PHOTOS: Winged Encounters – The Kingdom Takes Flight Bird Show Area Debuts New Permanent Stage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

After months behind construction walls, the stage for the Winged Encounters – The Kingdom Takes Flight bird show has finally debuted a new, permanent space. For months now during its refurbishment, the show has taken place over by the rocks surrounding the edge of the overlook for the Tree of Life, but now the stage is set for a magnificent return to its former location.

Winged Encounters used to have a series of temporary poles with rings at the top for the birds to perch and fly off from, but now it seems a series of branches will form their new playground. While at the base, this is the same stage that was there before, much more has been added to it throughout its refurbishment.

The stage area features carved wood chameleons, otters, and a ram, among other animals. A series of branches jut out over the top to act as perches for the birds when they are on stage.

Warm, recessed lighting is tucked away along the bottom of the stage for nighttime illumination. From this angle, it practically looks like an extension of the Tree of Life itself, with similar carved animal motifs. This is the perfect example of how to properly enhance a space during refurbishment, tying in to the themed elements in the space seamlessly.

If you’re looking to catch a showing of Winged Encounters, morning shows take place daily at 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, and 11:30 AM, and afternoon encounters take place at 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:30 PM.

What do you think of the newly improved stage for the iconic Animal Kingdom macaws?

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