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Waratahs win Sydney thriller for first Super Rugby title

first_imgBy Nick MulvenneyBernard Foley kicked a long-range penalty a minute from time to give the New South Wales Waratahs their maiden Super Rugby title with a 33-32 victory over the seven-times champion Canterbury Crusaders in a thrilling final on Saturday.The Waratahs dreams of a first title in their third final were hanging by a thread when the Wallabies flyhalf calmly slotted his seventh penalty of the night from 44 metres to send the record crowd of 61,823 at the Olympic Stadium into raptures.The Waratahs also had tries either side of half time from centre Adam Ashley-Cooper but they had to dig deep in the second half when the Crusaders erased an early deficit and took a slender lead.It was a first win in 12 matches over a decade against the New Zealanders, who had won the first two finals between the teams in 2005 and 2008.“The Crusaders really lifted their game in the second half and showed why they’re the kings of the finals,” said Waratahs coach Michael Cheika, who has transformed the underachieving state side in his two years at the helm.“But we’ve been working really hard on our persistence all year and it paid off for us.”The Crusaders had tries from flanker Matt Todd and winger Nemani Nadolo – his 12th of the season – along with 20 points from the boot of flyhalf Colin Slade but their wait for an eighth title will now go into a seventh season.The Waratahs, as they have often this season, started at a canter and were 8-0 up inside five minutes after Foley kicked his first penalty and Ashley-Cooper finished off a breathless move by barging through three tacklers to touch down.The Crusaders appeared shellshocked by the Waratahs’ opening salvo – making uncharacteristic handling errors and looking fragile at the set piece – and two more Foley penalties extended the lead to 14-0 after 15 minutes.The New Zealanders had too much quality to simply lie down, though, and from a counter-attack from inside their own 22 on 18 minutes, number eight Kieran Read offloaded to flanker Todd, who brushed off Ashley-Cooper’s tackle to score in the corner.Dan Carter added the extras in one of his last contributions before he departed the contest on the half-hour mark with a corked thigh, leaving Slade to trade a couple of penalties apiece with Foley before the break.CONTROVERSIAL DECISIONThree minutes after halftime and the scores were all square at 20-20 after another sweeping Crusaders counter-attack resulted in Nadolo touching down in the corner.It was a controversial decision confirmed by referee Craig Joubert only after review of the TV pictures, which suggested the Fijian’s foot might have gone into touch.Slade converted and added a penalty after the Waratahs scrum collapsed under pressure in the 48th minute to put the Crusaders ahead for the first time at 23-20.Foley missed a chance to level the scores a couple of minutes later but made no mistake with his next attempt only for Slade to slot another penalty to maintain the three-point cushion.The Crusaders were now dominating the breakdown but the Waratahs stuck to their task and managed to get enough quick ball to launch another assault with Ashley-Cooper again crashing through tacklers to give the home side the lead at 30-26.Slade kicked two more penalties, though, to give the Crusaders a two-point lead but ultimately it only set the stage for Foley, who got his chance when Richie McCaw infringed at the breakdown.“We’re absolutely gutted,” said Crusaders skipper Read.“We definitely started slowly and I was proud of the way we fought back. In the end it came down to one kick. That’s footie I guess.”The crowd was a record for a Super Rugby match, beating the 55,000 that watched the Bulls beat the Waikato Chiefs in the 2009 final in Pretoria.last_img read more

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Kangaroos name Inglis as new skipper

first_imgInglis has been named by coach Mal Meninga to succeed long-time skipper Cameron Smith and he will lead a 19-man squad for Tests against New Zealand and Tonga in Auckland this month.The squad also includes four debutants in fullback James Tedesco, centre Latrell Mitchell, hooker Damien Cook and utility Tyrone Peachey.Missing from the World Cup final winning 17 are Slater, Dane Gagai, Chambers, Josh Dugan, Michael Morgan, Cooper Cronk, Smith, Matt Gillett and Wade Graham.”This is a new era for the Kangaroos and it is a very exciting one, based on the talent available,” said Meninga.”There is certainly a strong showing from the NSW squad which won the State of Origin series and we have a number of players who performed exceptionally well through the Finals Series as well as in the Grand Final.”While there are only two Test matches for the Kangaroos this year they are extremely important to me and this squad.”This will give us a good gauge of who we will be looking at to lead the Kangaroos into the future.”The Kangaroos have not played the Kiwis in New Zealand for four years, and have not played in Auckland for six years, so the October 13th test match will be an extremely important one for us.”The first Test match ever against Tonga will also be a historic occasion not only for the Kangaroos but for the game as well.”last_img read more

