Posted Monday, February 20, 2017 8:53 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Animal Kingdom finally got its nighttime show going this weekend. However, a glaring issue with the spectacle is that the richly themed amphitheater that hosts the show only has 5,000 seats. The park is able to double the show's capacity by wedging two performances into the calendar on some nights, but the logjam of guest traffic after the first show as folks were leaving Rivers of Light, and another batch of guests queueing up for the second installment, proved to be unsettling gridlock.
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I can see it being particularly bad at that park, in that area. It's congested during the middle of the day. There's no easy, wide path egress from there, especially if you have people hanging out for the next show.
AK has several areas where guests "funnel and merge" in ways that make for pedestrian congestion. I remember ironically naming the one area over by Kilimanjaro Safaris "Little Calcutta" - there was NO movement in the area, just wall-to-wall people going and getting nowhere.
I never understood why the park has so many small pathways on the main route around the park. I understand it is better for the atmosphere of a "jungle theme" but considering how busy they should have forecasted the park to get while they were designing they should have had much larger midways. I am sure dumping that many guests into any area of the park all at once is not going to be good for the flow.
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