Trying Avatar’s Night Blossom Drink at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Night Blossom drink1The Night Blossom drink is the Coolest Drink at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

It was a warm day at DAK – sunny and 90 degrees! – when the guys decided to give this icy slushy drink a try.

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Night Blossom slushy drink with paper straw.

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No one likes slushy drinks more than Mitch!!!

It’s a mixture of limeade with apple and desert pear flavors, layered on top of one another and topped with passion fruit Boba Balls.

drink4It tastes a little like Sour Skittles — sugary sweet with a layer of tart sour flavor on top.

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Caroline’s new Violet Lemonade Minnie Ears and trying the Violet Lemonade. It was good.

Disney fans say it’s similar to the Violet Lemonade drink available at Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival that Caroline tried and liked last month.

The guys all gave it a thumb’s up!

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Caroline and Mitch at the Floating Mountains.

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This is the perfect spot to enjoy a cool drink!

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The Floating Mountains of Pandora: The World of Avatar.

And, you can buy a Night Blossom Banshee!

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The Night Blossom Banshee is $59.95.

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We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters  (fyi, Our favorite drink at Disney World is a Dole Whip Float!)

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Celebrating Earth Day 2019 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Party for the Planet

Celebrating Earth Month at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Guests can celebrate Earth Day 2019 by participating in ‘Party for the Planet’ activities at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, April 20 – April 22, 2019.

Earth Day is on April 22, 2019.

DAK’s Dedication Rock, April 22, 1998.  Do you know where this rock is at DAK?

FYI:  Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened 21 years ago on Earth Day, April 22, 1998.

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Party for the Planet #DisneyAnimals

Party for the Planet is a fun and festive way to connect with nature and be inspired to protect our planet through a variety of special offerings at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, including opportunities to explore the nature and wildlife of the park.

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Sea Waste Artwork:  See the Adélie penguin sculpture walking over sea trash. The sculpture is more than initially meets the eye – it’s made entirely out of recycled marine debris such as bottle caps, toothbrushes and even discarded toys, all recovered from oceans and waterways! The artwork was created by the nonprofit organization WashedAshore.org,

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Free reusable bags at DAK today given out to guest at the front entrance.

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Art to Save the Sea:  See the Adélie penguin and her baby sculpture resting on a pebble nest. The installation is more than initially meets the eye – it’s made entirely out of recycled marine debris such as bottle caps, toothbrushes and even discarded toys, all recovered from oceans and waterways! The artwork was created by the nonprofit organization WashedAshore.org.

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Earth Day Cupcake, $6. Well worth it! 🙂

Guests visiting during Earth Month 2019 can pick up a 2019 Party for the Planet Times Guide when entering the park to help plan your the day. While at the Oasis, guests can also select one of 10 different animal cut-outs and they are encouraged to take photos for sharing on social media using the hashtag #DisneyAnimals.

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Mickey & Friends at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Happy birthday to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Event Highlights

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April 22, 2019: WOW! DiVine is entirely covered by flowers today!!! So pretty!

Connect with nature and wildlife at this annual Earth Day – Earth Month event from April 1 – April 30, 2019.  Watch the video here.

Discover a variety of enhanced park offerings during this glorious celebration, including:

  • A Special Welcome Celebration for Earth Month – See the festive kick-off for Party for the Planet on April 20th in front of the Tree of Life, featuring music, dancers and some of your favorite Disney Characters!
  • Exclusive Disney PhotoPass Opportunities  ̶  Throughout the park, you’ll find Disney PhotoPass frames that are part of the “Reverse the Decline” campaign and highlight animals supported by the Disney Conservation Fund.
  • Special Wilderness Explorers Badge Location ̶ Wilderness Explorers will have a special limited-time badge location helping Guests learn how to better connect with nature while on vacation―and once they return home.

Plus, look for special merchandise, a special-edition lunch menu at Tiffins, themed treats throughout the park and new Penny Press designs celebrating the Disney Conversation Fund—all available for a limited time.

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Celebrating Earth Day with my Disney bff, Ricky.

And, there will be special characters at the meet and greet locations:

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Kevin is out this month at Discovery Island!!!

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Jiminy Cricket only comes out on Earth Day weekend!

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Jiminy Cricket at DAK last year.

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On safari. #PartyForThePlanet

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Caroline at the Tree of Life with her DCP Alumni Magic Band.

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My new Earth Day earrings!  I love them!  ❤

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DAK gift cards…made of real wood!!!

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Special fun DAK merchandise!

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If you’re lucky, you might catch a peak of DiVine walking around DAK!

