Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Disney's Animal Kingdom News Round-Up for November 19, 2014; Roofs, Operating Hours and Science

Major Refurb Coming to Flame Tree Barbecue:  The Flame Tree Barbecue counter service restaurant is scheduled to undergo a major refurbishment early next year. It looks like it will close on Januray 5, 2015, right after the holiday crowds leave Walt Disney World.

This is mostly about adding more covered areas to the mostly outdoor seating sections, thus making it more useful to guests during inclement weather. The good thing is this doesn’t seem to be much of a change besides a few extra roofs. The Flame Tree has a simply terrific outdoor location, perhaps the best in all of WDW. And we would hate to se that ambience adversely effected by any changes.

Holiday Hours Galore!:  Thanksgiving is coming next week, and that means the operating hours at Disney’s Animal Kingdom magically increase, despite the often repeated need for the animals to “sleep”, apparently at about 5pm. This means guests will have a great opportunity to visit the park after the sun goes down. And as we always say, DAK after dark is a fantastic place!

Science Center Opens at Rafiki’s Planet Watch: Some changes to Rafiki’s Planet Watch have been completed. The old Wildlife Tracking Center has reopened as the Science Center. Here is how it is described on the Disney Parks Blog:
The new name reflects this as a location that is fun, interactive and inspiring, highlighting science using applied means, which is precisely what the Science Operations team is all about. Guests have the opportunity to view behavioral husbandry cast members coordinating animal training and enrichment programs, animal behavior scientists analyzing behavioral data, endocrinologists monitoring pregnancies and hormone cycles of animals within the park, and/or the population biologist working on animal management plans that help us determine which animals should be put together for breeding.
More changes are on the way for Rafiki’s Planet Watch, specifically a refurbishment to the Affection Section. More on that in the coming days…

Park Hours for this week are...

Wednesday: November 19  9am - 5pm (Extra Magic Hour 8 - 9am)
Thursday: November 20  8am - 5pm
Friday: November 21  8am - 5pm
Saturday: November 22  8am - 7pm
Sunday: November 23  8am - 8pm (Extra Magic Hour 7 - 8am)
Monday: November 24  8am - 8pm
Tuesday: November 25  8am - 8pm

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

Attraction Closures:
Kali River Rapids: Closed January 20 to February 4
Flame Tree Barbecue: Closing January 5
Sunrise Safari: discontinued as of December 28

Have A Wild Time this week!!

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