PHOTO REPORT: Disney’s Animal Kingdom 3/27/17 (AVATAR, Rivers of Light, New Merchandise, Willie the Anteater, Etc.)

Our latest photo report brings us to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for a wild adventure…

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The bar area between Rainforest Cafe and the entrance of the park was heavily refurbished. Looks like they are expecting to reopen it once crowds arrive for Pandora.

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Pandora looms in the distance.

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A look at Pandora from the Animal Kingdom bus loop.

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Work continues on the expansion of the bus loop.

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Alright, time to head inside…

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I always make sure to visit the Babirusa on my way through the Oasis.

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Rivers of Light Merchandise

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Nearly every store in the park is carrying Rivers of Light merchandise currently. I wonder if the opening of Pandora will change all of these displays…

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The passholder tiger shirt pictured is now sold out. They are not expecting more.

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A very shiny Rivers of Light logo pin.

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The light-up ear hat ornament is pretty neat.

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The totem pole is a Made with Magic item that interacts with the show, but also can interact with other Made with Magic products. You can see the totem wand in action below:

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A variety of other glowing products are sold, including a fan and a necklace.


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The most popular light-up item seems to be this lotus blossom “glow cube”, sold with beverages at the Thirsty River Bar by Expedition Everest and several other bar locations.

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If you would like a drink recommendation, the Khumbu Ice Fall is my personal favorite.

Other New Items

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An Easter Mickey Mouse plush is now available.

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A limited edition Easter MagicBand 2 was released recently.

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Stitch also got a new MagicBand 2 design.

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For $18.99, guests can get a set of Star Wars crayons shaped like characters from the films.

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A new Mickey Mouse picture frame for sale.

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Strangely, almost every item in Riverside Depot was on sale if you were to buy multiples of them.

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There was even more on sale, but you get the idea by now. Combined with an annual passholder discount, it may not be a bad time to do some early Christmas shopping.

This and That

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The Drinkwallah in Asia now also serves cinnamon-glazed nuts.

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The Pocahontas meet and greet finally got a real sign to replace the FastPass+ sign that was never used.

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The Express Bus stop in Africa has moved, turning its former check-in location into a FastPass+ kiosk.

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Since his sign is back, it looks like Willie the Anteater may be returning home to the Oasis soon. He hasn’t been here for at least 2 years.

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There are now map recycling bins as you leave the park. How soon until we see these at other parks?

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Goodnight Animal Kingdom!

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Why was this ever even painted on the ground in the parking lot?

11 thoughts on “PHOTO REPORT: Disney’s Animal Kingdom 3/27/17 (AVATAR, Rivers of Light, New Merchandise, Willie the Anteater, Etc.)”

  1. The prices are so ridiculously high. That’s why I bring my own food and don’t buy merchandise. The glowing drink cubes are ridiculous. Shouldn’t cost more than a dollar at any cheap discount store. I’m sure Disney will get lots of buyers who can’t resist.

    • No one wants to hear about your depressing soggy sandwich lunch and lack of disposable income. I don’t bore you with my preference for high-end meals and affinity for collecting memorabilia. Save your sob story for the cashier at Walmart.

  2. I don’t know why people post such negative comments. I love the photo reports! If you don’t like them then shut up and leave…… Keep these photo reports coming. They make my day!

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