Thursday, June 29, 2017

Disney Animal Kingdom News for June 29, 2017: More Magic More MobileOrdering

More Mobile Ordering: Another Animal Kingdom restaurant was added to the mobile Disney app ordering system. Starting on June 27th, Restaurantosaurus was added. To date, you can order through your My Disney Experience app at Sa'tuli Canteen, Flame Tree BBQ and Pizzafari. On a side note, July 5th will see the first Disney Springs eatery added in D-Luxe Burger.



More Extra Magic Hours: Since Pandora opened, there have been nightly Extra Magic Hours at the park to accommodate the crowds. Everyday the park hours were 8 am to 11 pm with an additional 2 hours every night for resort guests in addition to the usual early morning hours. Originally, this schedule was to end on July 4th. However, Disney has announced that nightly evening extra magic will continue through August 19th, when summer crowds begin to fade. The park hours starting July 5th will be 9 am to 10 pm (a little less than early summer) with nightly evening Extra Magic Hours from 10 pm to midnight. As before, there will still be early morning extra magic as usual.



Park Hours for this week are...
Thursday  June 29 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Friday June 30 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Saturday July 1 8 am- 11 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, evening 11 pm to 1 am
Sunday  July 2 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Monday July 3 4 8 am- 11 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, evening 11 pm to 1 am
Tuesday July 4 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Wednesday July 5 9 am- 10 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, 10 pm to 12 am

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Wise Warning

Yes, well, there is a pretty good chance you will see a tiger in the ruins considering that's actually the tiger exhibit. 


This sign, of course, adds a little fun to the trek.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Episode 114 of Radio Harambe - Pandora Explored

Welcome to Pandora! After years and years of hype and debate, The World of Avatar is finally open to the public at Disney's Animal Kingdom and Dave was there to see it and tell you about his trip to the planet of blue people. Safari Mike joins in to discuss Dave's impressions of this massive new expansion to the Animal Kingdom.


If you have any comments or questions about the show, please feel free to email us at jamboeveryone@gmail.com. Asante Sana and enjoy the show!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Disney's Animal Kingdom News for June 14, 2017: Conservation Missions


Missions for Conservation: Let me start by saying I love this idea. Disney has announced a new program called "Connect to Protect" in an effort to put $1 million towards protecting critical habitats for 10 endangered species. Guests to the park and the new land, Pandora, will join "missions" through Facebook Messenger. Through that medium, Fits Buckley, a Pandoran ecological specialist, will get you started on these missions.



Once you complete one, you unlock $10 to contribute to one of the programs to protect habitats. In fact, just engaging the platform unlocks $5. The 10 possible threatened categories of animals to protect are: apes, elephants, cranes, monkeys, butterflies, sea turtles, coral reefs, tigers, sharks/rays and rhinos. You will be able to learn more about each type of animal, the threats to their survival and the groups out there trying to help.



More Time for the Trails: Since the park is opening at 8 am every morning, guests have begun filling out the park, not just Pandora. In order to help alleviate some of the early morning crowd, Gorilla Falls is now opening at 8:45 am. The Maharajah Jungle Trek will open at 9 am.



Park Hours for this week are...
Thursday  June 15 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Friday June 16 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Saturday June 17 8 am- 11 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, evening 11 pm to 1 am
Sunday  June 18 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Monday June 19 4 8 am- 11 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, evening 11 pm to 1 am
Tuesday June 20 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Wednesday June 21 8 am- 11 pm Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am

Monday, June 12, 2017

Disney's Animal Kingdom News for June 8, 2017: Crazy Crowds

New path to Pandora: You can get to Pandora via a path between Harambe and the new land. The path recently opened and is located near the new Festival of the Lion King theater. It brings you near the Sa'tuli Canteen.



Crazy Lines: As everyone has been hearing, the crowds at Pandora are crazy bad. On June 6, the line for Flight of Passage reached a new high, 360 minutes. That's right, the standby wait time was 6 hours. Granted, there is near universal praise for the queue but that's a bit much. It's gotten so bad that Disney has placed signs at the front of the entrance that warns guests there is no restroom inside.




Park Hours for this week are...
Thursday  June 8 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Friday June 9 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Saturday June 10 8 am- 11 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, evening 11 pm to 1 am
Sunday  June 11 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Monday June 12 4 8 am- 11 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, evening 11 pm to 1 am
Tuesday June 13 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Wednesday June 14 8 am- 11 pm Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am

The Hunt

Yes, we spend a lot of time talking about the back story of the Maharajah Jungle trek. And for good reason, its rich in details.


Here, on this crumbling mural, you can see a tiger hunt, as the rajah hunting party takes down a big cat. Further along, you will see a tiger getting revenge. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Disney's Animal Kingdom News for June 1, 2017: Food options and CrazyLines.

Mobile Ordering Expands: As has been discussed earlier, Disney is planning on expanding the mobile ordering system for counter service restaurants. Currently only the Sa'tuli Canteen in Pandora is supported by that system. On June 6, Pizzafari will become the second counter service place where you can order through the My Disney Experience app in advance of arriving at the restaurant. By summer's end, there should be over a dozen such eateries throughout the resort.



Crazy Lines: As Pandora has been open for a few days now, it has become apparent that Disney was not ready for the tourist onslaught. Lines for Flight of Passage hover around the 3 hour mark and the boat ride is only a little better. Flight of Passage does have a single ride line but same has not yet been initiated. There has even been wait times to get into the gift shop (although the Canteen has not had that issue). Disney has started allowing guests into Pandora around 7 am, a good hour or so before everything else as there has been lines to just get into the land. With extra magic hours nightly starting at 11 pm, Disney has closed off the attractions to regular guests beginning around 9 pm. And if you arrive at Pandora at 11 pm for the extra magic hour, you're likely not going to be able to see the land as it has been closing for capacity issues. I suspect this craziness will recede in the coming weeks, but be prepared.



New Temporary Breakfast: Restaurantosaurus will serve breakfast from May 27 until June 10. The menu includes cereal, yogurts and Mickey waffles.



Park Hours for this week are...
Thursday  June 1 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Friday June 2 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Saturday June 3 8 am- 11 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, evening 11 pm to 1 am
Sunday  June 4 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Monday June 5 4 8 am- 11 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, evening 11 pm to 1 am
Tuesday June 6 8 am- 11 pm, Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am
Wednesday June 7 8 am- 11 pm Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am