Friday, February 28, 2014

Spring Forward with Frogs and Toads

Frogs are often considered a vital species to environments in determining the viability of that habitat. It is often the frog or toad who are the first to suffer from issues within the environment. They are considered good indicators as to the health of the ecosystem as a whole. They are the among the first types of animals to suffer the effects of pollution. Mutations and genetic defects have increased in areas over the last few decades.

On March 4th, Disney's Animal Kingdom is celebrating these amazing animals. As we "leap forward" for Daylight Savings time, there will be numerous fun activities for kids and adults alike. You will be able to meet some of these species at Rafiki's Planet Watch and learn about their lives from animal experts. Kids can make homes for toads. You will be able to leap and compare your spring to that of a frog. You will also be able to fogs calls and learn about some of their unique adaptations.

And you will also learn how Disney's Animal Programs are helping native Floridian amphibians. Also, Disney's Animal Kingdom is involved in a breeding program designed to help save the highly endangered Puerto Rican crested toad. The program is being used to try to return the toad to areas where it is now extinct on the island.

So, if you are at the Animal Kingdom on March 4th, celebrate Springing Forward in a different sort of way.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Disney's Animal Kingdom News Round-Up for February 19, 2014; CD's and Blu-Rays

Burudika Singer Releases Solo CD: In case you just can’t get enough of Wassalou, aka Burudika, the band’s singer Nathi Gcabashe has recently released a solo CD called Soze.  Unlike the new Burudika CD, you can get this one on iTunes.

A Peak at the Animal Kingdom Special Feature on Jungle Book Blu-Ray: Disney has released a Blu-Ray version of the classic animated film The Jungle Book and it includes a special bonus feature called “I Wanna Be Like You: Hangin Out at Disney’s Animal Kingdom”.  Here is a short video preview...

The preview was released on the Disney Parks Blog this morning, along with some other information on the the release of the Blu-Ray

Park Hours for this week are...

Wednesday: February 19 9am - 8pm (Extra Magic Hour 8-9am)
Thursday: February 20  9am -7pm
Friday: February 21  9am - 7pm
Saturday: February 22  9am - 8pm
Sunday: February 23  9am - 7pm
Monday: February 24  9am - 6pm(Extra Magic Hour 8-9am)
Tuesday: February 25  9am - 6pm

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

Attraction Closures:
Festival of the Lion King - closed until July 2014
Camp Minnie-Mickey - closed permanently
Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade - scheduled to close permanently June 2014

Have A Wild Time this week!!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Your First Chance to Win a Copy of "Live in the Village" by Wassalou, aka Burudika

Okay Burudika fans, here it is!  Your first chance to win a copy of their amazing brand new CD "Live in the Village".  Just answer the following question correctly and you will be entered into the drawing for the disc...

What does the word "Harambe" mean?


The contest ends on Saturday February 22 at 11:59pm.  Winning entry will drawn soon after and announced here, as well as on the Radio Harambe Podcast and our Facebook and Twitter pages.  If you don't win, don't worry.  There are more chances to come...

Click here for contest rules and details

Rules for the Burudika CD Giveaway

Here are the rules and regulations for the Burudika CD Giveaway...

  • All postage is paid ONLY for winners who live in the continental United States, anyone outside the continental U.S. will need to pay postage via PayPal only
  • Anyone who has written for or appeared on the Radio Harambe podcast are not eligible to win
  • All winning entries will be chosen at random at the time indicated on each different giveaway.
  • You can only win one CD, every winner will be consider ineligible for future Burudika CD giveaways.
  • We are not responsible for replacement discs if damaged during shipping.  We will do our best to ensure it gets to winners undamaged but we can't control what happens after it leaves our hands.
For any questions or clarifications, email us at

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day from us here at Jambo Everyone AND from this  pair of Lappet-faced Vultures sitting together on their nest in Discovery Island.

A Review of "Live in the Village' by Wassalou

As we told you earlier in the week, a new CD from Wassalou, known in Harambe as the Burudika Band, is now available.  I’ve had it for a couple of days now and just wanted to share a few thoughts on it with those of you who have been, like me, waiting for this.  (And remember, info on how you can win your own copy will be coming soon...)

