Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’re taking a look around Disney’s Animal Kingdom! Let’s go!

Welcome to Animal Kingdom!
Welcome to Animal Kingdom!
Many construction walls still up at the front of the park.
Many construction walls still up at the front of the park.
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Down Avatar Bend, there is still really no visible construction. Perhaps we'll rent a helicopter soon!
Down Avatar Bend, there is still really no visible construction. Perhaps we’ll rent a helicopter soon!

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There were many rumors these past few weeks that some of the netting around the Tree of Life had come down, so I went to investigate.

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Nets still there.
Nets still there.
No entry to my favorite path in all of DAK.
No entry to my favorite path in all of DAK.

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So, the nets were still up on the west side of the tree. Let’s keep digging.

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Trail number two on the netting search.

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So, the whole west side of the Tree of Life still had netting up. But, once we got around to the exit of It’s Tough to be a Bug, we noticed that the nets are in fact down there, and it is lovely. We can take good photos up close to the Tree of Life again!

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Kali River Rapids down in the morning.
Kali River Rapids down in the morning.

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Gibbons!
Gibbons!

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It’s almost time for a Walt Disney World celebration, MiceChat style. Come join us:

MC-Invation

Join MiceChat in Orlando October 22nd – 29th for a full week of fun, meets, events, meals, and friendship.

A full round up of invasion activities is available HERE.  But don’t miss out on your chance to sign up for the MiceChat WDW Gumball Rally, or the wonderful Sip and Nibble around Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival.

MiceChat WDW Gumball Rally – NOW FREE!!!

One great day, two huge parks, a world of maniacal fun, how many attractions can YOU ride?

The MiceChat Walt Disney World Gumball Rally returns on October 26th.  Teams of 2, 3, or 4, will race to see who can ride the most attractions in the Magic Kingdom and Epcot in a single day.  Players who have competed in the Disneyland version have raved, “It’s the most fun I have EVER had in the park!”

Who can ride the most attractions in a single day? Could it be you?!

MiceChat Sip and Nibble
Join us for a leisurely stroll around World Showcase, sampling the food and wine offerings along the way. Each of us will have a lanyard with a marker attached so we can record our progress. Those who desire to partake of the adult beverages will also sport a small glass on a lanyard to conveniently share “sips” along the way.

 

For the other main portion of this week’s column, I’d like to feature what I think is one of the most underrated attractions in all of WDW, the Maharajah Jungle Trek.

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Magnificent creature.
Magnificent Tiger.

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Awesome details everywhere.
Awesome details everywhere.

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Definitely some of WDW’s most detailed and immersive work.

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Not much new to see when it comes to Rivers of Light construction.
Not much new to see when it comes to Rivers of Light construction.

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Flame Tree BBQ was closed for the day for painting.
Flame Tree BBQ was closed for the day for painting.
Walls everywhere!
Walls everywhere!
More walls!
More walls!
Time to fly home!
Time to fly home!

That’s all we have for you this week. Are you now hopeful that the rest of the nets around the Tree of Life will come down? Wish we could see more Avatar construction? Let us know in the comments!

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