Happy 20th Birthday Animal Kingdom!!

Happy 20th Birthday Animal Kingdom!!

It’s hard to believe that you are turning 20 today Animal Kingdom.   Happy Birthday!!

On opening day April 22, 1998 you greeted us with the following set of opening attractions (which are all still open today):

Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade to end in June

Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade to end in June




Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade to end in June

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Say it’s not so, one of our all time favorite parades at Walt Disney World will be coming to an end this June 2014.  Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade has been a feature of the Animal Kingdom since 2001.   As the Animal Kingdom welcomes in the new Pandora (Avatar) area, Disney indicated that work on this area will soon impede on the parade path along with guest viewing areas.    At this point Disney has not announced any replacement for the parade, but we do know that new entertainment is on the way including a nighttime water show.  Fingers crossed that we don’t lose the parade forever as Hollywood Studios did last year.   Will you miss Jammin’ Jungle?   Let us know in the comments below…..

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Are you excited for the AVATAR-Inspired Land At Disney’s Animal Kingdom??

Are you excited for the AVATAR-Inspired Land At Disney’s Animal Kingdom??

Avatar-Inspired Land

Photo Courtesy Disney Parks Blog

I have to say when this was first announced I was one of those that was really questioning what Disney was thinking.    As this begins to unfold  and we get to see more and more of the features this area of Animal Kingdom is going to offer my skepticism is beginning to fade.   It’s not all gone, believe me, as Disney still has a lot to prove in this new area.  And if you notice Disney Parks Blog hasn’t yet called it Avatar Land, but an Avatar-Inspired Land, hmmm.    I am still a bit more excited about the fact that we will be able to spend more time at the park into the night and can’t wait to see all the amazing lighting.  Are you getting excited about the Avatar-Inspired Land?

Check out the latest video of the area as they break ground….

Fastpass to History: Theater in the Wild

Fastpass to History: Theater in the Wild

We all love Finding Nemo the Musical in Animal Kingdom’s Theater in the Wild, but do you remember what was in this theater before Nemo?

Tarzan Rocks

Originally an open-air amphitheater, that means no AC folks, the Theater in the Wild has been home to 3 fun filled shows.

  • From opening day of Animal Kingdom until July 1999 (just over 1 year), the theater was the home to Journey into Jungle Book.   Featuring, of course, song and characters from the classic movie the Jungle Book.
  • Jungle Book was replaced by Tarzan Rocks, which ran in the theater until Jan 2006.   Tarzan Rocks did just that, it Rocked with performers singing many of our favorite Phil Collins songs from the animated feature.   The show was filled with amazing aerial trapeze and in line skating acrobatics.
  • Jan 2007 until today the Theater is presenting – Finding Nemo the Musical.    Based on the hit animated movie, this must-“sea” adventure makes a splash with spectacular music and stunning theatrical puppetry.

Which of these shows did you get to see?   Which one is your favorite?   Leave a comment and let us know…..

Avatar 2017 – take a look at what’s coming

Avatar 2017 – take a look at what’s coming

At the first ever D23 Expo to be held in Japan, Disney announced and shared a few details about the upcoming Avatar area of Animal Kingdom.   This area will be opened in 2017 in the former area of Camp Minnie Mickey.   During the announcement not only did they share information about the Avatar area, but they also announced a new nighttime show to be added in the waters around the Tree of Life and also nighttime Safari rides on Kilimanjaro Safari. Take a look at what the team had to say……

Favorite Food Friday: Shaoxing Steak and Shrimp

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Our Favorite Food This Week: Shaoxing Steak and Shrimp
Location: Yak and Yeti (Animal Kingdom)
Price: $26.99

As you run from Kilimanjaro Safaris to Expedition Everest you may spot the Yak and Yeti restaurant.  Stop in and give it a try.   On our last visit I ordered the Shaoxing Steak and Shrimp which was described as a skirt steak (though I rather call it a kilt), tempura battered shrimp, jasmine rise, stir fried veggies and a chili plum dip.

Yak and Yeti - Shaoxing Steak and Shrimp

The steak was good quality and cooked exactly as I had ordered.  It was an overall tasty dish which I would order again.   Yak and Yeti opened its doors in 2007 and is owned and operated by Landry’s Restaurants owners of Rainforest Cafe, TRex, and many more.

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