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 amWednesday June 21 8 am- 11 pm Extra Magic Hour 11 pm to 1 am