PHOTO REPORT: Animal Kingdom 3/7/16 (Rivers of Light, AVATAR, Tiffins, ETC.)

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I visited Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Saturday to see the latest progress on all of the construction projects around the park, so let’s take a look at what’s new and exciting in our latest photo report:

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Pandora as seen from outside of the park

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Some construction happening near the non-Disney bus stop in the parking lot

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A closer look at AVATAR construction

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Walls came down around the center of Discovery Island, out first unobstructed view in a long time

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The Haunted Mansion POP! Vinyls are back in stock

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Disney Outfitters is still closed

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But outside, the exterior and pavement work is complete

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Walls are up near the Isle of Java now

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The Boneyard is closed for a few weeks for refurbishment

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Tsum-Tsums are now available at Chester and Hester’s

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Rivers of Light getting ready for an April 22nd debut

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Decorative lanterns now being installed over the viewing area

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The control tower is almost complete and it looks gorgeous

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Scaffolding was coming down Saturday afternoon, it was all gone by park close

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It will be nice to lose these walls soon

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A new roof is being constructed for Flights of Wonder

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The waterfront behind the Tree of Life was completely cleared this week

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The drum popcorn bucket is now in stock again in Africa

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Never noticed this, but ads for the Harambe Theater can be found in the original Harambe area now

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Tree of Life Garden sign looking extra-mossy these days

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Work continues on Tiffins and the Nomad Lounge

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Another look at Pandora

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Walking around the now wide-open Discovery Island paths

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One of the Discovery Island food booths recently introduced some new menu items, including Smoky Cheddar Grits

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These were absolutely fantastic, I highly recommend trying them

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A look at Rivers of Light construction from Flame Tree Barbecue

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I realized as we left the park at closing time, it might be one of the last times I’m ever there for park close while it is still daylight

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Someday we can tell our children about Animal Kingdom and when it used to close at 5PM…

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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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  • I wonder if after they finish the park expansion, they will close Everest so they can repair the Yeti, and get him back in A mode?

  • Unfortunately, it is very unlikely the Yeti will ever return to A-mode. A-mode was destroying the mountain structure, so it will likely never return. Sorry.

  • I experienced A-mode on the yeti. It was good, but the lack of it is not a deal breaker. My kids through he was moving and had a great time on the ride.

    My hope is that the additional hours at AK will lessen the crowds at the other parks in the evening. MK is still a madhouse.

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