Category Archives: Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom sees largest expansion with new offerings

AVATAR Flight of Passage coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom -- This E-ticket attraction, the centerpiece of Pandora, allows guests to soar on a Banshee over a vast alien world. The spectacular flying experience will give guests a birds-eye view of the beauty and grandeur of the world of Pandora on an aerial rite of passage.
AVATAR Flight of Passage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom — This E-ticket attraction, the centerpiece of Pandora, allows guests to soar on a Banshee over a vast alien world.
The spectacular flying experience will give guests a birds-eye view of the beauty and grandeur of the world of Pandora on an aerial rite of passage.

As part of the largest expansion in the park’s history, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will immerse guests into the world of Pandora, and the entire park will transform after dark with new nighttime entertainment experiences, offering guests longer days than ever before.

“Rivers of Light” – Expected to open next spring, “Rivers of Light” will be an innovative experience unlike anything ever seen in a Disney park, combining live performers, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery. “Rivers of Light” will magically come to life on the natural stage of Discovery River.

Kilimanjaro Safaris – This popular attraction will be extended for a new nighttime adventure next spring, where guests will travel through the African savanna amid the magically extended orange glow of the setting sun and discover two species new to the attraction: African wild dogs and hyenas.

Pandora – The World of AVATAR – Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests will journey into the magnificent world of Pandora at this new AVATAR-themed land – a world that includes floating mountains, a bioluminescent forest and the winged creatures known as Banshees.

AVATAR Flight of Passage – This E-ticket attraction, the centerpiece of Pandora, allows guests to soar on a Banshee over a vast alien world. The spectacular flying experience will give guests a birds-eye view of the beauty and grandeur of the world of Pandora on an aerial rite of passage.

Rivers of Light combine to Disney's Animal Kingdom, expected to open next spring, will be an innovative experience combining live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery.
Rivers of Light combine to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, expected to open next spring, will be an innovative experience combining live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery.

 

Disney Vacation Tips #7

Shani's Disney Tip of the Week #7

 

DISNEY VACATION TIPS #7

If you love the pictures taken by Disney PhotoPass Photographers throughout Walt Disney World, add the Memory Maker to a Magic Your Way package and you’ll enjoy an unlimited digital photos taken during your vacation – PLUS photos take at select attractions and Character Dining locations. And you can forget about having to purchase each photo individually – you’ll get to download digital copies of them all!*

Memory Maker is an incredible new way to enjoy unlimited digital Disney PhotoPass.The Memory Maker is a great way to make sure everyone in your party is in some photos plus gives you the opportunity to have some fun with various poses. Sometimes the photographer will have your party pose with your hands out or looking down at the ground. When you see your picture online, you might have a surprise character with you!

You are welcome to purchase each picture individually, but if you love pictures, you can add on the Memory Maker for $200 for unlimited photos but save $30 when you purchase it 3 days in advance! Also, one Memory Maker purchase can be used for EVERYONE in your party, even if you are staying at different resorts! You have 45 days after the picture was taken to download and save them to your computer. Once you download the photos, they are yours forever!

For more information regarding this service or questions about planning a Disney vacation, please contact me. I’m happy to help you!


*Some restrictions apply. Contact me for details.

NOTE: AS OF 12-14-15, THE MEMORY MAKER SERVICE PRICES HAVE BEEN REDUCED. PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR CURRENT PRICES.

As a former Disney Cast Member and current travel consultant specializing in Disney destinations, I have learned many vacation and travel tips over the years. I’m excited to share some of those tips with you here on our blog. Each week, I will post a new Disney Vacation Tip. Sign up for my Email Updates and never miss one. Also, email me if you have any questions about Disney vacations. I’m happy to help!!!

Disney Vacation Tips #6

Shani's Disney Vacation Tip #6

DISNEY VACATION TIPS #6

Not just for attractions, FastPass+ at Walt Disney World and FASTPASS at Disneyland allows you to reserve space for a Disney parade, fireworks show, and other entertainment presentations, such as Fantasmic! *

The Main Street Electrical Parade at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World
The Main Street Electrical Parade at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

The FASTPASS service was created to reserve your spot so you have more time to enjoy the park, and with its popularity amongst park guests, the opportunities have increased! Even the technology has improved. In Walt Disney World, you can order and schedule your FastPass+ right from your mobile device!

Walt Disney World
Did you know you can begin making FastPass+ reservations as early at 60 days BEFORE your check-in date if you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort?

Entertainment using FastPass+:
Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade
Fantasmic!
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
Main Street Electrical Parade
Wishes – Fireworks Nighttime Spectacular
Festival of the Lion King
Finding Nemo – The Musical
Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
…and more!

