by Beth Keating
September 24, 2020
Friday evenings in our house of late seem to have morphed into watching the newest episode of whatever Disney+ series we happen to be following. It started when we were watching The Mandalorian, followed by Disney Gallery/Star Wars: The Mandalorian, Disney Prop Culture, then Muppets Now.
By far one of my favorites, though, has been One Day At Disney Shorts. I find fault only with the fact that the episodes are way too… well, short (they are only 5-7 minutes long). I’d like to see more from the cast members as they go about their day. If you haven’t been following the series, you’d be amazed at the enormous variety of careers that are melded together to make the Disney empire work.
In last week’s segment drop (Episode #42. Dr. Natalie MyIniczenko), we “met” a veterinarian at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. It was an interesting look at the tremendous amount of effort that goes on behind the scenes in taking care of the thousands of inhabitants at Animal Kingdom. As the 7-minute episode ended, I really wished I had been able to see more of the hands-on work the vets and staff undertake in nurturing the animals.
It turns out, I’m going to get that chance. This Friday (September 25), Disney+ will be debuting “Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom,” an original eight-episode docuseries that gives viewers an all-access pass to see exactly what the veterinarians and animal caretakers do backstage in caring for the many feathered, hooved, and finned creatures who make their home at the Disney Parks.
The series will help you learn more about the creatures at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Animal Kingdom Lodge and The Seas with Nemo & Friends at EPCOT. The series is from National Geographic, now partnered with Disney (and the creators of some great educational content on Disney+ for all you families who may be homeschooling again this fall!)
There are more than 5,000 animals who make their homes at Walt Disney World. In addition to getting a peek at how animals like the lions get fed, and how the animal care team provides enrichment for the various critters, you’ll also get to see many of the animals up close as the staff interacts with the animals to provide for their medical care and day-to-day needs. You’ll even get to see a few of the new babies born along the way.
New episodes of “Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom,” narrated by Josh Gad, will drop each Friday for an eight-episode run.
Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.