Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Disney's Animal Kingdom News Round-Up for January 29, 2014: Summer Rumors and Animal Days

Animal Kingdom Nighttime Additions to Open This Summer?: This past weekend, our friends over at the It’s A Disney World After All blog had this little quote in their latest rumor report...
“Some of the nighttime events for Disney's Animal Kingdom could be starting as early as this summer...including, perhaps the new nighttime spectacular.”

This is the first we are hearing of this, but it makes plenty of sense.  We know the new Festival of the Lion King Theater will be open this summer, and with it a vastly expanded Harambe.  Also, we have been hearing for months how the “Rivers of Light” nighttime water parade has already begun testing.  So it certainly stands to reason that some new night events would accompany the new theater for a summer opening.

Special Animal Days Announced for 2014: Here is something, I will admit, I completely forgot to mention in the last News Round-Up.  Disney announced this year’s special animal events a couple of weeks ago on their Park Blog.  Here is the list...

  • March 4: Amphibians Day
  • April 22: Party for the Planet in celebration of Earth Day 
  • May 6: International Migratory Bird Day 
  • May 20: World Turtle Day
  • June 10: Pollinator Day
  • July 29: Big Cat Day 
  • August 5: Primate Day
  • September 23: Elephant and Rhino Day
Oddly enough, there is nothing scheduled for the fall or winter, which leads me to believe this list may be incomplete.  For one, DAK usually celebrates Bat Day on Halloween, so we will keep you posted if we hear of any more events added to the schedule.

Park Hours for this week are...

Wednesday: January 29 9am - 5pm (Extra Magic Hour 8-9am)
Thursday: January 30  9am -5pm
Friday: January 31  9am - 5pm
Saturday: February 1  9am - 8pm
Sunday: February 2  9am - 8pm
Monday: February 3  9am - 6pm (Extra Magic Hour 8-9am)
Tuesday: February 4  9am - 5pm

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 - close until July 2014
Camp Minnie-Mickey - closed permanently

Have A Wild Time this week!!

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