Since our last visit, there have been tons of changes to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The park is rapidly transforming from a day park into a full day (and NIGHT) experience. Avatar Land and Rivers of Light will be their most attractive after dark. That’s a major shift indeed. Let’s take a look at the progress.

Welcome to the park!
Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!
Pandora construction as seen from the Rainforest cafe area.
The floating rocks of Pandora, as seen from the Rainforest cafe area.

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Walls up near the main gift shops.
Walls up near the main gift shops.

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Animals not in their area due to refurbishments near the Tree of Life.
Animals not in their area due to refurbishments near the Tree of Life.
If you look closely, you can see the floating mountains from the entrance to what will be Pandora.
If you look closely, you can see the floating mountains from the entrance to what will be Pandora.
More work continuing on Pizzafari.
More work continuing on Pizzafari.

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Pathways around the Tree of Life are still closed.
Pathways around the Tree of Life are still closed.
Another Discovery Island trail closed.
Another Discovery Island trail closed.

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Lots of Lion King showings.
Lots of Lion King showings.
Another view of the cranes on site for Pandora.
Another view of the cranes on site for Pandora.
Will this path lead to Pandora?
Will this path behind the Lion King theater lead to Pandora? It sure looks like it.

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Over at the Harambe Market, a few of the windows were closed at 4:30, which was sad to see.
Over at the Harambe Market, a few of the windows were closed at 4:30, which was sad to see.

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But, they weren't very busy, so maybe it was justified.
But, they weren’t very busy, so maybe it was justified.
Huge crane near the Tree of Life.
Huge crane near the Tree of Life.
An entire reskinning is being done at the Caravan Stage.
An entire reskinning is being done at the Caravan Stage.

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Kali River Rapids is closed for refurbishment.
Kali River Rapids is closed for refurbishment.
Maharajah Jungle Trek just reopened after a refurb.
Maharajah Jungle Trek just reopened after a refurb.

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Some of the refurb wasn't finished though.
Some of the refurb wasn’t finished though.

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These murals are looking sharp.
These murals are looking sharp.

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Walls blocking the Kali River Rapids exit.
Walls blocking the Kali River Rapids exit.

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A view at some of the progress on the seating area for Rivers of Light, which opens this year.
A view of construction on the seating area for Rivers of Light, which opens this year.
Also a look at the main control tower.
Also a look at the main control tower.
A few of these are scattered throughout the lagoon area by Everest.
A few of these are scattered throughout the lagoon area by Everest.
I guess guests couldn't find Dinosaur.
Either guests can’t find Dinosaur, or simply haven’t been interested in it. Sure would be great for them to close the attraction for a while and enhance it with more complete sets and effects. If it were up to the same standard as Disneyland’s Indiana Jones Adventure, it would surely be a huge hit.
Across the lagoon at Rivers of Light progress.
Across the lagoon from the Rivers of Light construction. The riverbanks around the lagoon have certainly been altered substantially to allow for maximum seating.

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A different look at the gift shops in the front with walls covering them. The shops are still open.
A different look at the gift shops in the front with walls covering them. The shops are still open.
Time to go!
Time to go!

 

Valentine’s Day Tips

Love is in the air at the Walt Disney World resort. With Valentine’s Day upon us, several new or newly expanded locations make for a romantic date night at Disney Springs. Morimoto Asia, Paradiso 37 and Jock Lindsey’s Hanger Bar are all great spots to celebrate with your sweetheart.

The Boathouse at Disney Springs is offering a special limited time cruise aboard the Venezia (a 40-foot Italian Water Taxi) from February 12 thru 14th. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served during the voyage.

The Ganachery at Disney Springs is a sweet stop for you and your sweetie. The recently opened shop is a intimate space with a old world feel. 16 different ganaches, including a custom made chocolate and cream would be a romantic way to end your day.

Magic Kingdom Park opened the Jungle Skipper Canteen in late December. If you haven’t had a chance to visit this unique table service eatery, the detailed theme and 3 distinct dining rooms make for an adventurous and entertaining meal.

Do you have a Valentine’s tip?

Well, that does it for this week. How do you feel about all of the changes taking place at this park? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading!

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