Saturday, January 15, 2011

Flights of Wonder in Disney's Animal Kingdom

Caravan Stage
Animal Kingdom is one of the theme parks in Walt Disney World that I did not truly appreciate when it first opened.  At the time, I didn't have kids and our park touring included hitting all the major mountains before the lines became too long (If you want to see what changed that thought process, you can read my post A Disney Mom's Lesson: Quality not Quantity.)  But on a trip in April 2003, before kids, my husband and I were strolling around the Asia section of the park.  It was really hot and we decided it was time to head back to our resort.  As we walked by a theater, which honestly I had never noticed before, a cast member asked if we had seen Flights of Wonder yet.  We hadn't and he let us know a new show was starting within a couple of minutes.  We decided we would take a look.  Not only had I never seen it, I hadn't even heard of it. 

We took our seats in Caravan theater, which was filled with long benches down front and bleachers in the back.  It is an open air theater, so it is not air conditioned.  On hot days, it is a great place to rest weary legs, but not to cool off.  The show displays birds and their natural behaviors, so there will be no guest appearances for Zazu or Iago at this attraction.  I don't want to give away much of the show to those of you who haven't seen it, but there is an amazing group of birds showcased.  I added a little montage of pictures and videos at the bottom of this post to share with you instead of giving away all the details!  I couldn't believe I had never stopped to see Flights of Wonder before.  On our trip last year, my parents saw it for the first time and loved it!  They too could not believe that they had never seen Flights of Wonder before!  It is now a must do for us when we are in Animal Kingdom.  If you haven't taken the time to see this attraction, I highly recommend you add it to your to do list for your next trip to Disney's Animal Kingdom.  Unless you are terrified of birds, I can almost guarantee you'll love it!

One more quick tip, when they look ask for volunteers, if you have your camera, raise your hand!


Randy said...

Great post! I've unfortunately never seen the Flights of Wonder, but that's because I actually have a fear of birds. :-P

Just wanted to let you know we added a link to this blog in our blogroll!

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

Someone on Twitter let me know yesterday she had a fear of birds, but loved Flights of Wonder! I would suggest checking it out, but sit in the bleachers in the back or way to the side. Maybe a little Disney magic could help you overcome your fear of birds! :-)