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A Guest-Favorite Character experience returns to Disney’s Animal Kingdom next week!

A Guest-favorite character opportunity is headed back to Disney’s Animal Kingdom next week, and we’re pretty excited about it ourselves!

Kevin from PIXAR’s Up will be back to engage with Guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom next week. Beginning January 24, Guests will be able to see Kevin again in real life at Character Landing at Discovery Island inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Kevin from Disney Pixar's Up

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In PIXAR’s Up, Kevin is the giant bird, whose species has been sought after by Charles Muntz for years. Scientists have disbelieved Muntz about the “Monster of Paradise Falls,” which happens to be a huge species of South American bird with brilliantly-colored feathers. Muntz sets out to find one of Kevin‘s kind to prove himself.

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It’s while he’s in South America that Carl Fredricksen and Russell cross paths with him, but there’s more to Charles Muntz‘s motives than furthering the sciences.

But Kevin manages to remain the elusive bird–until he meets Carl Fredricksen and Russell, who soon realize Kevin loves chocolate! He tries to take bites of Russell’s candy bar every time Russell turns away. Kevin‘s chocolate craving helps Mr. Fredricksen and Russell to lure him away from the dangers of entrapment by Charles Muntz; Russell feeds Kevin pieces of chocolate while the new trio of friends make their way to safety.

Disney Pixar - Kevin (the bird) from Pixar's Up

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It’s not until Russell sees that “Kevin” has a nest of baby birds that he realizes “Kevin” is a female.

Kevin made her first appearance at Disney’s Animal Kingdom almost 3 years ago in February 2019. The presence of PIXAR’s Up could be felt at different locations in the the park, as Russell, the Senior Wilderness Explorer, and Dug the Dog also greeted Guests at Discovery Island.

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Russell also played a part of a reimagined bird show, called Up: A Great Bird Adventure. The Up theme is no longer part of the bird show at Animal Kingdom, however. Kevin is the first of the Up trio to return to Animal Kingdom since Disney World reopened after a nearly four-month closure related to the COVID pandemic.

We’re hopeful Russell and Dug will be back soon!



About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!