The disc is called “Live in the Village” and the name spells out a major aspect of what the band was looking to portray.  Even though this is a studio recording, the band is trying to recreate the vibe of their live performances at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  And they pull it off perfectly.  Put this disc on, close your eyes, and your are right back in Harambe!  Those of us who can’t get to the Animal Kingdom every day just couldn't as for more.

If you are familiar with their shows, you will recognize just about each and every track.  Every song I could have asked for has been included in this collection, and the performances have a truly “live” feel to them.  The guys even include some of the narration you might remember, including dances and audience participation stuff which will certainly make you smile.  (Seriously, once you put this on for the first time clear a spot in the living room for boogie-space!)

It’s hard to pick out any stand-out tracks as one is better than the other.  You will certainly recognize a few right away, such as “Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “Waka Waka”, with the latter greatly improving on the hugely popular original.  But my personal favorites are where they bring that serious Afro-Pop groove.  Songs like “Mama Oule Oule” and “Ikolo Kolo” are absolutely infectious, and “Makoti”, written by singer Nathi Gcabashe, is just terrific.

From what I have been told, this disc will soon be available outside the Animal Kingdom, and as soon as I get any information as to where and when you can buy this online I will pass that info along.  For now, it should be available at the Mombasa Marketplace.  And as I said at the top, we have a few of these to give away in the coming weeks so check back here, on our Facebook page, Twitter feed and the Radio Harambe Podcast.

by Dave McBride

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Jammin Jungle Parade to Close This Summer

We are getting confirmation today from may sources that Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade will, in fact, be closing this year.  And it looks like June is the approximate date.

The goalposts have moved a few times on this.  We heard this was an inevitability many months ago, and were given solid reports that it may have been scheduled to close this past January after the Jingle Jungle Parade, the yearly Christmas version, finished its run.  But even though it came back after the holidays, it seemed a fait accompli that the end was near.  Now, it seems Disney has confirmed this and the clock is now ticking.

According to Orlando Attractions Magazine, Disney says the parade is being removed to “make way for new nighttime entertainment as part of Animal Kingdom’s largest expansion ever.”  I’m not sure if these two things are actually connected, since the parade doesn’t run at night.  So even though we have no word of a new parade, and no reason to believe there will be any parade at all after it closes, there is also no reason to believe that there is not replacement being worked on.  If we learn more we will keep you posted.  Just because Disney says there’s nothing in the works doesn’t mean there actually isn’t. 

But what we do know is the current parade is somehow impeding on construction of the attractions and areas being added.  

by Dave McBride

White House Announces Ban On Elephant Ivory

This week we got some terrific news for elephants and for the conservation community as a whole.  Earlier in the week the White House announced a new National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking which includes a ban on commercial trade of elephant ivory, including "prohibiting the import, export, or resale within the United States of elephant ivory except in a very limited number of circumstances."

On Tuesday, President Obama released a statement where he said the words conservation groups and animal lovers have been waiting to hear...
Today, because of the actions of poachers, species like elephants and rhinoceroses face the risk of significant decline or even extinction. But it does not have to be that way. We can take action to stop these illicit networks and ensure that our children have the chance to grow up in a world with and experience for themselves the wildlife we know and love.
The White House released plenty of information to accompany this statement from the President, including a 12-page pdf which you can read by clicking here.  This initiative is much more than an executive order and it really signals a recognition from the government that this problem is now reaching a critical level and we can no longer depend on charitable organizations to go it alone.

The strategy addresses many of the domestic issues beyond just the ban.  Included is the sale and exportation of non-antique ivory products.  It also, strangely, limits the "number of African elephant sport-hunted trophies that an individual can import to two per hunter per year."  Which certainly begs the question, why we would allow any at all?

And it also begins the conversation of what we must do on a global scale, which is the really difficult part because we can't exactly wave a magic wand and make other countries do what we want them to do or pay for it, for that matter.  In the conclusion section of the full document it talks about how "We can strengthen and expand enforcement and demand reduction efforts and promote and secure global commitment and cooperation in combating wildlife trafficking. In all of our endeavors, we must foster and strengthen partnerships with other governments, the nonprofit conservation community, and the private sector. No one country can tackle these issues on its own. This is a global challenge that requires global solutions."

