Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Disney's Animal Kingdom News Round-Up for December 18, 2013: Baby Animals and Zero Hour

It’s Zero Hour for FastPass Plus: Today is the day when Disney tosses its hat over the wall with regards to FastPass Plus.  Today is the day when we all start to will find out, more than ever, if this billion-dollar project will revolutionize theme parks or forever be known as “Iger’s Folly”.  Today is the day, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, when the old FastPass system will not be available and every guest, not just resort guests, will be forced to use the new system.

Dave and Safari Mike spoke in length about this on the latest episode of Radio Harambe.  Have a listen and let us know what you think.  Thankfully none of us are attending the park today. So if you are, please leave us a comment about your experiences.

Section of Creature Comforts Turned Into FastPass Plus Service Center:  With “Zero Hour” for FastPass Plus in sight, it should come as no surprise to any of us that Disney felt the need to add to the new system’s customer service infrastructure at the Animal Kingdom.  And the latest victim of FastPass Plus is the Creature Comforts gift shop.

Part of the shop has been turned into what is being called a MyMagic + service center, more likely a fun euphemism  for “complaint center”.  Guests can go there to get assistance with any issues or questions they may have.  We here at Jambo Everyone are sending our collective well wishes to the poor cast members staffing this area today.

Disney Salutes It’s Greatest Achievement:  This morning’s edition of “Wildlife Wednesdays” on the Disney Parks Blog offers a little tribute to what we think is Disney’s best achievement, helping to keep the planet’s great creatures from extinction, by looking back at all the new animal babies born at the park in 2013.

This year has been a great year for Disney’s Animal Kingdom, including the birth of several rare and endangered species.  This is a subject we here at Jambo Everyone like to talk a lot about, because it is what we think separates the Animal Kingdom from other theme parks.  Asante Sana to all the cast members who helped make these miracles happen!

Park Hours for this week are...

Wednesday: December 18 9am - 6pm (Extra Magic Hour 8-9am)
Thursday: December 19  9am -6pm
Friday: December 20  9am - 6pm
Saturday: December 21  9am - 6pm
Sunday: December 22  8am - 8pm
Monday: December 23  8am - 8pm
Tuesday: December 24  8am - 8pm (Extra Magic Hour 7-8am)

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

Attraction Closures:
Bradley Fall snack cart is closed - no reopening date announced
Festival of the Lion King - Schedule to close January 5 until July 2014

Have A Wild Time this week!!

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