The movie The Big Year comes out tomorrow, and apparently it’s about competitive bird watching. Now, I’m not much of a bird person myself, so I wasn’t aware that bird watching can actually be a competition, but to each his own. That’s kind of what this blog is about: each person finding joy in their own unique interests. And what better place to indulge your interests than in Disney World?
So, for those of you who were not scarred by Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, here are four things to do in Walt Disney World if you love birds.
1. Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
Starting off is an attraction I very much like (perhaps because the birds aren’t real): Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. I love its connection to Walt and the history of Audio-Animatronics. (Jack over at AllEars.net has a great post on this.) What I didn’t love so much was the show when it was Under New Management; Iago annoyed me, as he did many other people, which is in part why back in August they opened a reimagined show that’s much more like the original. Bird-watchers can spot two hundred Audio-Animatronic birds, including macaws, cockatoos, and toucans, because while “most little birdies will fly away . . . the Tiki Room birds are here every day.”
2. Flights of Wonder
If you actually want to see the real thing, Flights of Wonder is the show for you. Flights of Wonder is a 25-minute show that plays several times a day in Animal Kingdom. I have to admit I’ve never seen this show, because of this line in the description on the Disney website: “the birds . . . sometimes swoop just above your head for some high-flying surprises.” But if you’re up for high-flying surprises, you can see at least twenty species of birds, which could include eagles, hawks, falcons, cranes, macaws, toucans, parrots, and others.
3. Aviaries in Animal Kingdom
Flights of Wonder isn’t the only place in Animal Kingdom where you can see exotic birds; there are walk-through aviaries on Pangani Forest Exploration Trail and Maharajah Jungle Trek. There are also birds found in the Oasis Exhibits. For an idea of the types of birds you may spot, take a look at the bird photos on the My Mobile Adventures blog.
4. Seagulls by The Seas with Nemo & Friends
No discussion of birds in Disney World would be complete without mentioning the seagulls from Finding Nemo who reside outside of The Seas with Nemo & Friends in Epcot. Take a photo of yourself with them, and then get out of there before the “Mine! Mine!” drives you crazy!
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It’s easy to have a bird-themed day in Disney. I’d suggest starting in Animal Kingdom since that’s where you’ll see actual live birds. Then head on over to Epcot and then Magic Kingdom (or vice versa) to get your fill of the Audio-Animatronic kind.
So are birds your friend or foe? Do you have a favorite Disney bird?