The Animal Kingdom park will be coming to life after hours this May, with a host of new attractions. Starting from Memorial Day weekend, the park will remain open after dark giving you plenty of time to explore these incredible new attractions, transforming the Animal Kingdom into a full day experience.
Tree of Life: Night-time Awakenings:
You may be familiar with Animal Kingdom's famous Tree of Life, an attraction in itself thanks to the incredible attention to detail and its huge size (145-foot tall and 50-foot wide), but now you have the chance to see it in a different light…literally! As the sun goes does, discover the magic as a swarm of fireflies illuminate the tree, bringing it to life with an amazing 'Night-time Awakenings' exhibition. Watch in awe as the intricate carvings bounce into action, performing their own unique stories for you. The stunning display of vibrant colours and glistening lights is set to be a spectacularly mesmerising attraction.
Make sure you look out for the glow throughout the park to catch one of the 3 -minute performances during your visit. Admire the beautiful creatures dancing across the night sky, the creative animation and the colourful lights swirling around the tree's branches.
Jungle Book: Alive with Magic:
Home to over 1700 beautiful creatures, and one of the largest animal theme parks in the world, the Animal Kingdom is the perfect location to host a Jungle Book themed attraction, and this summer it will be doing just that! Fans of the classic movie, as well as the most recent instalment (released last month) will be thrilled to hear about the new night-time spectacular themed around the Disney favourite.
Promising some well-known hits from the movie (think ‘Bare Necessities’ and ‘I wanna be like you’), you’re bound to be singing and dancing along in no time. Described as being “infused with Indian influence”, and packed with plenty of music and special effects. Running for a limited time only (throughout the summer) make sure you don’t miss out on all of the Jungle fun. While you’re there, why not pay a visit to stars of the show Baloo and King Louie!
Nocturnal Encounters Experience:
For the ultimate safari experience, explore the savanna at night, for a rare chance to see the animals in their nocturnal habitat. Marvel at the roaming creatures, as they become more active under the cool evening temperatures. Imagineers at the park explained that getting the lighting right was vital for an experience like this to be possible, and now for the first time, guests can take advantage of this night-time adventure. A safari guide will tell you everything you need to know, and point out the animal’s favourite hiding places. An amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, perfect for the whole family.
Whilst there is still no official date for the opening of the highly anticipated Rivers of Light show, the new date is expected to be announced later this month, making the Animal Kingdom the place to be, for the newest, exciting attractions. Enjoy the benefit of reduced crowds with the introduction of extended hours, and ride Expedition Everest under the night sky. Savour the brand new selection of sensational after dark shows for an unforgettable visit to the Animal Kingdom!
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