JP’s Merchandise Review: The Return of the Orange Bird

Like many people in my age group when Disney rolled out the merchandise for the 40th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort there was one character that I could not figure out who it was. He was a bird with a head that looked like an orange. I later found out that he was the Orange Bird and was told that he was in the Magic Kingdom since day one and was slowly phased out of the spot light. I had two thoughts when I heard this. The first was how creative his name was (not very). The second … [Read more...]

Orange Bird Returns to Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom

Great news this morning!  D23 representatives announced the return of the historic Orange Bird character live in Adventureland before a small group of D23 members and on twitter.In case you aren’t familiar, Orange Bird was a character who was developed specifically for Magic Kingdom Park in the 1970s. This cheerful bird originally greeted families at Sunshine Tree Terrace in Adventureland, where guests could also enjoy citrus drinks like the Citrus Swirl and buy Orange Bird gifts. At one … [Read more...]

Disney Confidential: Iago is Dead.

Breaking news, people.  A little bird (okay, I'm lying, it was a person) just told me that Iago, one of the "hosts" of the Magic Kingdom's Enchanted Tiki Room:  Under New Management may have been damaged beyond repair in yesterday's fire.   The fire, which started in an attic and resulted in the ride being closed, was quickly extinguished, but not before that pesky little bird's goose was cooked.  In addition, the bird mobile that lowers a chorus of birds was also damaged.The roar you're … [Read more...]

Disney VoluntEARS and Audubon of Florida Flock Together for Osprey Recovery

After a four-month rehabilitation at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, an adult male osprey was recently released at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort near the site where he was rescued earlier this summer.An eager group of Walt Disney World Cast Members and resort guests looked on as the bird took to the air for the first time since June.The osprey was emaciated and listless when he was found on June 17. After receiving emergency care from Disney animal care experts, the raptor … [Read more...]