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World Cup 2018 | Giroud joins Zidane as France beat Ireland

first_imgPARIS (AP): Olivier Giroud moved level with Zinedine Zidane for international goals as France began its World Cup preparations with a comfortable 2-0 friendly win against Ireland yesterday. Giroud poked the ball home in the 40th minute after his initial header from a corner was cleared off the line. It took the Chelsea striker to 31 international goals on his 72nd appearance – fourth with Zidane on France’s all-time list. “I’m happy on a personal level, I didn’t get many chances tonight,” Giroud said. “We tried to impose our way of playing. We knew they would sit deep and defend in numbers.” Lyon forward Nabil Fekir made it 2-0 moments after Giroud’s goal, following a blunder from Ireland goalkeeper Colin Doyle. Receiving the ball inside the penalty area on the left, Fekir showed neat footwork to switch the ball on to his right foot and hit a curling shot, which Doyle only managed to push over his own head. France coach Didier Deschamps handed a first start to central midfielder Steven N’Zonzi and selected Fekir on the right of a three-man attack with Giroud at centre forward and Kylian Mbappe on the left. Fit-again left back Benjamin Mendy, meanwhile, showed no lingering effect from the serious knee injury, which sidelined him for most of Manchester City’s victorious Premier League campaign. From his cross, Giroud headed wide in the 31st as France dominated the first half, also hitting the post through midfielder Corentin Tolisso’s curling strike from 20 metres. Doyle denied Giroud after the break, while Mbappe missed several chances. “I was very pleased with our team spirit,” Deschamps said. France hosts Italy and the United States before flying out to Russia, where it opens its World Cup campaign against Australia on June 16. Les Bleus take on Peru five days later and then Denmark on June 26.last_img read more

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ADRA Country Director Urges Good Hygiene Practice

first_imgThe Country Director of Adventist Relief Agency (ADRA), Mr. Anthony Zaizay, has called on Breath of Life Seventh Day Adventist students to make good hygiene practices a part of their daily lives.He spoke at a back to school program held over the weekend at the school’s campus in Monrovia.Mr. Zaizay attributed the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease to the lack of proper hygiene, something he said contributed immensely to Ebola infections in the country. This, he said, led to the death of many and stalled the academic activities of students in the country.He urged the students to heed the preventive measures from the Ministry of Health and partners to keep them safe.Zaizay called on students to focus on their studies and keep themselves safe from contracting any disease by practicing proper hygiene.“Education is very critical to the wellbeing of every human being,” he said, while encouraging students to take up the challenge to become future leaders of Liberia through their studies.He urged the students not to be complacent, adding, “Ebola is still around and so protect yourself by practicing good hygiene. We still have Guinea going through the crisis.”The Country Director then turned over food and school materials to assist the students.Student representative Annie Topoe, in response, applauded the ADRA Country Director for his donations to the school during the height of the Ebola crisis.She said that the back to school celebration was organized to thank God for protecting their lives during the Ebola crisis.She said that fear of the spread of the Ebola virus forced schools to close for six months “and out of those months God kept the students safe and over 100 students returned to school in good health.”She promised, on behalf of the students, to practice proper hygiene to prevent them from falling sick.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Elections date: Clarification or duplicity?

