weeks, however, the San Diego zoo will open a new outback exhibit and will feature them. Why not Disney World too?

Mountain tapirs are on the verge of extinction and are currently only seen in a couple of American zoos, lets add them to the Garden of Wonders. Their unique appearance would fit in well. Otters are wonderful zoo animals in that they are very active and cute. The giant otters from the amazon are very rarely exhibited (the Philadelphia zoo and a few others are among them) and can grow to be the size of a man. Clouded leopards are amazingly beautiful and found in Asian forests. It has been discovered that they only breed well when exhibited far from other big cats, which is perfect for this trail. I could certainly think of some other unusual animals that would fit into the theme of the Garden: the blue headed cassowary from New Guinea, the gharial (a crocodile with a thin snout covered in jagged teeth), the red panda just to name a few possibilities. Maybe there should be some kind of monkey, for Albert's sake, like the Tufted capuchin as he does resemble those central american primates.

 (image copyright Disney)
I would mix a few of these animals in with the bizarre sculptures that are central to the Hong Kong version of the Garden. I would also tell a story, or, truth be told, several stories. These animals come from the amazon, southern china, south east Asia and Tasmania. Each exhibit could tell the story as to how Lord Mystic or perhaps even other members of the S.E.A. came across these animals in their adventures. This would tie together animals and their importance to early exploration and even into mythology.

But I have more ideas to make this land, Mystic Point, more than just a "mini" land for the Animal Kingdom....

by Safari Mike (twitter: @JamboEveryone)

Saturday, May 18, 2013

A Brief Look at Bats

The bat exhibit at the Maharajah Jungle trek is a unique look at these amazing animals. First of all, there is no glass, so you can hear the bats in thier lush exhibit. Also, the bars are vertical not horizontal, which for human eyes is less obstructive for viewing.


There are a lot of fun things about the exhibit, as well. There are prayer flags a plenty which helped prayers of the people to be carried on the wind to the gods. And the trees are real. In fact one of them was actually planted by the bats themselves after eating the fruit giving to them by keepers.

by Safari Mike (twitter: @JamboEveryone)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Disney's Animal Kingdom News Round-Up for May 15; Mickey and Minnie Have a New Home


Adventurer’s Outpost Opens Today:  For whatever reason, The Adventurer’s Outpost, the new meet-n-greet location for Mickey and Minnie, did not open until today.  But finally, after months of construction and talk, guests can now meet the Mouse couple inside a themed building.


According to the Disney Parks Blog, guests to the Outpost will find “find mementos from Mickey and Minnie’s expeditions around the world, including stunning photographs from their trips to destinations as varied as the mountains of Nepal and the savannas of Africa.”

Menu Changes at Sanaa:  DVCNews.com is reporting this week on some menu changes at Sanaa, the terrific sit-down restaurant at Kidani Village.


Animal Kingdom Lodge Okapi is Expecting!:  According to our friends the Disney Hipsters one of the okapis at the Animal Kingdom Lodge is pregnant, and they have the photo to prove it.  So you know what that means, if all goes well we get some more adorable baby pictures!
 

Park Hours for this week are...

Wednesday: May 15 9am - 6pm
Thursday: May 16 9am - 7pm
Friday: May 17 9am - 7pm
Saturday: May 18 8am - 8pm (Extra Magic Hour 7-8am)
Sunday: May 19 8am - 8pm
Monday: May 20 9am - 8pm (Extra Magic Hour 8-9am)
Tuesday: May 21` 9am - 8pm

Check Out Kenny the Pirate for this week’s Entertainment Schedule!

Attraction Closures:
Anandapur Ice Cream Truck is closed until 5/24/2013

Have A Wild Time this week!!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Turning Disney's Animal Kingdom into a Night Destination; Dark Rides, Dark Rides, Dark Rides


Today, Safari Mike takes a swing at a few ideas to make Disney's Animal Kingdom a full-fledged night destination.  Comment below and tell us what you think of our ideas.

They are staples of the Disney World Experience.  They are people eaters and capacity bonanzas.  They are dark rides and every park at the Mouse has them.  Except the Animal Kingdom.  And it needs them, especially if they want to keep the park open later.  With the popularity of the new Little Mermaid dark ride, the time seems ripe to add film based dark rides.

The beauty of the dark ride is they are enclosed, even the queues are often indoors.  Thus, they can be maintained with minimal ambient outside noise if need be.  At Animal Kingdom, where after 5 pm a lot of critters are sleeping, eating and relaxing, that can be crucial.  It becomes even more important if the attractions are placed near the off-exhibit housing of the animals.


