PHOTO REPORT: Disney’s Animal Kingdom 9/27/18 (Hakuna Matata Dance Party, Asia Seating Expansion, Banshee Rookery, ETC.)

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Our latest photo report brings us to Disney’s Animal Kingdom to see the latest happenings around the park.

Have A Wild Adventure!

No visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom is complete without a visit to the black swans. This pair is over 35 years old and used to live at Epcot until Animal Kingdom opened in 1998.

They finished setting up the Banshee Rookery in Island Mercantile on Discovery Island, but if you want the real experience, you’ll still want to head into Windtrader’s on Pandora. There’s rarely a line there anymore anyhow.

There’s now a Pandora moss wall photo frame for sale, $29.99.

The planter outside of Island Mercantile on the way to Pandora was removed to clear up the often busy walkway.

Work continues on the otter exhibit, now presented by Otterbox. Is it just me or is this taking way too long?

The dead end for the Tree of Life trails is pretty sad. Hopefully they wrap this up before the holiday crowds arrive.

Rafiki’s Planet Watch will close forever on October 20th, so be sure to get in some goat-rubbing in the Affection Section while you still can.

Hot? Of course you are, it’s Animal Kingdom. Grab some flavored shave ice near Harambe Market.

Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party

Despite Disney stating that the new offering will be on Discovery Island, the construction of the Hakuna Matata Time Dance Party is reportedly happening at the Upcountry Landing in Asia, according to cast in the area at least.

Work continues on the new seating area near Drinkwallah in Asia.

It looks like it will be as exquisitely themed as the rest of the area.

Timon and Pumbaa goodies for children were released. They’re $46.99 each.

The Pumbaa hood has hair on it, while Timon’s has ears.

I promise this isn’t a paid ad for Joffrey’s (I think they only do that with other blogs; I never get anything for free), but I really love the Iced Chai Latte at the Royal Anandapur Tea Company. Seriously, give this a try on your next visit.

For whatever reason, the standby and FastPass+ entrances for Finding Nemo: The Musical have been swapped.

Some new Monsters Inc. socks for sale.

Work continues in the Dinosaur extended queue for a permanent home for The Wilderness Explorers. They are still operating behind these walls to the left if you are looking for them.

See ya’ later alligator, in a while crocodile.

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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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