Disney’s Animal Kingdom
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(10/9/21) Ride List For Genie+ and Lightning Lane Service (MORE...)
(10/3/21) A Beacons of Magic Warning and Primeval Whirl Demolition Update (MORE...)
(9/24/21) Primeval Whirl Demolition Begins (MORE...)
(9/16/21) Old Finding Nemo Show To Be Replaced by New Finding Nemo Show in 2022 (MORE...)
(9/12/21) Everest Expected To Go Down For Extended Rehab in Early 2022 (MORE...)
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Expedition Everest - Early Jan. To Early Apr. 2022
Other Attractions CLOSED due to COVID Safety Protocols Include:
General Park News - (10/9/21) Here is the list of attractions that will have Lightning Lane and Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane access at Disney’s Animal Kingdom starting Oct. 19, 2021.
Individual Lightning Lane Purchase:
Avatar Flight of Passage
Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane:
A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King
It’s Tough to be a Bug!
Kali River Rapids
Na’vi River Journey
The Animation Experience
Feathered Friends in Flight
(10/3/21) Screamscapee has a quick warning to anyone going to Disney’s Animal Kingdom just to see the Beacons of Magic show on the Tree of Life. It is… SHORT… like REALLY REALLY SHORT.
Like… 60 seconds in and it’s all over. DONE! FINITO! KAPUT!
You can view the entire thing in a tweet below from our friends at Orlando Experience who reported seeing guests grab spots around the Tree of Life up to an hour in advance and the crowds of people in attendance standing around forever after it was over waiting for the real show to begin, as if what they saw was just a teaser or introduction. I’m sorry to say… that’s it apparently. Enjoy the entire 60 seconds of glory in the tweet below from the comfort of the screen of your choice. Digging into it a little more, the projection show takes place about every 15 minutes after dark, and there seems to be a second slightly different version of the show that is also about 60 seconds long.
Elsewhere in the park they also got some fantastic shots of the wreckage of Primeval Whirl as it is slowly ripped apart for the coaster scrap pile in the sky.
(9/24/21) Looks like the demolition of the Primeval Whirl coasters at Disney’s Animal Kingdom has begun. Pictures posted to WDWNT show various aspects of the scenery pieces being removed from the coaster, along with the lift hill chains.
(9/12/21) The early word is that Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will close for an extended refurbishment starting sometime in January (after the busy Holiday season is over) and could last through to early April. (They’ll probably want to have it finished in time for the Easter holiday breaks, with Easter falling on Apr. 17, 2022). Don’t count on seeing the full motion Yeti return to service though, but hopefully the rest of the ride will get refurbished and who knows, maybe they’ll add a surprise or two for the 50th Anniversary celebration.
(8/30/21) According to a post at Inside The Magic, a new construction permit has been filed for Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park to begin work on “General Construction” of some kind about the area where the long-closed Primeval Whirl coasters sit in the middle of Dinoland USA. It is long past time to remove the twin coasters, and over the past year some readers have spotted the coaster cars occasionally being hauled away from the park on the back of trucks. But what may become of the site is still very much unknown, so stay tuned.
(6/6/21) Walt Disney World has confirmed that they will reopen the Tusker House Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park starting June 20th. You can make reservations now.
(5/11/21) Disney has announced that “A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King” will begin at the Animal Kingdom theme park starting on May 15, 2021. Technical previews have already begun for guests in the park. This will be a modified version of the old show, with certain acts removed along with the close-up guest interaction segments.
(3/26/21) While we posted a report from a reader that spotted Primeval Whirl cars being loaded onto a truck to be taken away from Walt Disney World property, another reader sent in a photo they took back in December when they spotted another load of the cars being driven away as well. So apparently this wasn’t the first truck-load of cars to be removed from the theme park. You can see the December truck-load photos here to the side.
(3/22/21) Keep an eye out on the roads in Orlando. The other day a reader contacted us to say that they spotted a generic box truck on site behind the scenes at Walt Disney World loaded up with roller coaster cars from the closed Primeval Whirl coasters. It isn’t known if Disney is selling these to a possible used-ride market vendor or not, as I’m sure Disney could find buyers to take the two fleets of Reverchon spinning coaster cars off their hands for a good price.
