Adam Roth’s 6/30/12 Animal Kingdom Photo Report

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This photo report is a little late as we have been preparing for our fifth anniversary festivities here at WDW News Today, but better late than never. WDWNT Reporter Adam Roth visited Animal Kingdom on June 30th to catch one of the last Sundowner Celebrations held at the park. The celebration only lasted a month but was a unique offering, almost like the food and wine festival at Epcot. Let’s take a look:

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A truck is used as an information board at the front of the park

Things going on in 3 lands

It is Animal Kingdom after all…

Wow… not very crowded…

Some fairly new Animal Kingdom merchandise available

Cool ear hat

Carnotaurus knit cap

Russel and Dug from UP meeting in the old “It’s Tough to be a Bug” FASTPASS area

Work continues on some of the side paths near the Tree of Life after the branch falling of a few weeks back

You can still get plenty of good photos of this…

On to Camp Minnie-Mickey

The dragon waterfall is still there

Hey, Meeko is out and doesn’t have a line!

It’s pretty empty

Word is the greeting trails are going away and these characters are moving to the former Beastly Bazaar in a few weeks

It wouldn’t be a trip to Animal Kingdom if we didn’t stop at Pizzafari to visit the greatest mural ever…

Psycho lion and incredibly nervous Zebra!

On to Harambe

Temporary signs inform guests of the festivities

There’s a wine walk

Beer

There are also some cultural demonstrations

The Henna booth was about the only one that wasn’t free

All kinds of special treats available

Fruit salads available as well

Let’s take a walk to Asia

You can learn how to play this instrument

The carts leading to Asia had special menus for the event

You can learn how to make summer rolls

Ta-da!

You can take home a recipe card

The boneless chicken wings are back!

I guess you can just call this place Anandapur Wild Wings! GET IT?

Huh?

I think I’m gonna be sick…

Live music

What is your Asian language?

Plenty of specialty drinks

Learn how to make fried rice!

They had dancers teaching dance moves to guests as Bollywood style music played in the area

I love the DJ’s decorated computer

Dragon Hollow? Now you’re just rubbing it in…

The water play area in Asia is being refurbished

Another Henna booth

Adam got a drink and decided to hang out in a secluded spot

Let’s see what’s going on at Kilimanjaro Safaris

Wilson is still featured in the queue even though his narration and story is gone from the ride

“WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE”

JUMPING GAZELLES!

Oh, it’s poachers…

It was…

Hiding, Hiding Hippos

“NOM-NOM-NOM”

Holy giraffes!

Here’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the backside of giraffe!

No, the bridge doesn’t collapse right now

Hidden Mickey

Awwww, sleepy cheetahs…

That turtle was moving so fast Adam couldn’t get a picture of him

Blurry, but some work was being done on the bridge

Work on the new finale scenes is visible

This is where Little Red once stood, but soon it will be a home to Zebras

A natural barrier being dug-out

Back to Harambe

The dance party is in full swing

Unlike the hated dance parties at the Magic Kingdom, this band performs music from their culture and teaches you their dances, a much better fit for a Disney park

Here’s a video of the dance party:

There is podium where guests can find out more about Wild Africa Trek

Some people seem to believe this will be the new entrance to Festival of the Lion King once it is forced to move out of Camp Minnie-Mickey

Popcone?

It’s the Enchantment in the Jungle Dance!

Gotta love intricate details…

Let’s take a look at the Tree of Life trails

You can still get some great photos of the Tree of Life

Some work continues

The exit of It’s Tough to be a Bug

Over at Expedition Everest, they have been chopping down some of the bamboo

Beautiful

Still no bird…

Still no movement… and no, there are not two of them…

New Everest shirts

More chopped bamboo

This old map of Dinoland U.S.A. is still up. It still includes Dinosaur Jubilee… look it up kids…

No, you won’t…

It’s time to leave

Not sure if Disney did anything, but the water isn’t bright green anymore!

