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News Flights of Wonder closing and replaced by 'UP! A Great Bird Adventure'

marni1971

WDW History nut
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Jungle Book to Kali / Anandapur makes some sense and can be done while maintaining relevant architecture. I know that's not explicitly what you're saying but it's too logical for them to not be at least thinking about it.
Depends where they went to use that IP.
 
IP in DAK is not blasphemy.

The nearest thing to UPcharged Flights of Wonder is the old Pocahontas show, which I think was cute. Fluff and a filler perhaps, but a fun way to show some animals combined with a way to see a princess in a more dignified way for adults than the kiddie theater of Belle or awkward meet&gropes.

But Pocahontas was part of a toon-ishy land, and FoW is part of Asia.

Also, IP-fication (UP-fication?) is destroying Disney at an alarming rate, this is another nail in the coffin of the WDW the world fell in love with. So by default this plan is a blow to the old skool fans.
 

MisterPenguin

Rumormonger
Premium Member
Audition Calendar (https://disneyauditions.com/audition-calendar/?aud_id=9104)

So, there will be a Asian-Indian character called Anika who will be the principle story-teller interacting with Russell and Dug. Seems Disney is doubling down on the Anandapur place-setting that Flights of Wonder finds itself in melding culture, Disney IP, and nature (the birds).

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cjkeating

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Kman101

Premium Member
IP in DAK is not blasphemy.

The nearest thing to UPcharged Flights of Wonder is the old Pocahontas show, which I think was cute. Fluff and a filler perhaps, but a fun way to show some animals combined with a way to see a princess in a more dignified way for adults than the kiddie theater of Belle or awkward meet&gropes.

But Pocahontas was part of a toon-ishy land, and FoW is part of Asia.

Also, IP-fication (UP-fication?) is destroying Disney at an alarming rate, this is another nail in the coffin of the WDW the world fell in love with. So by default this plan is a blow to the old skool fans.
I agree with this, to some degree. But you do realize the hundreds of thousands (millions?) of guests who only want IPs and will probably think this is the best thing ever. I sadly believe most of us here are in the minority. Most just won't care. Doesn't make it right, just how I think it is. Many guests think things without characters "isn't Disney enough" and it's a shame they seem to be listening to those fans.

UP in Flights of Wonders doesn't bother me TOO much. But it's a symptom of a bigger problem. I don't think using Russell is the worst idea. There are bigger IP shove-in's that just don't work so I'm not going to get too worked up over this (Guardians comes to mind in Epcot. They can show me as many concept art "pictures" of Star-Lord in Epcot all they want, and even if the ride is fun, it will NEVER fit to me. But I don't have an issue with Ratatouille, for example).

But, if this isn't proof of the "IP's everywhere" concept ... than I don't know what is. Again, I don't mind this too much as I hope it's well done and it doesn't seem like a big deal to me, but again, it's a symptom of a bigger problem.

And it's a shame the exterior of the theater is left like it is. I think it's really ugly. I miss how it was.
 

networkpro

Well-Known Member
IP in DAK is not blasphemy.


Also, IP-fication (UP-fication?) is destroying Disney at an alarming rate, this is another nail in the coffin of the WDW the world fell in love with. So by default this plan is a blow to the old skool fans.
Not For everyone, just those in a certain age range. For those whose experience predates AK, HS, and Epcot it's nothing new.

Flights of Wonder is a show that was in existence before it appeared in Animal Kingdom. It showed at the Texas State Fair yearly as Birds of the World until 2014 at the band shell.
 
I was privileged to see the final Flights of Wonder performances today. A very special thanks goes out to the cast members and everyone involved with the show for making it one of the truly hidden Disney World gems. It was always great to see the birds, and the conservation message presented is part of what Animal Kingdom is all about. The last show, in particular, was an emotional one for many of those long associated with the 19 year run of the show, including the much beloved Guano Joe (who quipped that he would be appearing in the Catskills next week). Best wishes and much appreciation to Cassie, Donna Sue, and all of the veteran trainers!!! Thanks for the hard work and the memories! I hope that Natural Encounters will be involved in the development and presentation of the new show!
 
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JoeCamel

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I was privileged to see the final Flights of Wonder performances today. A very special thanks goes out to the cast members and everyone involved with the show for making it one of the truly hidden Disney World gems. It was always great to see the birds, and the conservation message presented is part of what Animal Kingdom is all about. The last show, in particular, was an emotional one for many of those long associated with the 19 year run of the show, including the much beloved Guano Joe (who quipped that he would be appearing in the Catskills next week). Best wishes and much appreciation to Cassie, Donna Sue, and all of the veteran trainers!!! Thanks for the hard work and the memories! I hope that Natural Encounters will be involved in the development and presentation of the new show!
Thanks for the bold assault. So I guess we wait for a reopening?
 

Disney-Trains

Well-Known Member
I was at the last 2 shows and agree it was a lovely end. I remember Joe from his days as Roman Holiday at citizens of Hollywood and he really pulled out the stops for the finale show.
 

es135

Active Member
I'm very happy I was able to catch the show for my first time a couple weeks ago. I really appreciated the conservation message. These are the kind of experiences that help to round out and enhance your day at the park, so I'm happy to see they are replacing it with a new show. I hope the new one stays true to the pure message of this one!