PHOTO REPORT: Disney’s Animal Kingdom 1/26/18 (New Park Logo Items, Flights of Wonder, Pandora Changes, ETC.)

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Our latest photo report brings us to Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park…

Welcome to the Jungle


To keep lines shorter at Guest Relations, guests needing the DAS service are being sent up to the top of the Oasis to enroll.

Wild New Merchandise 

An entirely new line of Animal Kingdom logo merchandise was released recently.

I love this Safari Mickey pen so much…

The art set in a case is pretty cute.

A postcard. Kids, ask your parents.

A new magnet.

There’s also a new Wild! merchandise line geared at ladies, all featuring animal prints.

Surprisingly, the cups and bowls in this collection are plastic.

There’s a hidden Mickey at the bottom of the cup.

A water bottle pouch.

Black Panther merchandise has arrived at the parks.

A new Lion King mug for sale.

A new 3-D Darth Vader phone case for sale.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom has a special limited release MagicBand 2 celebrating Expedition Everest.

Things You Can’t Buy

Noticed these new signs by Kilimanjaro Safaris.

Let’s take a moment to appreciate the animal tiles in the Rafiki’s Planet watch/Conservation Station bathrooms.

We went to see the often-forgotten “It All Started with a Mouse” show at Rafiki’s Planet Watch. It’s worth a view if you like animals and haven’t seen it before.

You can watch a pig paint…

Mombasa Marketplace and Ziwani Traders in Africa went through a bit of a remodel, moving cash registers out of the center of the store and adding a better flow to the stores.

This used to be a wall.

The centralized registers are gone.

Meanwhile, in Pandora, this giant stroller parking area is going unused.

The effort to keep guests out of Satuli Canteen who aren’t eating there has added these temporary stanchions. Stroller parking is outside of the restaurant.

Why not turn the old stroller parking into additional seating if this is a huge problem?

Grounded Flights of Wonder

Work continues to convert the Flights of Wonder show into a UP bird show.

The awnings added some time ago are being finished finally, adding themed walls to the exterior.

The new show is set to debut before April 22nd.

Drinkwallah in Asia is still closed for refurbishment.

Kali River Rapids is closed for its annual refurbishment.

With flu season in the air, Disney has added a number of Purel stations around the four theme parks.

The various tram stops at the park now offer a photo-op with a tram.

Having been quite successful, two new colors of Banshee plush are now on sale in Pandora.

Goodnight from the moon of Pandora!





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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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Great update.
For me, AK has become the hub of WDW.

Mary Horvath
Mary Horvath

Thanks Tom. We really appreciate being able to find out about new happenings at WDW. LOVE the new Animal Kingdom merchandise!