Animal Kingdom Archive

THE ADVENTURE BEGINS Say good morning to the Animal Kingdom. Arrive at the park entrance 15 minutes before opening. Rafiki will be the first on the scene with a few words of welcome before a host of his safari-clad friends arrive. It's a great time to see many of your favorite characters all in one place. [Rafiki, Mickey, Minnie, Baloo, Louie, Timon, Terk, Jungle Book monkeys and "Mama Stork" (stilt walker).] Soon after, cast members arrive holding tiny critters of every kind. They answer questions and even let you see their furry, scaly, prickly friends up close.


ADVENTURERS' CELEBRATION GATHERING Khaki-clad cast – including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy – gather to bid farewell to guests with a music-filled celebration. Cast members shake their pom-poms and urge guests to join in the street-party fun by dancing to the music and forming a conga line procession while Mickey, Minnie and Goofy keep the beat from atop their safari vehicle.

AFRICAN VILLAGE BAND (WASSALOU) AfroPop ensemble performing thru the holidays.

ANN YAO Zheng performer.

Baloo and King Louie at Upcountry Landing

BAMBOO "Living Statue" act similar to Divine. Final performance on September 23

BOLLYWOOD BEATS An exhilarating Indian dance experience. A wildly energetic show that brings traditional Indian dance together with the fire of Hindi film.

BURUDIKA Hear this vibrant African band composed of Harambe’s finest musicians, who fill the marketplace with lively, infectious rhythms of Afro-pop. “Burudika” is Swahili for “to be refreshed”—so refresh, join the street party!

Listen to the simmering sounds of traditional Indian melodies, performed by a talented musician playing the sitar.

Daisy Duck across from Creature Comforts

DINOLAND DANCE-A-PALOOZA Chester and Hester Diggs are proud to present the DINOLAND DANCE-A-PALOOZA! This recurring dance party in DinoLand U.S.A. features Disney Characters and their Party Pals all jamming to some of their favorite party tunes!

DINOLAND DINO-MITE DANCE PARTY Chester and Hester Diggs are proud to present the DINOLAND DINO-MITE DANCE PARTY! This recurring dance party in DinoLand U.S.A. features Disney Characters and their Party Pals all jamming to some of their favorite party tunes!


DISCOVERY ISLAND CARNIVALE Join a cavalcade of dancers, stilt walkers and musicians for a nighttime dance party across from Flame Tree Barbecue.

DISCOVERY ISLAND SUNSET SERENATAS Watch as one of the Island virtuoso musicians takes to the stage to play the Paraguayan harp, across from Flame Tree Barbecue.

DISNEY CHARACTERS Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore and stars of "Song of the South" (Br'er Rabbit, Fox and Bear) greet guests and pose for photos in four pavilions at Camp Minnie-Mickey.

DISNEY CHARACTERS Africa Character Greeting Trails

DISNEY KITETAILS At the Discovery River Amphitheater, performers will fly windcatchers and kites of all shapes and sizes, while out on the water elaborate three-dimensional kites – some stretching to 30 feet long – will depict Disney animal friends, including Simba, Zazu, Baloo and King Louie. These colorful creations will dance through the sky to the beat of favorite Disney songs in an uplifting, vibrant experience for the whole family.

DIVINE No, kudzu has not taken over Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. But there is a strange new "vine" that's been transplanted around the park and we have to warn you, it has caught quite a few visitors by surprise. Why? Well, "DiVine" isn't your ordinary run-of-the-mill, ten-foot tall plant. In fact, "DiVine" is really performance artist Priscilla Blight who has brought her expressive talents to Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park for an exclusive engagement after travelling all over the globe. A gifted performer of the "new vaudeville" genre, Priscilla cleverly conceals herself in a towering, hand-made foliage costume. It is only when she moves that guests realize they are not looking at nature but at "DiVine." And that is the message "DiVine" has for us all - really look at nature. Take time to visit soon and look out for "DiVine!" Visit DiVine's home: The Living Garden

DJ ANAAN Authentic cultural dance and street party.

DJ DINO-MITE Join DJ Dino-Mite for a dance party in Dinoland, USA outside of Chester & Hester's Dino-Rama!

