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jekajekalynn
02-28-2007, 10:34 AM
I don't know where I heard this.. but is it true that they are thinking of doing/making a nightime parade for AK in the (near) future?

raidermatt
02-28-2007, 01:44 PM
It's a rumor that has floated around. Based in part on the fact that a table service restaurant is finally going into the park (even if Disney doesn't operate it).

Nothing has really come out one way or the other, so I doubt that it will happen in the near future.

2Xited4Disney
02-28-2007, 03:05 PM
The only way Animal Kingdom can become a full day park is with either an AMAZING night time parade or a night time shore. Unfortunately with out the ability to use fireworks or other loud noises this will be hard to accomplish.

MJMcBride
03-01-2007, 05:59 PM
The rumor is that the parade will be a lantern light parade thats a bit quieter than other parades for animal reasons

TheRustyScupper
03-09-2007, 01:20 PM
1) Huh?
2) Why a parade in a park that is useless after dark?
3) There is nothing to see or do except Everest and ITTBAB, or buy souvenirs.

2Xited4Disney
03-09-2007, 01:50 PM
1) Huh?
2) Why a parade in a park that is useless after dark?
3) There is nothing to see or do except Everest and ITTBAB, or buy souvenirs.

Festival of the Lion King?
Finding Nemo the Musical?
Dinosour?
Chester and Hesters? (not that I like it but it is something to do)
Pocahontas show?
Eating Dinner at Rainforest Cafe?
Eating Dinner at the new Ying and Yak restaurant?
Kali River Rapids? (on hot summer nights)
Rafikis Planet Watch?
Train to the planet watch?



Yeah I GUESS there is "nothing" to do

Mickmse2002
03-09-2007, 02:49 PM
I would like to see them create more reasons, including a parade or other show, to enhance this park. And while were at it, how 'bout putting a parade back in Epcot.

Another Voice
03-09-2007, 03:06 PM
The park itself was designed for full hours of operations. Even the safari ride had show lights installed along the path and spot lights were fitted to the trucks.

The problem was the attendance of the park was so poor when it opened, and the people who did show up left well before 3:00pm., that Disney slashed the operating hours to save money. The park has been open several times for special events and on extremely busy days. There is a change hours will expand to normal operations should attendance ever pick up.

DancingBear
03-09-2007, 03:16 PM
We've been after dark during Extra Magic Hours. Riding the raft ride over and over again as it got dark was pretty cool.

EUROPACL
03-09-2007, 03:26 PM
Festival of the Lion King?
Finding Nemo the Musical?
Dinosour?
Chester and Hesters? (not that I like it but it is something to do)
Pocahontas show?
Eating Dinner at Rainforest Cafe?
Eating Dinner at the new Ying and Yak restaurant?
Kali River Rapids? (on hot summer nights)
Rafikis Planet Watch?
Train to the planet watch?



Yeah I GUESS there is "nothing" to do


Great now how do you spend the other 5 hours in the park? Wait let me guess count the leaves on the tree, eat lunch, train back, Dinosour from a different seat?

frank2271
03-09-2007, 03:32 PM
Animal Kingdom @ night? Another good reason to bring "Beastly Kingdom" (or something like it) out of the ashes.

Don't all yell at me at once, but I've been waiting for BK since my wife and I watched the movie and took the survey about Animal Kingdom in the Walt Disney Theatre on Main Street almost 20 years ago. I thought it sounded awesome then and I stll think it sounds awesome.

raidermatt
03-09-2007, 04:22 PM
We all know that one of the functions of nightime shows is to keep people in the parks and spending money. But I think the issue with AK is that they still might not have ENOUGH to do for a nightime show to really have that intended affect.

Plus, the only sit-down restaurant at this point is not even really in the park, and is the same non-Disney restaurant you can visit at DTD or in many malls across the country.

If you did manage to convince people to stay past dinner time, they might start hunting and roasting the animals.

The Yak and Yeti (seriously, who thought "Yak" was a good word to have in a restaurant name?) will give them a more unique sit-down restaurant in the park. It won't be Disney operated, but at least its not a chain.

But I'm still not sure they have enough to really make full use of a "nighttime spectacular".

