Disney's Animal Kingdom Entertainment
Animal Kingdom has a variety of live performers who entertain periodically throughout the day at various locations. Not all shows are offered every day so be sure to check the park Times Guides for details!
Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade
Live Shows and Parades
Concept: 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 wild life friends.
Parade Length: 15 min. (approximately)
Location: Starts at the Tusker House Gate at Harambe Village. It winds through Disney’s the park and returns to the Tusker House Gate.
Design Elements: The procession consists of individually designed elements that bring a variety of heights, colors and abstract wild life visuals to create a fun, theatrical showcase for the Disney characters. The elements include five character-based safari vehicles, four drum sculptures, three rickshaw taxis, eight puppets, 16 Disney characters, 10 Party stiltwalkers and 10 Party Patrols. The eight abstract puppets were designed by Michael Curry Designs in Portland, Ore., which created the puppets for "The Lion King" on Broadway.
Music: The main musical score was written by Disney Show Director Reed Jones and Music Director Dan Stamper, who was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on Super Bowl 2000 in Atlanta. All musical arrangements were orchestrated by Gordon Goodwin and recorded in Los Angeles.
Costumes: "Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle" parade costumes were designed by Matt Davidson. The prototypes for the puppeteer costumes were crafted in Africa by native artisans. Parade costumes were created at Walt Disney World Creative Costuming, Parsons Mears in New York, Costume Armor in New York and Vegas Costumes in Las Vegas.
Performers: Features 60 cast members including performers, drivers and coordinators.
Highlights: As "Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle" winds through the park, a menagerie of abstract animal images comes to life in fun, theatrical designs handcrafted from an eclectic mix of natural materials and fabrics. Soaring animated puppets and towering percussive drum sculptures create bursts of living color against Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s dense jungle greenery. Elaborate rickshaw taxis put selected guests in the middle of the parade, accompanied by Disney characters in customized musical safari vehicles. A troupe of 8-foot-tall Party Animals and energetic Party Patrols interact with guests and direct them in the creation of the live call-and-response sing-along music fest. Up to 25 special guests will be selected daily to ride in the opening unit, three guest rickshaws and the finale unit. Guests will be given Kodak disposable cameras so they can capture the special moment aboard the parade.
Adventure Rover -- This opening rover is a brightly colored red, orange and yellow safari vehicle. It carries the beloved Disney character Rafiki, from the Disney animated film "The Lion King." Rafiki rides with a guest family, which is selected daily to participate in the parade.
Character Jeeps -- These three jeeps carry several of the most famous of all Disney characters including Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. The vehicles and floats are themed to the personalities of each character. Donald’s jeep pulls a float painted in various hues of blue with a sports and nautical theme. Minnie’s jeep and float are painted with her signature red and white polka dots adorned with a big red and white, polka dot bow. Goofy’s jeep and float feature a hodgepodge of items, ranging from oversized snowshoes to a pair of pajamas.
Bon Voyage Caravan -- The Bon Voyage Caravan features a brightly colored jeep carrying Mickey Mouse. This jeep pulls a float consisting of several different safari-themed segments. The float carries Mickey Mouse and a guest family, which is selected daily to participate in the parade.
In addition to the myriad of characters participating in "Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle" parade at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, guests can see Disney characters including Pluto, Baloo, Louie, Brer Rabbit, Brer Bear, Timon, Terk and Chip 'n' Dale.
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.
ANIMAL KINGDOM VILLAGE BEATNIKS
This percussion group will keep you moving to the beat of their drums.
10:35 & 11:30am, 12:15, 1:45 & 2:30pm
Pooh, Eeyore and Piglet at the Character Landing across from Flame Tree Barbecue
Festival of the Lion King
"Festival of the Lion King" -- Animal heroes of "The Lion King," one of the world's favorite classic Disney films, star in this all-new spectacle that combines the pageantry of a parade with the excitement of an African tribal celebration. Staged in a hexagonal timber structure with the atmosphere of an Adirondack summer theater, the show puts the 1,375-guest audience right in the middle of the excitement.
Four giant rolling stages move in from two directions as costumed performers and colorful props sail through the air above the audience. Guests sit in triangular sections labeled elephant, giraffe, warthog and lion.
