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Nov 25

Disney Traveling Around the “World” – Animal Kingdom – Part 5 – Camp Minnie-Mickey

 

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Welcome back ‘World’ travelers! We hope you enjoyed Asia and all the many wonders it had to offer. Today we’ll be taking a look at the final leg of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We’ll finish up today over at Camp Minnie-Mickey.

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Camp Minnie-Mickey is a beautiful evergreen forest with a rushing river designed to resemble an Adirondack fishing camp. This is where you’ll find the character greeting trails where children and adults alike will delight at the chance to meet and greet the Disney characters in their safari outfits.

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Each of the greeting trails lead to some of your favorite Disney characters like Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto, and you might run into include Chip ‘n’ Dale, Baloo, King Louie or Winnie the Pooh and Tigger. We’ve also spotted Thumper and Ms. Bunny over at Camp Minnie-Mickey. This has always been one of our favorite character greeting areas, and the lines are usually not too long. Let’s see what else the camp has to offer. Note: As of January 2014 Camp Minnie – Mickey will close due to the Avatar Land expansion. As of November 2013, Mickey and Minnie characters have been moved to the area outside Asia, but the are other characters that will remain there until year-end.

 

Attractions

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Festival of the Lion King – This is one of the best shows at Walt Disney World. Festival of the Lion King is a spectacular show with singers, dancers, fire twirlers, acrobats, robotics, and great set design. My whole family agreed this was the best thing we experienced at Animal Kingdom. This show is very popular and can be difficult to see during the busy season. Your best bet is to go to the first show in the morning or to one of the last two performances in the evening. To see the show during the more crowded mid-day times, you’ll need to queue up at least 35–45 minutes before show time to get in.

Note – This attraction is closing on January 5, 2014, for approximately six months. When it reopens in Summer 2014, it will be located in a new theater in Africa behind Tusker House Restaurant. This change is due to the new “Avatar” land that will be located on the Camp Minnie – Mickey location.

 

Dining

While there are no restaurants in Camp Minnie-Mickey, snacks such as cookies and ice cream sandwiches can be found at Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Cookie Cabin. Funnel cakes, corn dogs and beverages are served at the Forest Trail Funnel Cakes. There’s also water, soft drinks, and lemonade available.

Coming Soon!

At the first-ever D23 Expo in Japan, Disney released brand new concept art and information about the upcoming AVATAR Land coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort. While the working relationship with Disney Imagineering and James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment has reportedly been a rocky one, this shows that the project is still on track and well into development stages.


In what is being called the “largest expansion in the history of the park [Disney’s Animal Kingdom]”, the AVATAR-inspired land will include the landscape of Pandora, with its floating mountains and glowing trees. Imagineers say that guests will also “discover what it feels like to soar into the sky riding a Banshee.”

In addition to a new land and new attractions, Imagineers are planning new entertainment for Disney’s Animal Kingdom, including a first-ever night-time show for the park. The show will include “live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery.” Kilimanjaro Safari will also stay open later and offer a special night-time version of the attraction.

So, Disney’s Animal Kingdom has been a great place to visit, and it looks like it’s going to be getting a lot better. There have been so many critics and bloggers out there that think Avatar Land is not a good idea. I think you just need to let Disney work its magic and see how it turns out. Over the years I’ve been skeptical about many changes to the parks, but ultimately they end up having a positive outcome that add to the magic of the parks. Let us know what you think of this exciting new project!

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So this wraps it up for Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We enjoyed showing you around and hope you enjoyed your visit as much as we did. We’ll continue our adventures next time, discovering what Disney has to offer at its incredible water parks. So, grab your towel and prepare to get wet and be amazed!

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