Disney’s Animal Kingdom Began Its Nighttime Entertainment Memorial Day Weekend 2016

On Friday, May 27, 2016, Disney’s Animal Kingdom began its nighttime hours and the night was a beautiful one – a balmy 80 degrees. My family and I decided to head over to the theme park inside Walt Disney World Resort to take a peek at the park “at night” – using SpongeBob SquarePants’ voice from the episode “Graveyard Shift.” Love that one! 🙂

We needed to eat dinner first, and we love stopping at Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes for chicken fried rice. And, this time we grabbed an egg roll too. It was so yummy – as usual – and we enjoyed the sun going down and the lights coming on inside the park. Also, we usually share meals and bring our own drinks, and it really does save money. Two orders of chicken fried rice and an egg roll only came to about $12.00. After eating our food, we wandered around by the gibbons to see what they were up to, and then walked over to the Maharajah Jungle Trek area, as I was looking forward to seeing the tigers. But, the area was closing at 7:30 p.m. Darn! Oh well, off to see more of the new nighttime activities and entertainment. 🙂


We walked past the new seating area for the The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic Show that will be available for guests to enjoy during the summer months at Discovery River. The show is inspired by Disney’s hit live-action film The Jungle Book and is filled with music and special effects that celebrates the new film and the classic songs, now infused with an Indian influence. There was a soft opening for the show, but it officially opened on Saturday, May 28th. We kept on walking and made our way around to DinoLand U.S.A. People were being seated for the show and it was a little slow going as we had to wait while they walked by to sit down. Hopefully, they will find a better solution to that process. I am sure that they will.

Music and dancing was heard as we neared Discovery Island. A brand new entertainment stage was just recently completed and everyone was having fun at the Discovery Island Carnivale. The lively music, spirited dancers, vibrant costumes was pleasing to all.


We hiked back to Africa, where we watched a new show that involved acrobats. The brochure called them the Harambe Village Acrobats, and they were super fun too. The group was really getting the crowd involved with their creative acrobats and dancing. So neat!

Take a peek at my video below:

I was really just thrilled to see the park with its lamps and party lights on. The atmosphere at the park is so nice anyway, and it has really changed so much over these past few years. We didn’t have to time to see The Tree of Life Awakens show, but hope to be able to see that soon. It is nice to have something to look forward to for next time! All in all, it was a great chance to get some exercise and see the park come alive at night!

Read more about all of the nighttime experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom here.

Check out some of my snapshots below. Click on an image for a better view: