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DAK - Entrance
Entering WDW and DAK
DAK - The Oasis
This is Main Street?
DAK - Discovery Island (was Safari Village)
Tree of Life
DAK - It's Tough to Be A Bug
A 3D action show
DAK - March of the ARTimals
The old parades.
DAK - DinoLand
Dinosaur/CtX, Boneyard, Tarzan Rocks
DAK - Discovery River
The defunct Taxi (formerly Boat Ride).
DAK - Asia
DAK's newest area.
DAK - Africa
Harambe village.
DAK - Kilimanjaro Safaris
Safari animal pics
DAK - Pangani Forest
Exploration Trail: Gorillas
DAK - Rafiki's Planet Watch
Take the Wildlife Express to Conservation Station.
DAK - Camp Minnie-Mickey
Festival of the Lion King; Characters; Pocahontas.
DAK - Beastly Kingdom
Plans, rumors and construction updates on DAK's next land

DAK Resources
DAK touring plans, faqs, transportation

WDW Resources
WDW prices, hints, hotels, faqs
Family Websites
Official Disney Links

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What's New?

November, 2001

Due to the reduced attendance at WDW, Disney's Animal Kingdom Hours are now 9am to 5pm except for 8am to 5pm during Thanksgiving week November 18 to 24. The other WDW parks have also reduced their hours.
Early entry for Disney hotel guests has been discontinued as part of the general cutbacks. Show performances have been cut back as well - check show times as you enter the park.
The special Canadian WDW offer is back. From October 22, 2001 to April 30, 2002 Canadians can purchase special 7-Day Park Hopper Plus passes - the second special pass is half price when purchased at a Canadian Disney Store or a Travel Agent in Canada (like Sears or CAA). Unlike regular full-price passes, these special passes expire on May 13, 2002. See the Canadian WDW website (www.disney.ca). Is this a good deal? Yes, if you intend to spend 7 days at WDW before May 13, 2002. For me, I usually only spend 2 or 3 days so I would rather purchase a regular hopper pass that does not expire.
The two new rides in DinoLand USA are previewed on the official DAK website - TriceraTop Spin (opening Winter 2001), a Dumbo-like spinner; and Primeval Whirl (opening Spring 2002), a spinning roller coaster/wild mouse.

October, 2001

A new parade - Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade - officially launched on October 1, 2001. It features Disney characters on safari in this "interactive street party with a tribute to their animal friends". All four parks started new parades October 1st in celebration of "100 Years of Magic".
More rumors of new construction at DAK have surfaced recently, possibly Beastly Kingdom? See
the Beastly Kingdom Updates page .

July, 2001

You'll notice some area name changes - Safari Village is now Discovery Island and Conservation Station is now part of Rafiki's Planet Watch.
A new area, Endangered Animal Rehabilitation Center, has been set up in Pangani Forest. It features black and white Colobus monkeys, Mona monkeys and Duiker (a small antelope).
For early risers, The Awakening starts the day at DAK 15 minutes before opening (8 am). Rafiki welcomes you with many safari clad character friends along with some small animals.
WDW did raise prices this year. I've finally updated the price pages on this site.
See Updated WDW prices.

April, 2001
The new African themed Animal Kingdom Lodge (was Safari Hotel) is open with new restaurants, and its own savannah and animals. Many of the rooms/balconies of this deluxe category hotel overlook the savannah.
See DAK 2001 News Clips for more information and some restaurant reviews.

July, 2000
Rode the new "Dinosaur" ride in DinoLand USA. It's just Countdown to Extinction (CtX) with new signage. Same entry, pre-show, ride and effects.
No internal signs of activity on the new Beastly Kingdom area, but the Safari Hotel is coming along well.
See DAK July 00 Updates.

Aug, 1999
The Radio Disney River Cruise formerly Discovery River Taxi, formerly Discovery RiverBoat Ride closed August 21st.
Jessy reviews "Tarzan Rocks" with lots of complements.
Disney's FastPass Ride Reservation System has been expanded to cover more popular attractions and now includes CtX, Kilimanjaro Safaris and Kali River Rapids. See DAK August 99 Updates.

July 9, 1999
The March of the ARTimals non-parade is gone. Many of the floats and costumed animals are now scattered around Safari Village. Details in DAK July 99 Updates.
Andrew reports on the changes at DAK from a late June visit - details in the July 99 Updates. Unfortunately his photos have been lost in the mail.

June 6, 1999

The "Jungle Book" show has closed and is being replaced by a "Tarzan Rocks" show in July. The Discovery River boats are running again, resurrected as the "Radio Disney River Cruise". Details in DAK June 99 Updates.

New FAQ pages have been added to DAK Resources : A FAQ with details of ride accessibility for disabled, DAK FAQs 2 and a FAQ with websites and contacts for jobs at DAK, DAK FAQs 3.

April 26, 1999
Disney has released the Preview issue of a new magazine, Disney's Animal Kingdom magazine. It's much more than an ad for DAK. See Animal Kingdom magazine for details.