DONALD'S HAPPY HOLIDAY-O-SAURUS DANCE PARTY Rock around the Truck-o-saurus with Donald Duck and Friends! Dance to the best party tunes and Holiday mashups this side of Cretaceous - ranging from the prehistoric fossil blasts from the past to today's most happenin' hits.

FINDING NEMO -- THE MUSICAL The undersea world that charmed audiences around the world in “Finding Nemo” comes to life in an all-new musical stage show in the newly enclosed Theater in the Wild. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to performance. No admittance after show starts.

Meet Flik on Discovery Trails West

FLIGHTS OF WONDER at Caravan Stage Embark on a humorous adventure featuring exotic birds from around the world.


G FORCE Trampoline acrobats.

GI-TAR DAN He's traveled all around, from mountains to campgrounds to towns, making new friends and new music too. And if you ask, he'll have a song just for you!

GOOD TIMES GATHERING SPOT Dance and play games with some of your favorite characters - Koda and Kenai (Brother Bear), Chip ‘n Dale, Pocahontas and Meeko, Thumper and Miss Bunny. Kids can also enjoy a live DJ and meet-and-greets for photos and autographs.

HAKUNA MATATA TIME DANCE PARTY Bust a move with Timon and Rafiki at an all-new, happy-go-lucky dance bash!

Harambe Nights: every Saturday from June 7 – August 9, 2014
It all begins with a Welcome Reception in the park’s Harambe Village, including mouth-watering appetizers and African-inspired wine and beer. Then it’s time for the ‘mane’ event! Take your seat inside the newly built Harambe Theatre for an unforgettable performance of “The Lion King – Concert in the Wild.” This all-new, never-before-seen theatrical experience features a live orchestra and choir, dancers, digitally projected movie moments, and dramatic lighting and scenic elements – all hosted by a celebrity guest narrator. The show brings to life the humor, heart, and stirring emotional power of Simba’s journey to find his place as the Lion King.
The lineup of celebrity narrators for “The Lion King – Concert in the Wild” features stars from movies, TV, and Broadway. Those scheduled to appear each night of the event include:

  • June 7 – Viola Davis: “The Help,” “Ender’s Game”
  • June 14 – Avery Brooks: “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”
  • June 21 – Montego Glover: “The Following,” “Memphis”
  • June 28 – David Alan Grier: “Porgy & Bess,” “In Living Color”
  • July 5 – Michael Beach: “ER,” “Third Watch,” “Sons of Anarchy”
  • July 12 – Harry Lennix: “The Blacklist,” “The Five Heartbeats”
  • July 19 – Joe Morton: “Scandal,” “American Gangster,” “The Good Wife”
  • July 26 – Alfre Woodard: “Desperate Housewives,” “Miss Evers Boys”
  • August 2 – Brian Stokes Mitchell: “Ragtime,” “Trapper John, M.D.,” “Glee”
  • August 9 – Patina Miller: “Pippin,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1”

HARAMBE SOCCER MEERKATS The local soccer team, Harambe Meerkats, cut through the village rallying anyone in sight for the big game of the day, entertaining with comic meerkat-inspired soccer moves, skillful acrobatic teamwork and dancing feet.

HARAMBE WILDLIFE PARTI Be part of a nightly celebration when a host of singers, dancers, acrobats and more descend on the African village of Harambe.


INKAS WASI Music And Dance Of The Andes.

ISLAND GROOVE Steel drum group

“It All Started with a Mouse” During the show, Conservation Station’s “animal ambassadors,” including sheep, parrots, porcupines, birds of prey and Kunekune pigs help tell stories and make appearances in, around, and even above the audience, as the cast members share natural history fun facts, conservation messages and inspiring (and fun) calls-to-action.

"THE JUNGLE BOOK: ALIVE WITH MAGIC" Celebrate The Jungle Book during a dazzling nighttime showcase featuring stunning effects, performers and music from the hit film.

KARIBU SISTERS The three Karibu Sisters add to the rhythm of the Harambe Marketplace, where they set up their wares and engage passersby through storytelling, elegant dance, a cappella songs and acoustic renditions of African party music.

KARUKA ACROBATS Kenyan acrobats perform in Harambe.

KOBAKE DRUMMERS Moving to the beat in Harambe Village.

