Disney extended Animal Kingdom’s close to 8pm daily in June, which still isn’t late enough to hold a nighttime show in the dark. Fantasmic and Main Street Electrical Parade are both scheduled at 9pm nightly in June, which is the earliest you could feasibly run a nighttime show…in the dark, when the sun sets between 8:20pm and 8:30pm. And with the limited capacity in the theater, we’re looking at multiple shows nightly. You’d think the turnaround time would be an hour at a minimum and most likely closer to 90 minutes, which is what they do at Fantasmic. Who knows where all of those people waiting for the second show are going to wait. Finding Nemo? We all know how narrow that walkway is in front of Everest. And will it be like waiting for the Candlelight Processional when you hear the music for the previous show if you’re waiting in an extended queue? And what time are they going to close Everest or will we be serenaded with screams every 30 seconds as the trains descend down the mountain as the floats glide by on the tranquil water?
The logistics of Animal Kingdom’s nighttime entertainment don’t seem to make a lot of sense. They might be able to start the nighttime safari around 8:30pm in the summer, but no earlier. And to get through even 5,000 people, they’d have to run it for a minimum of two hours at a brisk pace. And all of the other animal exhibits will be closed. And they’re not going to run Festival of the Lion King that late with relatively few people around. There’s nothing else open in Africa. And Everest will likely be closed. So you’ve got Safaris running late on one side of the Park and then a solid 15-minute walk away you’ve got Rivers of Light. And that’s it from 8pm to 11pm? Epcot I could see open until 11pm nightly with food and alcohol sales. Animal Kingdom…I don’t know. But I’m sure they know something I don’t.