Jambo everyone! This week, we’ll be taking a look at some news, construction, and photos from Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We have about 60 photos of the park for you to enjoy today.

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Welcome to Animal Kingdom!

Right up at the front gate, Disney had the flags at half mast to honor Boston after the tragic bombings that occurred there this week.
Some rolling shrub barricades are at the entry turnstiles. Probably for MyMagic+ work.

Entering the park, this little area is covered up. Anyone know why?

Tree of Life looks great, but only when the nets don’t get in your way.
Ropes still block the path to the Tree of Life by It’s Tough to be a Bug.
Fastpass+ is all set up for the bugs
The Fastpass+ readers are currently covered up.

I had lunch at Flame Tree BBQ this week, as I think it is one of the best counter service restaurants Walt Disney World offers. I had the pork sandwich, which was quite tasty.

Flame Tree is also great because this is the view while you eat.

Walls have finally gone up at the old Beastly Bazaar shop, which will now transform into the ‘Adventurer’s Outpost’ meet and greet, scheduled to open in mid May.

Back to the Tree of Life. Yes, the nets are still there, and yes, they’re still annoying. Some may think it’s silly that I’m complaining about them, but I feel passionately that this situation needs to be fixed. So, as long as the problem persists, I don’t plan on stopping my commentary. I hope I have your support.

Fastpass+ is set up for this character meet and greet, which is interesting. I’ve never seen terrible lines here, but this seems to be the way they’re going with this new system.

Some refurbishment happening at the Boneyard in Dinoland.

Dinosaur shots.

The pools in front of the attraction were dry this week.

Anyone else think it’s a cruel joke that Disney has Indiana Jones merchandise at the exit to Dinosaur?

Heading into Dinorama…

Some DCA 1.0-esque puns for you all.

Over at the Finding Nemo musical, some walls have gone up, and I think they are for Fastpass+ installation.

The standby entrance hasn’t changed.

Some walls up near Everest.
Love the details in this park.

40 minute standby wait.


Lots of beautiful flowers are blooming in the park this time of year.

I am not a fan of this dance party in Asia. I saw it earlier in the week, and yes, they did play Gangnam Style.

Kali River Rapids wait time.

I hadn’t seen this yet, but apparently this little pathway that leads down to a nice Tree of Life photo op has become a Pocahontas meet and greet.

These drums are always popular.

The street party in Africa isn’t perfect, and it causes some bottlenecking in this area, but in my eyes, it is much more tolerable than the one in Asia.

Still promoting Kodak film here.

Lots of walls have gone up near the Dawa Bar and all along the bridge to Africa, presumably for the relocation of the Festival of the Lion King show.

The Lion King is a very popular show which performs throughout the day. It should be very interesting to see how it impacts the park when the show has to shut down for relocation.

And with that, we will exit the park.

That wraps things up for this week’s Dateline. How do you guys feel about all of the work that has suddenly popped up in this park? Do you feel that Festival of the Lion King will work better in Africa? Let us know in the comments!

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