Exploring the Animal Kingdom Shows

In a new series, today I’m taking a look at all of the different shows throughout the Walt Disney World Parks.  In today’s episode, I’m going to take a look at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Shows.
For our purposes, a show is something on screen or on stage, that you watch as you would watch a movie or play.

Festival of the Lion King

Festival of the Lion King

Animal Kingdom has some really top notch shows, some of them are among my favorites.  First up in our exploration is Festival of the Lion King, located over at Camp Minnie-Mickey.

Festival of the Lion King is, to put it plainly, stunning!  The music is incredible, the performance is top notch, and being able to cheer on our own character from the movie just brings the audience into the show that much better!  The only drawback I have with “Festival of the Lion King” is that it is hard for us to get seats at times – another testimony of how popular this show really is.  I am determined that this year I am going to see Festival of the Lion King, it has been entirely too long since we last saw it.

Finding Nemo — The Musical


This show located DinoLand U.S.A. is one of the great shows in all of Disney.  The casting is phenomenal, and the ability of the cast members to produce a show that includes all of the grace of elegance that fish exhibit in the water is really astounding.  The cast and crew of “Finding Nemo – The Musical” have a lot to be proud of – this show is truly one of a kind.

It’s Tough to be a Bug


Technically, I suppose that I have to consider “It’s Tough to be a Bug” a show, based on my definition at the start of my article.  To be honest, though, we don’t like this show, as you can see in my post on Chip and Company, so I’m just going to say that we don’t like it and leave it at that.

So, while Animal Kingdom doesn’t have a large quantity of shows, it does have two of the best shows in my opinion in all of Walt Disney World.  What are your favorite shows?  Did I miss any?  Feel free to comment here, or on Facebook, or send me a Tweet!  Thanks everyone, and make it a Disney Day!

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – Tree of Life

Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia


Hello everyone, and welcome to Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia, the weekly Disney Trivia series that I host along with my friend Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, and Heidi from Heidi’s Head!  Today I’ve got a unique piece of trivia for you that is based around the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park!

Did you know?

That the Tree of Life measures 145 feet tall and 160 feet wide, and that it features 325 extinct, contemporary, or imaginary creatures?  Additionally, there are over 103,000 leaves situated on the over 8,000 branches, and that each leaf was done by hand?  That is an incredible amount of detail that they put into the Tree!  Also, there is the 430 seat theater that houses the show “It’s a Bugs Life” that is located underneath the tree!

All of this detail is courtesy of the incredible book titled “Magical Mouse Schoolhouse: Learn While You Play at Walt Disney World Resort” by our very own Jodi Whisenhunt!  If you don’t have this book, go out and get it, I’ve linked over to where you can get it in the title.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Now, please go check out the rest of the entries this week!

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Wordless Wednesday – Disney Weenies!

My favorite Disney Weenie!

My favorite Disney Weenie!

Welcome to my Wordless Wednesday post!  As always, special thanks goes out to my friend Deb from Focused on the Magic for hosting this weekly series!  This week, I have a little better idea of what a Disney Weenie is, so let’s get right to it!  The picture at the top is my favorite picture of Spaceship Earth, the Weenie that I think of for Epcot.  I love the different colors displayed on the dome in that shot, it is so cool how Disney makes everything so vibrant, and it focuses on one of the best times to visit Disney — in the evening!

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Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia – Expedition Everest

The subject of this week's Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia!

The subject of this week’s Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia!

Hello everyone, after our snafu last week with the server, we are back this week with our Tiggerific Tuesday Trivia post for the week!  Along for the ride are Heidi from Heidi’s Head, Jenn from Disney Babies Blog, and Jodi from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse!  I know Jodi and myself would like to thank Jenn and Heidi for holding down the fort for us last week!  I also know that Jodi and I would have much rather written our TTT posts than deal with server issues!

Expedition Everest

Today’s trivia comes to us from the Walt Disney World Trivia Book, Volume 2, by Lou Mongello!  I was thumbing through it, when I happened upon this very interesting tidbit — at least, I thought it was interesting!

Did you know…that 1,800 tons of steel was used in Expedition Everest’s mountain structure? That is about 6 times the amount of steel that would be used in a traditional office building of the same size!

1,800 tons = 3,600,000 pounds of steel!

When I read that, I was floored!  It is a ton (pun intended!) of steel in that mountain, which, at 199 1/2 feet tall, is the tallest structure in all of Walt Disney World.  Quick followup trivia question:

Why is Expedition Everest specifically 199 1/2 feet tall?  Why not 200′ tall?

A) Because mechanically, it had to be exactly 199 1/2 feet tall.
B) Because if it was 200 feet tall, it would need a red FAA airline beacon to warn aircraft.
C) Because the Imagineers have an odd sense of humor.
D) I don’t know why…

While all four of those answers make sense, and might be actually part of the backstory that I don’t know about, the answer that I actually have read about is B.  Did you get it right?  Let me know if you did, and congratulations!  Now, head on over and read the posts from my friends, and thanks for stopping by!

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33 Days til Disneyland – Goofy’s Sky School!

Image ©Disney Parks

Image ©Disney Parks

Before you know it, we’ll be under 30 days until our trip to Disneyland!  For today, though, we are at day 33, and we are taking a look at Goofy’s Sky School, which is located at Paradise Pier in Disney’s California Adventure park.

The sky school is a coaster similar to the Primeval Whirl ride at Animal Kingdom — except that it is themed after Goofy’s flight training school!  With over 12oo feet of twisting, turning, up and down track, you’ll fast learn that Goofy is probably not the best one to teach us how to fly!  This attraction is based primarily off of Goofy’s Glifer, a 1940s cartoon.  Here is a YouTube video of Goofy’s Glider for you to enjoy!

Goofy’s Sky School is an attraction that I think I want to try out. Do you ride it? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!