I always love the new additions to Disney's Animal Kingdom. This time we have Grace. She's the newest addition, a baby girl that I hope to see really soon. This video was really fun. Not only did it give you a look at Grace, it shows the gender reveal party the Gorillas had at the park for all the guests to see. Gotta get to the park early usually to see the babies. So, sometime in the next couple of weeks, I'm gonna drag myself up to Animal Kingdom early to meet this adorable new addition.
Disney Parks just released this video giving us a look at what to expect from Animal Kingdom's newest addition, Donald's Dino-Bash. A straight up party taking place in Dinoland U.S.A. featuring new characters & new costumes, all capped off with a giant dance party. New meet & greets with Scrooge McDuck & Launchpad of Ducktales fame. Along with classics Donald, Daisy, Chip, & Dale in new Dino inspired costumes. None more adorable than the chipmunks full out Dinosaur costumes. This sounds like a lot of fun. Not to mention my daughter's new favorite thing now is Disneyworld dance parties. Adding this to Dinoland will make her day. Dinoland U.S.A. has been needing something fresh for awhile now anyway. Hopefully this can stir some traffic over there. I'm in though. I've gotta meet Scrooge & Launhpad. That's become my summer mission. Anyway, what do y'all think? Does this look fun? Do we want a dance party in every park? Put it in the comments, like, & share.
Looks like us humans aren't the only ones excited for the June 30th opening of Toy Story Land. The animals of Disney's Animal Kingdom are pumped too. Don't believe it? Check out this adorable video of the animals of Rafiki's Planet Watch playing with Pixar balls. These should just always be a thing now. I saw some familiar faces among that animal crew. This would be so much fun to watch live, & to participate in with the petting zoo crew. I'd stand around & play ball with these guys all day!
I can not believe it's been a whole year since the opening of Animal Kingdom's Pandora: The World of Avatar. To celebrate below there this new Disney Parks tribute video, along with one of my first videos discussing our first thoughts on the park's opening day. Disney Parks has put together an awesome video, Pandora - The World of Avatar: From Beam Signing to One Year Anniversary documenting the land from its beginning through its first year. With some insights from a bunch of Imagineers. I love hearing them talk about this place. You can really get the feel of how much they've poured their hearts into it. I'm absolutely crazy about this land. I checked out my old video below, & I'm just as blown away now as I was day one. Pandora has become my biggest highlight at the parks. The immersiveness is insane. You truly feel transported. The video's long, & you can definitely tell it's one of my firsts, but check it out if you want a full rundown of the park. As well as some insight to how insane a Disney Park opening day can be.
Look at those adorable stripes! Disney Parks Blog helped Disney's Animal Kingdom announce the births of two female Grevy's zebra foals. Grevy'szebras are the most endangered species of zebra, with approximately 2,500 in the world. The first foal was born April 26 to Laylee, with the second born to Zuri on May 1. They're nursing and bonding with their moms right now, hoping to join the herd on Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail overlook soon. These births mark another success for Disney's animal care experts and the Species Survival Plan, a program through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums that helps ensure a diverse, healthy population of threatened and endangered species. These zebra foals are making an important contribution toward the worldwide conservation and understanding of the Grevy's species, helping to ensure a future for these endangered animals. It's awesome how much Animal Kingdom does to help protect all these endangered species. To make another point though, aren't those little foals so friggin cute? Can't wait to see these guys in person. Put your thoughts in the comments, like, & share.
Disney Parks just put out this awesome 360 of Disney Animal Kingdom's Pandora: The World of Avatar. I fell completely in love with this place from my first visit on opening day. If you can't see this wonder, take some time to check it out in the amazing 360 video. It's so awesome we have the ability to do things like this now. Throw some VR goggles on & this is the closest thing you'll get to being there yourself. This is by far the most immersive attraction I've ever seen to date. This land plucks you out of the real world, & tosses you right into an alien planet. Love this place! Check it out, & let me know what you think. Put it in the comments, like, & share.
It's no secret how much I love Animal Kingdom's Pandora: The World Of Avatar. Ever since opening day, this has become one of my favorite places in the world. Or off the world, however you look at it. The level of immersion is nothing short of spectacular. My last visit I noticed something though. Besides the Drum Circle, there's no interaction with natives of the land. It's in Disneyworld, so shouldn't there be some kind of characters roaming around? Well as usual, Disney must have heard the thoughts in my head because this just popped up today. That cool power-walker thingy everyone takes pics with? Now it looks like someone will be walking one through the park. Or a toned down version at least. Talk about a awesome photo op. I just wish we all got the pleasure of manning one of these now. I at least want one for home. That thing's friggin awesome. There's also a making of the exo-suit video explaining why this one is different from the more war-monger like exo-suits from the film. All in all, it makes one of the most immersive lands I've ever seen, even more so. What do y'all think though? Excited to see some life on Pandora? Put it in the comments, like, & share.
