Is the Animal Kingdom night show a good idea?Walt Disney World: what do you think?
From Tyler HarrisThe new night show at Animal Kingdom planned might not be such a blessing. The park hours will be extended and late Extra Magic hours will arise.
Posted October 29, 2013 at 9:44 PM
The animals also aren't awake at this time. With more people coming to Animal Kingdom, is this night show really a good plan for Disney?
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From TH CreativeMr. Harris writes: "The animals also aren't awake at this time."
Posted October 30, 2013 at 4:38 AM
I Respond: Many animals are nocturnal.
From Russell MeyerPerhaps he should have said that the animals are not visible during nighttime hours because there is no artificial lighting on most of the open-air exhibits. I do know that AKL does a night vision safari for guests of the hotel, but they usually only have 3 or 4 pairs of goggles for a typical group of 20 or more. I guess DAK could do a similar thing, but they would need to buy a lot of goggles or come up with a way for guests to look through night-vision windows on the exhibits and/or safari trucks. Adding artificial lighting to the exhibits could confuse or harm the animals.
Posted October 30, 2013 at 7:44 AM
I think adding the nighttime show is a good idea for the park because it expands the park's capacity and money-making power. However, there needs to be plenty of things for guests to do while they're waiting for the show. Unless they can come up with a way to view the animals in the dark, those exhibits would all need to close (Busch Gardens Tamps closes its animal exhibits at dusk even if the park is open later), but there needs to be plenty of other outlets for guests to pass the time while they wait for the show. Also, they will need to enhance the lighting on Discovery Island and the front section of the park. If anyone's been in DAK when it gets dark, you know how tricky it can be walking out with the uneven, winding paths, and overhanging vegetation. Without improved lighting, getting a full park out safely after it's been dark for a couple of hours will be challenging.
From Rob PastorI've always wanted to experience Animal Kingdom in the evening. I would imagine the park is absolutely beautiful. I'm actually excited about the prospect of an evening Animal Kingdom park & show. Disney's shows are usually awesome. That may be the one thing they do best.
Posted October 30, 2013 at 8:36 AM
From parker reaveI think this night show is really an excellent plan for Disney.
Posted October 30, 2013 at 4:27 PM
From Anthony MurphyI think it is a good idea. It will get them doing something with the pretty useless water around the tree that used to be filled with boats.
Posted October 30, 2013 at 5:55 PM
As for the animals, it appears that they are not bothered by Magical Hours. The trails and Safaris close earlier.
From Ryan PickhardtI think it is a great idea! Animal kingdom is the only park without a nighttime show, so it feels fitting that they get one.as for the animals, you wouldn't be able to see them that well anyway even if they were out. Also, (as someone already pointed out) there are nocturnal animals.
Posted October 31, 2013 at 5:57 AM
From Phil B.This park is an absolute gem at night. Most have no idea because of the usual operating hours, but the way the park is lit along it's pathways, amongst all that nature as a back drop, really makes for a stunning visual experience after darkness falls. Giving the park activities that allow for it to be open into these later operating hours is a win across the board for all involved.
Posted October 31, 2013 at 8:52 PM
From J. DanaBEST idea ever...and something that's been needed at this park for quite some time...and it's okay that the animals aren't visible (most of them, anyway)...because the park will still have plenty of non-animal attractions/restaurants to visit. Such as: Discovery Island, DinoLand, the Tree of Life area, most of Asia (the Yeti never sleeps and the water ride doesn't need animals), and the new Avatar Land (which, I'm assuming, won't have sleeping animals--I just wish it wasn't Avatar -- does anyone really have a heart-felt connection to Pandora???), and the then-newly-opened Festival of the Lion King.
Posted November 13, 2013 at 12:41 PM
The park has tons of night-time stuff available....AND, this is just a hopeful guess, I imagine that some sort of "night-time" animal exhibits will be installed. And remember all those rumors about "Night Kingdom"? Well, maybe this is the first step towards that. I'm not so sure that a "night safari" would be too successful, but I'm sure they'll find some way to use that area....
Doesn't Epcot close some of its front-of-park attractions at night? (or is that a long-ago practice?)
Interesting, though...according to the Disney Events Group, this represents a loss in their business because Animal Kingdom has long been one of their most popular event spaces because of its early closing time.
The night-time show is a no-brainer, especially considering the massive amounts of water/lakes that are built into this park, all around the Tree of Life.
From N BJ Dana, you put the "heartfelt connection" comment about Avatar so perfectly... it's hard to explain how some movies stick with you and other do not.
Posted November 13, 2013 at 2:19 PM
I always draw a parallel to Potter when it comes to Avatar because so many people read the HP books and had to imagine those stories before the movies were released.
Avatar had a fairly weak and overused story (infidels want the resources of the indigenous people and a hero changes sides to fight with the natives), but stunning visuals.
Every time I hear the first few notes of the Potter theme song, I am taken back to the very first movie and the opening credits and think about Universal's adaptation of Hogsmeade.
Anyways, as Animal Kingdom is my second favorite Disney park behind MGM (um, I mean Hollywood Studios), I would like to see what they come up with.
From Jaiden CohenI think its a bad idea. What will the animals think? I can tell you, they won't like it.
Posted November 14, 2013 at 3:40 PM
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