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
Type: Live bird, comedy show
Similar To: Unique
Scary Factor: Zero, unless you’ve been watching too much Alfred Hitchcock.
When To Go: The show is scheduled throughout the day, usually at 10:30am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm with a possible show at 4:45pm if Animal Kingdom is open late and the overall crowd level is a 9 or 10. 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. I like to have an early lunch at Yak & Yeti and watch Flights of Wonder right after at 11:30am or see the 3:00pm show and watch the Parade from the walkway between Asia and Africa afterward.
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.
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, 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.
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 have improved. 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.