Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Disney's Animal Kingdom News: Baby Tigers!!!


Bambi Meet N Greet: One of my personal favorite Disney movies, Bambi, is celebrating its 75th anniversary. In its honor, you will be able to meet Thumper and Miss Bunny outside of the Conservation Station from 10:20 am to 4:30 pm. This special character interaction only lasts from Friday August 25th until Sunday the 27th.

photo courtesy of Disney 


Tiger Cubs: Disney announced the birth of a pair of  Sumatran tiger cubs. On the parks blog, Disney has releases a video of the new additions to the Maharajah Jungle Trek. Disney has also said that the cubs will begin coming out in the next few months. As you can see from the video, tiger cubs are basically helpless when they are first born. I would not expect them to be able to come out onto the exhibit until mid Autumn at the earliest. But stayed for further information on that.

Photo Courtesy of Disney 


Park Hours for this week are...
Thursday  August 24 9 am- 10 pm, Extra Magic Hour 10 pm to 12 am
Friday August 25 9 am- 10 pm, Extra Magic Hour 10 pm to 12 am
Saturday August 26 9 am- 10 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, evening 10 pm to 12 am
Sunday  August 27 9 am- 9:30 pm,
Monday August 28  9 am- 9:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Tuesday August 29 9 am- 9:30 pm 
Wednesday August 30 9 am- 9:30 pm

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Disney's Animal Kingdom News for August 16, 2017: Normalizing Hours

End of Special Park Hours: The days of every night Extra Magic Hours for Pandora are rapidly coming to end. Unless Disney announces a last minute change (which is always possible), those special hours end as of Saturday August 19th. As you can see below, the park will continue to remain open fairly late, 9:30 pm, which is later than Epcot and the Studios on most nights.



New Merch at the Lodge: As reported by Orlando Park News, there is some new offerings at Ziwadi Market, which is now open from 7:30 am until 10 pm. Animal masks are available for purchase. They are papier-mache and handmade in Venice. Also, the store now has something called "Name Works" where artist uses the persons name to create a work of art.





Park Hours for this week are...
Thursday  August 17 9 am- 10 pm, Extra Magic Hour 10 pm to 12 am
Friday August 18 9 am- 10 pm, Extra Magic Hour 10 pm to 12 am
Saturday August 19 9 am- 10 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning, evening 10 pm to 12 am
Sunday  August 20 9 am- 9:30 pm,
Monday August 21  9 am- 9:30 pm Extra Magic Hour in the morning
Tuesday August 22 9 am- 9:30 pm, 
Wednesday August 23 9 am- 9:30 pm

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Happy 5th Birthday to Us

August 10, 2012 was the beginning of a pet project Dave and I had discussed for some time. We launched this very blog you are reading.



We had a previous blog that was much more generalized - Mouse Extra. We had a good time throwing out opinions, reviews and what not. But we really sort of got tired of doing that. Dave thought it would be better to focus on one of the things we loved most about the resort, The Animal Kingdom.



Even 5 years ago, there was a wide plethora of Disney blogs and many were essentially the same, basically Mouse Extra. But we thought if you had a niche, that might interest people. And well, we LOVED the park.



As I am sure you know, I have had an interest in conservation and the work zoos do for a long time. I volunteered at the Bronx Zoo for 18 years starting when I went to college. The combination of 2 my loves - Disney and Zoos - meant I had an instant interest in this park. And when I visited in 1998, it was instantly my favorite.



A lot has changed over the last five years both personally and with the park. We started a podcast almost a year after the launch of the blog. And I have met many lifelong friends because of this.



Since we started the blog, Disney purchased the theme park rights for Avatar, which of course, sparked a lot of talk here. Harambe Market was built, and we broke the news months before anyone else (a source of great pride for us). Rivers of Light started and many other fascinating things.



So thanks to all of you that made this possible.