Flights of Wonder

Opened: April 22, 1998

Location: Asia, along the path that connects Africa and Asia in the back of Animal Kingdom. The entrance is directly to the left of Yak & Yeti Restaurant.

Extra Magic Hours: No shows usually scheduled.

FastPass+: Yes, lowest priority.

Type: Live bird, comedy show.

Requirements: None.

Scary Factor: Zero, unless you’ve been watching too much Alfred Hitchcock.

Length: 25 minutes.

What to Expect: Flights of Wonder is a one part educational and one part entertaining show featuring more than 20 species of rare and exotic birds. You’ll see and learn about Bald Eagles, Barbary Falcons, Harris Hawks, Yellow-napped Amazon Parrots, Toco Toucans, and more. The birds are fascinating and your host, Guana Joe or Jane, is funny throughout. The show is in a shaded area that is cooler than much of the Park, but it’s not air-conditioned. Make sure to stay after the show and make your way to the stage to see some of the birds up close and talk with the stars of the show.

When To Go: The show is scheduled throughout the day, usually at 10:45am, 11:45am, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 3:45pm with a possible show at 4:45pm if Animal Kingdom is open late crowds are expected to be particularly heavy. There’s almost always plenty of seating, so shows “selling out” shouldn’t be an issue like it is at Finding Nemo The Musical and Festival of the Lion King.

Expect to Wait: Arrive about ten minutes early to make sure you get seated. If you want to be near the stage, arrive earlier. There’s no formal line or queue, just a bunch of people surrounding the entrance until they open the theater. A cast member is usually stationed in front of the theater with birds or owls to educate and entertain guests.

Rating: 8/10

Commentary: Flights of Wonder is one of the best shows in all of Disney World and certainly one of the best kept secrets. Everyone should enjoy it, from the youngest kids to the most cynical teenagers to the thrill seekers and everyone in between. The birds steal the show and the scripted human elements are often hysterical, particularly when mixed in with audience participation. Many visitors will overlook Flights in favor of more “recognizable” names like Finding Nemo and the Lion King, but this one is worth fitting in as well. You will not be disappointed.

Comments

  1. Terri in So Cal says

    We have yet to see this show. We usually just pass by it on our way to EE. I think this year may be the year we finally see it.

  2. Sean says

    One of my favorite shows at all of Disney. Easy to overlook until you attend then you realize what you’ve been missing. Fits the Animal Kingdom theme perfectly.

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