 

Disneyland Resort
When visiting Disneyland park or Disney California Adventure, you must enter the parks to retrieve your FASTPASS ticket. FASTPASS tickets are subject to availability, so I recommend getting yours as soon as you can.

Entertainment using FstPass:
Fantasmic!
World of Color – Celebrate
Storytelling at Royal Theater

valid theme park admission is required and each member of your party must have their own ticket/reservation. For more information regarding this service or questions about planning a Disney vacation, please contact me.


*Some restrictions apply. Contact me for details.

As a former Disney Cast Member and current travel consultant specializing in Disney destinations, I have learned many vacation and travel tips over the years. I’m excited to share some of those tips with you here on our blog. Each week, I will post a new Disney Vacation Tip. Sign up for my Email Updates and never miss one. Also, email me if you have any questions about Disney vacations. I’m happy to help!!!

Pizzafari in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The Pizzafari restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom
The Pizzafari restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

This unique lamppost found just outside Pizzafari, restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, gives Guests an idea of the stylings found inside the restaurant’s six themed rooms.

If you eat at Pizzafari, while dining on pizza or other related fare, be sure to listen closely to what sounds like African-styled music. Each song is animal-related and you’ll hear familiar melodies such as “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Black Bird,” “Octopus’s Garden” and the theme to the TV series “Mister Ed.”

Disney Vacation Tips #5

Disney Vacation Tip of the Week number 5

 

DISNEY VACATION TIPS #5

Take advantage of  Disney’s Magical Express when flying into Orlando International Airport and staying at a Walt Disney World Resort.

 

One of the Disney Magical Express motor coaches.
One of the Disney Magical Express motor coaches.

Disney’s Magical Express is a complimentary luggage and transportation service. Once you land, you don’t have to worry about your luggage or renting a car. All you need to do it walk to the motor coaches and enjoy the free ride to your resort.*

Disney will pick up your luggage at the airport and deliver it to your resort. Once you check in, just call Bell Services and have them deliver your luggage.

Please remember that luggage delivery can sometimes take longer than expected, so keep all important items with you in your carry-on including medicine, cell phones and chargers, jackets, and the all important MagicBands (see tip #2)!

Even the back of the Disney Magical Express is in on the fun.
Even the back of Disney’s Magical Express is in on the fun.

 

On your departure day, you can check in your luggage and receive your airline boarding pass right at your Disney Resort hotel and Disney will then take your luggage directly to your flight.

Participating airlines include: 

  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Southwest Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • US Airways

 

Fun videos are shown on Disney's Magical Express.
Fun videos are shown on Disney’s Magical Express.

 

Keep in mind, Disney’s Magical Express service does require a separate reservation made at least 10 days prior to arrival and luggage tags must arrive at your home and placed on luggage prior to boarding the plane. Contact me for details as I can help you make your vacation as stress-free as possible!

*Some restrictions apply. Contact me for details.

 

 

 

As a former Disney Cast Member and current travel consultant specializing in Disney destinations, I have learned many vacation and travel tips over the years. I’m excited to share some of those tips with you here on our blog. Each week, I will post a new Disney Vacation Tip. Sign up for my Email Updates and never miss one. Also, email me if you have any questions about Disney vacations. I’m happy to help!!!

Save up to 25% On Rooms at Select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Enjoy Fall Saving at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
Enjoy Fall Savings at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Take advantage of this offer and book now to reserve your room for your Walt Disney World vacation this fall. Confused?? I can help you with your options. Contact me to book before September 18, 2015.

For Oct. 4-10, Oct. 16-17, Oct. 23-31 and Nov. 8-21, 2015:

  • Save up to 10% at Select Value Resorts
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For Oct. 11-15, Oct 18-22, Nov. 1-7, Nov 22-24 and Nov. 28 – Dec. 23, 2015:

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New Snacks at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Included on Disney Dining Plans

Farmer's Salad snack now available at available at  Gardens Kiosk, located on Discovery Island at  Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Farmer’s Salad snack now available at Gardens Kiosk, located on Discovery Island at
Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

New snack options are available at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World. These new snacks are amazing and available at the newly revamped Gardens Kiosk, located on Discovery Island. The best thing is these snacks are snack options on the Disney Dining Plans! Which ones are your favorites? Let me know! Bon Appetit!

Disneys Animal Kingdom - Lobster Mac & Cheese
Lobster Mac and Cheese also available at
Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Disneys Animal Kingdom -Trek Power Salad
Enjoy the Trek Power Salad snack at
Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

 

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Bringing the World of AVATAR to Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The World of AVATAR is coming to life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Here is a sneak peek of the new land scheduled to open in 2017.

Here is another video with more about the AVATAR-inspired land coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Avatar pic for video
Conceptual art for the AVATAR-inspired land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom