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    Exclamation Flights of Wonder to be Replaced by Wilderness Explorer Themed Show: Updated 4/22/18

    4/22/18

    Disney's Animal Kingdom is giving a first look at its new UP! show:



    2/22/18

    An opening date has been announced and first piece of concept art released:

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    ...“UP! A Great Bird Adventure,” featuring Russell and Dug from Disney•Pixar’s “UP” will be debuting at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on April 22, 2018!

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    Beginning just in time for the 20th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, this new entertainment experience for the whole family offers guests the chance to see Senior Wilderness Explorer Russell and his furry friend Dug as they discover species of birds from around the world in their newest adventure in Anandapur village. There will be “UP” close encounters each day with amazing winged creatures!

    2/2/18

    A name has been announced for new Up show at Disney's Animal Kingdom:

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    “Explorers Meet UP! A Great Bird Adventure”

    ... at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in time for the park’s 20th anniversary ... guests can discover new bird species from around the world at the new show “Explorers Meet UP! A Great Bird Adventure,” which will star Senior Wilderness Explorer Russell and his furry friend Dug.

    12/30/17


    A new character audition for the end of January 2018 has given some additional insight into the new Up themed show replacing flights of Wonder at Disney's Animal Kingdom:

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    Female Actor for New Offering

    Monday, January 29, 2018
    10:00 AM
    Time zone: Pacific Time (US & Canada)

    For: Walt Disney World
    Audition City: North Hollywood, CA
    Location: Evolution Dance Studios
    Looking For: Actors

    Disney Parks Live Entertainment is seeking female actors with strong movement skills, or dance background (experience with classical Indian dance a plus), for a new offering at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World® Resort near Orlando, FL.

    Beginning just in time for the 20th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom next year, this new experience will offer guests the chance to see Senior Wilderness Explorer Russell and his furry friend Dug as they discover species of birds from around the world in their newest adventure at the Caravan Theater in Anandapur village. There will be “UP” close encounters each day with amazing winged creatures!

    Potential relocation packages may be available to qualified performers.

    Upon signing of Walt Disney World® Individual Employment Contract, candidates are eligible to immediately apply for membership in Actor’s Equity Association.

    Seeking the following role:

    Anika: Female, a young woman who lives in the Anandapur Indian village and spends her time as a caretaker of birds in the Caravan aviary. She is the descendent of a Maharani, a free-spirit, and the storyteller in her proud family. Her movement and language are colorful and expressive. She is personable, playful, and at home in nature.
    12/11/17

    Disney's Animal Kingdom has announced that the long-running Flights of Wonder show will be replaced by a new show themed to the Wilderness Explorers from Disney-Pixar Up:

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    .. {An} all-new show {is} coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Spring 2018 featuring Russell and Dug from Disney•Pixar’s “UP.”

    Beginning just in time for the 20th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom next year, this new experience will offer guests the chance to see Senior Wilderness Explorer Russell and his furry friend Dug as they discover species of birds from around the world in their newest adventure at the Caravan Theater in Anandapur village. There will be “UP” close encounters each day with amazing winged creatures!

    As you plan ahead, we also wanted to let you know that in order to begin to prepare for the new show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, December 31, 2017 will be the final showing of Flights of Wonder. Until the end of this month, you can still experience Flights of Wonder at the park.
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    Although the addition of characters might appeal to some, I'm not sure I like this. I prefer AK's focus on education-they'd better not even consider adding characters to the Kilimanjaro Safari or either of the Trails.

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    I don't like it. Flights of Wonder is one of my favorite shows
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    Since I've been local, I try to visit AK a few times a month. I ALWAYS plan for a trip to Flights of Wonder. I practically know the entire show by heart. I know the best seats for the best camera shots. I've gotten to offer my $1. I can't imagine AK without this show. I realize it's been around for a while, but it still draws in a good size audience. This is such a bummer for me.
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    It sounds like they are doing Flights of Wonder with an UP! overlay.

    Not every attraction needs characters or an animated feature tie-in, just sayin'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cer View Post
    It sounds like they are doing Flights of Wonder with an UP! overlay.

    Not every attraction needs characters or an animated feature tie-in, just sayin'.
    I agree that not every attraction needs a movie tie in, but as much as I liked Flights of Wonder, I did think the "plot" was kind of dated. To me it very much felt like theme park shows that were being created in the 90's (which I believe it was).
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    We have always visited Flights of Wonder on every trip to AK since we first discovered it as a "hidden attraction (most guests overlooked it). It was a nice break to sit and was always a humorous, educational and entertaining show. Although i'm sad to hear of it changing, it sounds like it will be a similar show with some new characters and dialogue. I'm OK with that and having some well known characters in the show will probably get more kids to encourage their parents to take them. They might even learn something!
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    I'm going on the assumption that it's just gonna be a very similar show but with the hosts wearing Wilderness Explorer outfits. I do really like the Flights of Wonder show so I'm hoping it's very similar.

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    I sure hope so!
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    Missed this one our first several trips but glad we eventually stumbled in - have experienced it a few times since - that said, it's a good break to get off your feet and be entertained a bit but this one is not a "must do" for us. Will definitely check out the re-vamped show, however, when we head back Aug. '18!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cer View Post
    It sounds like they are doing Flights of Wonder with an UP! overlay.

    Not every attraction needs characters or an animated feature tie-in, just sayin'.
    Most probably, but with Wilderness Explorers as a theme throughout the park, it fits rather nicely. AND it can be another 'badge' for the kids. Same show as it always was, for the most part, just rolled into the current WE theme.
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    Did anyone ever get to see Guano Jane, bedsides me? I don't know if that was a trial, all the guys called in sick that day, or I saw the last performance given, but I really enjoyed that variation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by magicofdisney View Post
    Did anyone ever get to see Guano Jane, bedsides me? I don't know if that was a trial, all the guys called in sick that day, or I saw the last performance given, but I really enjoyed that variation.
    I have seen both a couple of times. It probably depended on which day of the week you saw the show, like with Off Kilter, most of the time they had Bagpipes, but a couple days out of the week the had a fiddle player instead.
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    Thumbs up Just my thoughts. I approve!

    So, I am one of those guests that never saw Flights of Wonder. Being that I have no prior expectations, I must say that this show looks absolutely adorable.

    Hopefully, it will have some educational elements in it still, as I did get the vibe.

    Up isn't really in a whole lot of theme park attractions. I welcome the addition.


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    Quote Originally Posted by magicofdisney View Post
    Did anyone ever get to see Guano Jane, bedsides me? I don't know if that was a trial, all the guys called in sick that day, or I saw the last performance given, but I really enjoyed that variation.
    I think I saw Guano Jane a couple of times (but I typically saw Guano Joe)
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    I have no problem with them updating or creating a new story line. But it seems kind of silly to me to introduce characters into the show. Just my opinion.
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