first_imgIf the political atmosphere were not tense enough with the PNC-led Government resorting to the Appellate Courts to question the Legislative and High Court’s determination that 33 is the majority of 65, and consequently the NCM was valid, and that in accordance with Art 106 (6) of the Constitution, the President and Cabinet “shall” resign immediately and elections be scheduled within 90 days, the differing opinions by the Opposition and the Government on the significance of the issuance of two letters by the President to GECOM on the same day has only served to escalate the tensions.The Opposition Leader viewed the two letters as an attempt by the President to commit “fraud” on the Guyanese people, since the letters had different implications for the holding of elections as constitutionally mandated by Art 106 (6). The first letter stated, “The Government is committed to doing everything possible to ensure that the Commission is provided with the financial resources and has sufficient time to conduct credible elections.“I urge the Commission, therefore, to commence preparations for the conduct of GRE (General and Regional Elections). The Government will initiate measures to provide the funds required and to seek the approval of the National Assembly to ensure that an agreement can be reached, given both the Constitutional requirements and GECOM’s capability.” These “Constitutional requirements” were also spelled out in this letter: “…to deliver credible General and Regional Elections (GRE) within the three-month time frame commencing 2018.12.21.”This letter is therefore very clear in its import: the Chairman of GECOM had indicated to the President that elections were due “three months (from) 2018.12.21”, i.e. March 19, 2019; and the President, who has the authority and duty to do so, had asked that preparations for GRE commence immediately.The second letter, however, spoke to a totally different issue: that GECOM was now evidently being given the responsibility for setting the GRE’s date: “I have noted also, that GECOM, as a Constitutional agency would require a new appropriation of funds approved by the National Assembly for the conduct of General and Regional Elections. I now write you in that context for us to initiate consultations on the readiness of GECOM for the conduct of General and Regional Elections in 2019 (GRE).”This shift in responsibility is what the Leader of the Opposition alluded to when he spoke of fraud. Since, for instance, the GECOM Chair accepted that the clock on the GRE date started ticking from Dec 21, 2018, why did he not then throw the machinery of the institution to meet the March 19 deadline, or at most a month afterwards, knowing that the validity of the voters’ list expired on April 31? For him to now express “doubts” on GECOM’s readiness a mere three weeks before that date, after the Government GECOM Commissioners had been strenuously insisting on a new “house to house” registration to create a new voters’ list and to have the President upturning his firm instructions for elections preparation within hours to “initiate consultations” on GECOM’s readiness, does lead the law’s famous “reasonable man” to conclude that “mischief was afoot”.The Government’s spokesperson indignantly responded to the Opposition Leader’s assertion on “fraud” by raising a “straw man” to claim essentially that President Granger was a church-going Christian and, as such, incapable of lying; and that the Opposition leader was in fact so maligning all Christians. But by then the issue had moved from the surmise by the Opposition Leader to the world of facts. At a meeting of GECOM, only upon inquiry by the PPP Commissioners was the existence of two letters from the President acknowledged.The PNC Commissioners then proceeded to give life to the opening offered in the President’s second letter by insisting that only the matter of a new voters’ list should be on the agenda. The PPP Commissioners not unreasonably wanted to know why the date for the elections should not be directly addressed.That meeting then broke up with March 19th looming ominously.last_img read more

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Partying NZ 7s side stranded in Nairobi

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, October 2 – New Zealand side Metro Auckland players are still in the country four days after the end of Safaricom 7s amidst claims Nairobi night life captivated them to the extent they missed their flight out.Kenya Rugby Union boss Mwangi Muthee confirmed to Capital Sport Thursday 11 players from one of the 13 invited international teams for the 19th edition of the event are still holed up in the capital. “Yes they are still in Nairobi and it’s very unfortunate they are stranded. But it’s not the Union’s fault because we gave every team return tickets.“All teams were supposed to leave on Sunday and that’s what the rest did except the New Zealand boys who wanted to enjoy Nairobi after their coach, physio and one player left on Sunday,” Muthee told.He added, “We cannot neglect them even though it’s very costly to cater the team who are in a five star hotel in Nairobi and bearing its summer time in Auckland, it’s difficult to get flights since they were to connect via Dubai. “The Union is working round the clock to ensure the players depart tonight because we could not go against the travel agents itinerary,” he explained.One of the players, former All Blacks Sevens star Rocky Khan who captained the Metro, posted a tweet to the IRB Sevens and Emirates Airlines, pleading for help.“Kenya Rugby Union flew us over here to play and now aren’t flying us back home to NZ,” he wrote. “Help?” the tweet read.Luke Masirewa, Atu Masirewa and Mason Walker are other ex-All Blacks players in the squad with Kylem O’Donnell, Akira Mako, Samuel Franklin, Tain Lam, Phoenix Hunapo, Leif Schwenke, Adam McGarvey and Akulia Rokolisoa completing the line-up.It is reported the New Zealanders patronised a popular night spot and enjoyed the night away, missing their check-out time to the airport in a ringing endorsement to Nairobi’s party scene.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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New website names across Donegal up 32% in 2018

