PHOTO REPORT: Disney’s Animal Kingdom 9/23/16 (AVATAR Kind Of, DINOSAUR, New Merchandise, ETC.)

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In our latest Animal Kingdom photo report, Pandora rises, the monkeys arrive, and DINOSAUR is still closed. SOUNDS EXCITING RIGHT? SO LET’S GO!

Pandora: The World of AVATAR


Rather than bore you with the same pictures twice, please check out our AVATAR photo update from earlier in the week to see the latest progress, or watch the video below.

Flame Tree Barbecue Expansion


The expansion of Flame Tree Barbecue continues, but work seems to be moving at a snail’s pace.


Speaking of Flame Tree Barbecue, we recently posted a review of the restaurant that you may want to check out.


Some lighting fixtures were installed recently. They look nice enough.


Expedition Everest Merchandise


I hadn’t noticed some of the newer women’s shirts at the Expedition Everest gift shop, but they are pretty unique.





This and That


All signage with the former Pangani Forest Exploration Trail name are gone, everything has now been updated to reflect the Gorilla Falls name.


Along the Wildlife Express Train, banners have gone up to promote the Disney Junior series The Lion Guard.




We decided to visit the Affection Section area, which is always a treat.



I’m not sure that I have ever been in the bathrooms at Planet Watch, but there are animal related trivia questions above the urinals and on the bathroom stall doors…


The safari Mickey and Minnie plush were recently updated and look great.


The path behind the Tree of Life, which is taking forever to complete, is actually looking like it might open soon.




Monkeys Coming to Maharajah Jungle Trek


In case you missed our report earlier this week, a new species of monkey is coming to the Maharajah Jungle Trek soon.


The park has been pretty empty after 4PM as of late, but the extended hours continue…

DINOSAUR Refurbishment 


DINOSAUR is still closed until next month and I am going through withdrawals.



Goodnight Animal Kingdom!

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    • I would hope the fountains are going to be repainted since they look really faded from the chlorine. It’s probably easier to just shut it off at the beginning since they don’t know exactly when the painters will be done painting rocks and can get over there.

  • I’m just full of complaints today. How could you take a picture of the trivia questions and not take a picture of the answer…or did you not wash your hands?

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