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Animal Kingdom’s Dinoland Dance Party with photos, video and high quality commentary!

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I dropped into Disney’s Animal Kingdom today to check out the new Dinoland Dance Party.  It is a totally unpublished entertainment offering that is currently taking place each day at 11:30 and 12:30 3:30 & 5:00pm.   When I asked a couple of executive/manager clothes types, they just gave me the “characters just pop up” answer that is Disneyspeak for “go away blogger guy.”  (In the last few weeks this has been in the Times Guide). This dance party is some type of “test” that WDW loves to do these days.  There’s like 50 dance parties out there, why not just put it in the Times Guide?  The characters that appear may vary but Slim and Gypsy have been pretty common this week.  The characters appear from the Dinoland gate between Primeval Whirl and the gift shop.

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Characters appear randomly on a given day.  Characters you might encounter include:

  • Atta
  • Brer Bear
  • Brer Fox
  • Brer Rabbit
  • Chip
  • Daisy
  • Dale
  • Flik
  • Gypsy Moth
  • Meeko
  • Miss Bunny
  • Mushu
  • Rafiki
  • Slim
  • Terk
  • Thumper
  • Timon

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Gypsy Moth was kind enough to pose for me for just a second or two before beginning to boogie down with all the little kiddies of high school and college age.  It’s the first time I’ve met Gypsy Moth.  She was out for the Pixar Weekend, but it rained right when we were about to meet her.  Walt Disney World, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Dinoland Dance Party, Slim, Gypsy,

One guest standing nearby told her little girl to go meet “the pretty butterfly thing.”  Do these people never watch Disney/Pixar movies before entering the park?  I once heard Thumper referred to as Bugs Bunny.  Uggh!Walt Disney World, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Dinoland Dance Party, Slim, Gypsy

Brer Fox was happy to be out dancing instead of being hidden in a back closet somewhere.  Either that or he was sizing me up for his dinner plate?  I told him I require slow cooking because I’m chunky and full of gristle.  Walt Disney World, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Dinoland Dance Party, Brer Fox

Slim is another uber-rare character in Walt Disney World these days.  I think he was the unofficial dance instructor because he stayed next to the DJ Truck the whole time.Walt Disney World, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Dinoland Dance Party, Slim

You get extra moves when you have 4 arms!Walt Disney World, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Dinoland Dance Party, Slim

Terk is a huge fan of the YMCA song by the Village People.  Y. M. C. A….it’s fun to stay at the YMCA…and shoot basketball and swim for a really high membership fee.  Y.M.C.A…Walt Disney World, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Dinoland Dance Party, Terk

I asked Brer Fox exactly what does a Fox say?Walt Disney World, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Dinoland Dance Party, Brer Fox

He had to ask around.Walt Disney World, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Dinoland Dance Party, Brer Fox

Slim didn’t know what a Fox says either.Walt Disney World, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Dinoland Dance Party, Slim

I think this Cast Member knew what the Fox says, but she wouldn’t tell me.Walt Disney World, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Dinoland Dance Party

Oh, look a pretty butterfly!  Walt Disney World, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Dinoland Dance Party

Ding, ding, ding… woof, woof, woof.  That’s all I got from Brer Fox.  So frustrating trying to learn what a fox actually says in the middle of a dance party.Walt Disney World, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Dinoland Dance Party, Brer Fox

Smooth dance moves
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This photo shows where the dance party takes place.  You’ll see a truck parked beside a gift shop in Dinoland just past the Goofy and Pluto meet and greet.  The characters dance around while guests stare for the  first 10 minutes or so or until a Disney College Program intern or nearby gift shop employee jumps in for the fun.  If there’s no truck parked off to the right or no giant moth with pop music, it might not be happening.

