Animal Kingdom to Test Several New Animal Encounters Over the Next Few Weeks

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Over the next several weeks, Disney will be testing several new animal experiences around Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. While many of the tests will occur prior to park open, some concepts may take place during park operating hours. In partnership with Natural Encounters, Inc. (NEI) and the ASE team, testing will occur in DinoLand U.S.A., Africa and Discovery Island.

During the testing, guests and cast may see birds and possibly other small mammals or reptiles outside of their typical locations, but be aware that members of the Natural Encounters and the ASE team will be
monitoring the animals and their training at all times.

In short, it sounds like new “roaming” animal experiences will be tested at the park as they prepare for the busy Summer season once Pandora: The World of AVATAR opens.


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  • Don’t know if the parrot “flyover” is part of the pilot but we experienced that yesterday and it was AWESOME! Parrots swooped quite low over us repeatedly before eventually flying back to their habitat.❤️

  • I saw the pandemonium when we exited the Tree of Life on New Year’s Eve just before dark it did remind me of the Flying banshees in Avatar and it seemed very natural for the area – there are about 8 or 9 red parrots flying about 25 feet above your head ! So cool !

  • Reminds me a couple months ago after they first started the new nighttime hours and this really confused Armadillo was roaming through Dinoland. I’m pretty sure that was just local nature but now that I read this, I’m not so sure, or it could be where they got the idea.

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