WDW Radio Newswire: “Little Red” Being Replaced in the Finale Scene of Kilimanjaro Safaris

Plus…Habit Heroes Makes its Debut at Innoventions, Magic Carpets of Aladdin Refurb Scrapped, and more!

by Don Myers

It’s been a busy February to say the least, but it’s time once again for another edition of the WDW Radio Newswire…

For today’s Newswire, let’s start things off at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where the journey of “Simba 1” is about to undergo some minor changes. Last week, an announcement was made pertaining to the finale scene of Kilimanjaro Safaris. It seems as if “Little Red,” the baby (audio-anamatronic) elephant that has been a staple of the attraction’s storyline since its opening on April 22, 1998, is going to be replaced in the next month or so. The finale scene (in which a rescued Little Red can be seen in the back of a truck) will be scrapped in favor of a savanna of live animals. Little Red was the only audio-anamatronic animal featured at Kilimanjaro Safaris, so his Springtime removal means that the attraction will now feature a full roster of live animals.

Now let’s move from Animal Kingdom over to EPCOT, where a new exhibit has recently made its debut at Innoventions. Habit Heroes opened for some testing on Wednesday February 1st, and made its “official” debut two days later on Friday February 3rd. The exhibit is sponsored by Florida Blue, and its basic premise is that good health and well-being can be achieved by forming healthy habits. This attraction is cut from the cloth of the original Epcot Center, and proceeds another new exhibit that will soon be opening at Innoventions: VISION House, which will be making its debut in April.

Time to shift gears for a quick bit of news out of Disney’s Beach Club Resort, where it’s been announced that Cape May Cafe will be closing down for about a month this Summer. The restaurant will be shutting down on Monday July 9th, with a re-opening date scheduled for Sunday August 5th.

Let’s head back into the Parks now, for some Magic Kingdom newsbits. First up is the Magic Carpets of Aladdin, where it was announced that the refurbishment scheduled for commencement on Sunday February 26th, has been scrapped. The refurb was only expected to last for a couple weeks, with a re-opening slated for Sunday March 11th. But plans for the closure have now been officially halted, so the skies over Agrabah will be “open for flight” until further notice…

For more news out of Magic Kingdom, let’s head from Frontierland to Adventureland, where the exterior refurbishment to the Frontier Trading Post and the Frontierland Mercantile has just about wrapped up. Nearly all of the construction scrims have been removed, and the shops are looking better than ever. Tarps had been in place since mid-November, so this will put the total refurb time at approximately three months.

Well, that’s gonna do it for today’s update, but I’ll be back again soon with another edition of the WDW Radio Newswire…


Don Myers covers news and recent events in Walt Disney World.  He has been enamored with the World of Disney since his first trip to WDW in 1986. As they say, the rest is history!  Don also has been a contributing writer for Celebrations magazine since 2009.




About Lou Mongello

Lou Mongello is a former attorney who left the practice to pursue his passion, and is now a recognized Disney expert, author, speaker, and host of WDW Radio. Learn more…

Related Posts