Animal Kingdom – Listener Questions

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Avatarland

1225 24:03 Dale gives his opinion on the potential Avatarland expansion to AK

1097 11:02 Chris discusses the Avatarland expansion.

1094 24:20 Brian from Oregon discusses Avatarland.

Dinosaur

0603 10’45″: Caroline from Alabama hates Dinosaur.

0472 Vernon wants to know our opinion of Dinosaur.

Expedition Everest

LS033 118’05″: Testa says that he got an email from someone who had to be exvacuated from Expedition Everest!

0543 22’55″: Kirsten from NY didn’t see a big Yeti in Expedition Everest.

0329
Dr. Don comments on the best seat on Expedition Everest and Test Track.

0302
Ryan of IL wants to know if it gets dark enough at Animal Kingdom to make a ride on Expedition Everest worth riding.

0290
Stephanie of MA wants to know if arriving late at Animal Kingdom will mean she can’t ride Everest.

0245
Michelle of CT thinks the the guy a listener saw riding Expedition Everest in a sherpa hat is a fan who has ridden over 1000 times.

0239
Mike Scopa recommends Expedition Everest for in the evening.

0227
Matt remembers the sounds you hear in the shrine on the hill at Expedition: Everest.
Mike Newell plans to ride Everest on his next trip.

0212
Michelle of NH wants to know about a guy in line for Everest who has ridden a lot of times.
Len says it’s entirely possible this guy has ridden quite a number of times.

0083[1]Jeff from Houston has a strategy for touring Animal Kingdom with emphasis on Expedition Everest and recommends touring the last hour Animal Kingdom is open
Len likes the strategy but says the downside is the FASTPASS’s will likely be gone but it’s still a good strategy.
Len mentions in Episode 84 Len will be debuting the new Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World touring plan to Animal Kingdom .

0077
Jeff asks what the chances of riding Expedition Everest in March.
Matt says there is no way to know ahead of time so you just have to show up. Assuming there are no weather problems, mechanical breakdowns or Imagineering has closed it for one reason or another, it should be open.
Mike Scopa recommends going to Guest Services and asking them or going to the attraction and asking a Cast Member there.

0063
Ken in Perryville, MD asks if there’s a smell associated with the Yeti on Expedition Everest.
Neither Len or Matt smelled anything while riding.

0061
Heather from Massachussets and James Ford of Chicago, IL want to know when Expedition Everest is open.
Len says it will officially open April 7.
James also wants to know what the chances of a soft opening are at the end of March.
Mike Scopa thinks there should be a good chance of catching a soft opening.
Matt says that cast members are indicating that as of now, the attraction should be open all the time except for maintenance or changes to the ride that are needed.

0036
Schuyler of Pennsylvania wants to know about a new thrill ride at Animal Kingdom aside from Expedition Everest that is planned.
Len has not heard anything about any new attraction aside from Expedition Everest.

Extra Magic Hours

0215
Mr. Voice wants to know when he should go to Animal Kingdom.
Matt says Len has mentioned Animal Kingdom’s extra magic hours are inefficient.
Lou says how much time you spend in Animal Kingdom depends on the people in your group.
Matt thinks Mr. Voice should go to the park at opening and be done with it by mid-morning.

0134
Len likes Animal Kingdom’s Extra Magic Hours.
Matt goes on an Animal Kingdom rant.
Matt goes on another Animal Kingdom rant.

Finding Nemo – the Musical

LS35 11’00″: Jack from NJ asks the seating in Finding Nemo.

0290
Kathy also wants to know how early to get to the Finding Nemo the Musical.

0248
Justin of PA wants to know if he should see the Finding Nemo the Musical show.
Matt recommends seeing it and enjoys the music.

0143
Avery of PA wants to know if the Finding Nemo Musical will be open by November.
Len thinks it will be open by November.
Len heard cast previews will begin in late October.
Len mentioned that he’ll post any updates at [2]TouringPlans.com.

0061
Mike Scopa says it’s closed now and as far as what will replace it, he’s heard a Jungle Book themed show and a Finding Nemo show.

0039
Mike says there are plans to tear the entire theater down, possibly in late January 2006 and possibly replaced by a Finding Nemo show.

Generally

1358 14:26 Mick from New York asks about “secret paths” at Animal Kingdom

1174 23:18 Brian from North Carolina comments on Animal Kingdom attendance

0582 11’55″: Kevin asks for does and don’ts for a short visit, especially when visiting the Animal Kingdom only.

0555 5’30″: Gilbert likes the Animal Kingdom.

0537 14’40″: Tom refers to Episode 465 and suggests the Rainforest Exhibit in the Animal Kingdom.

21’45″: Kabe wants to tour Animal Kingdom and Epcot in the same day.

0439
Mike wants to know which park needs a new attraction more: Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

0290
Kathy of CT wants to know if Animal Kingdom gets less crowded after the parade.

0215
Mr. Voice wants to know when he should go to Animal Kingdom.
Matt says Len has mentioned Animal Kingdom’s extra magic hours are inefficient.
Lou says how much time you spend in Animal Kingdom depends on the people in your group.
Matt thinks Mr. Voice should go to the park at opening and be done with it by mid-morning.