Disney's Animal Kingdom is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, & May 25th they're kicking off Donald's Dino-Bash . Join Donald, Daisy, Scrooge, Launchpad, Pluto, Chip, & Dale as they party in Dino-Land U.S.A.. Disney just released this concept art of the characters new costumes for the celebration. Donald & Daisy have some cool, new dino-inspired threads, but I'm really loving Chip & Dale in their full out costumes. I wanna dress like various characters from Jurrasic Park, & get my picture took with them. What do y'all think of the wardrobe changes? Put it in the comments, like, & share.
All four parks at the Walt Disney Resort are taking part in what they're calling Incredible Summer . Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, & Frozone of the Incredibles will be taking over Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom. They will also be joined by superhero costume designer Edna Mode in her debut appearance. If that's not enough each night will feature a "SUPER" dance party on the Rocket Tower Stage. Is it bad that I'm probably going to make my way here just to get a pic with Edna Mode? Epcot's getting ready for their future with StarLord & Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy will join an extraterrestrial band jamming out to hits from my personal favorite soundtracks ever put together, Awesome Mix Tapes 1 & 2 . Meanwhile, over at Animal Kingdom they'll be celebrating their 20th anniversary. They'll be debuting a new bird show featuring Russell & Dug from UP! , titled Adventurers Meet UP! A Great Bird Adventure. I'll be honest, I usually skipped the previous bird show, & thus one will probably suffer the same fate. I will however, check out a "dino-tastic" celebration withb Donald Duck taking over Dinoland, U.S.A. in a new character celebration. Disney Springs AMC will feature Incredibles 2 starting June 15th, but it all really caps off with the Grand Opening of Toy Story Land in Disney's Hollywood Studios. All this set to begin May 25th, 2018. I will so be there for Toy Story Land's opening. Needless to say, details will come. What do y'all think though? Does this sound like it lives up to the name? Put it in the comments, like, & share.
A special congratulations to Nile hippopotamus Tuna on giving birth to her new calf over the weekend. Disney released this picture of the two. Gender & weight are unknown as the newborn's keeping close to mom right now. Tuna & mate Henry were chosen to mate through the Species Survival Plan, a group that is overseen by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. This is one of the biggest parts I love about the Animal Kingdom. Humans are horrible when it comes to wiping out whole species. The Nile hippo itself is a vulnerable species with a declining population. These births keep signifying that these animals will still get to survive. We can't stop everyone, but we can go out of our way to preserve life. More & more I'm starting to see our zoos and aquariums as a form of witness protection programs. So once again congratulations, & I hope to see you & your new addition on my next trip on the Kilimanjaro Safaris.
Not much to say about these adorable cubs I haven't said, but like the title says, these guys are adorable. Check out Sumatran tiger cubs Anala & Jeda as they get used to their new spot on the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
The past couple of days have had some major little things pop of at Disneyworld that are at least worth a mention. There's the tiger cubs, Jeda & Anala, now able to be seen on the Maharajah Jungle Trek in the Animal Kingdom. These endangered cuties are just friggin' adorable...
Then there's this random pic of somewhere in the Millenium Falcon attraction coming to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in Hollywood Studios. I'm not really sure what to make of it without knowing what exactly I'm looking at. Best guess, it's part of the queue? It's a picture though, & it's inside of something Millenium Falconey....
Last but not least there's the matter of Stitch's Great Escape. It's starting to really look like this is going to be the last season the attraction opens. December 23rd through January 6th will be the last run of this cursed attraction. I'll be down there for New Year's so I will get to ride this one more time. I hope my daughter's big enough, Stitch is her favorite. I don't remember having fond memories of this ride, as there's not much to it. I never got to ride it as it's original Exterrorestrial Encounter, I think it was called, but it's never been a fan favorite. Unlike the losses from earlier in the year, I'm excited to see this go, & honestly would love an actually good, thought out Stitch attraction.
The last time I was at Disney's Animal Kingdom I didn't get to catch this show. I was knee deep in opening day of Pandora: World of Avatar & just ran out of time. So, that said, I was pretty excited to be able to see this streamed live. I wasn't blown away by this show, but I'm not sure if it's the show or the stream. On the streams in the past, I've felt like I was there. This one didn't really feel that way. Some of the angles they chose gave away some of the magic. That makes me really want to reserve my full judgement until I see this live. Rivers of Light is a very pretty show, it just doesn't seem to hold it's own with the likes of Fantasmic. I really enjoyed the aurora borealis effect, as well as the lotus flower, dancing fountains, & the true star of the show was the music. Those were the real highlights of the show for me. Your "animal guides", a lion, owl, elephant, & turtle, are represented with giant glowing floats, along with real actors in boats helping the story along through dance & even small puppetry. Like I said I didn't really like how the show was recorded, & it's no Fantasmic, but Rivers of Light still looks like an awesome show. With a little tweaking here & there, this thing could really be special. Check it out though, because I really want to know what everyone else thinks. Did y'all like this show? Put it in the comments, like, & share.
It's always refreshing to hear about more additions to an endangered species. Sohni, the Sumatran tiger that resides in Disney's Animal Kingdom has given birth to two little cubs. I can't wait to see these little bundles of cuteness this fall. It's beautiful to see Disney's Animal Kingdom truly living up to it's namesake. Hopefully, we get to see more of this.