April 17, 1999
Updated info on the 12 U.S. cities for "Disney's Animal Kingdom Outpost Tour" are listed with dates and locations at DAK News 99 and at DAK April 99 Updates.

March 21, 1999
Asia officially opened on March 18! See DAK News Clips 99. Look for special Asia Opening merchandise in the park.
Disney has announced a 12 city US "Animal Kingdom Outpost Tour" April 17 to July 11 to promote Animal Kingdom.
Our new index/home page, DAK Resources, and WDW Resources are online to celebrate the anniversary of our first visit to DAK March 5, 1998. See March 99 Update

March 2, 1999
Kali Raft
Pics from Kali River Rapids previews are on the Asia page.
Three new pages have been added -
It's Tough to Be A Bug has been moved to its own page.
A new page of Frequently Asked Questions containing answers to touring plans, disabled touring, transportation, etc.
A new page on Beastly Kingdom rumors, plans and construction info. See March 99 Update

February 21, 1999
Pictures from late January have been added to most of the pages on this site, especially Kilimanjaro Safaris, Pangani Forest and Camp Minnie-Mickey.
Has construction started on Beastly Kingdom? Earth moving equipment has been at work to the west of the Oasis. Rumours are that Beastly Kingdom is being designed with a "Dare the Dragon" stand-up dragon-themed coaster, and a Quest for the Unicorn maze. See February 99 Update

February 14, 1999
Asia's Kali River Rapids opened for Cast Member previews Feb 10-14. You WILL get WET! See KidGenie's review at Updates - FEB'99.
Asia's official opening is March 18th, and the Annual Passholder's Sneak Preview is March 6 and 7 in the morning. If you're in the park, be sure to check to see if they're running previews of Mahrajah and Kali; they have been opening often. Even Kali has been allowing the public on some of the preview days.
Official Disney site links have been added; see the new Disney Links section in the Site Navigation column.

February 1, 1999
Maharajah re-opened. CM Kali previews. See Updates - FEB'99.
Wondering about admission prices for Walt Disney World? Click Here
Another DAK News page with recent press clips
New pics from a preview ride on Epcot's Test Track.

January 10, 1999
Crowds are returning to 'normal'. Night Safaris are finished for now. The River Taxis are gone again. Older hopper tickets now accepted at DAK. Rumors about Beastly Kingdom starting.
See January 99 Update.

December 20, 1998
Asia's Maharajah Jungle Trek opened, and it looks like the Kali River Rapids (formerly Tiger Rapids Run) could soft open shortly. Kilimanjaro Night Safaris have started for a trial run over Christmas/New Years. See December Updates .
Andrew's comments from his early December visit. Looks like a big push to get Asia open.
More photos from December have been added to Asia, Kilimanjaro Safari and Pangani Forest.

November 29, 1998

The boats on Discovery River are back! They're now called Discovery River Taxis. See the November Update.
B Another month - another name change! This time it's Tiger Rapids Run. New photos have been added to Asia, Africa, Safari and other pages.

October 17,1998

Interested in what the Maharajah Jungle Trek and Tiger Rapids Run will be like when they open? Check out the new updates in the Asia section
Disney's next animated film, A Bug's Life premieres November 20th. Some of the characters will be familiar to those of you who experienced "It's Tough to be a Bug!". A USA 25 city mall tour to promote A Bug's Life has kicked off - you can check the A Bugs Life website for more details.
The Discovery River Boats have disappeared.
The Secrets of the Animal Kingdom TV show has debuted! See the October Updates.

mike & roy
Opening Day Discussion: Michael & Roy at Harambe

Family Welcome!

Welcome to our family Disney Diary web pages. Pat and I have been going to Walt Disney World since 1972. And the family has been going to Disney properties since Andrew, our oldest, was born in 1977. In fact, he was six weeks old when we took him to Disneyland. We have typically been to Disneyland every 5-7 years, and Walt Disney World every 2-3 years.

With Andrew working at the Canadian pavilion at Epcot in 1997/1998 in the WDW International Program, and on the DCL Disney Wonder in 1999, we've been closely following what's happening at WDW, and with our frequent visits to Walt Disney World, we thought we would put our experiences and photos together.

We were able to join the March '98 cast preview of Disney's Animal Kingdom, which provided the opportunity to build a virtual tour of the new park, the way we did it for the preview. More photos were added from subsequent visits in 1998 and 1999. Photos from visits in 2000 and 2001 are still awaiting uploading.

Thanks to Andrew for the new site logos and animation, and more pics. Take a look at his Epcot's World of Motion site, and his experiences in the WDW International Program.
Feel free to give us your comments, either in the Guest Book, or email me at ronsaito@hotmail.com


Ron Saito
for Pat, Kelly & Andrew, Jenny, Katy, Tasha, Roo and Killian

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Major updates June, December 1998, March 1999 and August 2000.
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