So, Disney's Animal Kingdom is going to be twelve years old this year. Kind of hard to believe, (not to mention that this is the longest that WDW has gone without a new park, but that's not too important right now.) Recently I was reading an old copy of "The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 1998," back when almost all that they had about DAK was speculation. I remember reading, on page 537,
"The layout and landscaping of the Animal Kingdom make traditional Disney parades and fireworks problematic. At the time this guide went to press no daily event on the order of IllumiNations, Fantasmic!, Fantasy in the Sky, or the SpectroMagic parade had been announced for the Animal Kingdom."So we still don't have anything to top off our day at the Animal Kingdom. This is definitely one of the parks weaknesses. Unfortunately, as the Guide mentioned, DAK's uniqueness makes a proper spectacular very challenging.
Fireworks are too loud, and would frighten the animals. A nighttime parade, "Rivers of Light," was in development for a while, but was tabled because the powers that be weren't willing to rip out the beautiful landscaping to widen the pathways (reference: Jim Hill : Monday Mouse Watch : It's lights out for DAK's "Rivers of Light" parade, while Beastly Kingdomme makes a character-based comeback.) There is a nice lagoon area in Discovery Lake, but the same problem with horticulture applies to making enough viewing area, as there certainly isn't enough for a show right now. It kind of looks like, if Animal Kingdom were to get its own spectacular, it would have to be something pretty special and unique.
So, any ideas?
I was thinking hard about it, and I thought a possibility would be something along the line of the Pixie Hollow "Enchantment" show which played in Disneyland during the Summer Nighttastic, but on a scale closer to the Osbourne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. The lights could be hidden in the trees of Discovery Island, and at night, it could be viewed from all around the Island. Then, depending on where you're viewing, you would get a slightly different show. The Tree of Life would be incorporated too.