‘Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom’ is Just the Latest Disney TV Special to Highlight the Theme Parks – Watch the Best and Weirdest Here
Posted on Monday, September 21st, 2020 by Josh Spiegel
This week marks another new arrival to Disney+, the eight-episode Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom series, produced by National Geographic. The eight episodes, narrated by Josh Gad, all purport to offer the audience a weekly peek into the inner workings of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, one of the four theme parks of the Walt Disney World Resort, as well as The Seas with Nemo and Friends pavilion at Epcot. In doing so, the series is able to spotlight many of the animals you can encounter at the two theme parks and see how countless Disney Cast Members spend their days and nights behind the scenes ensuring these animals stay healthy.
It’s a fine idea, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, because it lets plenty of viewers experience a theme park outside of just watching a YouTuber in Orlando brave the possibility of getting sick to walk around a half-empty Magic Kingdom. (Y’know, ‘cause of the whole pandemic.) The good news is that if you love looking at adorable animals, from feisty giraffes to sleek stingrays, Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be lots of fun to experience. (If you are less enamored of Mr. Gad and his Olaf-like personality, then…find the mute button. His narration is very Disneynature-like in its abundance.)
But theme-park fans are no doubt familiar and frustrated with the lack of theme-park specials you can find on Disney+, almost a year after the service went live. These days, you may find it hard to believe, but there are plenty of Disney theme-park specials that aired on national TV that could easily find a home on the streamer and may offer an entertaining glimpse at the company’s past. With no further ado, let’s highlight ten of those specials, many of which you can watch right now…but not on Disney+.