Did You Know Today’s TIGGERIFIC TUESDAY TRIVIA on the Festival of the Lion King?
The Festival of the Lion King is moving! We have a few construction pictures here. With the news we thought we would give you some trivia on the attraction.
The Festival of the Lion King opened with the park on day 1 which makes it the longest running show at the parks. For years it was an open air theater with no AC. That’s right, no AC, it wasn’t enclosed until 2003. The initial plan was for the show along with Camp Minnie Mickey to be temporary attractions until they understood the crowds that Animal Kingdom would attract and had the budget to finish off Beastly Kingdom.
The Animal Kingdom encourages recycling and this show is a great example. The floats and puppets used in the show come from a parade at Disneyland. As The Festival of the Lion King finds a new home, we await more information on the Avatar area that will take its place. We hope to hear more in the upcoming D23 Expo.
And here is a trivia question: How many people perform in this show on a daily basis?
With 7 shows a day there are around 50 people that perform in the show on a daily basis. Which makes D the correct answer 🙂 Be sure to take a look at all the great trivia on the Hop today.
Today our friends at Disney Parks Blog announced that the Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom would be moving to a new location. Not mentioned in the announcement but we can take from this that Avatar Land continues to move forward. The new home for Festival of the Lion King will be behind Tusker House Restaurant, below are a few shots we took over the weekend of this construction area. Leave us a comment and let us know how excited you are about Avatar Land…..
Rough yes, but it gives you an idea.
Today’s Hidden Mickey Monday is from Animal Kingdom’s Kilimanjaro Safaris. As your safari reaches deeper into the animal kingdom, many people are on the lookout for animals. But have you spotted this giant Hidden Mickey?
As you enter Elephant Country and spot Flamingo Island, be sure to take a close look at the shape of the island. Yes it’s a classic Mickey shape. As build up occurs around the edges, cast member re-dig the sides to ensure it maintains the Mickey shape.
Want more Hidden Mickey’s, check out our friends at Frontierland Station for a full body Mickey this week.
Our Favorite Food This Week: Macaroni & Cheese Hot Dog
Location: Restaurantosaurus (Animal Kingdom / Counter Service)
Price: $8.79 (includes fries or apple slices)
I know you clicked to read this thinking that it was a Hot Dog with a side of Mac and Cheese, wrongooo. This is a hot dog covered in Mac and Cheese in a bun. Yes, together in a bun and yes it’s messy and yes it’s good. Did you know that Disney’s Mac and Cheese goes through a kids taste test and it’s wonderful, if you haven’t tried it at any location you need to.
Before you go into a food coma, don’t forget to enter a couple great GIVEAWAYS!
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Today’s Hidden Mickey Monday is from Animal Kingdom, more specifically Conservation Station at Rafiki’s Planet Watch. This hidden Mickey is super easy to spot and right at kids eye level so it’s always fun to see how excited the kids get when they spot it. If you are at Animal Kingdom, be sure to take a little time out of your day and jump aboard the Wildlife Express Train and visit Conservation Station along with Affection Section. Here you get a look at animal care and behind the scenes activities required to keep the animals at Animal Kingdom healthy and happy. Oh and you can pet some goats too.
From the book – The Making Of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
From just a twinkle in Joe Rohde’s(Imagineering Concept Designer) eyes as he drove his pickup truck in January 1990 to the opening of the park in April 22,1998 to the ever changing landscape of the park we see today the Animal Kingdom is an amazing place. Today Animal Kingdom celebrates its 15th Birthday. Just as we celebrate any birthday, I thought I would look back at some of the amazing facts about Animal Kingdom.
- Animal kingdom is the largest Disney park at 600 acres.
- Over 1,000 animals and 250 species are on display.
- During construction around 2,600 construction workers would be on site each day.
- The designers asked that the plants have 2 growing seasons in the savannah before any animals arrived. This meant all plants in the savannah had to be in place in the spring of 1996.
- Facts about the tree of life
- 140 ft tall
- The tree is built to withstand 74 mph winds.
- 102,583 leaves were made and attached to the tree.
- There are only 4 types of branches, but with the way they are placed on the tree the branches look random just like a natural tree.
- 45 secondary branches lead to 756 tertiary branches which lead to 7,891 end branches.
- Over 400 animals have been carved into the tree
- More than 4 million plants were brought in, from huge trees to individual blades of grasses. The number of grass species alone is over 300. Just in Africa alone more than 770,000 shrubs and 70,000 trees were planted.
- Water was a problem on site. Huge concrete drainage pipes, some 7 feet in diameter were installed as deep as 28 feet underground. All of this was part of the 60 miles of underground pipe that had to be laid to keep the land dry.
- Yes there was to be a Beastly Kingdom and you can still point them out today…..
- Unicorn is one of the parking areas
- There is a dragon in the park’s logo
- There is a dragon shaped fountain just outside Camp Minnie-Mickey
- Since 1995, the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund has funded over 230 projects and $6 million dollars to conservation efforts around the world.
So we tip our glass to the Animal Kingdom today, Happy Birthday buddy, and here is to many more.