It’s time for another wonderful Dateline Disney World! This week, we’re looking at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Let’s go! There is a ton of stuff to check out this week. From Pandora to flora, from Starbucks to zebras, we have a ton. We once asked Joe Rohde why Pandora fits in with the message of Animal Kingdom.  We asked a skeptic and we came back a moderately convinced believer. He said that, “The message of the park is conservation and exploration, understanding the world, the universe around us.” Rohde continued,”The message of the films was an appreciation and knowledge of the world we live in. That’s totally in line with what Animal Kingdom is about.” Do you lovely readers agree?

Welcome to Animal Kingdom!
Welcome to Animal Kingdom!

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Pandora continues to grow.
Pandora continues to grow.
It is hard to see, but there are smaller, forced perspective floating mountains that have been recently installed on top of the main E-Ticket show building.
It is hard to see, but there are smaller, forced perspective floating mountains that have been recently installed on top of the main E-Ticket show building.

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Tiffins is moving right along.
Tiffins is moving right along.
Another view on Pandora.
Another view on Pandora.

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Tree of Life path still closed.
Tree of Life path still closed.

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More Discovery Island trails still blocked off.
More Discovery Island trails still blocked off.

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Time for some animals!
Time for some animals!

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Baby gorillas were out having some fun.
Baby gorillas were out having some fun.

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Work still being done on this area on the backside of the Tree of Life.
Work still being done on this area on the backside of the Tree of Life.

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Flights of Wonder is back to having a full show schedule.
Flights of Wonder is back to having a full show schedule.
Although, there are some tarps still up on the outside of the Caravan Stage.
Although, there are some tarps still up on the outside of the Caravan Stage.

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Rivers of Light seating area looks complete.
Rivers of Light seating area looks complete.

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Amazing details at the new entry points for the Rivers of Light seating areas by Everest.
Amazing details at the new entry points for the Rivers of Light seating areas by Everest.
The blossoms play into the show.
The blossoms play into the show.
Well hidden FP+ scanners.
Well hidden FP+ scanners.

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Credit to Rohde and company for creating a necessary evil like a seating area without greatly impacting the area around it.
Credit to Rohde and company for creating a necessary evil like a seating area without greatly impacting the area around it.

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These are in the RoL seating area near Dinoland.
These are in the RoL seating area near Dinoland.

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The large dinosaur has been painted a very different color from its previous yellow.
The large dinosaur has been painted a very different color from its previous yellow.

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Tarps up near Flame Tree BBQ.
Tarps up near Flame Tree BBQ.
Looks like some restructuring happening near the restaurant's seating area.
Looks like some restructuring happening near the restaurant’s seating area.
Time to head out!
Time to head out!

That does it for this week. Do you like the changes that have come and are coming to this park? Ready to step foot into Pandora? Let us know in the comments! Thanks for reading!

More news from the Disney World:

  • This past Sunday, Disney Springs opened Town Center.
  • It’s the newest neighborhood to be added to this unique Shopping and Dining  destination.
  • Sprinkles, a bakery full of cupcakes, cookies and slow churned ice cream is a great place to treat your sweet tooth. This newly opened bakery is located in the heart of Town Center.
  • If a classic burger is what your in the mood for the newly opened D- Luxe Burger located at Town Center would be perfect. Rumor is the El Diablo burger is becoming a fast favorite!
  • Over at The Landing, Morimoto Asia opened  a new walk up window on their patio.
  • Morimoto Asia Street Food will offer Asian- influenced snacks along with an assortment of beers and other beverages.
  • WonderGround Gallery located inside Marketplace Co-Op at The Marketplace will be hosting artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith on Saturday, May 21.
  • She will be available to sign some of her newest releases from 4-8pm.

Over in Epcot, the America Gardens Theater, located at the American Adventure in World Showcase, will be hosting Night Ranger this weekend.

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