first_imgDonegal businesses have recorded 461 new .ie domain names in Donegal in the first half of 2018.That’s a year on year increase of 32% for Donegal registrations.David Curtin, CEO: “Growth of .ie in regional parts of Ireland is a fantastic example of how the internet can help businesses overcome traditional barriers to growth.” 461 new .ie domains were registered in Donegal in the first half of 2018 (1 January—30 June), according to the latest Domain Profile Report published today by the IE Domain Registry, the company that manages and maintains Ireland’s official country domain name, .ie.The figure is a 32% year-on-year increase. Overall new .ie domain registrations in Ulster in H1 2018 numbered 1,312, a 34% year-on-year increase.Nationally, .ie domain registrations grew by 39% year-on-year to 28,126, bringing the total .ie domain database to 252,222 at the end of H1 2018. The majority (62.5%), of new .ie domains were registered by businesses (including corporate bodies and sole traders).In total, 154 .ie domains were registered every day in H1 2018, with increases in 31 of the 32 counties of Ireland. Commenting, David Curtin, Chief Executive of IE Domain Registry, said: “Virtually every county in Ireland recorded an increase in .ie domain registrations in the first half of 2018.“The increase in registrations in Donegal and in Ulster during this period is good news, as increased online activity among businesses is a leading indicator of Ireland’s broader economic growth.“In particular, the growth of .ie in regional parts of Ireland is a fantastic example of how the internet can help businesses in less infrastructurally developed counties overcome traditional barriers to growth, such as a smaller customer base or slower road and rail links.“Part of IE Domain Registry’s overarching mission is to ensure that Ireland’s small businesses are taking full advantage of the internet economy by getting online, connecting with their customers, and selling to them. We are confident that continued innovation within the .ie namespace, and ongoing digital advocacy for e-commerce, will have positive, long-term results for Ireland’s SMEs.”Mr Curtin said that a significant part of .ie’s growth in the last six months is a result of IE Domain Registry’s new ‘liberalisation’ policy. The policy, implemented in March after extensive consultation with industry stakeholders and the general public, makes it easier and faster to register a .ie domain. This change is timely as businesses are moving away from generic, anonymous email addresses, like eircom.net or gmail.com.“Liberalisation has resulted in a streamlined registration process. While applicants are still required to prove their connection to Ireland, they can now register their preferred name on a first-come, first-served basis.“For new business start-ups and small-scale enterprises, liberalisation has removed an administrative obstacle to .ie domain registration.“Businesses, organisations and community groups across the island of Ireland recognise the unique power and benefit of .ie’s ‘identifiably Irish’ brand for their websites and email addresses. “For an SME, a .ie online address signals to local customers that they are local and trustworthy. To international customers, .ie is an authentic and protected marker of Irishness.”New website names across Donegal up 32% in 2018 was last modified: August 3rd, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:domain namesdonegalielast_img read more

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Site set for Schurr, Santa Fe

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ Schurr won its semifinal game against visiting La Habra, 9-7. The Spartans’ only other trip to the finals was when they won the title in 1980. Noon Santa Fe and Schurr high schools will play their CIF Southern Section, Southeast Division football championship game at Cal State Fullerton Friday at 7 p.m. The announcement was made this morning by Santa Fe athletic director Steve Hendry. The Chiefs won the coin flip last week to determine who will be the host team. “The ticket booths will open at 5:30 p.m. and we’ll open the gates about 5:45 p.m.,” said Harry Yessian, Santa Fe vice principal. Santa Fe defeated Troy, 33-28, in Saturday night’s semifinal at Fullerton High School to earn its first berth in the championship game. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Suduva 1-1 Celtic: Ntcham header gives Celtic advantage

