Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Examining Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Pandora, the World of Avatar will unveil itself sometime in 2017. Now is a good opportunity to really look at what we know–or don’t know–about this attraction based on the film Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I’ve learned a few new things recently–and I have just taken a few unique shots that will help us better … Read more

A tribute to Jane Goodall's work near the Gorilla exhibit at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Building Advocates

I mentioned in a previous post how Jane Goodall’s work in Africa with primates was showcased in a 1963 edition of National Geographic along with Walt Disney. That combination would come again in the early days of Disney’s Animal Kingdom development. One of the things that Disney learned in the wake of its failed attempt … Read more

The library of National Geographics at Walt Disney Productions. Another image would show Imagineer Herb Ryman using National Geographics to create drawings for New Orleans Square.

Walt Disney With Jane Goodall

Well, kind of. I’ll explain in a minute. This weekend, in commemoration of Earth Day, Disney’s Animal Kingdom hosted Dr. Jane Goodall in celebrating the launch of the Disney Conservation Fund’s “Reverse the Decline, Increase the Time” initiative. Disney is working with the Jane Goodall Institute to help protect great apes in the wild and … Read more

The Problem at Disney

The Problem at Disney

What is the problem at Disney? Internal sources at Disney say that nearly every inch of concrete at Shanghai Disneyland has been torn up three times to get things right, causing an increase in costs and a delay in schedule. Still, I look at new photos daily of Shanghai Disneyland. I studied the exhibit carefully … Read more

Have you had this kind of experience?

Hastening Service

While the film has yet to come out, the scene that follows couldn’t be funnier. It’s a preview of Disney’s new film, Zootopia, in which a rookie cop needs to run a license plate–fast. The scene brings us to the one place nothing ever goes quickly–your local Department of Motor Vehicles. You’ll see why in … Read more

Imagine the demand to see a show and do a meal at the Diamond Horseshoe. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Five Hopes for Walt Disney World in 2016

Sixteen is my lucky number, so I’m hoping that some fantastic things are on their way for this next year. In my previous blog I noted the top 5 things that surprised me and delighted me in 2015. Let me share with you the 5 things I hope to see happen in 2016 for Walt … Read more

I used to host groups inside this restaurant, long closed to regular guests. But the building still seemed dead even to those visiting. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

5 Surprise Hits of 2015

Before we get too much further into 2016, I thought I would share my top 5 surprise hits at Walt Disney World. These are the things that I didn’t have too much expectation around, but inevitably found great value. 1. Anything to do with Disney Springs. Everything that Disney seems to be touching at this … Read more

The sun sets as a new floating island is raised into place. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

The Engineering Awe of Avatar

Major strides are being made on the construction of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But they aren’t without enormous effort and cost. Over the weekend floating islands were being put in place to the exterior of the attraction. These are small pieces compared to the major segments that will largely cover the front of the building. … Read more

Avatar island attached to show building. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Disney Animal Kingdom Construction: August 2015

Construction continues at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Let’s start the biggest of all projects–Avatar’s Pandora. Now that the exterior of the simulator show building has been built, the front facade is being layered on. This will consist of a series of mountains and even hanging islands: You can see the structural outline of the mountain being attached … Read more

Stop Instructional Graffiti

Stop Instructional Graffiti

By your host, J. Jeff Kober At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we’ll look at the guest service idea of how too many rules can ruin the Guest experience. Let’s visit the Harambe Railway Station to see an example of something we find in many customer service arenas. Disney’s Imagineers wanted to create a more authentic experience when … Read more