PHOTO REPORT: Animal Kingdom 10/24/16 (Rivers of Light, AVATAR, New Merchandise, ETC.)

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In our latest photo report, we catch up on Pandora: The World of AVATAR, Rivers of Light, and all of the other goings-on around Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Get ready for a wild time!

Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Pandora: The World of AVATAR

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I decided to take a walk down to the bus loop at Animal Kingdom to see the progress on Pandora: The World of AVATAR. This area offers an interesting view of the construction.

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Small glimpses of the land are available from the Rainforest Cafe park entrance.

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Steel is still going up on the ground level of the land, for what we don’t know.

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As more and more trees are planted and the surrounding ones grow in, it is becoming harder to see the construction from some angles.

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More of the alien lampposts have gone up along the bridge.

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For some reason, there is a second set of construction walls behind the first.

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Most of the bridge between Discovery Island and Pandora has been uncovered.

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Some strange and colorful plant life and mushrooms are “growing” on the bridge, it looks like they may even light up.

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New Starbucks Mug

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A new Disney Parks exclusive Starbucks mug was recently released.

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Flame Tree Barbecue

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Work continues on the expansion of the Flame Tree Barbecue restaurant.

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Rivers of Light

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Rumors continue to swirl that guests at Destination D: Amazing Adventures will see Rivers of Light first, and some visible work in the viewing area leads us to believe we are nearing the first soft-opening of the show.

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One of the boats that will be in the show was docked and charging by the viewing area.

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Maharajah Jungle Trek

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The new monkey species has still not debuted along the Maharajah Jungle Trek.

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Flights of Wonder

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We keep waiting for them to finish the coverings added to the Caravan Theater, but it may just be finished and unfortunately this is what the roof looks like.

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Tree of Life Trails

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Work continues on the trail behind the Tree of Life. This has to be opening soon, right?

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Additional Guest Relations

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Disney is testing out a second guest relations location near Kilimanjaro Safaris for a limited time.

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This and That

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I was feeling artsy with my glazed almonds. Alright, I’m just trying to be EasyWDW I guess.

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Vinylmation Designer Series 2 was recently released.

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Prepackaged iPhone 7 and 7 Plus phone cases are slowly appearing in the parks.

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A new snowman antenna topper is available as well.

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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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  • Do you think there is any chance that Pandora: The World of Avatar will be open by early May 2017? Or any part of it for that matter? I’d love to experience it on my next trip but since the opening date is only 2017, I have a feeling that means late 2017 most likely.

  • Thanks for that great photo update!

    Crazy question, would anyone there be able to purchase and send me one of those new mugs from Starbucks? I’m deployed right now and would love that one in exchange for payment covering time/s&h/price of goods.

    Hoping to get there when I return in spring, if not next fall. :)

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