Yesterday it was finally confirmed that the full lineup of nighttime experiences at Disney's Animal Kingdom would officially be available beginning May 28th...just one week from today!
While this certainly is an exciting time for guests gearing up for their summer vacations to start planning their evening activities at this park, there are several things guests planning to visit Disney's Animal Kingdom during the busy summer travel season should know about before heading out, including more information about new options for dining at this park and a surprise closure that is set to hit right in the middle of summer. But first, the good news...
1. FastPass+ reservations are now available for The Jungle Book: Alive With Magic nighttime spectacular
Though we're still a little disappointed that Rivers of Light has been delayed indefinitely, if you want to be among the first to see the temporary replacement for this show, Jungle Book: Alive With Magic, FastPass+ reservations have been made available today for the next six weeks of performances. While the first few showings of this nighttime spectacular will likely sell out quickly, those with on-property reservations for June and July should have no problem finding availability for this show in the coming weeks.
Interestingly, we know almost nothing about this new show, other than the fact that it will use projection effects (as seen in the photo above), feature a soundtrack based on original mixes from the film's score, and there will be a live performance component as well that will recall some of the familiar beats of The Jungle Book film.
FastPass+ reservations are also available for the evening version of Kilimanjaro Safaris as well, which should be running well into the evening (the park's operating hours now list an 11:00PM closing on most nights), all summer long. However, in an interesting development, it looks like one of the other major attractions at Disney's Animal Kingdom will be going dark halfway through the busy tourist season...
2. Lengthy summer refurbishment announced for Dinosaur
In another development of interest to those visiting Disney's Animal Kingdom this summer, it looks like Dinosaur is getting a rare summertime refurbishment right in the middle of the busy tourist season. The closure will begin on July 25th and last through September 29th, reopening to guests on September 30th. This legthy refurbishment is definitely a bit of a bummer as this summer should be busier than most at Disney's Animal Kingdom thanks to all the new nighttime activities, but considering it has been several years since this attraction has gotten any substantial refurbishment time, Dinosaur is probably overdue for some attention.
As expected, no immediate reason was provided for this surprise summertime refurbishment, but given the length of time that this attraction will be closed, we'd imagine that some behind the scenes upgrades will be taking place while this attraction is closed. Some of the effects in this attraction haven't been working reliably in recent months, and several of the attractions resident dinosaurs have been showing their age in some unfortunate ways. When this ride reopens this fall we wouldn't imagine there would be any changes to the ride experience itself, but we'd wager that the ride will look better than it has in a long time, which is defintiely a good thing.