Happenings at The Animal Kingdom #ViewFromDisney #DisneySMMC

Have you heard there are some awesome things happening at the Animal Kingdom this year?  When I got invited to the Disney Social Media Mom Celebration I was beyond grateful. What I wasn’t prepared for was the amount of information that would be coming my way. As I weed through all my notes, I am amazed at tall the yummy things coming and that are happening now.

 Animal Kingdom

Happenings at The Animal Kingdom

I am pretty sure the biggest news of all is the opening of Pandora in May. Yes, that’s right on May 27, 2017, you will be able to enter the world of Pandora.  From a family friendly Na’vi River Journey that will send guests through a bioluminescent rainforest. The journey will end with an unforgettable encounter with a Na’vi Shaman, a figure who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora. There will also be an Avatar Flight of Passage which will offer guests the jaw-dropping experience of exploring the world of Pandora atop a Banshee. There are other wonderful surprises as well. To say this new world will be mind-blowing is putting it mildly.

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there is also the new River of Lights show that opened February 17. 2017. We were treated to an early viewing of this show and I can tell you it is breathtaking. The lights and music are just stunning. It left me with goosebumps and feeling so inspired.  What a beautiful show it combines live music with floating lights and a musical score that just is beyond anything I’ve heard. It is a must see when at the Animal Kingdom.

Animal Kingdom

Finally, there was the filming of the View from Disney animal Kingdom last week. I was a wee bit excited to get an invite to sit int he audience. I have always found live tv fascinating and to get to see the work the when in behind the scenes while filming was extraordinary.  Okay and yes getting to stand next to Whoopi Goldberg was a huge honor. I mean it’s Whoopi who wouldn’t want to get a chance to say HI to her. It was a moment to remember.

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Have you seen the Rivers of Light yet? Are you planning a trip to the Animal Kingdom soon to see all the new things there?

Disclaimer: I received free media passes for the viewing of The View and I paid a discounted rate to attend the Disney Social Media Mom celebration. Neither required me to write about Disney but as I love Disney I had to share. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Rebecca is a boy mom, traveler, Disney addict, chocolate lover, and tea drinker. She lives in Florida and enjoys good food, good music, and a great book. Her goal in life is to live in the moment and to always be open to new things.


  1. I have not seen the Rivers of Light yet. But I am planning a trip to animal kingdom though! It’s so much fun and it will be my daughter’s first visit!

  2. I saw the beginnings of Pandora the last time I was in Disney World. I can’t wait to see all the magic Disney creates!

  3. I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about Rivers of Light and the Animal Kingdom. These sound like things you HAVE to see when you visit!

  4. I can’t believe I still haven’t visited Animal Kingdom. It looks amazing! And I love that photo of you with Whoopi – you must’ve had the best time!

  5. How cool! I love the ladies of The View! I watched while they were shooting there.
    And the River of Lights looks so cool! I’d love to see that!

  6. So excited for you that you had this opportunity! I would’ve loved to meet Whoopi since she voiced Shenzi in the Lion King!! Ahh! Rivers of Light was beautiful I can’t wait to go back and see it again!

    • I know right I was totally freaking to be next to Whoopi and yes the River of Light sis just everything. We are hoping to spend the night soon so we can go back. I think my son would love it.

  7. Where is Pandora going to be? We were there about 3 weeks ago, and I’m still not sure where the new Pandora world is going to be located relative to the other sites. Can you explain it to me?

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