With guests…Walt Disney World, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Dinoland Dance Party, Slim, Gypsy, Terk, Brer Fox

Without guests…Walt Disney World Animal Kingdom Character Changes January 2014

Dance party?  Who said this is a stinking dance party?  I’m posing my little beauties right in front of this butterfly thing for the memory of a lifetime!  Junior, look over here!  Sissy, stop playing with the butterfly thing’s wings!  Butterfly lady, look at me!  Uggh….how’s a visiting tourist supposed to get a good family shot with all this dancing and prancing to pop music?  At least he wasn’t using an iThing for that special moment.

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Deep thought from KennythePirate to management…why don’t you just play the pop music that you love so dearly in Walt Disney World and let the characters mingle about and take photos with the kids?  Isn’t that what all the tourists are trying to do anyway with all the pushing the kid in front of the characters?  It could be Dinoland’s version of Character Palooza!  I get people asking me daily about Character Palooza, but no one asks me about dance parties.  As a matter of fact, it’s the second most popular post on the blog behind the Interaction Tips.  I’ll even go ahead and call it Dinopalooza!

I didn’t stick any small children in front of a character with limited vision and large wings to secure this shot!Walt Disney World, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Dinoland Dance Party, Gypsy

Slim is still clueless on the whole fox thing.Walt Disney World, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Dinoland Dance Party, Slim

Really, what does a fox say?  Come on guys!  I only have 25 minutes on stage to find out.  Anyone?  What does a fox say?Walt Disney World, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Dinoland Dance Party, SlimHere’s a couple of high quality videos that I shot while I was there.

What are your thoughts?  Would you like to see this as a dance party or another Character Palooza?

40 thoughts on “Animal Kingdom’s Dinoland Dance Party with photos, video and high quality commentary!”

  1. Hey, Kenny, I just read on wdwmagic.com that the dance party for dinoland is closing. It’s last dance will be May 9th, so if you really want to see Brer Fox dance to What Does the Fox Say, I think now’s the time. :(

  2. Are the times for the Dinoland Dance Party up there current? (3:30 and 5:00) I’d like to go to it to try and see Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear!

  3. I’m a college program intern who really likes the Dinoland Party but I haven’t seen Brer Fox since early June and it’s near the middle of July right now. I’m afraid that he may not be coming out anymore. I only bother to bring this up is because he’s my favorite and him dancing to What Does The Fox Say is awesome!

  4. How difficult is it to get photos during the dance party? Is it frowned upon? Obviously autographs are pretty much out of the question, but I would love to get a quick shot with Gypsy Moth or Slim.

  5. I went to the dance party in May. I saw rafiki, chip n dale, brer bear, and Terk. I was able to get a picture with Terk. I was very happy and lucky :)

  6. I’d love to see another Character Palooza.

    I still remember going to WDW when I was 5 and getting angry at some dad calling Tigger “Tony the Tiger”.

  7. I went to check out the Dinoland Dance party early January when it was new. There was only a handful of kids dancing with Mushu and Gypsy Moth. Went back today (Memorial Day) and there was quite a crowd. All three Brers, Terk, and Thumper were dancing. We struggled to get a photo with Brer Fox, who we had never met. You would be happy to hear that he did an entire routine to the song “what does the Fox Say.” One of the highlights of our day.

  8. We were there saturday and they ran it more like character palooza. It was terk, slim and chip and dale and they just showed up, had everyone form quick lines and did photos and signed autograph books. I was super happy about it!

  9. You said above there were like 50 dance parties is there a link that tells about those? I am going to definitely try and see if we can hit this one! Would love to get my little ones pic with Slim! Thanks in advance & as always thanks for your coverage! :-)

  10. I want DinoPalooza! Character Palooza doesn’t bring out as many rare characters anymore, and this one has a lot of rarer characters. Do they sign autographs after, or do they just leave?

  11. We went to a character dance party in DCA with some rare(er) characters and it was a lot of fun. Watching the little kids (even my daughter opened up after a bit) dance with Timon, Genie and others was more fun than just a mingle. Plus, she loved running around “dancing”.

    1. OMG, I am so jealous! I hope that we get to see Timon in September. He is my son’s FAVORITE and we were so bummed to hear that he has been “retired”.

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