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Tree of Life dark chocolate cupcake. It was delicious!

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Final Note:  DAK has been mobbed in the early mornings because of Pandora.  It’s better to arrive at DAK mid- to late-morning, after 10am, to avoid long wait lines at the main entrance.

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Spring Break 2019:  DAK entrance is mobbed with people waiting to get into Pandora.

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The wait line for Flight of Passage!!!!  The FastPasses for this attraction have been extremely hard to get. 😦

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It’s sad all the marine wildlife being harmed by plastics in the oceans.

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Throwback Thursday...Our first visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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Working together at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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We love meeting the characters from UP! #TwoDisneySisters

  

New Cast Member Costumes for Pandora – The World of Avatar Coming to DAK

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New cast member costumes for Pandora were previewed this week.

There’s something about the look of these costumes that vaguely looks like a combination of the Spaceship Earth cast member costumes at Epcot and the Tomorrowland costumes at the Magic Kingdom!

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New name tags for all cast members working in Pandora.

There are three groups residing in Pandora: Alpha Centauri Expeditions, Scientists from the Pandora Conservation Initiative, and EXPAT Community.

Each of these groups have specific roles in Pandora and each will have special costumes that reinforce those roles for guests.

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Alpha Centauri Expeditions costume (attractions cast member costume)

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Scientists from the Pandora Conservation Initiative. (This costume seems so familiar!)

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EXPAT Community costume (food service and merch costume)

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Cast Member Exclusive Preview!!!

May 5th!

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Cast preview on Friday morning!

 

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This is going to be AMAZING!

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Pandora – The World of Avatar opens for guests May 27, 2017 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Welcome to the World of Avatar!

This new land will transport guests to the visually stunning world of Pandora. Here, guests will wonder at floating mountains and bioluminescent plants, and can join the Na’vi on two excursions that take adventure to the next level.

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Na’vi River Journey

First, the family friendly Na’vi River Journey will send guests through a bioluminescent rainforest. (Similar to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at MK.)

NEW VIDEO!:  Animontronics on Na’vi River Journey

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The bioluminescence forest.

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Cool photo pass op!

The journey ends with an unforgettable encounter with a Na’vi Shaman, a figure who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora.

Soarin on a banshee.

Flight of Passage! Soaring on the back of a banshee.  This will be one crazy simulator ride!!!

Second, Avatar Flight of Passage will offer guests the jaw-dropping experience of exploring the world of Pandora atop a Banshee. (The banshee flight simulator is similar ride to Soarin’ Around the World ride at Epcot.) The new ride system will be “considerably more thrilling” than the current Soarin’ attraction. Guests will “climb up the mountains of Pandora” in the queue for the ride before entering the show building where they will ‘take off and fly’, literally launching off the cliffs on a Banshee.

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We love DAK and can’t wait for Pandora to open next month!

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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The Floating Mountains of Pandora

Pandora – The World of AVATAR

Pandora – The World of AVATAR

Pandora – The World of AVATAR

Even though the opening of Pandora at DAK isn’t until mid-2017, construction on the new land has really picked up!

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Nov. 2015: Construction view of Pandora from DAK’s entrance.

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One of the Floating Mountains of Pandora under construction.

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Pandora from the entrance in Africa.

The Floating Mountains of Pandora.

Design image: The Floating Mountains of Pandora.

Right now, most of the activity is hidden behind construction walls at the former Camp Minnie-Mickey area. Avatarland has taken over the entire area at the front of DAK once occupied by the Disney character meet-and-greet area and the “Festival of the Lion King” show, which relocated to a new, much bigger theater in mid-2014.

Towering construction cranes – at least 2 or 3 at a time – can be seen from DAK’s entrance area, working away all day long.

The bridge to the former Camp Minnie-Mickey area will be the main entrance, with another entrance from Africa near the new land’s cliffs.

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One of the new Pandora buildings (probably Banshee Flight Simulator)

Several new buildings are being built onsite: “buildings that were used by previous human travelers to the planet, which have been retrofitted into food and supply source,” i.e., restaurants and merchandise locations.

The futuristic Avatarland will be populated by lush jungle foliage, floating mountains and the ruins of a military base camp sprinkled with audio-animatronics, 3-D projections and hologram effects. An area themed as the Pandora Landing Station Mess Hall will serve as a quick-service restaurant.

Soarin on a banshee.

Soarin on a banshee.  This will be one crazy simulator ride!!!

