PHOTO REPORT: Animal Kingdom 7/26/16 (DINOSAUR Closes, AVATAR Construction, New Merchandise, ETC.)

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It has been a while since we took a visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, so let’s see what is new and exciting around the park:

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The Rivers of Light lotus blossom light-up popcorn bucket is now available around the park

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It’s pretty big…

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Turkey legs are back, but only at the beverage service window next door to the main Yak and Yeti quick service location

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The facade of the Caravan Theater (home to Flight of Wonder) is still behind tarps…

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Work continues on the trails behind the Tree of Life

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Pizzafari currently offers three unique souvenir cups

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Tiffins and Nomad Lounge have been a bit slow, so they added a check-in podium on the main path to draw in some traffic

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The one FuelRod kiosk in the park is located inside Island Mercantile

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An Inside Out MagicBand is available now

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The TAG merchandise line now has its own mystery pin set

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Force Awakens logos were added to this Star wars set

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Work continues on Pandora: The World of AVATAR

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DINOSAUR is now closed through October for some general maintenance (and maybe a few surprises)

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Well, this is outdated now…

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Of the new small plates released recently, Kilimanjaro Safaris now has a matching coaster as well

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While it only has about a month of life left, there is now a Jungle Book: Alive with Magic pin

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Loving the signage for the renamed Discovery Trading Co. store

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Back in May, the giant Dinosaur is Dino-Rama was painted green

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He still has what i refer to as “nipple lights” underneath…

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The Creature Comforts Starbucks has a pretty neat Firefly cupcake on sale

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Pangani Forest Exploration Trail was finally renamed Gorilla Falls on signage

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The Star Wars attraction posters are now also phone cases

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There’s also this giant Jack Skellington phone case which I believe serves no actual practical purpose

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The posters are also available as puzzles

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The centralized registers at Chester and Hester’s were knocked out, replaced with these side registers

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Guests can now find more merchandise in the center

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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 am sure glad you explained the “TURKEY LEGS. Available in our Quality Beverage” sign. I was seriously thinking that they had gone mad and were trying to start a Turkey Smoothie craze.

  • Do you know what is going on with the Hollywood Studios Star Wars fireworks? They are all off to the side and it looks like a mistake in an otherwise really cool show.

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