Live Entertainment at Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom has a variety of live performers who entertain periodically throughout the day at various locations. Not all entertainment is offered every day so be sure to check the park Times Guides for details!

Discovery Island

Animal Encounters: Winged Encounters — The Kingdom Takes Flight

Times: from 9:15AM to 3:15PM

Winged Encounters

Near the Tree of Life, you can see 6 species of South American Macaw take flight. There are bird care experts close by to answer guests’ questions and share fun and educational facts about the birds.

Tree of Life Awakenings (Not currently available)

Times: around 7PM

Tree of Life Awakening

As part of Disney World’s 50th Anniversary, a new Tree of Life Awakening show debuted in Animal Kingdom. The tree “comes alive” with projections of fireflies, hummingbirds, foxes, deer, and other animals. The showtimes can change for this show, depending on when sunset and park closure takes place. Check the My Disney Experience app when you visit to see if it’s available!

Character Floatillas

Times: 8:45AM to 4:30PM

Character floatilla

You can see many Disney characters on boats that float down Discovery River! There are several different boats that you’ll see at various times of the day:

  • Mickey and Friends Flotilla: Mickey and his friends (usually Minnie and Pluto)
  • Discovery Island Drummers Flotilla: a live performance by the Discovery Island Drummers
  • Discovery River Character Cruise: Characters from Pocahontas or The Lion King
  • Donald’s Dino Bash Flotilla: Donald and his friends (usually Daisy or Launchpad McQuack)
  • Goofy and Pals Set Sail: Goofy and Chip & Dale (in their dinosaur suits!)

Viva Gaia Street Band!

Times: 10:45AM, 11:45AM, 12:45PM, 2PM, 3PM, 4PM, and 5PM

Viva Gaia Street Band

Musicians lead a dance party on Discovery Island, which is meant to resemble a Caribbean street party!


DiVine is a character unique to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. She’s difficult to find, as her costume blends in with the surrounding trees. If you do see her, though, you can say hello and take a picture with her!

Can you see her?

We’ve spotted her on the pathways between Africa and Asia, and she occasionally hangs out at the Oasis.

DinoLand U.S.A.

Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond!

Times: 10:30AM, 11:30AM, 12:30AM, 2:30PM, 3:30PM, and 4:30PM

Available on Genie+

Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…And Beyond!

This updated version of “Finding Nemo: The Musical” opened in June 2022. It features some fan-favorite songs and scenes from the original show along with a few updates.

Crush and Other Sea Turtles

The show begins at the Marine Life Institute, which can be found in Finding Dory. But you’ll still get to see the classic story and characters, like Nemo, Dory, Bruce the shark, and more.

Check out the updated show here.

Disney KiteTails

Times: between 9:10AM and 3:10PM

We’re fans

Disney KiteTails is another 50th anniversary show in Animal Kingdom. It features large, artistic kites pulled by performers on jet skis who race around the Discovery River Lagoon! The kites are characters from The Lion King and The Jungle Book.

Mufasa in KiteTails

The show originally was longer, with more of a structured times schedule, but it recently changed to have shorter, more frequent shows. Now, you can see scenes from the original show throughout the day, about every 20 minutes.


A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King

Times: 10AM, 11AM, 12PM, 2PM, 3PM, 4PM, and 5PM

Available on Genie+

Festival of the Lion King

Festival of the Lion King is a Broadway-style show that celebrates — what else? — The Lion King. Incredible performances include songs from the movie like Circle of LifeBe Prepared, and Can You Feel the Love Tonight? This show is absolutely a must-see.

Can You Feel the Love Tonight scene

When Disney World reopened after the 2020 closures, the show was shortened and became A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King. But from July 5th through July 15th, 2022, the show will close down and then reopen as the full version. We can’t wait to see the Tumble Monkeys perform Hakuna Matata again once it’s back!

Kora Tinga Tinga

Times: 10:30AM, 11:30AM, 12:30PM, 1:30PM, 2:30PM, and 3:30PM

Kora Tinga Tinga

This show features a musician playing the kora, which is a stringed West African instrument. Catch them performing in Harambe throughout the day.

Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe

Times: 10AM, 11AM, 12PM, 1PM, 2PM, 3PM, and 4PM

Tam Tam Drummers

This upbeat band of drummers plays in Harambe. Their performances are high-energy and often interactive!


Feathered Friends in Flight!

Times: 10:30AM, 11:30AM, 1:30PM, 2:30PM, and 3:30PM

Available on Genie+

Feathered Friends in Flight

Feathered Friends in Flight! (previously called Up! A Great Bird Adventure) is a 30-minute show located at the Anandapur Theater. Animal behavior specialists lead the show and introduce guests to many of the birds of Animal Kingdom. Since the birds are the main actors in the show, you never know exactly what’s going to happen!


Times: 11:55AM, 12:55PM, 1:55PM, 2:55PM, 3:55PM, and 4:55PM

A musician plays traditional Indian music on the sitar and tabla.

Pandora – The World of Avatar

Pandora Drummers – Swotu Wayä (Not currently available)

The Pandora Drummers perform a traditional Na’vi drum ceremony.

Swotu Waya

Each performance lasts about 15 minutes, and they happen throughout the day.

And that’s all the live entertainment at Disney’s Animal Kingdom! There’s plenty to see and do in this park, from visiting the attractions and shows to finding delicious snacks. Check out our video on the perfect day at Animal Kingdom to see what else you should do in this park when you visit!

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