PHOTO REPORT: Animal Kingdom 8/23/16 (AVATAR, DINOSAUR, Chocolate Waffle, ETC.)

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It has been a little while since we checked in on Animal Kingdom, which is probably because it has been the red-headed step-child of the Disney World parks this Summer, starting with such promise, but then careening into one of the worst Summer campaigns ever experienced in Orlando. September 5th brings the end of nighttime offerings at the park for a little while, but for just how long we do not know. However, work progresses slowly on AVATAR, Rivers of Light is still yet to get a debut date, but yet life goes on at the 4th gate of WDW. Let’s see what’s new and exciting at the park since our last visit…

Pandora: The World of AVATAR

Pandora: The World of AVATAR
Pandora: The World of AVATAR

Scaffolding has vanished from the floating mountains of Pandora, giving us a nice look at what should be a rather pleasant looking area.

Pandora: The World of AVATAR
Pandora: The World of AVATAR
Pandora: The World of AVATAR
Pandora: The World of AVATAR

A lot of foliage is going in, making it harder to see the area. Don’t worry, we will take to the skies above Pandora later this week to show you a better look.

Pandora: The World of AVATAR
Pandora: The World of AVATAR
Pandora: The World of AVATAR
Pandora: The World of AVATAR

We also have a video of the AVATAR area to share with you:

Go Wild with Food and Drinks

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A quick stop at Nomad Lounge for a Kungaloosh Ale
Pizzafari
Pizzafari

Even though what they had before was really very good, the Pizzafari menu was revamped once again to include more flatbread and less traditional pizzas.

Pizzafari
Pizzafari

The cheeseburger flatbread… If you haven’t watched our review yet, you can do so below:

Pizzafari
Pizzafari

The new menu board wasn’t available yet, so they board outside is just blank right now.

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New menu at Tamu Tamu Refreshments

Tamu Tamu Refreshments has an updated menu, including a chocolate waffle.

New menu at Tamu Tamu Refreshments
New menu at Tamu Tamu Refreshments

Tree of Life Trail

Tree of Life trail
Tree of Life trail

Work continues on the path behind the Tree of Life, the only project moving slower than AVATAR. Maybe we should put the beach-rock team on these projects? At least there is a fence now.

New Everest Merchandise

Expedition Everest Adventure Pack
Expedition Everest Adventure Pack

I never noticed this Expedition Everest Adventure Pack for kids, which is kind of neat as each item has the Everest logo.

Expedition Everest Adventure Pack
Expedition Everest Adventure Pack
Expedition Everest Adventure Pack
Expedition Everest Adventure Pack

Everybody Paint the Dinosaur

Hester & Chester's Dino-Rama
Hester & Chester’s Dino-Rama

The giant dinosaur in Dino-Rama now has spots to go with the new green paint scheme.

Hester & Chester's Dino-Rama
Hester & Chester’s Dino-Rama

DINOSAUR Refurbishment

DINOSAUR Refurbishment
DINOSAUR Refurbishment

DINOSAUR remains closed for enhancements through the Fall of 2016.

DINOSAUR Refurbishment
DINOSAUR Refurbishment

There’s not many attractions where you can just close the blinds to keep people from looking in, but this is one of them.

DINOSAUR Refurbishment
DINOSAUR Refurbishment

The fountain is off during the refurbishment.

DINOSAUR Refurbishment
DINOSAUR Refurbishment
DINOSAUR Refurbishment
DINOSAUR Refurbishment
DINOSAUR Refurbishment
DINOSAUR Refurbishment

Don’t worry kids, you can still pin trade even though the ride is closed.

DINOSAUR Refurbishment
DINOSAUR Refurbishment

I do love the use of concept art on the board, as well as the picture of Chester and Hester…

Flame Tree Barbecue Expansion

Flame Tree Barbecue
Flame Tree Barbecue

The expansion of Flame Tree Barbecue rolls on…

Flame Tree Barbecue
Flame Tree Barbecue

2017 Walt Disney World Calendar

2017 Walt Disney World Calendar
2017 Walt Disney World Calendar

The always popular Walt Disney World calendar for 2017 is now available.

 

2017 Walt Disney World Calendar
2017 Walt Disney World Calendar

The Main Street Electrical Parade made it in, as did an image from Star Wars Weekends, both discontinued heading into 2017.

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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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