Disney’s Animal Kingdom
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(6/27/21) New Daytime Kite Show Coming For the 50th (MORE...)
(6/6/21) Disney's Animal Kingdom To Reopen Tusker House Later This Month (MORE...)
(5/11/21) Lion King Show To Return This Week (MORE...)
(3/26/21) Primeval Whirl Car Photo (MORE...)
(3/22/21) Primeval Whirl Cars On The Move (MORE...)
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Nothing is known to be planned at this time…
Other Attractions CLOSED due to COVID Safety Protocols Include:
General Park News - (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 - (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.”
???? - 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.