Thursday, December 29, 2016

Disney Animal Kingdom News for December 29, 2016: More Pandora

Disney Parade: One of the (few) highlights of this year's Disney Christmas Parade was the video clip showing us some more glimpses of the upcoming Avatarland. There was nothing earth shattering, but some interesting details were given. Orlando Park News put up some stills here. The 3 most interesting tidbits involve the landscape and the rides. You got quite a few looks at some of the plant life of the land as well as close ups on the floating mountains. There was scenes of executives testing out the boat ride. And we all love boat rides. Finally, there was a peek at the simulator. If you look close, it seems you can see the "banshees" lined up. The theater is very Soarin'-like but instead of seats, you have rows of what looks like bicycle machines.

Park Hours for this week are....
Thursday December 29 8 am- 8:30 pm
Friday December 30 8 am-8:30 pm
Saturday December 31 8 am- 8:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Sunday  January 1 9 am- 7 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Monday January 2 9 am- 7 pm
Tuesday January 3 9 am- 7 pm
Wednesday January 4 9 am-7 pm

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Episode 102 of Radio Harambe: 2016 Year in Review at DAK

It's time to look back at the year that was 2016 at Disney's Animal Kingdom as Dave and Safari Mike discuss all the biggest news stories and changes at their favorite Walt Disney World Park this last year. If you have any questions or comments about the show, please email us at Asante Sana and Happy New Year!

Jambo House 1 Bed Room Suite

We recently spent a few days in a one bedroom suite at the Jambo House DVC wing. And let me tell you, we love this set up as its a great and spacious room. 

First of all the balcony is huge covering the space of 2 full rooms. Want to have a few guests? This would be a great spot to relax. The bedroom itself has plenty of space. 

I wanted to give you some photos of what the room looks like to help decide if you really want to use the extra points for this place. Honestly, I think its worth it but, of course, it truly depends on the points available to you.

The bedroom is located down a small hall from the living room and kitchen across from a large bathroom. One of the best features is the laundry appliances available in the room. This means for a week stay you don't need to pack for a week. Let the laundry go while you enjoy the parks since it your room, you don't have to sit there waiting for it.

The living space has a nice table with a large screen TV.

The kitchen has plenty of space to actually cook. To be honest, we never do that on vacation but its there.

Moving to the bathroom, you can see its plenty big.

The decor, of course, sticks with the look of the resort as a whole with great dark woods and African art.

The chairs, tables and other pieces follow this aesthetic. I for one love these mirrors.

And there is always outside...

Obviously the best part of the room is the view. I mean this can't be beat. 

By Safari Mike 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Disney's Animal Kingdom News for December 21, 2016: Breakfast option for the holiday

Breakfast at Restaurantosaurus: From now until the end of the year, you will be able to get breakfast at Restaurantosaurus. Basically, it serves waffles with a topping bar including chocolate, caramel, banana foster topping, strawberry sauce, and the like. Yogurt and and cereal is also available. This type of service is typical with the incredibly heavy crowds of the holiday season.

Avatarland Update: We got some new aerial views of the construction of the Pandora section of the park. You can check them out over at WDWMagic. As you can see, work on the building is moving along rapidly as they are closing in on the opening time of Summer 2017. The landscape is really starting to take shape.

New AP holder entrances: All the parks debuted a new express entrance for exclusive use by Annual Passholders. Apparently, these will only be in use during the busiest times of the year such as Christmas week, mid summer and spring break. Considering how crowded it can be to enter the park, it is a nice little perk.

Park Hours for this week are....
Thursday December 22 9 am- 7:30 pm
Friday December 23 9 am-7:30 pm
Saturday December 24 9 am- 7:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Sunday  December 25 8 am- 8:30 pm
Monday December 26 8 am- 8:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Tuesday December 27 8 am- 8:30 pm
Wednesday December 28 8 am-8:30 pm

Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas At AKL

In my opinion, Christmas at the Jambo House at the Animal Kingdom Lodge is about as good as it gets. The blending of  animal and African themes with Christmas decor makes for a slightly unusual festive experience. I cannot thank the wonderful Cassie (@DoleWhipSwirl) enough for taking all of these fantastic pictures. 

The tree is absolutely amazing.

And I love the little Christmas boxes. 

Garland and wreaths are found throughout with great animal and animal print ornaments. Speaking of ornaments...

I love the style of these adornments.