LUCKY THE DINOSAUR The first-ever free-roaming Audio-Animatronics creation. Lucky will roam DinoLand U.S.A., interacting with guests and even signing autographs during a limited engagement. The startlingly lifelike creature -- which can laugh, sneeze, bray and even hiccup -- was named one of the top inventions by Time magazine and represents the next step forward in Disney's pioneering Audio-Animatronics technology.

MERRY MENAGERIE Be mesmerized as these life-sized puppets roam Discovery Island, bringing holiday joy in the form of reindeer, polar bears, penguins and more!

MICKEY'S JAMMIN' JUNGLE PARADE With all the sights and sounds of an outrageous island street party, Disney characters have come to town on expedition with a wild, whimsical, larger-than-life tribute to their animal friends.

MICKEY’S JINGLE JUNGLE PARADE: November 7 - January 5 King Louie and Baloo lead a rousing musical cavalcade – safari style – through the park from Nov. 7 to Jan. 5, during Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade. The wild side of Disney’s Animal Kingdom blends with a playful spirit of the holidays as Chip & Dale, stilt walkers and savannah friends dance alongside decorative floats at 3:45 p.m. daily. The savory scent of chocolate floats thru the air as Minnie’s candy cane and hot cocoa float roll by.

MOR THIAM African drummer at Mombassa/Tamu Tamu Courtyard. Final performance on Saturday, January 28, 2012

MUZIKI Look for Muziki in Harambe’s drum circle, where this delightful stilt-walking music man invites children to join him as he plays on his own instruments, dances and makes them official drummers of the day.


PANDORA DRUMMERS – SWOTU WAYÄ Explore the unique sounds and organic rhythms beating forth from “the sacred place of song”.

PANDORA RANGERS Meet a Pandora Ranger operating the Exo-Carrier Utility Suit, an awe-inspiring piece of mobile research equipment.


POCAHONTAS AND HER FOREST FRIENDS at Grandmother Willow's Grove Join Pocahontas, Grandmother Willow and a host of live animals as they search for the protector of the forest.

Pocahontas on Discovery Island Trails Say "Wingapo!" to Disney's Native American princess.

RIVERS OF LIGHT: WE ARE ONE Embrace the magic of nature during a nighttime scene awash with captivating special effects, music and animal folklore.

Russell and Dug(from "Up") near the entrance to It's Tough to be a Bug!

Santa Goofy’s Holiday Village: November 9 - January 2 Camp Minnie-Mickey has decked the halls big time with festive décor. A perfectly trimmed Christmas tree adorned with animal crafted ornaments welcomes guests at the park’s entrance. Carolers spread holiday cheer and Santa Goofy and friends greet guests for photo opportunities.


SMEAR, SPLAT & DIP Eccentric painters turn Chester & Hester's Dino-Rama into a creative frenzy.


THE STORY WALKERS on Everest Walkway

SUNDOWNER CELEBRATION Come experience enhanced food and beverage, merchandise and entertainment offerings throughout Africa, Asia and Discovery Island. Most offerings begin daily after Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade.

TARZAN ROCKS! Theater In The Wild Now wakin' up the wild, a high-energy stage show starring Tarzan, Jane, Terk, and a cast of jungle gymnasts and rock 'n' roll animals!

Timon and Rafiki Character Landing across from Isle of Java

TREE OF LIFE AWAKENINGS Watch in wonder as animal spirits within the great tree come alive at night in mesmerizing color and light approximately every 10 minutes.

TROPICALS Caribbean steel drum band. Last shows November 19, 2011.

UP! A GREAT BIRD ADVENTURE Senior Wilderness Explorer Russell and his furry friend Dug discover species of birds from around the world.

VILLAGE BEATNIKS This percussion group will keep you moving to the beat of their drums.

VIVA GAIA STREET BAND Colorful multi-cultural music troupe leading a street party.

WASSALOU Discovery River.

WES PALM Watch out! You may find yourself talking to a live palm tree in the Palm Courtyard.

YAK & YETI DJ DANCE PARTY Enjoy Asian food, beverages, music and a dance party with Anandapur's favorite DJ playing the latest international music, including Bhangra and more! The fun begins daily after Mickey's Jingle Jungle Parade. Come party and get your "Yak" on!


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