first_imgLess than ten minutes later, Suduva scored an equaliser with their first serious attack. Kieran Tierney fouled Andro Svrljuga and Vaidas Slavickas curled the resulting free-kick into the box. Verbickas was able to rise unchallenged and headed in from 10 yards out.From there on, Celtic dominated possession but couldn’t make it count. Johnston, Kristoffer Ajer and Callum McGregor all had chances to put their side ahead before the break.After the restart, Celtic continued to hold control of the game but suffered an early blow when Jozo Simunovic was forced off with an ankle injury. The defender was replaced by Lustig. At the other end of the pitch they continued to be frustrated.Moussa Dembele hit the side netting after being picked out by Ntcham before Tierney fired over from distance. In a rare Suduva attack Julius Kasparavicius forced a smart save from Craig Gordon. Rodgers made a double change, introducing Emilio Izaguirre and Leigh Griffiths for Johnston and Gamboa but the substitutions didn’t improve his side’s fortunes. Celtic continued to push for a goal but the closest they came was with an injury time header from Ajer that went over the bar, the final whistle coming shortly after and leaving the Glasgow side with an advantage in the tie but a measure of frustration at not taking back a healthy lead. Celtic have drawn 1-1 with FK Suduva in the first leg of their Europa League play-off.The Scottish champions took an early lead through Olivier Ntcham but an equaliser scored by Ovidijus Verbickas and a failure to make the most of dominating possession meant Celtic couldn’t take a lead back to Glasgow for next week’s second leg.Manager Brendan Rodgers gave Michael Johnston his first European start and played Christian Gamboa ahead of Mikael Lustig at right back as he aimed to take control of the tie and take a step towards the Europa League group stage after the disappointment of missing out on the Champions League.He saw his side make a dream start when they took the lead in the third minute. Johnston beat his man on the left and swung in a cross that was met by Ntcham after he ran from deep. The French midfielder headed past Ivan Kardum and Celtic looked to be on the road to a comfortable evening in Marijampole.last_img read more

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Animal Kingdom at Night: What You Need to Know