Of course when Universal retired the original track and trains for the Incredible Hulk coaster as that rebuild project was underway, those were sent to the scrap pile to be chewed up and destroyed. It is always possible Disney could have sent out the Primeval Whirl cars to meet the same fate.
(2/17/21) According to Theme Park Portal a new temporary attraction is coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom as part of a promotion for the new Raya & The Last Dragon animated film. The new temporary attraction will open at the former Conservation Station area (which requires a ride on the train to get to) and will feature animation lessons, sand sculpture exhibits and more. One of the anchors of the attraction will be a massive 40-ton sand sculpture of Raya, Tuk Tuk and Sisu.
(2/7/21) While Walt Disney World confirmed back in July 2020 that the Primeval Whirl roller coaster was now closed for good, the park has yet to actually remove the coasters. New building permits granted to the theme park seem to indicate that it may finally be time for Disney to remove the coasters from the park in the near future. Doing this over the off-season before things get more busy as the year goes on, it only makes sense to take care of this unsightly business now. The process of taking down and removing the steel coaster structure is sure to cause a small bit of disruption to the area when it happens.
It does make me wonder what use Disney will make of the site going forward into the future, as it will leave them with a small grouping of midway games scattered around a big empty space and one single flat ride, Triceratops Spin. In some way it might be worth it to consider moving Triceratops Spin closer to the Dinosaur attraction, and free up the entire space for a future major new attraction instead. I know there have been some wanting to see something from Zootopia brought to Animal Kingdom, and this could become a good home for it.
(1/22/20) According to the Disney Parks Blog a number of the resorts famous entertainment acts and shows will return in Summer 2021. More details are to come, but the big show they did confirm as coming back is Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The show will be “presented in a modified format” however, with changes to be made both on-stage and back-stage to allow for a safe environment, as well as to how guests are seated in the venue.
2021 - 50th Anniversary Additions - (8/31/21) Walt Disney World has reconfirmed that “Disney KiteTails”, a new daytime show celebration, will take to the skies above DIsney’s Animal Kingdom park starting on October 1, 2021 as part of the Resort’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. Look for the new show to take place several times each day at the Discovery River Theater, near Dinoland USA where watercraft will pull the giant kites into action above the lagoon.
They’ve also posted a new video showing off some of the massive kite designs as well as talking about the show itself.
(6/27/21) While there are no night shows planned for Disney’s Animal Kingdom at this time, the park will launch ‘Disney KiteTails’ to perform several time each day at the park starting on October 1st at the Discovery River Amphitheater. “Performers will fly windcatchers and kites of all shapes and sizes, while out on the water elaborate three-dimensional kites – some stretching to 30 feet long – will depict Disney animal friends, including Simba, Zazu, Baloo and King Louie. These colorful creations will dance through the sky to the beat of favorite Disney songs in an uplifting, vibrant experience for the whole family.”
2022 - New Finding Nemo Show - (9/16/21) Fans of Disney’s Animal Kingdom have been waiting for any news about the return of the park’s Finding Nemo: The Musical show, as the show went dark along with the parks in March 2020 due to COVID, but has since never returned. According to what Disney has now confirmed, the old show will not be returning.
Instead, Disney claims they have begun developing an all new version of the Finding Nemo show that will replace the old show at some point in 2022.
???? - Zootopia - Rumor/Speculation - (1/31/19) When it was announced that Shanghai Disneyland was adding a Zootopia themed land, you may have been thinking that somehow you had heard that rumor somewhere before. As readers of Screamscape and other theme park news sites, chances are good that you did see something about a Zootopia themed land from Disney… only it was a kind wild rumor a few years back for Disney’s Animal Kingdom that never came to be.
Or will it? With the project now moving forward at the Shanghai park, OrlandoWeekly suggests that it may only be a matter of time before a clone of the project comes to life in Orlando, possibly 4 or 5 years after it opens in Shanghai, though by then the project could also appear inside one of the other Walt Disney World parks instead.