Four Character Changes in Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World

Four Character Changes in Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World

Character meet and greets are a big part of what makes a trip to Walt Disney World so special, and in recent months Disney has taken it upon themselves to make a number of improvements and changes to each park’s character line-up. While not all of these changes are always popular with guests, Disney is constantly making adjustments to try and make character offerings as diverse as possible while still keeping things running efficiently around the parks.

A trio of characters set to leave Disney’s Animal Kingdom

In order to accommodate some new character offerings set to debut in just a few weeks, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is making some cuts to its character lineup. First up is Baloo and King Louie from The Jungle Book, who currently meet guests in Asia near the back of the park. Unfortunately, it looks like both of these characters will be leaving this week, and will have their final day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the foreseeable future on April 14.

And unfortunately it looks like this Jungle Book pair aren’t the only ones leaving Animal Kingdom, as Flik from A Bug’s Life, who currently meets guests in the Discovery Island area of the park will be leaving shortly afterward, and will have his final day of character meet and greets on April 22nd. Though its possible these characters could come back at a later date, for now it is probably safe to assume these changes are permanent.  Disney’s Animal Kingdom is gearing up for a pretty major character event in just over a month…

In this month’s character update, three characters are set to leave Disney’s Animal Kingdom as the park prepares to add more characters to a limited-time event, plus a new Disney Junior face is set to debut soon and a “character” based on the Avatar film series comes to Pandora – The World of Avatar.

More characters announced for Donald’s Dino-Bash

Disney announced the new Donald’s Dino-Bash character experience will bring rare characters LaunchPad McQuack and ScroogeMcDuck to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. However, it was also announced a few days ago that these characters won’t be alone, and will be joined by a lot of familiar faces, including Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, and even Chip & Dale all in new dino-inspired costumes! This limited-time character event is currently slated to kick off on May 25th and will available through the summer. However, if it is popular, we might see this character experience last a bit longer, especially as so many other character experiences have been cut from this park.

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Canned tuna was first produced in Australia in 1903, quickly becoming popular. Tuna can be canned in edible oils, in brine, in water, and in various sauces. Tuna may be processed to be “chunked” or “flaked”. When canned the product is often referred to as “tuna fish”, a calque (loan translation) from the German Thunfisch. In the United States, 52% of canned tuna is used for sandwiches; 22% for salads; and 15% for casseroles and dried and pre-packaged meal kits such as General Mills‘s Tuna Helper line.

In the United States, only Albacore can legally be sold in canned form as “white meat tuna” .in other countries, yellowfin is also acceptable. While in the early 1980s canned tuna in Australia was most likely Southern bluefin, as of 2003 it was usually yellowfin, skipjack, or tongol (labelled “northern bluefin”).[72]

As tunas are often caught far from where they are processed, poor interim conservation can lead to spoilage. Tuna is typically gutted by hand, and later pre-cooked for prescribed times of 45 minutes to three hours. The fish are then cleaned and filleted, canned, and sealed, with the dark lateral blood meat often separately canned for pet food. The sealed can is then heated under pressure (called retort cooking) for 2 to 4 hours. This process kills any bacteria, but retains the histamine that can produce rancid flavors. The international standard sets the maximum histamine level at 200 milligrams per kilogram. An Australian study of 53 varieties of unflavored canned tuna found none to exceed the safe histamine level, although some had “off” flavors.[72]

Australian standards once required cans of tuna to contain at least 51% tuna, but these regulations were dropped in 2003.[76][77] The remaining weight is usually oil or water. In the US, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates canned tuna

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Pupusas were first created centuries ago by the Pipil tribes who inhabited the territory now known as El Salvador. Cooking implements for their preparation have been excavated in Joya de Cerén, “El Salvador’s Pompeii”, site of a native village that was buried by ashes from a volcano explosion, and where foodstuffs were preserved as they were being cooked almost 2000 years ago. The instruments for their preparation have also been found in other archaeological sites in El Salvador.

The pre-Columbian pupusa were vegetarian and half-moon shaped. They were filled with squash flowers and buds, herbs such chipilin and mora, fungi and salt. By 1570 meat had been incorporated into the filling, as noted by Franciscan monk Bernardino De Sahagun.[1]

In the late 1940s, pupusas were still not widespread across El Salvador, and were mostly localized in the central towns, such as Quezaltepeque, and cities of the country. As the population began migrating to other areas in the 1960s, pupusa stands proliferated across the country and in neighboring areas of Honduras and Guatemala, sometimes with variations in shape, size or filling. In Guatemala during the 1970s, pupusas had a half-moon shape. The half-moon shape would be considered a half-eaten pupusa in the Chalatenango area; fish pupusas were uncommon, and pupusas served east of the Lempa River usually had a much larger diameter.

In the 1980s, the Salvadoran civil war forced a Salvadoran migration to other countries, mainly the United States. Therefore, pupusas became available outside the country wherever a Salvadoran community was found. Immigrants have brought the dish to most areas of the United States. Pupuserías also may be found in many areas of Canada. In recent years, pupusas can even be found in some Latin American restaurants in Adelaide,[2] Melbourne and Sydney in Australia.

On 1 April 2005, the Salvadoran Legislative Assembly declared pupusas as the national dish of El Salvador and every second Sunday of November would be National Pupusas Day.[3] A fair is typically held on the day in the capital and a few big cities. On 10 November 2007, in celebration of National Pupusa day, the Secretary of Culture organized a fair in the capital park in which they would make the world biggest pupusa. The pupusa was 3.15 meters in diameter and was made with 200 lb. of masa, 40 lb. of cheese, and 40 lb. of chicharrón. It fed 5,000 people. Five years later, the record was broken again with a pupusa with 4.25 meters in diameter.[1] Guinness World Records lists the largest Pupusa at 4.5 metres, created in OlocuiltaEl Salvador on November 8, 2015. [4]

On 25 September 2011 the pupusas were named that year’s Best Street Food in New York.[5]

Both at home and abroad, pupusas are traditionally served with curtido (a pickled cabbage relish, analogous to German Sauerkraut and Korean kimchi that comes in mild and spicy varieties) and tomato sauce, and are traditionally eaten by hand.

Walt Disney World’s New Fireworks Show “Happily Ever After”

Walt Disney World’s New Fireworks Show “Happily Ever After”

The newest fireworks show, Happily Ever After, debuted at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World on Friday, May 12, 2017.  This new show replaced Wishes, which had a 14 year run at the park.  Disney Parks Blog held a live stream of the show for guests to be a part of the big debut.  If you missed it, have no fear, as you can still catch the video online so that you can see what everyone has been talking about.

This new nighttime spectacular is presented by PANDORA jewelry and appears to have captivated guests so far.  It is the 3rd firework show to be presented in the history of the park, excluding the themed holiday shows.  Magic Kingdom was jam packed with guests there for the debut and the crowds are expected to return throughout the weekend with the park possibly closing to capacity in the evening.  It has been described as the 4th of July level of crowds.

Disney also confirmed that that Halloween and Christmas fireworks will be performed as normal this year, but with the possibility that there will be changes next year, so it may be the last year you can see the versions as they are if you are a fan of those shows.

Have you watched the video?  What do you think of Happily Ever After?

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