UP Is Away–New Bird Show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Back in 2018, as part of Disney’s plan to include characters in just about anything, the bird show in the Asia section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom was revised to become UP! A Great Bird Adventure. Although seeing the birds do their antics is always enjoyable, the addition of the characters into the show felt really forced. When Disney announced their list of attractions that would be reopening, UP! was not on the list. Needless to say, guests to Animal Kingdom were a bit surprised to see showtimes posted on opening day.

Short-answer, UP is out — no more Russell and Dug awkwardly standing on stage. The focus of the show, as it should be, is back on the birds.

The new show, Feathered Friends in Flight, feels more fast-paced and still has audience participation, albeit in a COVID-19-responsible way (a foot powered rocket launches an item in the air for a bird to retrieve instead of having a person throwing it by hand into the air, for instance).

Birds bring out the oohs and aahs as they fly around the (socially distance seating) amphitheater, providing a delightful experience for young and old alike.

In short, this is a significant improvement on its previous incarnation, and a welcome sight at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. If you’re looking for a place to take a break during your day, you could do far worse than stopping by this show.

Julia Mascardo

Freelance writer and editor, living the dream in Central Florida with my husband, cats, and spirited nine-year-old daughter.

4 thoughts on “UP Is Away–New Bird Show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • July 13, 2020 at 8:10 am
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    Just to reiterate what Julia said, this version of the show is great. It’s far more inline with the original purpose of the park than either previous version. See this show and let park management know if you prefer it.

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  • July 13, 2020 at 8:51 am
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    Wonderful news!!! I loved the old bird show and was so disappointed when Up changed the focus to the characters!

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  • July 13, 2020 at 10:19 am
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    Very pleased to hear about this change. Fascinated to see it (eventually…), given that Laurel’s comment above seems to praise it above the original.

    The new name feels a little dorky and will take some getting used to, but probably does a better job conveying the notion of “bird show” than the original name did. “Flights of Wonder” always sounded more like an alternate name for Soarin than the name of a show.

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  • July 14, 2020 at 10:32 pm
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    Wonderful news! I was so disappointed in the UP show, especially since Flights of Wonder was so good.

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