Disney Animal Kingdom Hours To Be Extended

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Office of News and Communications

April 2, 2018


Disney Animal Kingdom Hours To Be Extended

     (ORLANDO, Florida) --- Walt Disney’s Animal Kingdom will now be closing at 10 p.m. starting April 22. 

     The new hours will kick off with a ribbon cutting ceremony starting at 6 p.m. in front of the “Tree of Life.” Those in attendance will be Bob Weis, the President of Walt Disney Imagineering, Jon Favreau, Director of the live-action movie of the Jungle Book, Djuan Rivers, and Vice President of Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resorts, in addition to the cast of “The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic.”

     When the park originally opened, its hours were 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – the shortest of the Disney World parks. With new hours well after nightfall, the park will be introducing several new experiences.

     The new attractions will include The Tree of Life Awakens, Kilimanjaro Safaris after Dark and the Jungle Book: Alive with Magic. Most Animal Kingdom attractions will remain open at nightfall and provide a new experience for park-goers.

     Throughout the evening, nature scenes featuring animals, such as raccoons, gorillas and birds, will be projected onto the carved bark of the “Tree of Life” and backed by music.

     Guest will be able to experience Kilimanjaro Safaris in a new light with a specially lighted screen. During the expedition, guests will get to see the nighttime behaviors of the animals in addition to two new members of the Animal Kingdom, the African Wild Dog and Hyenas. 

     The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic show is based on the live-action movie where the audience will go on a journey through the jungle with Mowgli. The show will feature live singing, dance performances, projections onto water curtains, floating stages and fire-spinning routines. 

     “We’re so thrilled at how much ‘The Jungle Book’ film has been embraced by audiences around the world,” Michael Jung Creative Director at Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, said. “And we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate ‘The Jungle Book’ with this new live show. 

     The Walt Disney Company's mission is to be one of the world's leading producers and providers of entertainment and information, using its portfolio of brands to differentiate its content, services and consumer products.

     For more information check out the website: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/destinations/animal-kingdom/

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