PHOTO REPORT: Animal Kingdom 9/24/19 (Primeval Whirl, Napping Otters, New “Up! A Great Bird Adventure” Show, and More!)

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Jambo everyone! Today’s photo report comes to you from Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

It’s been a hot minute since we did a report from here, so let’s see what’s going on today…

As soon as we crossed the bridge into Discovery Island, we ran into Kevin! Kevin pretty much goes and does whatever she wants. (That’s right, Kevin is a girl.) She tends to stomp around Discovery Island, squawking, flapping her wings, and trying to escape from her Wilderness Explorer handlers.

From Discovery Island, we headed into the Chester & Hester’s Dino-Rama area of the park… one of our least favorite areas of the park.

This was around 10:00 am… the park had been open since 7:00 am for Extra Magic Hours, so this crowd level was pretty great, all things considered.

Unlike the other day, the Primeval Whirl attraction was not running, not even testing. There weren’t even cast members from the attraction standing outside the queue. Their lack of presence may have had something to do with those ominous clouds in the sky.

Right across the way, it was bright and sunny (gotta love Florida!), so we stopped into Restaurantosaurus to see what was happening. The detail in the roof is one of our favorite parts about this restaurant!

Nothing new here menu-wise, however that doesn’t mean we can’t admire the design that went into this place. The restaurant is themed after a paleontology school mess hall, dressed with old dinosaur bones all over the place.

Next time you’re in the area, make sure to stop and read the bulletin board inside the restaurant. It’s full of old news articles, notices to the fictional interns who work in the area, and even a Dino Institute logo in the bottom center.

Lastly, we stopped out front of the Dino Institute to admire the giant Iguanodon statue out front.

Moving to Asia, here is one of the most breathtaking views in the park… Mt. Everest, home to the Expedition Everest attraction, and the legendary Yeti!

The crowds over in Asia were much heavier than Discovery Island and Dinoland!

Continuing on through Asia, we came upon the theater where “Up! A Great Bird Adventure” is performed. The show has been running since April of 2018. Recently, it went into a brief hiatus, to tweak some of the script and show elements to make it not as painful to sit through.

Although no show times for the day were displayed, we came to find out that a soft opening for the newly-revised show was to occur at 3:30 pm. We stuck around to check it out, and the entire show can be viewed here.

While the physical theater stayed the same, once the show started, we found out quickly that Russell and Dug’s dialogue had been reduced significantly from the original version of the show. Let’s just say, there is a reason dogs do not speak English! All in all, the show wasn’t nearly as bad as when it first debuted.

After Asia, we stopped to see one of our favorite not-so-hidden Mickeys in the Harambe Market area. If you haven’t already, make you check it out next time you’re visiting!

Here you can see the Burudika Band getting ready to perform. We suggest making a trip out to see them soon, as they may no longer be performing as of October 13th, 2019.

Animal Kingdom currently has the largest selection of food & beverage novelty items. Here we have the purple poison apple stein and popcorn cauldron, the Cars Land tire straw, the Lion King sipper cup and canteen, and the Halloween popcorn bucket as well. This particular stand is located at the edge of Africa, adjacent to the Festival of the Lion King theater.

No trip to Animal Kingdom would be complete without stopping to visit Pandora – The World of Avatar. The floating mountains of Mo’ara are one of the most amazingly executed visual effects that Disney has come up with (in our opinion, that is!)

On the way out of the park, we stopped to check in on the recently-renovated Otter Cove exhibit. Here, you can see a group of otters all napping in one big group, and it may be the cutest thing we’ve ever seen.

Thanks for following us along and taking the trip with us today!

We love Animal Kingdom, and have a great time every time we visit this park. For more updates on the park, make sure to follow along with us at WDWNT!

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Andrew Hallett

Andrew is an Orlando local who pretty much lives at the Disney Parks. His favorite ride is Smugglers Run. He is also an avid collector of all things Disney!

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I love this update! We are so excited to return in 2 days and really looking forward to stopping by Otter Cove. Do you have any tips for taking a 3 year old to Rafiki’s Planet Watch?