2Xited4Disney
03-09-2007, 04:40 PM
Great now how do you spend the other 5 hours in the park? Wait let me guess count the leaves on the tree, eat lunch, train back, Dinosour from a different seat?


I was using those examples at night.


Example of a Full day in Animal Kingdom


9:00 Leave hotel room for Park
9:30 Arrive at park after 15 min wait and 15 minute bus ride
9:30-10:00 through the trails at the entrance along with spending a few minutes with the characters at the entrance
10:00 Kilaminjaro Safari- 30 min wait. 20 minute ride
10:50 30 minutes through the Pingangi trail in Africa
11:20 Watch DeVine for 10-15 minutes
11:35 Lunch at Flame Tree BBQ (10 minutes in line 30 minutes to eat and enjoy the ducks)
12:15 See It's Tough to Be a Bug (20 minute wait, 15 minute show)
12:50 Spend 10 minutes walking through the Discovery Island Trails
1:00 Spend 20 minutes walking though the shops on Discover Island (Disney Outfiterrs and Creature Comforts
1:20 Head to Dinosour (30 minute wait, 5 minute ride)
1:55 Let the kids play in the Boneyard while you rest for 30 mins (grab some fries at the fry port)
2:25 Ride on Primevel Whirl or Triceptops Spin (10 minute wait 30 second ride)
2:35 Head to your favorite spot to view Mickeys Jammin Jungle Parade and stake your claim
3:00 Wait for the Parade to reach your location (15 mins)
3:15 See the Flights of Wonder Show (15 minute show
3:30 Head to Kali River Rapids (30 minute wait 2 minute ride)
4:00 Expedition Everest (45 Minute Wait 3 miute ride)
4:45 Watch Finding Nemo the Musical (15 minute show??)
5:00 Head to Rafikis Planet watch (10 minute wait for train 5 minute train ride)
5:15 Watch a live animal exhibit with an aminal trainer (15 minutes)
5:30 Spend 15 minutes in the "rainforest rooms OR outside with the animals at affection Section
5:45 train back to the rest of the park (5 minute train ride
5:50 arrive for your 6 reservation at Ying and Yak or Rainforest Cafe (Eat for 50-60 minutes
6:50 Go see Festival of the Lion King (30 minute show)
7:20 Visit with Mickey Minnie and Pluto for 15 minutes
7:35 Watch Pocahontasand Friends show (15 minutes)
7:50 Stake your claim for a future Night time parade or show
8:00 Night time show


Keep in mind I did not include any Bathroom breaks, only a few minutes to rest, and NO walking time between attractions. Also I don't know about you but I like to repeat a EE and Kilaminjaro.

Whether people like it or not a Night time show WILL make AK a full day park. Just because some people do not like ALL or MOST of the attraction does not mean that they don't exist. That is just like saying that EPCOT is not a fullday park to people who are ethnocentric (believe that their culture is superior and does not wish to engage about learning any other cultures) {ok so I just learned that word in Anthropology today, but you get my point}

EDIT Things we did NOT see on our full day today include
* Marajah Jungle trek
* Most of the shopping (I hate to shop but most people don't)
* Habitat Habit!
* Donald's Breakfastosaurus
* Crappy Carnival Games
* Wes Palm
Or spending ANY time actually enjoying the architecture of Africa or Andapadur around EE

Keyser
03-09-2007, 04:56 PM
In planning our last trip (6 days total), I was kind of surprised to find out that it was difficult to fit AK into the one day I had originally planned for it. In the end, we actually spent 2 days (well, more like 1 1/2) at AK, cutting our time at Epcot, in order to get a chance to see all the things we wanted to there. And, we skipped several things of only minor interest to us. Between the Nemo show and Expedition Everest, in the past year they've finally increased the amount of time you can spend there beyond the "see everything of interest in half a day" level.

All that is to say that I don't think AK is very far away from having enough to do that it could go to full-day operating hours. I think it's already comparable to the "full day" at the Studios.

raidermatt
03-09-2007, 06:04 PM
Unfortunately, the Studios is a half-day park to many as well.

AK is closer that it was, but it's still questionable. The hours are finally being extended, but I think its still an attraction or three and a restaurant away from truly being what we could call a full day park for most.

