Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Compelling behind-the-scenes docu features animals galore.

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Positive Messages

There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes to make Animal Kingdom theme park and The Seas With Nemo & Friends tourist-friendly attractions while keeping the animals safe, healthy, and happy. It requires teamwork, expertise, patience, and a passion for animals. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The veterinarians, trainers, Imagineers, and others associated with the exhibits are dedicated to the animals. Many have strong bonds with them and put the animals' health and safety at the forefront of what they do.

Violence & Scariness

Animals can be dangerous, and safety precautions are taken when dealing with them. Animals wounds, medical procedures, and mildly bloody, post-surgery animal organs are sometimes shown. 

Sexy Stuff

References to reproductive animals, animal pregnancies, and giving birth. Mating rituals are referred to as "romance."

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Consumerism

The series is a promotional vehicle for Disney’s Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, and their animal exhibits. The Nemo character is shown.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a documentary series showcasing the behind-the-scenes work that goes into running Disney’s animal theme park, and The Seas With Nemo & Friends exhibit at EPCOT center in Orlando, Florida. There are some conversations about mating and reproduction that will go over young kids’ heads, and safety precautions are taken when dealing with wildlife. Animals wounds, medical procedures, and mildly bloody, post-surgery animal organs are sometimes shown. The series is a promotional vehicle for Disney and its theme parks. 

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What's the story?

MAGIC OF DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM is a documentary series that shows the behind-the-scenes activities of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park and The Seas with Nemo & Friends, which is located at EPCOT in Orlando, Florida. Narrated by Josh Gad, viewers get to see what goes into taking care of the wildlife exhibits, which features over 5000 animals. From a baby gorilla named Grace to a mommy giraffe named Kenya, folks get to watch as animal experts care for, learn about, and bond with animals that thousands of Disney visitors have enjoyed seeing over the years. 

Is it any good?

Produced in conjunction with National Geographic, this series offers brilliant footage of the animals that live at the Disney theme park’s animal reserves. From their very successful Masai giraffe breeding and care training program, to watching them perform surgery on a rescue chicken, it reveals some of the expertise and hard work required to keep the animals healthy and happy. 

The animals are fun, but it also showcases how Disney’s Imagineers go about building and improving exhibits, and make sure that the animals will be comfortable in the habitats created for them. Overall, Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is an interesting series, and will appeal to animal lovers of all ages. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the amount of people required to keep the attractions up and running at Disney’s theme parks. Do docuseries like the Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom make these parks seem a little less magical? 

  • What are your favorite animals featured in this series? Did you learn anything new about them? What specific things are done at the park to take special care of them?

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