The main attraction will be a banshee flight simulator similar ride to Soarin’ at Epcot. Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde, who is spearheading the project, says the new ride system will be “considerably more thrilling” than the current Soarin’ attraction. Guests will “climb up the mountains of Pandora” in the queue for the ride before entering the show building where they will take off, literally launching off the cliffs on a Banshee. [No thank you!]

Disney is also building an indoor boat ride similar to Pirates of the Caribbean which will take riders on a river journey through the beautiful LED-illuminated forests of Pandora.

Pandora during the day.

Pandora during the day with the floating mountains, waterfalls and cliffs.

After dark, special lighting effects will play a prominent role in Avatarland, with LED-lighted sidewalks and illuminated plants that respond to the touch.

Pandora at night.

Pandora glowing at night.

Rivers of Light Update (November 2015 video): Pandora Update 

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We love DAK and can’t wait for Pandora to open!

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At our book launch in Boulder, Colorado.

At our book launch in Boulder, Colorado.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

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Update on Pandora – The World of AVATAR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Pandora – The World of AVATAR

Pandora – The World of AVATAR

Pandora – The World of AVATAR

Even though the opening of Avatarland at DAK isn’t until mid-2017, construction on the new land really picked up this summer!

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Construction view from DAK entrance.

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One of the Floating Mountains of Pandora under construction

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Pandora from the entrance in Africa.

The Floating Mountains of Pandora.

The Floating Mountains of Pandora.

Disney announced last month that the new land will be called ‘Pandora – The World of AVATAR.’  [I prefer Avatarland.]

Right now, most of the activity is hidden behind construction walls at the former Camp Minnie-Mickey area. Avatarland has taken over the entire area at the front of DAK once occupied by the Disney character meet-and-greet area and the “Festival of the Lion King” show, which relocated to a new, much bigger theater in mid-2014.

Towering construction cranes – at least 2 or 3 at a time – can be seen from DAK’s entrance area, working away all day long.

The bridge to the former Camp Minnie-Mickey area will be the main entrance, with another entrance from Africa near the new land’s cliffs.

Several new buildings are being built onsite: “buildings that were used by previous human travelers to the planet, which have been retrofitted into food and supply source,” i.e., restaurants and merchandise locations.

The futuristic Avatarland will be populated by lush jungle foliage, floating mountains and the ruins of a military base camp sprinkled with audio-animatronics, 3-D projections and hologram effects. An area themed as the Pandora Landing Station Mess Hall will serve as a quick-service restaurant.

Soarin on a banshee.

Soarin on a banshee.  This will be one crazy simulator ride!!!

The main attraction will be a banshee flight simulator similar ride to Soarin’ at Epcot. Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde, who is spearheading the project, says the new ride system will be “considerably more thrilling” than the current Soarin’ attraction. Guests will “climb up the mountains of Pandora” in the queue for the ride before entering the show building where they will take off, literally launching off the cliffs on a Banshee. [No thank you!]

Pandora boat ride

Pandora boat ride

Disney is also building an indoor boat ride similar to Pirates of the Caribbean which will take riders on a river journey through the beautiful LED-illuminated forests of Pandora.

Pandora during the day.

Pandora during the day with the floating mountains, waterfalls and cliffs.

After dark, special lighting effects will play a prominent role in Avatarland, with LED-lighted sidewalks and illuminated plants that respond to the touch.

Pandora at night.

Pandora glowing at night.

Read our update on Rivers of Light:  New Rivers of Light Coming in 2016

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January 10, 2014: Groundbreaking ceremony

January 10, 2014: Groundbreaking ceremony for Avatarland.

Video of the groundbreaking ceremony on Jan 10, 2014: Breaking Ground on Avatarland

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Adventure Mickey was there too, which is good since he lost his meet & greet area!

Adventure Mickey was there too, which is good since he lost his meet & greet area!  😉

Preview of Avatarland: Highlights of Coming Attraction

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At our book launch in Boulder, Colorado.

At our book launch in Boulder, Colorado.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

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‘Rivers of Light’ Coming to the Animal Kingdom

‘Rivers of Light’ Coming to the Animal Kingdom

Rivers of Light show.

Looks trippy…

DAK Video Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VIxMgKTPT0

“Rivers of Light” promises to be an innovative show unlike anything ever seen in Disney Parks, combining live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery. The show will magically come to life on the broad, natural stage of the Discovery River, between Discovery Island and Expedition Everest, delighting guests and truly capping off a full day of adventures at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

This means that DAK will be able to stay open much, much later. Sometimes in the winter, the Park closes at 5pm. And, no fireworks are allowed because of the animals. But, it’s amazing what you can do with spectacular LED lighting!

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Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

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