By the way, talking today about 18 and 9 year-old Disney parks as struggling to fill a single day for most guests should be very disappointing.

EUROPACL
03-09-2007, 08:01 PM
I was using those examples at night.


Example of a Full day in Animal Kingdom


9:00
Finds everything listed in park guide and writes down time


Or spending ANY time actually enjoying the architecture of Africa or Andapadur around EE


Wow you know you're right....you know I told the wife the other day that we needed to plan to do something after the movie as it was only going to take about 3 hours...what was I thinking there are 16 theaters at the place we go....I only hope that "Stomp the Yard" is not playing in two different theaters I don't know if I can take seeing it twice in one day.

adabob
03-26-2007, 04:53 PM
The person who is working on the parade is the same guy who created WISHES so it should be a cool one

Luv2Roam
03-26-2007, 05:18 PM
I have been in AK in the evening for a few after hours (pin) events.

The first time we attended, the finale was a show stopping extraganza featuring the Lion King and performers. And it really was quite the show, and on what seemed a personal level since they were right there and not on a large stage.

The second time was in Dinoland. As part of our hard ticket cost each guest was given tokens to play in Dinoland. (Won and were awarded pins, rather than plushes.) The rides were open late on that side too. It was very fun. Great to ride even spinner rides when they are literally walk on as much as you care, and characters are riding too.

I know the second one had fireworks coming from the top of the Extinction spin/roller coaster ride.

I think the first one had fire and fireworks coming from a roof over a bathroom area (opposite of Tusker House, next to a gift shop).

For obvious reasons it was not like Wishes. However, the shows were very good. The pyrotechnics were part of a show, not all of the show.

It can be done, and done well. :wizard: :thumbsup2

Considering all that is on AK now it easily can be an all day into the evening park. As someone stated, more so than MGM, I think. I find it much more hard to stay in MGM than AK now. I LOVE ToT. But even I would not ride it all day! :rotfl:

donald...really
03-26-2007, 06:59 PM
For me (and many others) no park is an all day park because we head back to our room for a mid-day break. If they did have a great night time parade at AK, at least it would give the people who leave the park during the day for whatever reason) a reason to go back at night.

Uncleromulus
03-27-2007, 04:27 AM
If that new restaurant is to be any sort of success, the park will have to be open later most nights.
I imagine a lot depends to whether or not you are a first time visitor or, like us a long time, repeat visitor. Our day at AK is only a 1/2 day, at best. Ride the Safari, go on Kali, me watch Mrs U get on EE and the Whirl and then off we go to the pool at OKW.
A night time parade should help a lot in keeping folks at the park, or bringing people like us back later.

croach
03-27-2007, 10:18 AM
To me it's all in how you want to spend your time in the park. If you are a first time visitor or enjoy just walking around the park taking in all the things there are to see with out having to run from attraction to attraction, then AK and MGM are easily all day parks. If all you care about is seeing the "major attractions" or you are visiting for the 50th time, then there may not be enough to keep you satisfied. Guess it just depends on how you want to see the parks.

As for a parade at night, I think it would be great. I am all for new things at WDW. I vote for leaving out fireworks though.

raidermatt
03-27-2007, 11:22 AM
If you are a first time visitor or enjoy just walking around the park taking in all the things there are to see with out having to run from attraction to attraction, then AK and MGM are easily all day parks.

Of course, the key point is that if you tour parks that way, then MK and Epcot are multi-day parks. As long as MGM and AK remain underbuilt in this manner they will continue to get tagged with monikers like 1/2 day.

The point isn't really that they are 1/2 day parks, or 3/4 day parks, or 50 day parks. The point is they provide less value than the other offerings for the majority of guests. In short, they offer less for the same price.

If that new restaurant is to be any sort of success, the park will have to be open later most nights.

One would think so. But then again, the RFC has been operating with AK's shorter hours for a long time now.

AK is scheduled to be open until 8pm for part of the summer, but it goes back to 5pm in the fall (according to what's posted at Disney's site).

Supposedly its also going to offer some sort of counter service, so maybe that's how it will be justified when the hours are shorter.

