Welcome to our 4th week in our 5-part series of Entertainment options at Walt Disney World. For the past 3 weeks, we’ve looked at the shows and random performances throughout the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT and Hollywood Studios. Today, we focus on the fun in the jungle of the Animal Kingdom. As usual, we’ll list the show, normally scheduled show times and a brief description of the performance. So let’s get this started with a high-adrenaline rush in…

An Indian dance troupe performing in traditional dress, including 3 women dancing on stage while 2 men leap in the foreground

Bollywood Beats

Shows at 12:30pm2:00pm3:00pm4:00pm5:30pm, and 6:30pm

For those who may not know, the Bollywood style is flashy, high-energy, rhythmic and colorful. This short show located outside of Expedition Everest will leave you exhausted from the moves and impressed by the colorful choreography.

Two female performers wearing festive African style dresses and adornments dance joyously on stage as male musicians play instruments in the background

Burudika Band

Shows at 2:30pm3:30pm4:30pm5:30pm, and 6:30pm

You will find throughout this article that the Harambe Market in Africa is THE place for non-stop entertainment throughout your day at Animal Kingdom. We’ll call these guys the “house band” as they play a wide assortment of African hits that the audience can do choreographed or free-style dances to. Exciting for all ages!

Chip and Dale dressed up as dinosaurs stand next to Donald Duck dressed in a safari outfit

Donald’s Dino-Bash

Character greets from 10:00am to 4:00pm; “Dino-Riffic Dance Party” from 4pm to 8pm

Chip and Dale in Dinosour Onesies?!! Awesome! Your favorite songs like Time Warp and Peanut Butter Jelly Time?! Okay, now we’re having fun! Head over to Dinoland USA and let the kids show the moves, the adults show off the vocals and everyone show off the fun!

Festival of the Lion King

Shows from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on the hour

Because it’s my column, I should get one opinion – This is THE best show at Disney! If you are familiar with the Cirque du Soliel style of acrobatic entertainment, then you know exactly what you’re getting. Incredible routines, colorful costumes, audience participation, all combined with the powerful songs of the Lion King. This show will make you laugh, cry, sing and dance, all while giving you a deeper appreciation of the Circle of Life.

Finding Nemo – The Musical

Shows at 11:00am12:00pm1:00pm2:30pm3:30pm, and 4:30pm

At 30 minutes long, this is one of the longest shows on the properties and boy is it amazing! If Broadway picked up and relocated at the Animal Kingdom, this is the show you would get. Combining the characters of Finding Nemo with larger than life puppets, underwater projections and live performing, enjoy the air-conditioned aquatic scenery as your favorite characters LITERALLY come to life for your entertainment!

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Kora Tinga Tinga

Shows at 9:30am10:30am11:30am12:30pm1:30pm, and 2:30pm

Posing as your basic street musician in the Harambe Market, a talented Kora (think guitar, harp, drum thing combo) will sing and play and set the mood as you shop and enjoy the African section of the Animal Kingdom.

3 performers stand by a large tree in Pandora The World of Avatar

Pandora Drummers – Swotu Wayä

Shows every hour starting at 9:30 am

Embedded into the trees of Pandora are drums of all sizes. From these drums, this group bangs, slams, crashes and smashes out beats and rhythms for your listening pleasure. But you don’t get to simply watch – it’s your job to help keep “the voice of the land” alive with your participation so be prepared to show up and show out!

A pilot maneuvers a ten foot high Pandora Utility Suit within Pandora The World of Avatar

Pandora Rangers

Shows every hour from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

One of the cool visuals in Avatar were the mechanic robotic suits that were roaming around Pandora. Well the movies have come to life at the Animal Kingdom as cast members will walk around and operate these incredible robots in the middle of the crowd taking in the sights and sounds of Pandora. Standing over 10 feet tall, they’re impossible to miss!

A boat adorned with lanterns sails across the water under a projection of a lioness and her cub

Rivers of Light – We Are One

Shows at 9:00pm

Just in time for Summer 2019, the new River of Lights show, renamed We Are One, is here for your nighttime enjoyment at the Animal Kingdom. You must know prior to the show that unlike the other parks, this show does not have fireworks that light up the sky, simply due to the protection of the animals on the grounds. With that said, the colors, sounds, stunning visuals, water projections, lasers and other scenery are the perfect show to bring man and nature together as one!

Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe

Shows at 9:00am9:15am10:00am10:15am11:00am12:00pm, and 12:15pm

Between this group and the Kora player (see above), the Africa section of Animal Kingdom is a constant source of entertainment and native beats. Not only do these incredible percussionists keep the rhythm going, they get the crowd involved and use hilarious moves and chants to keep you entertained for the duration of the show. And those costumes are simply amazing as well!

The Tree of Life awakens at nighttime with vibrant lights, animal projections and special effects

Tree of Life Awakenings

Projections begin at 8:50pm

If you thought the Tree of Life was amazing in the daytime, it really comes to life when the sun goes down. You are pretty familiar with the many animal carvings throughout the entire tree but you’ll be amazed at what they do in the evening. While it may not be a true “show,” there are still projections and clips from your favorite Disney animal characters, colorful lights that are a delight for the eyes and soft soothing tones in the background that truly put you at peace at the end of a long day!

Russell from the Disney film Up bending down on one knee to feed an exotic bird

UP! A Great Bird Adventure

Shows at 10:30am12:00pm1:30pm3:30pm, and 5:00pm

Admittedly, this combination of Up! and birds did not feel as natural as other marriages, but this 30-minute educational show in Asia will make you look at birds differently. Seated in a large open air aviary, our host introduces us to different species of birds in a fun, storytelling way. And our friends, Dug and Russell, join in the fun as well making this a show for all ages.

Three vibrantly clothed members of Viva Gaia Street Band! put on a rousing musical performance

Viva Gaia Street Band

Show times throughout the day

First things first, those hats are amazing! The costumes are awesome. And now we can talk about how cool these dudes are? Disguised as Caribbean street musicians, this group will lead a street party you won’t forget. Join in the fun with your own moves and vocals and have a great time for a half-hour!

A macaw slows to land and, in the background, the Tree of Life

Winged Encounters – The Kingdom Takes Flight

Shows at 9:30am10:30am11:30am1:30pm2:30pm, and 3:30pm

Part of the intrigue of the Animal Kingdom is the study of animals and not necessarily the focus on attractions for humans. In this show, birds fly around for your enjoyment. We learn about the birds and watch them interact up close, giving us a whole new perspective (and appreciation) of our avian friends!

Brian Pavlick

Brian Pavlick

Brian Pavlick is a husband and father residing in Maylene, AL. His love of Disney goes back to his early memories of watching the New Disney Channel on cable, occasional vacations to Orlando Florida and attending Disney Institute Management Training classes. He keeps up with Disney news and updates by reading numerous websites, experiencing attractions by watching YouTube videos and introducing his family to classic and timeless Disney movies, attractions and songs.