Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Looking Back at Bat Day 2013


We spend plenty of time here praising the many animal celebrations Disney’s Animal Kingdom offers throughout its calendar.  So, I thought I would take the time to post a few photos from the most recent one to give those who have never been at DAK for one of these a better idea of what we are talking about and what goes on.


As is the tradition now at the Animal Kingdom, Halloween marks the celebration of Bat Day at the park, an appropriate and fun time to put the spotlight on an often misunderstood and feared species.


These events are focused at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, where you will find tons of information and activities for kids based around the animal being celebrated.  Also, wherever they are located in DAK you will usually find a cast member or animal care expert on duty all day to talk about them.


The photos here are all from Rafiki’s Planet Watch.  They had displays setup in the entire main lobby about bats, who actually are pretty cute if you give them a chance.  They are also a fascinating animal and incredibly important to the survival of their local ecosystems.


During Bat Day, many of the table had plenty to look at and play with, and lots of info to read.  They fill the tables with examples of what bats eat, plush dolls, toys and other things that connect the guest to bats.  And this is pretty much what you’ll find during any of these events.


Also, you wouldn’t believe how willing and eager the cast members manning these table  are to talk to you about these animals.  They are full of knowledge and enthusiasm for the species and conservation.  They deliver a great message to each guest.  It may not be a huge event, but I really recommend heading out there if you happen to be in the park during one of these celebrations.

by Dave McBride (@RadioHarambe)

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