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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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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  • jcruise86

    THANKS for posting the good photos!
    Hopefully the rest of the view-blocking net will be down soon.
    The Jungle Trek if also one of my favorite things at the AK.

  • imagineer97

    No visible construction on Avatar yet…at this rate it won’t open until 2020!

    • yellowrocket

      Avatar is well into construction – there’s just nothing visible from public areas.

      • napamaninsocal

        If you take one of the hotel buses you can see where all the cranes and construction is going on.

    • solarnole

      King Kong at Universal will be done before Avatar even though they started three years after Disney.

      My guess is that the arrogant imagineers are busy wasting tons of money to add their likeness somewhere like the ceiling mural in Be our guest or the VP oil painting in new Fantasyland which have nothing to do at all with Beauty and the Beast and detract from the theme.

      How many years does it take to make a Soarin clone?

  • tooncity

    Iger’s Disco Yeti Rules! So retro 70’s

  • Big D

    Jungle Trek is awesome. I’m beginning to think that the Komodo Dragon is an animatronic though. I have a picture of him from 2006 that look identical to what you posted, and then I took another picture that is exactly same just last month.

  • ChrisNJ

    AK has so many beautiful details. My favorite thing to do there is to get a drink from Royal Anandapur Tea and sit – let the tea and view do it’s magic.

    Hoping the Rivers of Light aren’t visible like those at DCA. UGH – I get sick thinking about it.

  • martinjbell1986

    Someone should rent a drone to fly above the construction site. Not sure of the legality of this though….

    • CaptainAction

      To see Avatar?

  • Jabroniville

    What’s with those nets in the first place? Safety?

    • solarnole

      They were built to protect the park guests from falling Tree of Life branches and bad IP but now that Avatar is being built they are removing them.

  • danielz6

    I think bugs life should be replaced soon. Being the signature attraction within the parks icon, I think the park deserves better. Maybe an impressions de France type movie, highlighting the major ecosystems in the world.

    • solarnole

      I think it would be better as a fancy sit down restaurant with views of the tree. 3D movies got old and dated real fast just look at Avatar.

  • MammyNun

    Thanks for the update!

    I hope the Discovery Island Trail is open before our next trek out there…

  • danielz6

    I still think a movie based attraction would be cool, as long as the footage is stunning, or a Mystic Rhythms type show which is fantastic in Disney Sea. A restaurant is a cool idea too, definitely better than the bug show.

    • solarnole

      Any indoor air conditioned space is badly needed at animal kingdom. Plus the park is really weak on sit down restaurants and does not even have a signature one.