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Re: NEWS: Avatar Coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom

Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:24 am

Does anyone know if this Avatar expansion is going on the site of where beastly Kingdom was originally intended to go (Camp Minnie Mickey) or are they building it on a different piece of land elsewhere in the park? I guess replacing Beastly Kingdom makes sense but then again if they built Avatar elsewhere then Beastly kingdom could conceivably come to life sometime again in the future after Avatar is completed.

(I guess part of me still wants to see Beastly Kingdom)

Re: Walt Disney World Disney's Animal Kingdom Discussion Thr

Wed Dec 21, 2011 10:08 pm

Yesterday I had the chance to stop by Disney's Animal Kingdom for the first time in quite a while. While there isn't much new going on here just yet, it is always nice to take in the details that the park already has, and as always, take some photos!

One notable piece from yesterday: Primeval Whirl has completely reopened! Both sides are in operation and look great after their lengthy refurbishment/down time.
I probably hadn't been on Everest in over six months, so it was nice to walk through the regular line and take in all of the extra details Joe Rohde and his team left for guests to enjoy.
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Yak meat = fiber. Noted!
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The fact that these are authentic artifacts collected from the Himalayas still impresses me. As thorough as the Imagineers are, I always find it humbling that they went to these lengths for authenticity sake.
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I mean, you couldn't make some of this stuff up!
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In case you were wondering...
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A pretty realistic plaster cast...
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Norbu-Bob eh? Sounds like someone you'd find getting a drink at Trader Sam's... Or dare I say it, the Adventurer's Club!
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It had been a while since I saw the steam working on at the station. Glad to see this awesome effect on once again!
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From what I'm hearing, Grizzly Gulch is set to be the Everest-killer... Definitely looking forward to seeing it when I make my way out to Hong Kong Disneyland!
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It truly is an impressive mountain!
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Hard to believe this ride has been around for over five years!
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If there's one thing (of many) Animal Kingdom does right, it is its masking of attractions in a lush environment. Tell me how many attractions you can spot from the highest viewpoint in the park?
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Something else I find very impressive, is how well the rock work and paint on Everest has held up over the last five years.
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No bird on a stick today...
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Back! Back! Over the falls!
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Despite the strobes, you can still get a glimpse of the Yeti in passing.
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That being said, you may only see him in the blink of an eye.
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Primeval Whirl is finally re-opened and running both sides. During its down time, the ride underwent a physical refurbishment with visible results.
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Everything looks like it is brand new.
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It really does look a lot better!
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Looks pretty good right?
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Not all effects have been turned on, but I'm guessing they probably do all work now.
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I always forget how close the track is to the station, and to guests' heads.
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The park had some holiday decorations up in Dinoland USA, which I had never seen before.
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They don't add too much to the area and blend in a bit with the kitschy theming, so it works.
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Another example of the holiday decor.
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Never realized this, but there is a Yak & Yeti store, which sells some great merchandise. I got three "toothpick holders" for six dollars in the clearance rack!
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Last edited by jedimaster1227 on Wed Dec 21, 2011 10:12 pm.

Re: Walt Disney World Disney's Animal Kingdom Discussion Thr

Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:38 pm

Just a few quick photos from our recent trip to Animal Kingdom earlier this month.
Pretty warm inside these rhinos
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Queen of the jungle
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Pretty waterfall
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Us on Kilimanjaro Safari, someone wasnt to happy to be on this!
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Another pretty waterfall
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We conquered the broken Yeti! Disco time!
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Re: Walt Disney World Disney's Animal Kingdom Discussion Thr

Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:34 pm

Regarding the Primeval Whirl, I think this phrase sums it up: "It is better to look marvelous than to feel marvelous." Nice to see the ride looking marvelous again, at least. ;)

Re: Walt Disney World Disney's Animal Kingdom Discussion Thr

Fri Dec 23, 2011 11:50 am

It just bugs me to no end that that entire Dinosaur Carnival-whatever area even exists in a Disney park...they've spent a billion reinventing California Adventure, and I really wish they'd throw some cash at redoing that area before they spend what, $500 million on Avatar? That area is such a blemish on an otherwise amazing resort.

Re: Walt Disney World Disney's Animal Kingdom Discussion Thr

Fri Dec 23, 2011 12:00 pm

One of their giraffes came from my local zoo, so it's nice to possibly have just seen her in your pictures!

When I first rode Yeti last year, I was really surprised with how awesome it was. It kind of brings hope that Vekoma can still make some pretty kick A$$ coasters. Hopefully the new Avatar section will be awesome, I'd definitely be interested to see it when it opens

Re: Walt Disney World Disney's Animal Kingdom Discussion Thr

Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:44 pm

Enjoy my Mini-Trip Report!
No Dinoland.. Sorry :(
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Let's start our Disney Trip at Animal Kingdom!
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I will see you later for lunch :)
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The Tree of Life greets us as we enter the park.
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Sorry for the sucky quality :( ... But here's the Everest sign.
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The looks of this ride are FABULOUS!
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The ride is a lot bigger in person.
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I must say, I was VERY impressed with this ride. It is amazing! It was extremely well themed too.
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I can't stop taking pictures of this ride.
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Pretty lake across from Everest.
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This is my favorite picture I took of the trip.
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Let's start the safari :)
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There is a Lion.
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... And some white and pink Birds!
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Upside Down Tree
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Mr. Elephant and random little girl
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Mr. Elephant AGAIN
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Now I will end the report with yet another picture of Everest. Thanks for viewing :)

Re: Walt Disney World Disney's Animal Kingdom Discussion Thr

Sat Jan 21, 2012 2:41 pm

During my Walt Disney World stop of the week, we visited Animal Kingdom to go visit Everest, see Finding Nemo: The Musical and ride Dinosaur... Just a few things of note during this visit.
One side of the Oasis entrance is currently closed off.
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Rock work is being rebuilt currently in this area.
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Should be nice when the walls come down.
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A look at the work from the other side of the entrance.
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Everest was looking particularly nice today.
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Everest is still quite smooth...For a Vekoma!
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I've always liked this view.
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And the ice/rock work has held up quite well over the last five/six years.
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Still no bird on a stick.
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"You're takin' a dive!"
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This foliage has taken a little while to grow in, but it looks pretty nice now.
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Down we go again!
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Y is for Yeti.
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Hiya Larry!
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The new Disney Vacation Club logo has begun to show up throughout the parks.
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Re: Walt Disney World Disney's Animal Kingdom Discussion Thr

Sat Jan 21, 2012 4:06 pm

I absolutely love all the Expedition Everest photos on this page...really makes me crave a ride on it.

Re: Walt Disney World Disney's Animal Kingdom Discussion Thr

Sat Jan 21, 2012 4:42 pm

So glad I got six rides on this thing to celebrate my birthday! My favorite coaster on the property by far, and probably just behind Tower for the best ride there! I would love to see the mist return to the top of the mountain, though. It really made that first little bit so much more mysterious!

Interesting that they have one side of the Oasis walled off, because that must've just happened recently - both sides were open to traffic on Tuesday.
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