So what dark rides should we have?  I can think of two very logical choices.  First, I would add a Jungle Book dark ride.  Anyone who looks at a satellite map of the park will see a huge amount empty space behind Asia leading to Rafiki's Planet Watch.  I would add a replica of King Louie's ruins next to the Jungle Trek, taking up some of that space.  There has been leaked information showing a new kind of omnimover, a water version.  This would be perfect for the Jungle Book.  The ride can take you through various scenes of the attraction including the elephant parade, the monkeys over the river, King Louie, Kaa and Shere Khan.  All the while, you would be listening to the great Sherman brothers soundtrack.  And lets not forget, this was the last animated film Walt himself was really involved with.  Finally, since Camp Minnie Mickey is going, this would be a good spot for a meet and greet with Baloo and Louie.

On the other side of this, I would develop a major dark ride on the Lion King.  It could easily be placed at Rafiki's Planet Watch, fitting in with theme.  It was also fit logistically, as I said there is a ton of space there.  The facade could be a replica of Pride Rock with an interactive queue leading you through the caverns.  I just would like the imagineers to do a better job of relaying the story than what they did with the Little Mermaid ride.  Certainly, you could have some spectacular scenes.  A big scene for Hakuna Matata would be in order.  I would also love a dark scene for "Be Prepared" with a state of the art Scar and all sorts of hyena eyes surrounding you.
The capacity for these types of attractions are huge.  And they are very popular.  By adding these two attractions, the Animal Kingdom wouldn't be identified as a "half day park" as much anymore.  Even those folks that don't want to walk the trails or see the shows, will hit these rides.  This is not to say that these are the only possibilities for film based dark rides, just perhaps the most logical as they are hugely popular and have obvious areas to be places.  But Disney has a long history of animal films. Bambi would be a possibilty, as well.  And a Fantasia boat ride was planned for the Beastly Kingdomme, that could be explored again. 
In the end, it seems to me that all Disney parks should have dark rides. And the Animal Kingdom should not be an exception.

by Safari Mike (twitter: @JamboEveryone)

Monday, May 13, 2013

Kids Discovery Clubs at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Today is the debut posting by Jambo Everyone's Travel Partner, Jennifer Greene!  If you are looking to book a Disney vacation, and you want to help animals at the same time, book through Jennifer.  Every time fans of Jambo Everyone book with her, or even request a quote, a donation will be made to our Conservation Partners.  Click here to get started!

We all know that Magic Kingdom is the go-to park for families with small children when visiting Walt Disney World. It's full of fantasy, magic and castles. As a Disney Vacation Planner, I also point many guest with small children to Animal Kingdom, it's a giant playground for kids especially if there is an explorer in the family. If your children love the zoo then there is no doubt they will love Animal Kingdom.


Disney's Animal Kingdom offers Kids Discovery Clubs aimed towards children between the ages of 5-8. Six interactive learning areas bring the wild to life. Kids Discovery Clubs provide activities to help young children get a deeper understanding of the world around them. Complimentary at all 6 Kids' Discovery clubs, the Kids' Discovery Club Passport is your child’s ticket to fun. After completing an activity, kids receive a stamp in their passport. Once they collect all 6 stamps, they will receive a special mystery prize. To locate the various Kids Discovery Clubs look for a "K" on your theme park map.


Locations and Activities are subject to change:
  • Discovery Island - Learn all about insects and see the world through bug eyes.
  • Camp Minnie-Mickey - Identify specific animal-related objects by touch.
  • Dinoland U.S.A. - Dig for fossils and then assemble a dinosaur.
  • Rafiki’s Planet Watch - Hunt for common backyard “wildlife.”
  • Asia - Analyze animal calls.
  • Africa -  Become a wildlife detective and track an animal.

This is an amazing FREE activity for kids at Animal Kingdom and will surely pass the time. On your next Disney vacation be sure not to pass over Animal Kingdom because you think the kids won't like it. I assure you there is plenty for them to explore.

by Jennifer Greene
Disney World, Disney Cruise, Disneyland, Disney Hawaii, and Adventures by Disney Specialist
jenniferg@destinationsinflorida.com
Twitter: @plans4disney

Sunday, May 12, 2013

A Photo For Today; We Would All Be Lost Without Mommy

Today's Photo For Today is our salute to all of the mother's on Planet Earth.  To all our the mothers out there, whether its a mother with two legs or four, or wings or fins, we would be lost without you!  Happy Mother's Day!


by Dave McBride (twitter: @RadioHarambe)

Get Yourself Something and Help Save Wildlife!

Ok, shameless plug time.  We here at Jambo Everyone have made the true goal of this website to help, in anyway we possibly can, the people on the front-lines of wildlife conservation.  With that in mind, we have set up a store at zazzle.com/jamboeveryone.  50% of the profits we make from this store will go to our conservation partners.  To learn more go to our Conservation Page


Today we want to feature our Grevy's Zebra shirt.  For this particular design, 50% of the profits will go straight to the Grevy's Zebra Trust, an organization doing everything they can to save these magnificent and endangered zebras.  So if you love zebras like we do, buy a shirt so we can make a donation!  And be sure to customize your shirt, Zazzle offers tons of options for prices, colors and designs. Thank you

Dave McBride (twitter: @RadioHarambe)

Friday, May 10, 2013

Lost DAK Files; The Tree of Life Lion King Show


Once it was determined that the park icon would be the Tree of Life, imagineers had to decide what exactly would be inside the tree. There were all sorts of early ideas including a restaurant and an observation deck. But before settling on Its Tough to Be a Bug, the imagineers designed another kind of show.


