Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Disney's Animal Kingdom News for October 12, 2016: Bat Appreciation Month and Pins

Bat Appreciation Month: Disney used to celebrate Bat Day on October 31st - ya know, Halloween. Unfortunately, they stopped doing that a couple of years ago. But October is Bat Appreciation month, and the exhibit at the Maharajah Jungle Trek has reopened after a refurbishment. Bats are incredibly important both in terms of insect control (some species consume as many as 1000 mosquitoes per hour) and as pollinators.

Avatar pins: We have seen a sneak peek at some of the pins that reportedly will be available once (or around the time) Pandora opens. WDWNT has posted images of some of these pins and they may give us clues about some of the stuff coming to the land. There are several references to Mo'ara Valley and it appears that will be name of the floating mountain range. There will be a pin for Na'vi cultural representative, again drawing attention to the idea that the cast members will be well versed in the fictional culture and it will permeate the land. The "Mountain Banshee Project: Protecting Pandoran Wildlife" pin certainly tries to bring the conservation theme of the rest of the park to this corner. The Drum Circle pin might give us an idea of one of the entertainment offerings available in the area. The Pandora Cavern Tours must reflect the boat ride concept.

Park Hours for this week are....
Thursday October 13, 9am- 8:30 pm
Friday October 14 9am-8:30 pm
Saturday October 15 9am- 8:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Sunday  October 16 9am- 8:30 pm
Monday October 17 9am- 8:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Tuesday October 18 9am- 8:30 pm
Wednesday October 19 9am-8:30 pm

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