'UP! A Great Bird Adventure' closing for changes

Jul 04, 2019 in "UP! A Great Bird Adventure"

Posted: Thursday July 4, 2019 7:38am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

UP! A Great Bird Adventure is closing briefly in September to make changes to the show.

The original Flights of Wonder show at Disney's Animal Kingdom was reworked in April 2018 to include characters from the movie UP! alongside the cast of birds, but has been poorly received by guests. 

UP! A Great Bird Adventure will close from September 8 to September 14, with a reopening planned for September 15 2019.

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ScarJul 23, 2020

We really miss Guano Joe but glad the UP characters are gone. The show was fine, just the way it was.

JohnDJul 22, 2020

A bird show about birds. Who knew?

John park hopperJul 22, 2020

We sat through it hoping it would get better (it didn't) and was dumb founded as to why they destroyed a great informative show

jmuboyJul 22, 2020

I agree - the original show was great. Fun and educational. No silly forced IP needed. I walked out of the UP version when I saw it the first (and only) time.

Parker in NYCJul 21, 2020

I was almost in tears watching Disney make something 100% perfect. I've learned to settle for 30% these days. It's been long enough!

unmitigated disasterJul 21, 2020

We saw the Guano Joe version in 2013 and loved it. We saw it in 2018 and sat appalled. It was hideously awful.

RSoxNo1Jul 21, 2020

This is essentially Flights of Wonder without Guano Joe. A substantial improvement over UP! A Great Bird Adventure. I'll miss Guano Joe, but if this change is permanent I'd absolutely go back to see this show on a regular basis.

jmuboyJul 21, 2020

Massive improvement- Thanks Covid 19

Cmdr_CrimsonJul 21, 2020

Um, you have seen Flights of Fancy before the "UP-Heaval" right? It was a better show with Guano Joe..

TrainChasersJul 20, 2020

The actor is Disney equity, the bird trainers and birds are part of a 3rd party, Natural Encounters.

larryzJul 20, 2020

Six minutes in and it's already light years ahead of the Dug and Russell show...

Jon81ukJul 20, 2020

Are the changes because the face character performer would be an equity member and therefore not performing whereas the bird trainers are not?

John park hopperJul 20, 2020

As I posted earlier we saw it in 2017 and the birds were the center of attention fast forward 2019 and the birds were secondary to some lame IP and if there were half the birds from the previous show it was a lot. So glad Doug got the boot

LiraelJul 20, 2020

What I remember is this: I think the face actor started chatting, then UP character's came along and started explaining how the got there and why, face actor explained who he was, I think there was something in the script about a bird stealing/breaking something as well. Oh yes, actually I recall two women as face characters along with the UP ones. More than the words, what really stayed in my mind was the feeling of time passing and the skits not ending.