While this news doesn't answer all the questions, it is important to appreciate this for what it is.  It is not the end for the horrible crisis of elephant poaching.  But it is an important step in the right direction.  The fact is most of the countries dealing with these poachers do not have the resources, either financially or militarily, to deal with these often heavily armed criminals.  And sooner or later, governments with those resources, including but not limited to the United States, are going to need to step in with money and muscle.  This release by the White House certainly contains recognition of that eventuality.  And that's a very good thing for elephants.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Disney's Animal Kingdom News Round-Up for February 12, 2014: Chocolates, Ducks and Barks

Valentine Chocolates at the Animal Kingdom Lodge:  According to the Disney Parks Blog, this week the Animal Kingdom Lodge will have some special chocolates for sale.  Click here for details.
It’s a Valentine’s dream come true in the Jambo House lobby of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge from 4-9 p.m. February 9 – 15. Surprise your sweetheart with a trip to see the animals on the savanna, but start with a stop in the lobby to pick out your indulgence.
Surprisingly, the prices are not outrageously expensive, though they are priced in that typical "magical" range we are used to.  Having said that, the five white-chocolate-covered sandwich cookies certainly sound incredibly good!

New Residents at the Former Komodo Dragon Exhibit:  As we told you a week ago or so, the Komodo Dragon who has been a part of the Maharajah Jungle Trek for years has passed away.  And in his place it appears the animal handlers turned the area over to some birds, including the Bar-Headed Goose.

And we are also hearing that a new Komodo Dragon may be on the way to that area soon.  But we need to file that in the rumor category for now as we don't have confirmation yet.  Until then, these guys can keep the place warm.

Russell's Bark-O-Lator Debuts:  We have been expecting some new interactive elements to be added to the queue area of the Dug and Russell Meet-N-Greet on Discovery Island.  Well, this week Russell's Bark-O-Lator has opened.  The best way to describe this is to show you a video brought to us by the folks at On The Go In MCO...

Park Hours for this week are...

Wednesday: February 12 9am - 6pm (Extra Magic Hour 8-9am)
Thursday: February 13  9am -6pm
Friday: February 14  9am - 6pm
Saturday: February 15  8am - 9pm
Sunday: February 16  8am - 9pm
Monday: February 17  8am - 9pm (Extra Magic Hour 7-8am)
Tuesday: February 18  8am - 8pm

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

Attraction Closures:
Festival of the Lion King - closed until July 2014
Camp Minnie-Mickey - closed permanently

Have A Wild Time this week!!

Dave's Latest "Kill Refurb Marry": Just the Animal Kingdom

Okay, I am going to throw my two cents in on this edition of "Kill Marry Refurb" because live performances at Disney are a favorite of mine.  But since most Disney fanatics don't really want to hear what I have to say about the "other" Disney parks, I will keep it to the Animal Kingdom.  And in all honesty, this is pretty easy...

Kill:  So what live performance would we want to axe at the Animal Kingdom?  Say it together with me folks...DeVine!  Is there really another choice?

Refurb:  This one is another obvious one, but perhaps not for an obvious reason.  I give this to GiTar Dan.  Dan does a great job, and he was absolutely perfect for the task he was given, entertaining families waiting on the meet-and-greet lines at Camp Minnie-Mickey.  But with the Camp now closed, Dan is in need for an equally appropriate location.  He is terrific fun, and he needs a place to bring smiles to guests like he's been doing for years.

Marry:  One word - Wassalou!  Or if you only know them by their Disney name, than Burudika.  These guys are off-the-hook good.  And I mean like international-superstar-grammy-winners good.  They are virtuoso musicians and they lay down a groove like nobody's business.  They aren't just the best in Walt Disney World, you'd have a hard time finding a better collection of musicians anywhere. Next time you see them playing while on your way to Kilimanjaro Safari, STOP WALKING AND LISTEN!!  The darn ride can wait a few minutes for a touch of culture along with a giant portion of musical brilliance.  (And just so it doesn't sound as though Wassalou is the only great band, let me offer a giant Honorable Mention award to the Tam-Tam Drummers.  They will blow you away as well)

by Dave McBride (@RadioHarambe)

Safari Mike's Latest "Kill Refurb Marry" : Live Performances

One of my favorite things about being a blogger is getting to share in the fun of stuff like the Kill/Marry/Refurb game started by my pals, Estelle of the incredible Happy Place Blog and Melissa of the amazing Mouse on the Mind. If you are not reading these blogs, well then shame on you and you should start. (Plus, I have guest written on both). Anywho, today we are killing marrying and refurbing live performances in the park. So without further ado...

