PHOTO REPORT: Animal Kingdom 3/30/16 (Rivers of Light Testing, Finding Dory, AVATAR, ETC.)

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I visited Disney’s Animal Kingdom over the weekend to see the latest progress on all of the upcoming projects, so let’s take a look at what’s new and exciting around the park:

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Preferred parking testing has expanded to Animal Kingdom

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It’s $15 above the regular parking charge, but it is fairly close to the front entrance

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A permanent structure is finally being built for the non-Disney bus stop at Animal Kingdom

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Pandora: The World of AVATAR is still chugging along

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Disney Outfitters has reopened as the Discovery Trading Company

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Gone is the central register

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You’ll also find a subdued paint scheme throughout

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Work continues ont eh gazebos at Falme Tree BBQ

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The viewing area for Rivers of Light looks ready for the April 22nd debut

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As we posted earlier this week, we caught them testing some of the floats

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A closer look

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Walls finally came down around the north side of the River

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It’s nice to have this section of the park come back to life

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Some speakers and assorted new items for the show can be seen around the river, not sure if they will move or be covered

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The Everest shrine is finally back!

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Work continues to enclose the Flights of Wonder theater facade

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Not much visible progress on the former trails behind the Tree of Life

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A strange wall up in Harambe Market

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We rode Kilimanjaro Safaris to see if there was any visible prep for the new nighttime version

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If you look closely through the trees, you can see the screen that will raise up over the savannah

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A giraffe walking by…

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We spotted some new poacher-relate props near the elephants, so maybe the poacher storyline will return for the nighttime ride?

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Work continues on Tiffins and the Nomad Lounge

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With Finding Dory being released soon, lots of new Finding Nemo items are being released

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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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