Disney’s Animal Kingdom has long been a day-time park, due mostly to limited availability to attractions in the after-dark hours.
But that’s all about to change ! Starting April 22, 2016, look for 5 great new reasons why Disney’s Animal Kingdom will become your new favorite nighttime park destination.
1. Jungle Book: Alive with Magic
This new nightly show will be a can’t-miss experience for you and your family. As the sun goes down and the stars begin to twinkle, fireflies take to the sky. Soon, storytellers will speak as clusters of lights form the shapes of spirit animals, as fountains of water and light captivate your imagination. The story of the Jungle Book is told, as inspired by the recently released live-action film.
2. Tree of Life Nighttime Awakenings
After dark, keep focused on the centerpiece of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the Tree of Life. Watch the spirit of the carved animals come to life in the midst of brilliant colors and sound. Each 3-minute presentation will present the majesty of the animals springing forth in animation. This will surely be a presentation for the whole family to enjoy.
3. Discovery Island Carnivale
As the sun goes down, listen for the latin and world-beat of the music, and you won’t be able to stop yourself from clapping along and singing out loud. Join the Viva Gaia Band and other spirited islanders as they welcome you with bright costumes to celebrate the beauty and wonder of nature as one big happy “Nature Family”.
This is one musical experience that you can truly immerse yourself into.
4. Harambe Wildlife Parti
Are you looking for a parti you won’t forget? Head to Harambe – Animal Kingdom’s Africa area for more fun and musical excitement. Normally a fun day-time area with strolling musicians, fun eateries, a street market, and so much more, this village will turn up the excitement level after the sun sets.
Be a part of this lively street festival that kicks off in late afternoon when Afro-Pop musicians the Burudika Band take to the stage in Harambe’s Old Square and perform music popular in Africa. Clap your hands and kick up your heels to the blissful beats—it’s almost impossible to resist dancing in the streets!
Wander past the main stage and into the bustling marketplace to discover even more exotic entertainment just around the corner, including:
Located in Harambe’s drum circle, this delightfully unusual goodwill shaman perched high atop regal stilts invites children to join him as he plays his own instruments, dances and makes them official drummers of the day.
- Karibu Sisters
Resembling regal African cranes, these 3 women add to the rhythm of Harambe Marketplace through elegant dance, acapella songs and acoustic renditions of African party music.
- Harambe Soccer Meerkats
Cheer on the village’s finest soccer players as they ramble through the streets rallying anyone within sight for a quick pick-up game—entertaining with comic soccer moves inspired by African animals and delighting with skillful acrobatic teamwork and dancing.
- Harambe Village Acrobats
Wearing costumes of grass, beads, bells and feathers set against a mosaic of African prints, this troupe of skilled performers move with the synchronicity of circus performers as they drum, dance, tumble and climb into man-made pyramids and break away into spinning, tumbling towers.
Boasting music, dance and an ever-changing landscape of performances and things to see and do—Harambe’s Wildlife Parti offers the excitement of an African village bursting with non-stop entertainment and surprises for all who visit.
5. Kilimanjaro Safaris Nocturnal Encounters
As dusk falls, the savanna turns into a perpetual sunset as special lighting creates an early evening atmosphere for the balance of the evening. Trek into the savanna as part of the Kilimanjaro Safari, and see your favorite animals in their nocturnal habitat. Your vehicles will take a similar, yet slightly different route, than the daytime experience. You can also expect a little longer time during each stop to take those photos for your memory album. This will be a can’t miss opportunity for your family.
As you can see, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park is going to be an amazing experience of light, color, animals, sound, and brilliance. Our Dream Designers are already making plans for their guests to experience these offerings.