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Walt Disney World has been making an unprecedented number of changes in recent years, and with guests pouring into the resort in record levels year over year, it has never been more important for Disney to strive to optimize the guest experience in as many ways as possible. 

However, like anything else, change at Walt Disney World is slow, and ever since the stunted rollout of Disney After Hours last year, there's been some caution exercised in recent weeks when it comes to big, sudden changes, with Disney electing to test new ideas on small amounts of guests for a limited time before deciding whether or not to roll them out resort-wide.

Already this year has seen one high-profile flop in the form of the Magic Kingdom cabanas, which were introduced a few weeks ago and allowed guests to pay nearly $700 to stay in a tent in Tomorrowland with a refrigerator and snacks (as well as complimentary ear hats and food delivery service) during regular park hours. However, even after a well-publicized price reduction, this test still failed to attract any attention from guests, and Disney has confirmed that those white tents you might have seen over by Space Mountain will finally be gone by February 17, 2017

However, aside from this high-profile failure, with the slow post-Holiday season now in full swing at Walt Disney World, the resort has wisely been trying out several more new ideas, utilizing the lower guest levels to minimize the impact to the guest experience while they are conducting the following experiments: 

1. New animal experiences at Disney's Animal Kingdom now appearing randomly throughout the park

Over the next several weeks Disney's Animal Kingdom has been testing a variety of new animal experiences around the park designed to add some new, interactive elements to this park. These tests will involve interactive animal experiences around the park, which are unscheduled and could involve animal educators using a variety of species to engage guests in some fun (and educational!) ways. 
 
While some of these tests will take place prior to park open, there will be others going on during regular operating hours in the park. Areas where testing is currently taking place include DinoLand, Africa, and Discovery Island. During these unscheduled tests, guests may see birds and possibly other small mammals or reptiles. 

Image: Disney 

We'd imagine that one of the big reasons why these tests are currently happening at this park is to prepare Disney's Animal Kingdom for a return to longer operating hours, which could be coming back as soon as February (more on that in a moment). Looking farther out into the future, Disney is likely hoping that Pandora - The World of Avatar will bring a large influx of guests to the park this summer, and is preparing some new in-park experiences for guests in advance of this new land's imminent opening. 
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