PHOTO REPORT: Animal Kingdom 2/23/16 (Rivers of Light, AVATAR, New Food, ETC.)

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WDWNT Reporter Dirk Wallen and myself visited Animal Kingdom recently and has some newsworthy photos to share, so let’s take a look at what’s new and exciting around the park:

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The shop outside of Riverside Depot switched from pins to hats and plush

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The Hipster Mickey 9″ Vinylmation is now available

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It’s expensive…

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These cute character plush were released recently

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The weather at the parks has been really fantastic the last two weeks

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Work continues on Rivers of Light, which should soft-open the last week in March

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One entry area for the show is out from behind walls

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Some of the seating areas at Flame Tree BBQ are now being repainted

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Work continues on Tiffins and Nomad Lounge

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Some of the booths around the Tree of Life have some pretty interesting menu items, like these cheese grits with pulled pork that Dirk enjoyed

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He was not a big fan of the 3 cheese pasta bake though

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From Everest, we see more of Pandora: The World of AVATAR taking shape

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Work continues outside and inside of Disney Outfitters

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A look at Rivers of Light from across the river

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Flights of Wonder still closed for enhancements to the theater

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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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  • Any word if Expedition Everest will remain open during River of Light show times? Seems crazy to close an E ticket attraction, but they did with Screamin. Do you think the proximity could be distraction?

  • Any idea of what a soft open for Rivers of Light might look like? We’re leaving the week before. Such a shame to just miss it.

    Thanks for keeping us updated!

  • I’m curious why the first few rows are so nicely made with stone, and then the back half are what appear to be wooden benches (I’m sure they are made to look that way) but to me it is just strange they wouldn’t go Stone all the way.

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