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‘Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom’ Set to Premiere September 25 on Disney+

Dr. Mark Penning

by , Vice President, Animals, Science and Environment, Disney Parks

Over the past few weeks, I’ve shared a peek at the upcoming Disney+ series “Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom” here on the Blog and @drmarkatdisney. Today, I’m thrilled to share this brand-new series will debut and stream on Disney+ starting September 25

“Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom,” from National Geographic, will provide an all-access pass to explore the magic of nature within Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and The Seas with Nemo & Friends at EPCOT, and it’s the ultimate tribute to the magnificent array of more than 300 species and 5,000-plus animals cared for by our dedicated and highly skilled team at Walt Disney World Resort.

Filmed over the span of five months, the eight-part docu-series introduces viewers to some of our most intriguing animals and incorporates cutting-edge technology, such as custom-built GoPro enclosures, 18-foot cranes and underwater camera systems to highlight the magic found in every corner of the kingdom and the dedication and expertise of our amazing cast members who keep things running day and night. And who better to bring incredible storytelling warmth to these eye-catching visuals than the series award-winning narrator and fan-favorite Josh Gad (“Frozen,” Frozen II”).

Josh Gad

As we eagerly count down the days to the series’ debut on Disney+, I’m pleased to reveal the stunning poster art for the “Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom,” which showcases the beauty of the natural world and the passion our team of animal care experts exhibit when caring for the animals who call our parks and resorts home. I’m extremely proud of the work our incredible cast members accomplish each and every day and overjoyed you will soon get to see them in action.

So, mark your calendars for September 25, as we invite you to get an up-close look at the multifaceted aspects of animal care, operations and Imagineering. Be sure to follow my Instagram page (@DrMarkAtDisney) and the Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment Facebook page (@DisneyASE) for more information about the show in the coming weeks.


  • I love Animal Kingdom, its my favorite park out of all of them. My favorite animal is the Okapi. My nieces and are are praying there is an episode on them to learn more. Here in Edmonton, Alberta we have penguin’s, praise dogs lol but the best and famous, Lucy the Elephant who does love her home snow and all!

  • Compelling and great content. Thanks for Sharing a great production of animals in our great country. And the Animal Kingdom veterinarians and zoo keepers are amazing. Congratulations 👏!! N thanks again.

  • i will be watching, it sounds fantastic!

  • This should be terrific! Can’t wait!

  • Thanks for sharing, Dr. Mark! Can’t wait for this series 🙂

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