Magic of Disney's Animal Kingdom

BY ARROW MEDIA
RELEASED: 2020
EPISODES: 8
KEY PERSONNEL: Tom Brisley, Ash Potterton
BROADCASTER: Disney+
CATEGORY: Documentary, Nature

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Magic of Disney's Animal Kingdom gives viewers an all-access pass behind the scenes of two of the world's most famous animal parks - Disney's Animal Kingdom and Epcot's The Seas. For the first time ever, audiences will be able to see what it takes to care for the rarest and most beautiful creatures on earth, and operate a theme park unlike any other! In this multi-episode series, we will be revealing the park as never seen before.

Through Magic of Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney+ viewers get a peek behind the curtain of the most-visited theme parks in the world to explore Earth's iconic animal kingdoms with Disney's dedicated and highly skilled animal care experts and veterinary teams as guides.

The docu-series introduces viewers to enchanting animals that have their own unique personalities and family dynamics, inviting fans of Disney, nature and animals to spend time with all the parks' residents in brand-new ways, including the following:

Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail - Hang out with the newest member of the gorilla troop, baby Grace, named after the GRACE (Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center) gorilla sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and help her dad and troop leader, Gino, celebrate his 39th birthday.

Harambe Wildlife Reserve - Meet animal keeper Rory and come face to knee with his best friend, supermom Masai giraffe Kenya; play fetch with black rhino Badru and his keeper, Katie.

Kilimanjaro Safaris - Swing past a day spa as keeper Nicole gives two hyenas a bath in the hopes that they'll be as endearing to guests as they are to her; watch Dakari, the alpha male African lion, reign over his land; and meet Kinsey, the alpha lioness, who's the real ruler of the pride.

Discovery Island - Stop by the love nest of Carri and Bones, an endangered vulture couple, as animal keeper Tricia sets the mood for mating and steps up as eggsitter.

Tiger Temple - Witness animal care experts employing extra creativity to keep critically endangered Sumatran tigers Anala and Sohni entertained.

The Seas with Nemo & Friends at EPCOT - Plunge in with some of the 3,000 ocean animals that call it home, including an injured wild sea turtle, Harry; rescued manatees Lil' Joe and Lou; Darby, a pregnant spotted eagle ray; and aquarist Amanda, who is also expecting.

"Magic of Disney's Animal Kingdom captures the spirit of these two world-famous parks and its animals and ushers that feeling directly into viewers' living rooms," says narrator Josh Gad. "Each episode, we get to know these animals intimately and are immersed in the magic of Disney, and it's been a joy giving voice to this ultimate adventure."

Magic of Disney's Animal Kingdom is executive produced by ​Tom Brisley, Ash Potterton and Rick Dowlearn. Dean Bushala is supervising producer, and Emma Jones is series edit director.