To the right, Simba is a giant animated figure, 12 feet high, sitting atop Pride Rock. To the left is Elephant Waterfall, where a playful pachyderm spouts water from his swaying trunk. Another stage is dominated by a swaying giraffe and a fourth is the jungle stage where Pumba and Timon reside.
Singers in African tribal robes open the show with a rousing chorus of "I Just Can't Wait to be King." The center stage doubles as a trampoline for costumed aerial performers portraying a troop of acrobatic monkeys flying through a happy rendition of "Hakuna Matata." "Be Prepared" sets the theme for a mock battle of tribal warriors on stilts.
High-wire aerialists hit the high notes dressed as giant birds in a love duet that literally soars to the tune of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" The show comes full circle with a full chorus of "The Circle of Life" followed by audience participation in competing groups for "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." The show's 50 performers return for the rousing finale of a medley of songs from the film.
The 28-minute performance is staged at least eight times daily in Camp Minnie-Mickey.
Camp Minnie-Mickey Characters
Mickey Mouse and his good friend, Minnie, have just settled in for a welcome respite and a cold lemonade. Winnie the Pooh and his Hundred-Acre Wood pals are taking a break from their latest great adventure for a "smackeral" of relaxation. Rafiki, Terk and other beloved Disney friends have arrived to enjoy their favorite vacation escape, the Adirondack-style Camp Minnie-Mickey at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
The "land" where Disney guests can meet their favorite characters, Camp Minnie-Mickey, is a child's paradise of woodland trails and "meet-and-greet" pavilions nestled in a Northeastern forest of cedar and birch trees.
Disney guests who venture to Camp Minnie-Mickey will discover authentic touches throughout. Benches and other furniture were handcrafted by artisans from the Adirondacks. Each trail that leads to a character meeting spot is themed to set the scene for an exciting character encounter.
As guests cross a wood-hewn bridge from Discovery Island to Camp Minnie-Mickey, they stroll alongside a babbling brook to find life-like images of Mickey, Goofy and Donald Duck at their favorite fishing hole.
From there, they can choose a trail that leads to their favorite characters.
Finding Nemo -- The Musical
The undersea world that charmed audiences around the world in the Disney presentation of the Pixar Animation Studios smash-hit film “Finding Nemo” will come to life in an all-new musical stage show debuting at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in late 2006.
Featuring original songs by Tony Award-winning “Avenue Q” composer Robert Lopez and a cappella musical “Along the Way” composer Kristen Anderson-Lopez, “Finding Nemo -- The Musical” will immerse Walt Disney World guests in the story of Marlin and Nemo, an overprotective clownfish father and his curious son, through a dazzling production that combines puppets, dancers, acrobats and animated backdrops.
The show represents the first time Disney has taken a non-musical animated feature and transformed it into an original musical production. It will be presented in the newly enclosed Theater in the Wild.
Caribbean steel drum band.
Flights of Wonder at Caravan Stage
Embark on a humorous adventure featuring exotic birds from around the world.
From a Disney press release:
"Flights of Wonder" -- A cast of 30 species of birds and a wise old mythological Phoenix help Luke, a novice flight keeper, and an audience of Disney's Animal Kingdom guests, discover a natural treasure. Set in the crumbling fortified Asian town of Anandapur, "Flights of Wonder" features Harris hawks, Barbary falcons, macaws, ibis and many other birds of all sizes that sweep and soar above the audience or scoot across the stage. As the birds are revealed, the Phoenix and several flight keepers help Luke develop a greater respect and understanding of birds in their natural environments. Although the presentation is carefully rehearsed, birds are being taught to show off their natural talent, not to do "tricks."
"Flights of Wonder" was developed by Walt Disney World in collaboration with Steve Martin of Natural Encounters, Inc., who is renowned for producing educational animal shows. It is presented several times daily at the Caravan Stage outdoor amphitheater on the outskirts of Asia in the new park.
RAFIKI'S PLANET WATCH - CONSERVATION STATION
Meet some of our Disney friends at Rafiki's Planet Watch
AFRICA - DAWA BAR
African drummer at Mombassa/Tamu Tamu Courtyard.
9:00, 9:50, 10:40 & 11:20am, 12:00, 1:20 & 2:05pm
TAM TAM’S OF CONGO
Join the colorful pageantry, rhythms, and authentic dances of West Africa.
11:00 & 11:40am, 12:25, 1:05, 1:45, 2:25 & 3:05pm
Africa Character Greeting Trails
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!"