ConcKahuna
03-27-2007, 12:52 PM
Wasnt T-REX! going into DAK as well as DTD? That would give them 2 more table service restaurants.

*edit* Never mind, they are going into DTD and one in Kansas City. Where I got DAK out of Kansas City I'll never know...

DisInsider
03-27-2007, 02:00 PM
This debate about 1/2 day and whole day parks has existed for years. Considering the size of WDW and the variety of things to do there, it really isn't necessary for DAK to have a whole lot more, or to stay open late all year long. Even if it had 10 more attractions/restaurants, I don't think people would stay there all day. Especially those of you who go to WDW yearly or more often. People would probably find more attractions less interesting.

MK is an all day park, right? There is plenty to do there. Epcot has alot too. With DTD and all of the other things that WDW offers, you really don't need DAK to be opened until late in the evening, except just to see another fireworks show that (like has been pointed out) is not very realistic due to the animals. DAK will continue to add attractions and restaurants, but I don't think it needs to be a late-night park. That would just create more park hopping, and still not keep guests all day (and night) long.

WDWFan4Life
03-27-2007, 02:07 PM
I love DAK and would like to see a great nighttime parade in the park, but I think they also need more attractions. Adding a Beastlie Kingdom would be great. I would love to go on a ride that has to do with Dragons or other types of creatures. I also think they should take a bulldozer to Chester and Hesters and leave those cheap rides and games to your local carnival. Then in that area put in something really deatiled and of high quality, I'm not sure what kind of ride or attraction could be put there, but other people may have a good idea.

jekajekalynn
03-30-2007, 09:33 AM
Just wondering.. I believe I read it in UG.

Some of us DO like AK afterall and are just curious.

raidermatt
03-30-2007, 11:59 AM
Just wondering.. I believe I read it in UG.

Some of us DO like AK afterall and are just curious.


It was a legitimate question.

I like AK too.

I just think its underbuilt by quite a bit, and that it does have a few existing areas that need some significant work as well.

OnWithTheShow
03-30-2007, 12:20 PM
Example of a Full day in Animal Kingdom


9:00 Leave hotel room for Park
9:30 Arrive at park after 15 min wait and 15 minute bus ride....


Not everyone wants to do all of these things. The idea of a full day park is not to have exactly the right amount of things to do to fill your day. The idea is to have MORE than that. So you can fill the day with things YOU want to experience.

Not everyone wants to ride CTX or Everest (or can).

Not everyone wants to spend an hour looking for characters.

And last time I checked none of the shows you mentioned play at night.

rwodonnell
03-30-2007, 01:58 PM
Between the Nemo show and Expedition Everest, in the past year they've finally increased the amount of time you can spend there beyond the "see everything of interest in half a day" level.
Nemo actually just replaced a show that already existed. I don't remember how long Tarzan Rocks was, but it seemed of comparable length. Nemo was 37 minutes, we were told by a cast member. So the only increase in time spent would be E:E, plus the waiting in the ginormous line for Nemo (Tarzan always seemed to be a walk-in.)

Speaking of the Nemo show, if you are going and want to see it, definitely hit the first one of the day if you can. The line was insane and wrapped around into Dinoland when we were there in mid-March. I guess for the final show of the day, there are irate guests that wait in the line and don't get into the theater. Frankly, I actually liked Tarzan Rocks better, but I think I am in the minority on that one.

jekajekalynn
03-30-2007, 02:41 PM
It was a legitimate question.

I like AK too.

I just think its underbuilt by quite a bit, and that it does have a few existing areas that need some significant work as well.

Merci :) Thanks for a legit answer btw when I first posted this question.

I don't usually venture to this part of the DIS ,and after some of the snippy remarks I got from other posters for asking a simple question, I see exactly why I don't go over 'here'.

I for one would love to see a latern light show at AK... Since my dh and I really like this park and tend to spend a whole day there.

raidermatt
03-30-2007, 05:16 PM
It's not so bad here. A lot of tangents.

But "thick skin" probably doesn't hurt!

MJMcBride
03-30-2007, 06:45 PM
I don't usually venture to this part of the DIS ,and after some of the snippy remarks I got from other posters for asking a simple question,

Tell me about it