Here is some more great shots from around Zawadi Marketplace.

Finally, a couple of more shots from the impressive lobby. Thanks again to Cassie for bringing a little Christmas to the blog this year.

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday season. 

Safari Mike 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Disney Animal Kingdom News for December 14, 2016: A return

The Paroon Shark Catfish Has Returned: The trail leading up to the Tree of Life is now open. And, thankfully, we have the return of the amazing Paroon Shark Catfish. These gigantic freshwater fish are from 2 river basins in Indochina and critically endangered. So, its good to see its return. Thanks to Belle (@belle599) for the photo.

DisneyNature film: The next DisneyNature film is called "Born in China." It will focus on a giant panda family as well as a golden monkey and snow leopard family. Disney has announced that the narrator will be John Krasinski of The Office fame. Disney also has announced that donations will be made for every ticket sold, just like with past similar films. In this case, Disney will donate to the World Wildlife Fund to help protect the wild panda and snow leopard.

Park Hours for this week are....
Thursday December 15 9 am- 7 pm
Friday December 16 9 am-7 pm
Saturday December 17 9 am- 7 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Sunday  December 18 9 am- 7:30 pm
Monday December 19 9 am- 7:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Tuesday December 20 9 am- 7:30 pm
Wednesday December 21 9 am-7:30 pm

Sunday, December 11, 2016

The new Macaques

The lion tailed macaques are now out at the Maharajah Jungle Trek. Their exhibit is located just past the komodo dragon and before the bat house. A special thanks to friend of the show and blog Ken (@DisneyDad611) for these pictures of the new additions to the park.

This is a perfect example of what we would like to see come to the Animal Kingdom. An interesting animal (although to me they all are) and one that needs awareness.

The lion tailed macaque has 2 distinguishing features. One is the black tuft at the end of their tail, much like a lion, and hence the name. But there is also that impressive silver mane. One has to wonder why they are not called the silver mane macaque.

These primates spend the vast majority of their life in the canopy eating fruits, leaves and small invertebrates. They are only found in the Western Ghats of Southwest India which has been listed as one of the "hottest hot-spots" for biological diversity.

Thanks to their naturally limited range and the abundance of farms destroying habitat, they are endangered, and rank as one of the rarest monkeys in the world. It is estimated there are only about 3000 of them in the wild.

It is hoped that Disney can add to the population as they have 3 females and 1 male in the troop. In the wild, hierarchical groups usually have many more females than adult males, so this group is not unusual. But those groups do typically number around 10 to 20.

By Safari Mike

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Disney's Animal Kingdom News for December 7, 2016: More delay

The delay continues: Since I am really starting to get tired of writing about Rivers of Light, I can only imagine how tired you must be reading about Rivers of Light. Well, I am sorry, but the long drawn out saga continues. All hope for a holiday release of the Rivers of Light show is now over. Disney has updated the official web page to indicate the show is coming in 2017. No other details on time are given, but again, if I had to guess, I am think Earth Day, April 22 will be the opening. That would give the show a few months before Avatarland opens to find its footing. And they sure do love Earth Day openings.

The Macaques are Out: We first told you these primates were coming to the jungle trek months ago. Well, they are now out. So head on over to the Maharajah Jungle Trek, just before the bat exhibit, and see the 3 females and one male that make up this troop.

Early Closings: Please be aware, that for the rest of the calendar year, both Kali River Rapids and Adventurer's Outpost will be closing early. The meet n greet will close at 4:30 everyday, while Kali's closing times depend on the anticipated crowd levels, For example, this week the park remains open until 7 but Kali will close at 5.

Park Hours for this week are....
Thursday December 8 9 am- 7 pm
Friday December 9 9 am-7 pm
Saturday December 10 9 am- 7 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Sunday  December 11 9 am- 7 pm
Monday December 12 9 am- 7 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Tuesday December 13 9 am- 7 pm
Wednesday December 14 9 am-7 pm

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Episode 99 of Radio Harambe - An Animal Kingdom Hodgepodge

Dave and Safari Mike have a few different topics to discuss on this show, covering Disney's Animal Kingdom and the rest of Walt Disney World. The first topic covered is the recent Cast Member preview of the Rivers of Light and what it may mean for the future of the show. Then Dave tells about his most recent trip, including his undying love for the Nomad Lounge.

If you have any questions about the show, please email us at Asante Sana and enjoy the show!