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February 17

February 17, 2017 – The Nighttime Show Rivers of Light Premieres in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“Embrace the magic of nature during a nighttime scene awash with captivating special effects, music and animal folklore.”

On February 17, 2017, the new nighttime show Rivers of Light premiered in Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Discovery River. The show was part of an overall evolution of the park, turning it to a day-to-night park, and features several floating sets, live performances, and water effects, celebrating the beauty and wonder of nature. The show also features scenes from the Disneynature series of films, as well as technology never-before-seen in a Disney nighttime show.

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January 17

January 17, 2010 – Endangered White Rhino is Born in Animal Kingdom

“We’re beginning the week with a celebration.”

On January 17, 2010, Disney’s Animal Kingdom welcomed an addition to their park, as endangered white rhino Kendi gave birth to her third baby. Kendi was the first white rhino born at the park’s sanctuary, and her baby was the eighth. Disney’s Animal Kingdom has helped extensively with the conservation of this endangered species, with two of the white rhinos born in the park brought to the Ziwa Sanctuary in Uganda to help reestablish the population that had been close to extinct since the 1980s.

November 30

November 30, 2004 – Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade Kicks Off in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“It’s a jingle jungle joy with all the holiday fun!

On November 30, 2004, the special holiday parade Mickey’s Jingle Jungle kicked off its first performance in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The parade is a variation of the normally performing Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade, with Christmas decorations added to the floats, along with holiday music mixed in with the original music. The parade has since been used every year, and lasts through the holiday season.

November 18

November 18, 2001 – The TriceraTop Spin Attraction Opens in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“Fly high on a dinosaur around a twirling tin-toy top at this delightful carnival-inspired attraction.”

On November 18, 2001, the TriceraTop Spin attraction opened in the DinoLand U.S.A. area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. Similar to the Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction in Magic Kingdom, and designed to fit the dinosaur carnival atmosphere, guests can board dinosaur shaped gondolas as they ride around and around, controlling how high or low they wish to soar. Surprises also lie in store for guests during the ride’s operation.

November 14

November 14, 2007 – The Yak & Yeti Restaurant Opens in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“Travelers can relax and replenish with a pan-Asian feast in this beautiful Nepalese-style restaurant.”

On November 14, 2007, the Yak & Yeti Restaurant opened in the Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. Styled like a village home turned restaurant, this table service restaurant features a variety of dishes from several Asian regions. The menu includes delicacies such as dim sum baskets, chicken tikka masala, and fried wontons for dessert. The restaurant location also features the Yak & Yeti Bhaktapur Market, where guests can buy regional items ranging from incense to saris.

May 23

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May 23, 2015 – The Harambe Market Area Opens in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

“Savor African-inspired fare at an open-air plaza featuring 4 unique walk-up windows.”

May 23, 2015, the Harambe Market area opened in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World. Nestled in the Africa area of the park, the market is designed to resemble a street market in Africa, complete with Colonial-era train depot design. The market contains not only a few shops to buy merchandise and sweets, but four separate food stations: Kitamu Grill, Famous Sausages, Chef Mwanga’s, and Wanjohi Refreshments. These four quick-service restaurants give guests the opportunity to enjoy something akin to street food, eating African-inspired dishes while they meander around the park.

May 19

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May 19, 2010 – Turtle Day is Celebrated in Animal Kingdom Park

“May is a fantastic month to celebrate turtles and tortoises.”

On May 19, 2010, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park held a special day of events to celebrate Turtle Day, which sought to bring awareness to turtles and tortoises and what guests can do to protect them. Activities that day included sessions to teach guests what threatens turtle habitats, interactive ways of using “turtle sight” to find food, and up-close-and-personal looks at some of the turtle and tortoise species that the park conservationists protect. 2010 was a particularly important year to highlight conservation efforts for turtles and tortoises, as Disney worked in partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to offer assistance and resources to those animals hurt by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.