Flights of Wonder
AT THE CARAVAN STAGE IN THE ASIA SECTION OF THE
amazing display of birds in free flight....
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heart will take flight as you watch an amazing assortment of birds display
their wondrous natural behaviors. It's a soaring celebration of winged
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encounter an amazing display of birds in free flight.
Where is the show?
Flights of Wonder is presented at the Caravan Stage in the Asia section
of the Animal Kingdom. The arena seats about 1000 people and it is covered
so you won't get wet in the rain but it also tends to hold heat in underneath
the awnings when it is warm outside. There are some fans to move the
air around. You are seated on benches.
What exactly is the show?
Flights of Wonder showcases birds. Birds are great! It's nice to see
a bird show in which the birds exhibit natural behaviors. If you're
looking for that type of show, you won't find it here. While some of
the birds do just that, you'll also see (and hear) singing parrots and
the old trick of a hawk swooping to take money from a member of the
audience. I've seen these same exact "acts" at the Bird Show
at the San Diego Wild Animal Parkt. In fact one of the funniest things
I've ever seen in my life was the emu at the San Diego Wild Animal Park
who did nothing but run back and forth between two trainers begging
for food. Disney could have put together a show of that caliber but
unfortunately, fell far short.
The birds are the stars of Flights of Wonder and you get to see owls,
parrots, chickens, hawks and falcons. Unfortunately for photographers,
most of the birds blend into the background surroundings so it's difficult
to really get good photographs. Most other bird shows I've seen have
more contrast in the background. Granted, a natural background is what
you would have in the wild but you aren't going to have a parrot singing
"How Much is that Doggy in the Window?" in the wild so how
difficult would it be to make photographs easier?
There is a strong message about ecology, environment and conservation
and how they relate to birds.
If you stay after the show lets out, you ordinarily get a good opportunity
to see some of the birds a little closer.
So, who might enjoy this show?
Maybe we just came at the right time, but my wife and I didn't have
to wait long to get in to see the show. You're in an outdoor theater
covered by awnings which must come in useful when it rains, seated on
rows of benches. Once we were seated we waited a few more minutes for
the show to start. We were near the front, and most of the birds with
starring roles are large birds, but sharp eyesight or good glasses will
still enhance this experience for you.
The plot thickens
The outline of the show is a fun dialogue between a female scientist
who studies birds and enjoys sharing her knowledge with the audience,
and an old fashioned 'Dr. Livingston I presume' type explorer from the
last century who just happens to be afraid of birds. This is a fun framework,
but not the meat and drink of the show. They try to show birds doing
some of their natural behaviors in the wild, balancing that with what
the audience will enjoy seeing.A few of the most memorable moments
No audience could forget the singing parrot, who sings a couple of lines
from a couple of different songs into the microphone, but this is just
the beginning. They make the show fun for those seated in the back by
having the birds fly through the audience at several different points.
A fun variation of this is when a member of the audience holds out a
dollar bill and a bird flies off the stage and takes it from the person's
hand. Then the woman on stage asks who has a twenty. Then she says she
was just kidding and has the bird return the dollar bill to the original
owner. We see an owl (apparently a breed who doesn't mind daylight)
and learn that while they're great hunters, they're apparently not all
that wise in real life. We see larger birds walking around and interacting
with the two humans onstage. This is one of the Disney shows where you
can actually learn something as well as having fun. This isn't just
individual birds either - at one point a whole flock flies at our poor
frightened explorer. At the end of the show the audience can come and
have a much closer look at some of the birds - depending on how crowded
For the Birds
This show is for the birds in the best sense. You also learn a little
bit about endangered species and conservation and what is being done
to try and save and protect endangered and threatened species. I guess
this part is a little sad, although we are making progress in some areas.