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New Africa Marketplace Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2015

The expansion at Disney's Animal Kingdom continues with the recent announcement of an all-new Africa Marketplace coming in the spring of 2015. The Africa Marketplace is planned as a new dining and shopping experience for guests.

Several Disney Cast Members Fired for Refusing to Wear Dirty Costumes

Three cast members of the Festival of the Lion King at Disney's Animal Kingdom were recently fired for refusing to wear tainted unitards.

‘Festival of The Lion King’ Celebrates 1 Million Guests

The Festival of The Lion King at Disney's Animal Kingdom has been visited by one million guests since it reopened earlier this summer.

The popular live show reopened in June in the new Harambe Theater after being closed for several months.

The show originally opened in 1998 in Camp Minnie Mickey but that location was closed this year as part of the ongoing construction for the new Avatar area of the park.

New Bird Show Debuting at Disney’s Animal Kingdom this Summer

More changes are headed to Disney's Animal Kingdom this summer as a new live bird show is set to debut.

The show is called Winged Encounters-The Kingdom Takes Flight and it will feature six types of birds including macaws.

'Winged Encounters' will showcase macaws in flight and will also feature bird experts who will share conservation stories with the audience. The show is scheduled to be performed on Discovery Island.

Summer of 2014 Brings New Magic to Guests at the Walt Disney World Resort

This summer promises to be one for the memory books for guests at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Summer officially kicks off at Disney on May 23 with the bi-coastal Rock Your Disney Side: 24 Hours party at the Magic Kingdom, Disneyland, and Disney California Adventure. This 24-hour party starts at 6 a.m. on May 23 and ends at 6 a.m. May 24 local time.

‘Festival of the Lion King’ Returning to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in June

After hibernating for the last few months, the 'Festival of the Lion King' is set to return to Disney's Animal Kingdom this summer.

The show went on hiatus in January of this year as construction for the park's Avatar-inspired land started.

The 'Festival of the Lion King' is scheduled to return to Disney's Animal Kingdom in June, but no official date has been announced.

The live show features songs from the hit movie in addition to dancers, acrobats, floats, and a fire twirler.

Summer at Walt Disney World Resort Includes the Rock Your Disney Side Celebration and Car Masters Weekend

Summer officially kicks off at the Walt Disney World Resort on May 23 with the 24-hour 'Rock Your Disney Side' celebration.

The party begins at 6 a.m. on May 23 and runs until 6 a.m. on May 24. The celebration will feature a variety of good-vs.-evil stories with character meet-and-greets, special merchandise, and special food and beverage items.

The 24-hour celebration is also planned for Disney California Adventure Park.

‘Festival of the Lion King’ Moving to a New Theater at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Festival of the Lion King - the popular live show featuring songs from The Lion King - is moving to a new home at Disney Animal Kingdom sometime next year.

Disney recently announced that a new structure is under construction and should be ready to host the show sometime in 2014. The new theater will be located in the Harambe Village section in the Africa area of the Animal Kingdom, which seems fitting considering The Lion King takes place in Africa.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Celebrates 25 Years Of ‘The Lion King’ In 2019

Simba, Timon, Rafiki and a friends across the grasslands first sang their way into our hearts in Walt Disney Pictures' "The Lion King" in 1994. 25 years later, Disney's Animal Kingdom will celebrate the animated classic's milestone anniversary with a party fit for a king.

Attractions To Relax On At Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom is foot by foot the largest of the Disney Parks. It's full with lush vegetation, exotic animal habitats, and thrilling rides - but after a few hot hours in the Disney jungle, it's nice to take a little break. These four great attractions let your party keep on touring while still offering folks the chance to sit down and rest for a few. Whether you just want to get off of your feet or you're looking for a climate controlled retreat, head to a viewing of these Animal Kingdom gems for a few minutes to refresh.

Disney History: Disney's Animal Kingdom Then & Now

The creation of Disney's Animal Kingdom was a hugely ambitious venture. Nature and conservation were two of the many things that Walt Disney was passionate about, so it was not a stretch for the Eisner administration to add a fourth gate to Walt Disney World that centered around animals. One of the greatest hurdles to the creation of Animal Kingdom was convincing critics that the concept was viable as a theme park and that it would be substantially different from a zoo. In a tongue-in-cheek way, the park was affectionately known as "Nahtazu".

Touring Tips for Disney's Animal Kingdom

We've updated our previous tips for Disney's Animal Kingdom bringing you more expert advice on this Park than ever. By far is one of the most unique theme parks that Disney offers, Disney's Animal Kingdom themed entirely around animal conservation, it showcases the love and dedication that Walt Disney himself had to conservation of our natural world.

Best Spots to Take a Break at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Touring Disney's Animal Kingdom is a different experience than touring any of the other theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort. The terrain is different, the walkways a bit uneven at times, the park is spread out, and during most of the year it feels like they're pumping extra heat and humidity into the park.

Can’t-Miss Attractions and More at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom is a theme park that you grow to love. It's always hot, sometimes hard to navigate, and if you don't give it a chance you might not appreciate it for what it is: an absolutely gorgeous theme park. There are quite a few incredible, must-do attractions (and more) at the Animal Kingdom and it's time to show them some well-deserved love.

Rides That Never Were: Walt Disney World – 'Beastlie Kingdomme', Animal Kingdom

With completion of the final piece of the expansion to Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom and Disney Springs progressing well, attention is now turning back to the recent 2014 ground breaking on the new Avatar-themed 'Pandora' land at Animal Kingdom and it seems an apt time to revisit the original concept destined for this area of the park.

Top Ten Ways to Stay Cool This Summer at Walt Disney World

If you're visiting Walt Disney World in the summer months you are guaranteed two things: it will be hot and it will be humid.

While the heat and humidity are pretty much a given at any time of year in the Sunshine State, in the summer months it can often be downright unbearable. But there are things you can do to attempt to beat the heat and enjoy your summer vacation without melting into the pavement.

The Top Must-See Shows at the Walt Disney World Resort

Everyone has a favorite show that is always on their "must" list during a Walt Disney World vacation. And we know the Wishes, IllumiNations, and Fantasmic are likely on that list.

But today we're going to talk about some of the other "must see" shows at Walt Disney World, including a couple that might not be on your radar.

Mickey and Minnie Get A New Home at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Grown ups love the Disney Characters just as much as the kids do and a beautiful queue to wait for your chance at a picture has become the standard for Walt Disney world Character Meet-n-Greets. According to Disney's Shawn Slater over on the Disney Parks Blog, Mickey and Minnie are getting a new home this spring at Disney's Animal Kingdom.