first_imgShare This!©DisneyEver since the Animal Kingdom Park opened in 1998, guests could only enjoy the park during the day as it regularly closed at dark. Fortunately, that has now changed! On May 27th, Animal Kingdom introduced new extended hours and rolled out a variety of new nighttime entertainment and experiences. However, it’s important to note that Animal Kingdom is a different creature at night; and its signature nighttime show, Rivers of Light, and new land, Pandora – The World of AVATAR, haven’t even made their debuts yet. So, if you’re planning a night venture to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park in the near future, here’s what you need to know…Kilimanjaro Safaris Artificial SunsetOpt for a Sunset Kilimanjaro SafarisWhen Animal Kingdom first announced it was staying open after dark, it also promised a nighttime version of the park’s famous Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction, but with a constant sunset! While it sounds awesome and was highly anticipated, it has been met with criticism since it debuted. Why? The problem is that animals can’t be controlled. If they don’t want to be in view of the safari vehicles, they won’t; and while this is true of the daytime safaris as well, the animals are still often visible. This is not the case at night, even with new lighting effects.Speaking of lighting, I can say that I was impressed with the constant sunset. While it wasn’t totally realistic, it looked fantastic and the glow and shadows from the effect looked great. I was, however, completely fooled when it came to the artificial moonlight towards the end of the safari, but it still did little to reveal the animals.Lighting aboard the Kilimanjaro Safaris Vehicles for the nighttime safarisNow I’ve heard from other guests and Disney Park regulars that riding the safari around the time of the actual sunset is so much better. While each ride varies, the animals are often very active and visible. So try to experience Kilimanjaro Safaris as soon as you arrive at the park for your evening experience in order to see the animals and have the best ride possible. It’s also much more ideal for photographers who need daylight and for families with kids eager to see the wildlife.Artificial Moonlight!Not Everything is Open at NightAs of right now, not everything Animal Kingdom offers during the day is available during night hours. For instance, Finding Nemo – The Musical and Flights of Wonder hold their last shows before the sun sets, so nighttime guests may not get a chance to enjoy these offerings if they don’t arrive early enough. Fortunately, the popular Festival of the Lion King show offers performances into the evening, but does stop a few hours shy of park closing.A number of the park’s wildlife trails and exhibits are also closed for the night, such as the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Asia, the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail in Africa, and Rafiki’s Planet Watch. Finally, for those who love meeting and greeting with characters at Animal Kingdom, most character interactions currently end in the afternoon or early evening, except for Mickey and Minnie at the Adventurers Outpost. Personally, I think this will change in the near future.Note: Animal Kingdom’s Wilderness Explorers also closes at 7:45 P.M.Wait Times During Animal Kingdom Nighttime HoursLow Wait Times for Park AttractionsOn May 27th, when the park kicked off its nighttime hours, I booked a number of FastPass+ reservations in advance thinking that the wait times would be outrageous for this debut night. Halfway through the evening, I checked attraction wait times on the MyDisneyExperience app and found that most of Animal Kingdom’s attractions, with the exception of Kilimanjaro Safaris, hardly had waits at all! This pattern has somewhat continued throughout the month. Perhaps after dark is the new ideal time to take advantage of the park’s headlining attractions?Skip The Jungle Book – Alive with MagicRivers of Light was intended to be the park’s signature nighttime show; but when it was delayed until later this year, Disney realized they needed something to entertain the summer crowds in the meantime. Their answer was The Jungle Book – Alive with Magic which packed in the crowds during its first night on the Discovery River. Sadly, the show hasn’t lived up to expectations and truly does look like a short-term substitute. What I suggest for guests wanting the nighttime Animal Kingdom experience is to skip the show and use that precious park time to ride Animal Kingdom attractions with minimal waits, to take in the Tree of Life projections, and just to explore the park in cooler temperatures than they would ever experience during the day.The Tree of LifeThere is No Set Schedule for the Tree of Life AwakeningsIn addition to promising a nighttime show on the water and the nighttime Kilimanjaro Safaris, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park also promised special projections on its massive icon, the Tree of Life. Disney has been employing projections for sometime now, most noticeably on the Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle for its nightly Celebrate the Magic show. But trust me when I say that Animal Kingdom’s Tree of Life awakenings take projection entertainment to a whole new level and just have to be seen in person!Animal Kingdom guests should also note that there are four different mini-shows or “awakenings” projected on the Tree of Life, each lasting around three minutes. There’s also no set schedule for these mini-shows either, something I wish I had known before my first visit to Animal Kingdom at night. Also, in between showings, guests should keep their eyes on the tree. At times, an animal carving may spring to life on the Tree of Life via projection, and the effect is stunning!My view of Animal Kingdom from the top of Expedition Everest!Ride Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain at NightExpedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain is one of my all-time favorite attractions; and several years ago, for special extended park hours or something like that, I had the chance to ride Expedition Everest at night in the dark!To this day, that nighttime ride is my favorite Expedition Everest experience; and when I first heard that Animal Kingdom would be staying open at night, I couldn’t wait to enter the Forbidden Mountain after dark yet again.I secured at FastPass+ reservation weeks in advance; but when it was time for my ride, the sun hadn’t quite set just yet. So learn from my mistake and check the time for the sunset if you too would like to experience Expedition Everest in the dark. Still, it was darker than usual when it was time for my ride; and needless to say, I was not disappointed. Expedition Everest just feels faster and scarier at night, and the dark truly compliments and even enhances the overall experience. Even if you have ridden Expedition Everest dozens of times, be sure to experience it in this new way when you visit!Gotta love Expedition Everest merchThere’s A LOT of New Live EntertainmentAnimal Kingdom has always offered a variety of live entertainment, my favorite being the Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe; but just for the park’s new nighttime hours, Animal Kingdom has introduced a lot of new live entertainment! I’m not kidding either, there’s A LOT and you probably won’t be able see all of the acts in a single visit.To kick off the night, Animal Kingdom has the Discovery Island Carnivale with its lively music, super colorful costumes, and the invitation to dance along with the performers. In Africa, the new Harambe Wildlife Parti offers a range of acts such as Muziki, the Harambe Village Acrobats, the Karibu Sisters, and the Harambe Soccer Meerkats! Burudika is also offered throughout the night as well.Is it bad I like the cupcake more than the show?Creature Comforts is Open Until Park ClosingCreature Comforts, otherwise known as Animal Kingdom’s Starbucks, is conveniently open until park closing. I typically head straight for Creature Comforts to caffeinate myself for the evening ahead when enjoying an evening at Animal Kingdom, but it’s truly a comfort to know that it’s open when heading for the parking lot and bus stops for a late night boost for when someone in your family is begging for a quick snack to take back to the resort room. Creature Comforts is also a prime destination for some of the park’s best cupcakes, which are already packaged to-go. How perfect is that?If you’re planning to check out Animal Kingdom at night, these are a few things that you need to know to hopefully help you and your family maximize your park time!Have you experienced Animal Kingdom at night yet? If so, share what you think park guests need to know in the comments!last_img read more

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