One of the front runners for the Tree of Life was a show based on The Lion King. It was clear from the beginning that the Lion King would be an important film for the park. At the time of these plans, the Lion King was a huge hit. The movie was released to widespread acclaim and huge box office numbers in 1994. The Animal Kingdom was announced in 1995. So it made sense that the centerpiece of the park, the Tree of Life, would hold a show based on the movie.

It seems obvious now that the theme would be the Circle of Life. How could they not use this? The show would demonstrate to guests what was meant by that "Circle." As far we know, no specific plans were ever drawn up for the attraction. Only some concept art featuring Rafiki talking to a young Simba and Nala were ever seen.

image copyright Disney
 As plans evolved, it was determined not to use the film as the source of this attraction. It seems Eisner and his synergy had other plans. Disney was getting ready to release Pixar's A Bug Life. Plus,  imagineers loved the idea of an insect attraction in the park's icon. After all, insects and bugs and the like are a under appreciated part of the animal kingdom and they really wanted to feature them someway. So, why not here.

Eventually, Disney would re-examine the Lion King for a show in the park. When the Beastly Kingdomme was put on hold and a stage show was needed for the hastily put together Camp Minnie Mickey, the Festival of the Lion King was born. It seems clear the show planned for inside the Tree would have been a lot different from the musical we got. It would have been interesting to be taught about the cycles of nature by Rafiki. Maybe some day they will revisit this idea.

by Safari Mike (twitter: @jamboeveryone)

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Safari Mike Returns!

Coming off his gigantic worldwide tour of Disney podcasts, Safari Mike has plunged back into the wild, this time sending us a communiqué from the plains of Argentina reporting on the Patagonian Cavy.  Click Here to see the Safari Mike page on Jambo Everyone


Most guests blow right past these adorable guys on their way into the park.  They are located just past the turnstiles on your right.  Next time you make your way to Disney's Animal Kingdom stop by and check it out.  The cavy often makes for a great photo

An Overlook of the Jambo House Savanna

Today's video is one from Jambo House. A quick overview of the some the species you will find there. Check out the wildebeest, roan antelope, ankole cattle and, of course, the giraffe. This was taken at the savanna overlook just outside of the main house where you often find cast members from African nations to talk to you about the animals you see.


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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Disney's Animal Kingdom News Round-Up for May 8; Adventurer's Outpost Opens This Weekend


Adventurer’s Outpost Opens This Weekend:  We have spent the last few weeks talking about the character meet-n-greet merry-go-round going on at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, mostly due to the imminent closing of Camp Minnie-Mickey.  One of the key pieces to this plan opens this weekend as the new Adventurer’s Outpost will begin hosting guests for a meet-n-greet with Mickey and Minnie.  The Outpost is located in the old Beastly Bazaar building over by It’s Tough To Be A Bug.


Yes, that’s correct.  Until further notice, you will, in fact, NOT find Mickey and Minnie at Camp Minnie-Mickey, making it the single most inappropriately named land in Disney World.  But the good news is this is an indoor facility, so folks coming during the hotter summer months no longer have to wait outside.

World Turtle Day to be Celebrated at Disney’s Animal Kingdom:  Disney has a few turtle related events planned this month, including some activities for World Turtle Day at DAK on May 23.  The Disney Parks Blog has more info.
 

Park Hours for this week are...

Wednesday: May 8 9am - 6pm (Extra Magic Hour 8-9am)
Thursday: May 9 9am - 7pm
Friday: May 10 9am - 7pm
Saturday: May 11 9am - 8pm
Sunday: May 12 9am - 7pm
Monday: May 13 9am - 6pm (Extra Magic Hour 8-9am)
Tuesday: May 14 9am - 6pm

Check Out Kenny the Pirate for this week’s Entertainment Schedule!

Attraction Closures:
Anandapur Ice Cream Truck is closed until 5/24/2013

Have A Wild Time this week!!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Make Mine Kidani Village!


Well, it’s that time again.. Time to book my next trip to Walt Disney World.  We are heading ther in late-October/early-November so there are a lot of things to consider when booking a resort.  That time of year here you have Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and the Epcot Food and Wine Festival to consider, so perhaps it would be a good idea to make the location of our resort somewhere near...what the heck am I saying??  Kidani Village HERE WE COME!!!


I have stayed at literally every WDW resort.  (With the exception of the Grand Floridian because I refuse to be ripped off!)  And quite honestly, the Animal Kingdom Lodge is the best.  Others I love as well, but AKL has the special something the others do not.  I except I have to drive an extra 10 minutes in order to get to the other parks.  But having giraffes outside my window when I wake up in the morning is worth such a small inconvenience.

by Dave McBride (twitter: @RadioHarambe)