LS06 Caller Mark’s last tip is that Animal Kingdom is extremely hot during the summer. He suggests that you get a cup of ice water at one side of the park and while walking to the other side of the park, use the ice water to cool you down on the long trek, and then dump it when you get to the attraction. Then repeat the process after you have finished the attraction. It will keep you really cool for the day.

LS03 Kim of PA wants to know what we think Animal Kingdom needs

0107
Kim of Pittsburgh, PA wants to know if Lucky is ever coming back to Animal Kingdom.
Len feels the answer is no.
Mike Scopa says something similiar to Lucky may be coming sometime in the next two years or so.

0104
Mike from Westwood, NJ wants to know if he can see all of Animal Kingdom if he’s going to be down there for just the afternoon on his arrival day.
Len thinks Mike can do the highlights given the timeframe but thinks FASTPASS will likely be gone.
Len says after 3:30 or so the park dies so it will be easier to do some of the headliner attractions.
Matt says the last 2 hours the park is open is when Mike will have the easiest time with waits.
Len says to make sure he’s not going on an Extra Magic Hour day and to start with a stage show.
We all agree 30 minutes is the most we’d wait for the Kilimanjaro Safari.

LS01 Part 1 – 21’50″: Kim says she likes the Animal Kingdom, and talks about her upcoming December trip.

Part 1 – 25’20″: Kim asks whether Lucky is coming back to the Animal Kingdom.

Part 1 – 37’10″: Steve from Saint Louis says that the Animal Kingdom is currently as the Studios was.

Part 3 – 25’15″: Chris from FL asks whether he should use the last day of his 2-day pass in Animal Kingdom.

0074
Matt says that in the Animal Kingdom parking lot, there is a cheap soda vending machine on the opposite side of some foliage that is next to the Disney World resort bus pickup area.
Len also mentions the covered path between the exit to Dinosaur and the store near Triceratop Spin in Dinoland, USA in Animal Kingdom.

0074
Billy McAndrew of Milford, CT wants to know what the next big attraction at Animal Kingdom will be and if any new restaurants are also coming.
Len says no new attractions are being mentioned but Disney did just announce a new restaurant for the Asia section that will be opening in 2007, “In summer 2007, an Asian restaurant will debut in Animal Kingdom’s Asia, at the current site of the Chakranadi Chicken Shop. The eatery will offer both full service table dining and quick service food. “.

0062
Mike Scopa says if you want to do Animal Kingdom, do it in the morning because it can get very hot and humid there by the afternoon.

0060
Michael Grabenstein writes to us that we’re missing the “child angle” for Animal Kingdom.
Matt agrees that children might enjoy Animal Kingdom more than adults, but feels Animal Kingdom needs to be held to the standard set by attractions at the Magic Kingdom where attractions can be enjoyed by everyone.

0043
Pat & Robin of Stonemountain, GA wrote [3]an essay in about the merits of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Matt says the problem is there’s not enough to do and the park needs more quality attractions.

0042
John from St. Louis wants to know how to fix the problems at Animal Kingdom.
Mike Scopa mentions Len made a great point a few episodes ago that they need to add a full service restaurant near Expedition Everest.
Mike Scopa also says there is just not enough to do at the park.
Len says Conservation Station would be far more popular if you didn’t need to take a train to get there.

It’s Tough To Be A Bug

0502 1’00″: Christian, NY refers to Episode 426: Kid Friendly Attractions and unfortunately saw “:It’s Tough To Be A Bug”: with their children.

0190
Robert enjoyed It’s Tough To Be A Bug and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
Mike Scopa says Philharmagic and Muppetvision are kid-friendly whereas he finds the other two not to be.

Kali River Rapids

1298 28:06 Kevin from California recommends using a locker at Kali River Rapids to protect electronics

Kilimanjaro Safari

0648 4’55″: JD wants a refund on his curtailed Kilimanjaro Safari.

0308
Darren of CT offers the answer to the Kiliminjaro Radio question we had earlier.

0302
Kelly of TX wants to know if riding Kiliminjaro Safari early in the morning will screw up her touring plan for the day.

0272
Jeff of WI wants to know what music is played during Kiliminjaro Safari.
Mike Newell hasn’t run across the track or the name of.
Mike Newell recommends the [4]Disney Music Discussion Boards.

0104
We all agree 30 minutes is the most we’d wait for the Kilimanjaro Safari.

Maharajah Jungle Trek

1226 6:34 Joanne from New Jersey asks about the logistics of walking the bridges at AK’s Maharajah Jungle Trek and Pangani Forest Exploration Trail

Pangani Forest Exploration Trail

1226 6:34 Joanne from New Jersey asks about the logistics of walking the bridges at AK’s Maharajah Jungle Trek and Pangani Forest Exploration Trail

Touring Plans

See Touring Plans.

With Water Parks

1313 13:31 Amy from Tennessee asks about transportation from Animal Kingdom to Blizzard Beach

1246 22:01 Amy from Tennessee asks about transportation from Animal Kingdom to Blizzard Beach

0254
Matt shares an idea to go to Animal Kingdom in the morning and go to the water park in the afternoon.

0245
Matt would combine a morning at Animal Kingdom and an evening extra magic hour day at the water parks.

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