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Taste of Africa

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by , 07-07-2010 at 08:55 PM
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[FONT=Arial][SIZE=3]This is the first of what we can hope will be many updates from your new friend, SparkInTheDark. Even though we are just getting to know each other please know that I welcome your comments, questions, and also your requests. I share some happenings at one of our favorite places – Walt Disney World. Now that we’ve taken care of business (talking about me!) let’s move on to what’s next.[/SIZE][/FONT]

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[FONT=Arial][SIZE=3]As a part of Walt Disney World’s Summer Nightastic! Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park is scheduled to be open until 8pm. One of the main reasons for this is due to the new Vice President, Michael Colglazier wanting to allow the Guests to experience more of the park with the extended night hours. The extended hours got a lot of the leaders at DAK thinking and despite everything else going on this summer at Walt Disney World, the folks at DAK have some stuff up their sleeves. After getting green lit from the appropriate executives DAK will be hosting its very first street party.[/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Arial][SIZE=3]

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[FONT=Arial][SIZE=3]After the recent offerings from entertainment I know exactly what you are thinking when you hear the words, “street party.” I have to tell you that what you are thinking – is not what you will see. This is actually going to be the [B][I]Taste of Africa Street Party[/I][/B]. It is scheduled to begin immediately after Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle parade steps down from approximately 4-8pm (park close). The village of Harambe will transform to welcome lots of African entertainment characters to dance and celebrate in the streets with the Guests. Similar to Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival, African inspired food items will be sold in the kiosks that already exist (ie, Fruit cart, Tamu Tamu). A major focus will also be on the Taste of Africa Food & Wine Walk located in the Tamu Tamu vineyard. Here Guests will be able to purchase a group of samplings of African wines, beers, and even juices for kids (at a kid price). This experience will be similar to the Australian wine walkabout at Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival or the wine tastings at Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival. Additionally, special merchandise will be available in Africa including some of the wines by the bottle form the Taste of Africa Beer & Wine Walk.[/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=3]This limited-time experience is scheduled to run 16 days, July 9-24. Since the event is a one-of-a-kind test who knows what will come from it. It should be interesting to see how this all plays out with the Guests, Cast, Disney Executives, and beyond. So now it’s time to step out into the streets of Harambe and join in the Taste of Africa Street Party, Beer & Wine Walk in the Tamu Tamu Vineyard, and sample various foods. Please don’t hesitate to share your reviews for others to read and live vicariously through you.[/SIZE][/FONT]

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[I][FONT=Arial][SIZE=3]Here are some recent photos I snapped at Magic Kingdom:[/SIZE][/FONT][/I]


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[SIZE=2][I][FONT=Arial]Disneyland’s re-Imagined “it’s a small world” merchandise is sale in the Emporium with “Magic Kingdom” in place of “Disneyland”[/FONT][/I][/SIZE]


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[I][FONT=Arial][SIZE=2]The Stitch stage in Tomorrowland is now the home of a giant dance party. It also looks like they brought all of the videos from Pleasure Island’s 8-Trax over as they are playing The Village People in [B]Tomorrow[/B]land.[/SIZE][/FONT][/I]
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[FONT=Arial][SIZE=3]That’s it for now. More photos will come in time, I’m sure. Until next time... Quaharini! [/SIZE][/FONT]

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  1. wumbology's Avatar
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    Nice. I'm excited to hear about this addition to DAK. They really need to develop their nighttime offerings.

    Shame on Disney for using the Disneyland IASW mugs! Cutting corners...
  2. Dustysage's Avatar
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    Fantastic update from our very own Spark in the Dark! Thank you!!!
  3. JMora's Avatar
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    Taste of real Africa, the World Cup =)

    Viva Spain!

    [IMG]http://img704.imageshack.us/img704/5223/spainvturkeyfifa2010work.jpg[/IMG]
  4. SparkInTheDark's Avatar
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    Just like you said JMora... The World Cup! They actually use music in the street party from the World Cup.
  5. TDLFAN's Avatar
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    The idea of the African style party at DAK sounds nice, but I wonder.. whatever happened to the "Rivers of Lights" idea?
    Also, how decieving is that to sell DL's merchandise disguised as MK's? Just for that reason alone, I will not buy. Of course, this "cross merchandising" is also done with HKDL and DLRP, to some degree. Thank God TDR's merchandise is totally unique to those parks.
  6. wumbology's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by TDLFAN
    The idea of the African style party at DAK sounds nice, but I wonder.. whatever happened to the "Rivers of Lights" idea?
    Jim Hill reported on it a few years back. Apparently the show, (a parade on the route, not on the water,) would have involved making all of the pathways bigger to accommodate the viewing crowds and the people not wishing to watch the parade as well. This would force them to rip out a lot of the vegetation around the paths, which took so much effort when the park opened to develop.