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‘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.

Disney Parks Bingo Cards Add More Fun to Your Disney Vacation

We all know how much fun it is to visit the four theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort, but what if there was a way to add just a little more fun to your visit? Well, now there is with Disney Theme Parks Bingo.

Become a Wilderness Explorer at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

If you have seen the Disney/Pixar film Up you might remember that young Russell is a Wilderness Explorer who loves to have great adventures and earn badges based on those adventures.

Soon guests at Disney's Animal Kingdom will have a chance to become Wilderness Explorers just like Russell, experiencing the park in a way that will deepen their understanding of animals and our natural world.

Celebrate Animal Kingdom’s 15th Anniversary on Earth Day, April 22

Disney's Animal Kingdom - the largest animal theme park in the world - opened to the public on Earth Day, April 22, 1998. This year marks the park's 15th anniversary and there's a "wild" celebration planned.

Two New Interactive Games Launching This Spring at Walt Disney World

Get ready for a swashbuckling good time at the Magic Kingdom, because according to the Disney Parks Blog Pirates are taking over Adventureland this spring with a new interactive entertainment adventure.

News Tidbits: Animal Guides and New Home for Marie

Here are a couple of news tidbits for those of you heading out to the parks soon that have to do with Disney's Animal Kingdom and an Epcot character meet and greet.

First up, the next time you find yourself at AK, check out the new animal guides. Found at the main entrance, the tip board and Mombasa Marketplace, the animal guides should cover most animals found within AK. These guides look to be in a trial phase which began just the other day (October 1) and should be available through November 30.

News Tidbits: Kali Rapids and Epcot Meet-and-Greet

Here are two brief news stories that could be of interest to our Walt Disney World fans.

First up,some helpful news from Disney's Animal Kingdom. That park is said to start offering two-hour locker rentals to guests riding the Kali Rapids. Look for the new lockers by the restroom near the Rapids' main entrance. Keep in mind, it is a two-hour rental; those wishing a longer rental time can still utilize the lockers for rent near the front of the park.

Avatarland Delayed?

Could work on an "Avatar"-based land within Walt Disney World be delayed? According to online reports, the answer is yes.

The reports say work on the sequels (yes, sequels with an "s") to the blockbuster 2009 film has not yet started and no release dates have been set for either "Avatar 2" or "Avatar 3." This stall could spill over to "Pandora: The World of Avatar" - the "Avatarland" that is slated to be built in Disney's Animal Kingdom.

New Appointment in Disney Imagineering Indicates Possible 'Significant Activity' at WDW

It's been reported Walt Disney Imagineering has recently undergone a shuffle of sorts of its employees - all of which could indicate new activity in Walt Disney World's future.

The newest change in Walt Disney Imagineering has Kathy Magnum taking on the new role of "Producer, Walt Disney World Portfolio." This new role will have Magnum partnering up with Jack Blitch and working with Meg Crofton as a creative producer for Walt Disney World. She'll continue to report to Walt Disney Imagineering Chief Creative Executive Bruce Vaughn.

Animal Kingdom's Wild Africa Trek Linked to Illness Outbreak

A popular guest experience in Disney's Animal Kingdom park is being linked to "several dozen" cases of guest illness. Several guests have reported an abdominal-based sickness after taking part in the Wild Africa Trek tour during June and July.

Dan Weister, a spokesperson for the Orange County Health Department, said the illness "appears to be some kind of stomach bug." The source of the illness hasn't been found, and Weister says: "It could be food-borne, it could be water-borne, it could be something that's passed on person-to-person, it could be something that's picked up by surface."

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DiVine Performance Art At Disney's Animal Kingdom

Tucked amongst the leaves and foliage of Disney Animal Kingdom is a street performance of great renown. It's easy to miss, to walk right by, but if you keep your eyes open you just may run into DiVine. Elegant and elusive DiVine has been captivating guests who happen upon her since 1998.

The Prayer Flags of Anandapur at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Floating in the breeze above the heads of the tourists bustling through the park hang the colorful prayer flags of the Anandapur Township in Disney's Animal Kingdom. A beautiful touch of detailed Imagineering that comes straight from the countryside of the Himalayas. The exquisitely detailed Anandapur goes out of it's way to blur the lines of fantasy and reality, it is easy to forget you are in a Florida theme park.

Disney Parks Ticket Prices Increase June 2, 2013

Beginning tomorrow, June 2, 2013 tickets to Disney's Florida and California theme parks will have new pricing. For the first time, a one day Park Ticket to the Magic Kingdom (at $95) costs more than a one day Park Ticket to Epcot, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom (each at $90). That means that one day at the Magic Kingdom ticket is a full $6 more than if was last year. The price increase, though sudden, does not come as that much of a surprise as the last ticket price increase occurred in June of 2012.

2013 Expedition Everest Challenge

The Forbidden Mountain beckons guests deep within Disney's Animal Kingdom, inviting them to adventure and inspiring them to reach new heights. You too can face the mountain and meet the Yeti like never before in runDisney's Expedition Everest Challenge!

Walt Disney World Limited Time Magic: Week 17

There's a party going on and you're all invited! April April 22 to April 28, 2013 Walt Disney World Resort is celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Disney's Animal Kingdom Park by throwing a "Party for the Planet." Come join the festivities centered around this Earth Week event and meet some of your favorite Disney Characters, purchase collectable merchandise, then try out some sweet treats!

Why Is The Rum Gone? Five Fantastic Rum Cocktails at Walt Disney World

Pirate Captain, Jack Sparrow is known for his love of rum. It's one of the things that the two of us have in common, and maybe you do too! In his honor I thought that I would gather together a few of the most popular Rum Drinks that you can try on your next Walt Disney World Vacation.

Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Did you know that Disney's Animal Kingdom is an active participant in Species Survival Plans for dozens of endangered animals? The role of promoting species conservation is something they take seriously, and hand in hand with other zoological facilities, wildlife organizations and government agencies Disney works hard towards rehabilitation and reintroduction of endangered and threatened species. Climb Aboard the Wildlife Express Train to Rafiki's Planet Watch on your next visit to Disney's Animal Kingdom for a closer look.

Touring Tips for Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom is one of the most unique theme parks that Disney offers, themed entirely around animal conservation, it showcases the love and dedication that Walt Disney himself had to conservation of our natural world. The fourth Park to be built at the Walt Disney World property, Animal Kingdom offers guests so much more than your typical animal park.

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.

Four Fantastic In Park Breakfasts at Walt Disney World

When talking about Disney Dining there's often a big focus on what's for dinner, sometimes we tend to forget that there are other meals in the day. At heart, I'm a breakfast girl, and some of you out there may be as well, after all "they" say it's our most important meal. I love all sorts of breakfast foods, and with late nights at the park my family tends to sleep in and often we don't even get out of the room before 10:00am.