Kill: Its kind of sad that I had a hard time picking this one just because there are so many good candidates. I absolutely hate the Beauty and the Beast stage show. It should have been trashed 20 years ago. The sound system sucks, the costume and staging are atrocious. The whole thing is awful but I am going to Epcot where one of the few bad things about World Showcase is when one country intrudes on the other. I cannot stand it when I can hear music from a country on the side of the park. Off Kilter is a prime example of this- heck these guys aren't even Canadian and don't even play Canadian songs. But having said that, I don't cringe at them like I do the horrific Mo Rockin'. Get it? Morocco, Mo Rockin'. Awful. And to be honest, the music is just lame. I dare you to go to Marrakesh and find a band like this. It won't happen. And that belly dancer? Please stop. So I am killing Mo

Refurb: This one was kind of tough to be honest, but I want to refurb Dream Along with Mickey in the Magic Kingdom. The idea behind the stage show isn't bad really. But I kind of feel the show falls a little flat. The music is ho hum and could use a redo. Frankly, with the coming of the sure to be amazing Festival of Fantasy parade, this show will need some more oomph. It drags a bit and the dreams theme is simply overplayed and is very 2006. Change up the characters maybe? Bust out Rapunzel and Flynn Rider perhaps. Or Merida. Maybe they can build a story around New Fantasyland. I'm not sure what to do but the show has outlasted its welcome so lets change it up.

Marry: On the plus side, there was a lot to choose from here, too. The Mariachi band at World Showcase is great. The Citizens of Hollywood are great. I love watching my son participate in the Jedi Training Academy. Dapper Dans? Awesome. Trolley show? Top notch. But I am picking my beloved Burudika Band over in Harambe. These guys are amazing musicians. I could sit at the Dawa bar and listen to these guys all day. They bring a lot of style to the area. And unlike Mo Rockin' very effectively blend modern sounds with cultural sensibilities. (Wow, I sounded pretty smart there). The band's true name is Wassalou and actually just (I mean that literally, as in yesterday) released an album that should be selling in Mombassa Market place. Buy it. Like right now.

by Safari Mike (@JamboEveryone)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Wassalou, a.k.a Burudika, Release Their Long Awaited CD!

Look what I have my grubby little hands on!  That's correct, after a long wait the CD from the Burudika Band is finally out and available.  As far as I know, you can pick one up in the Mombasa Marketplace.  But you don't have to travel to Florida to get one...

We have a handful of these, given to us thanks the generosity of the band and its management.  And we are going to be giving them away to our readers and listeners.  Follow this website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages, and listen to the Radio Harambe Podcast to find out how you can win one.

by Dave McBride

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Episode 22 of Radio Harambe - The Beastly Kingdom

On this episode of Radio Harambe, Dave and Safari Mike are joined by Josh from Modern Mouse Radio to open the Lost DAK Files for the first time.  And the file they choose is the biggest one in the cabinet, the Beastly Kingdom.

They also discuss the news from Disney's Animal Kingdom and Walt Disney World, including a full-blown hissy-fit by Dave over the new "discounts" offered by DVC.  Asante Sana!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

A Little Bling to Help Save Wildlife!

We have a new item to help us raise funds to save wildlife!  This time we have handcrafted adjustable style bracelets.  They are made from glass, stone, pewter and shell beads with nylon cording and they fit most sizes.  But you need to act fast as we only have a Limited Supply!

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Get yours today and help save our friends!!

Animal Kingdom Construction Update

There are a lot of walls up all around the Animal Kingdom and its not just in Harambe either. Here's a quick rundown of some of the stuff going on around the park. As you better probably know, with the holiday season just ending, this is the time for both little tweaks and big changes at the Mouse.

We start at Discovery Island. We have mentioned the conversion of Creature Comforts into a Fast Pass Plus Service Center before. It appears only a portion of it will be that. The rest of it will remain a gift shop. For now, anyway. We have also discussed the rumor that come next January this will be a new counter service eatery, most likely a Starbucks. Presumably, this will remain a Fast Pass Plus service center as well, with the Starbucks or whatever replacing the gift shop only. Stay Tuned. But also on the Island, some of the animal exhibits are getting some TLC. It is assumed the animals there will remain the same but we will see.