The Rainforest Cafe sign is missing!

About the author

Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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Karen Stoj
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Karen Stoj

One of my favorite all time photo reports Adam.  Very nice pictures and the food and dance party looked great.

Drago Harley
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Drago Harley

I would love to learn to dance at that dance party!

Kyle D Vorhis
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Kyle D Vorhis

Nice Pic.s wish we were there ..economy is killing us. ugh!

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Drago Harley
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Drago Harley

Adam — Your photo trip reports are so appreciated.  I just love them.  

Question:  What did you mean when you said that Lion King was being booted from Camp Mickey Minnie?  Where is it going, why is it leaving, and what is taking its place at Camp Mickey Minnie?

Also, do you think they will ever gut Dinoland and built a better dinosaur themed land?  It's just so junky and tacky.  Would love to see a Disney version of Jurassic Park there.  

But then again I would have loved Beastly Kingdom too.

Adam Roth
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Adam Roth

Hello Drago! 

In regards to Camp Minnie Mickey, you’ve gotta ask Tom. He writes the captions, I just provide the photos and the background of their context, so that comment was all him! Same with Dinoland. 

Glad you enjoyed the street party video! I happened to love watching it in person (with a Jungle Juice in hand) and it looked like the other guests were having a great time too!

Drago Harley
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Drago Harley

Adam — Your photo trip reports are so appreciated.  I just love them.  

Question:  What did you mean when you said that Lion King was being booted from Camp Mickey Minnie?  Where is it going, why is it leaving, and what is taking its place at Camp Mickey Minnie?

Also, do you think they will ever gut Dinoland and built a better dinosaur themed land?  It's just so junky and tacky.  Would love to see a Disney version of Jurassic Park there.  

But then again I would have loved Beastly Kingdom too.

Karen Stoj
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Karen Stoj

One of my favorite all time photo reports Adam.  Very nice pictures and the food and dance party looked great.

Kyle D Vorhis
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Kyle D Vorhis

Nice Pic.s wish we were there ..economy is killing us. ugh!

Alex Brueningsen
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Alex Brueningsen

I dunno, I saw the Yeti move when I went on it last…

Alex Brueningsen
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Alex Brueningsen

I dunno, I saw the Yeti move when I went on it last…

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Allison England Burg
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Allison England Burg

My daughter and I were able to ride Everest 5 times on the same day last month…..the first 3 times I didn't see the Yeti at all, the 4th time the strobe light looked like it was behind him, and the 5th time in front of him.  It was really weird how inconsistent it was!

Love your photo reports!!! They make me happy :)

bigbrian_nc
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bigbrian_nc

GREAT photos Adam, making me miss WDW you are!

Allison England Burgess
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Allison England Burgess

My daughter and I were able to ride Everest 5 times on the same day last month…..the first 3 times I didn’t see the Yeti at all, the 4th time the strobe light looked like it was behind him, and the 5th time in front of him.  It was really weird how inconsistent it was!

Love your photo reports!!! They make me happy :)

Adam Roth
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Adam Roth

Hello Drago! 

In regards to Camp Minnie Mickey, you've gotta ask Tom. He writes the captions, I just provide the photos and the background of their context, so that comment was all him! Same with Dinoland. 

Glad you enjoyed the street party video! I happened to love watching it in person (with a Jungle Juice in hand) and it looked like the other guests were having a great time too!

bigbrian_nc
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bigbrian_nc

GREAT photos Adam, making me miss WDW you are!

Darel Collins
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Darel Collins

Been to Animal Kingdom about 3 times and except for Everest,Dinosaur,Primeval Whirl,I don't care for AK.I like your pics however, you take cool pics,but the whole park itself seems to be less exciting after once or twice.Even though I'd love to ride Everest again,unless we can get hoppers,we will probably never go back to AK.That's just me though.Oh and I did like eating at the Tusker House before it was changed.