New Stage Show To Replace Animal Kingdom’s Flights of Wonder

Updated! Flights of Wonder at Disney's Animal Kingdom has long taken guests on a journey into the avian world. It introduces guests to some of majestic bird species, while telling the heartbreaking story of how environmental concerns have brought some of them to the brink of extinction. But for 2018 Disney announced something that has been swirling around the rumor mill for ages; an all new stage show just in time for the Park's 20th anniversary. UP! A Great Bird Adventure is sure to be a spectacular celebration of our feathered friends.

Colorful Species Take Flight To Delight CrowdsColorful Species Take Flight To Delight Crowds

While the plumed antics of the magnificent Flights of Wonder cast is inspirational, this has always been one of those shows that can feel a little tired once you have seen it a time or two. Therefor we are super excited to announce that there is an all-new show is coming to the Caravan Theater at Disney's Animal Kingdom opening in Spring 2018 featuring Russell and Dug from Disney-Pixar's 'UP! Guests will be able to take a romp with Senior Wilderness Explorer Russell, and his faithful companion Dug as they discover the beauty and intelligence of birds from around the world. After all - their pal Kevin was a bird, so they know a thing or two about exotic feathered creatures.

As with the previous shows, Disney has shared that "there will be "UP" close encounters each day with amazing winged creatures!" We really can't wait for this fresh flight to swoop in at Disney's Animal Kingdom and keep us entertained.

Here are six wild facts about the new 25-minute show:

  • Led by an avian enthusiast and bird experts, this unique experience features a close-up look at bird species from South America, North America, India, Africa, and other locations around the globe.
  • More than 15 exciting and beautiful species of birds make appearances, including toucans, parrots, macaws, and an African fish eagle with a magnificent 7-foot wingspan.
  • Russell and Dug from DisneyPixar's UP make their first appearance onstage in this Disney's Animal Kingdom production.
  • An original, authentic Indian musical score features world beats and themes from DisneyPixar's UP.
  • Twenty animal trainers were involved in the creation of the show on its way to the stage. Four trainers work regularly with the birds and the actors during every performance.
  • The goal behind the new production is to showcase beloved Disney characters and the amazing natural behavior of birds while inspiring guests to connect with nature.

UP! A Great Bird Adventure at Disney's Animal KingdomUP! A Great Bird Adventure at Disney's Animal Kingdom

The previous show, Flights of Wonder, made its last flight December 31, 2017. UP! A Great Bird Adventure at Disney's Animal Kingdom welcomes guests to discover a beautiful avian world on Earth Day, April 22, 2018!

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