But that's not all on the Island. The Tip board has been redone. The map there, like the new ones being handed out to guests has Camp Minnie Mickey removed. Over at Dug and Russell's meet and greet, there have been some minor changes. There will apparently be some new interactive elements to the rather boring queue there. Currently, there are small kiosks or something under cover. We will hopefully see soon whats in store there.

Harambe, of course, is getting some serious work. The new Dawa is open and the new theater is clearly visible to all. There appears to be small wooden shelters being built in front of the theater. No idea as to what that is. A small store? small food booth? Or maybe just shelter for people waiting in line to see the show. Hopefully, more details will be coming soon. More importantly, walls have gone up near the Ziwadi Traders and Pangani. This could be one of two things. Some have reported there will be a new path that leads to the Asia area of the park, decreasing congestion on the current path along the water, or perhaps to allow work to be done there for some better water viewing. I have also heard that a new counter service place is going here that will empty out on the path near Tamu Tamu. This would be significantly biiger than Tamu and better able to handle large crowds leaving the Lion King shows. We will keep you posted.

That's not all for small little tweaks. In Asia, there is a temporary Fast Pass Plus kiosks near Bradley Falls and another near Everest. There are also walls up right next to the Everest entrance presumably for just a little touch up. Finally, the little dinosaur fountain is working. For those that don't know, there is a dinosaur head that spits out water. It hasn't worked for a long time but now does again. Its these little things that make me happy.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Disney's Animal Kingdom News Round-Up for February 5, 2014; Guide Maps and Gibbons

New Animal Kingdom Park Maps Released: Last week Disney released new Guide Maps for both the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the ones you pick up at the park entrance.  The big changes are the additions of all the FastPass Plus info, and also the removal of Camp Minnie-Mickey.  Nothing new regarding additions to Harambe, or any other rumored changes, are included.

New Enrichments to the Gibbon Habitat in Asia: For the first time in a long time, the Wildlife Wednesday posting on the Disney Parks Blog actually included some timely news!  It appears the white-cheeked gibbons in Asia have some new digs.

Who doesn’t love watching these guys hanging around and playing in their incredibly themed area.  It’s great to see them get some new stuff, as it certainly helps to keep the animals stimulated and happy.

Park Hours for this week are...

Wednesday: February 5 9am - 5pm (Extra Magic Hour 8-9am)
Thursday: February 6  9am -5pm
Friday: February 7  9am - 8pm
Saturday: February 8  9am - 8pm
Sunday: February 9  9am - 8pm
Monday: February 10  9am - 6pm
Tuesday: February 11  9am - 6pm (Extra Magic Hour 8-9am)

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

Attraction Closures:
Festival of the Lion King - closed until July 2014
Camp Minnie-Mickey - closed permanently

Have A Wild Time this week!!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Artist Signing Coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom This Week

If you plan on being in Disney's Animal Kingdom this Friday February 8, you will have a chance to meet artist Rosemary Begley and have her sign one of her beautiful new DAK themed pieces.  Click Here for the information found on the Disney Parks Merchandise website.

The event will take place at the Disney Outfitters gift shop on Discovery Island from 1-3pm.  Begley has been an artist for Disney for a couple of years and has some works Disney shoppers might recognize.  Here is a short write-up of her history with the Mouse found on her personal website...
In 2011, Rosemary was invited to freelance for Disney Theme Parks. In July 2012 she appeared at Walt Disney World® Resort's Main Street Gallery in the Magic Kingdom for a signing of her original painting entitled "Splendor", the Cinderella Castle. Framed Giclees and Deluxe Prints of "Splendor" are available at the Main Street Gallery in the Magic Kingdom, and Art of Disney Gallery in Downtown Disney. Her second original painting entitled "Enchanted", a soft, dream-like vision of the Beauty and the Beast Castle, is available in Downtown Disney, and Deluxe Prints are available at Since early 2013, shortly after the new Fantasyland opened in the Magic Kingdom, Rosemary's original painting "Amazing", the Beauty and the Beast Castle, was placed for display and purchase at Bonjour Gift Store just outside the castle.
Her website also has some examples of her non-Disney work.  She seems to love wildlife and great scenery, making her a natural match for DAK!

by Dave McBride (@RadioHarambe)