Yesterday my family made a trip to a couple of Disney parks because Trav had worked a lot last week and needed a day off. The weather was also perfect with highs in the 60’s so we were very excited to go- and so was the rest of Florida. The parks were packed with people excited about the wonderful weather since this time of year can be really hot one day and nice and cool the next. And we all know that summer is coming and won’t leave until about the middle of October. We started off at Hollywood Studios but it was really busy and since the park is under construction and tiny, there wasn’t a lot of room to move around. So, we headed to Animal Kingdom.
After we walked through the gate a Cast Member followed us and asked if we were busy at 5 o’clock. I’ve had experience with Cast Members asking me odd questions before and I’ve learned to never, ever brush them off because they’re about to offer something good. I’ve gotten free FastPasses, free ice cream, & on this occasion, a heads up on a preview show that won’t officially premier until April 22nd! It’s a blogger’s dream come true!
We made our way to Asia and got to the show just before it began. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen the show it replaced so I don’t know how it compares but the upside is that I could judge the new show strictly on its merits.
This new show has the addition of, Russell and Dug which will appeal to younger audiences that might not want to watch a show that’s strictly about birds. I’d say maybe 5th or 6th grade would be the oldest kid-wise. My teenagers wouldn’t enjoy it.
The birds are amazing, I just wish there were a few more of them. They seemed a little sparse for a show revolving around them but the ones they had did some pretty amazing things. There’s also the opportunity for some audience participation so if you’d like the opportunity to do this- they’re holding their arms up so that a large bird can fly through them- then make sure you sit on the ends of the benches. There’s also an opportunity to go on stage so if that’s something you like to do make sure to get there early and sit up front.
The birds fly directly over the audience several times and a few times things didn’t go exactly as planned Like, Frazier Crane here who decided a walk through the audience would be nice- no, really, that’s his name.
Overall, I really enjoyed the show. The birds were amazing, I really liked the actors, and Russell and Dug gave it more of a Disney feel in a park that doesn’t have a lot of that. The one negative that Travis and I both agreed on is that the show moves a bit too slowly. I’m not sure if that’s because of the birds that at times missed their cues, or if they just don’t have enough material and they’re trying to stretch it to a 30 minute show. This might not be able to keep the attention of really young children but I would recommend it for a field trip or homeschool outing. It’s also a nice, shady spot to sit down for a while and take a break.
Again, this show doesn’t premier until, April 22nd so they still have a bit of time to work the bugs out. Have any questions or thoughts? Let me know in the comments.