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PHOTO REPORT: Animal Kingdom 12/21/18 (Holiday Crowds, New Dino Plush and a Look at the Disney Play App)

There is not a whole lot new going on in Animal Kingdom, but let’s take a look around anyway.

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Walls are still up around the otter habitat. Hopefully it will be back open sooner rather than later. I miss those little guys.

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It’s definitely a week until Christmas in Pandora. With a 160 minute wait for Flight of Passage, the entire extended queue was in use.

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You know it’s a long line when they set up a foot cart inside the queue.

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Over in Windertraders, it’s busy but not as bad as it has been. They opened up the floor plan a bit last month, and it really helps. They also took the queue barriers away from where you adopt your banshee. I don’t know if that has something to do with a lack of demand, or if it’s just because you can buy banshees in several places throughout the park now.

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Finding Nemo the Musical is still trying out a different line structure. Maybe it’s time to update the permanent signage?

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Chester and Hester finally sprung for some new dino plush at the carnival games. They’re kind of cute.

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The new permanent Fossil Badge location for the Wilderness Explorers is still under the knife. I would expect it to open relatively soon.

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I found a couple of new pieces from the new “Disney Parks Collection” jewelry line for kids in Dinoland. You can see the stuff we found previously here.

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I decided to take a walk through the Marharajah Jungle Trek to check up on the new tigers, as I hadn’t in quite some time.

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The first thing I noticed was that they didn’t have any spotting guides. I’m not sure if they were just out or if they’re doing away with them. They did have a sign up for the Disney Parks Play app, so I decided to check out what they had in store for me.

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There’s some fun interactive stuff involved with the app on this trail. In several spots it has you take a picture of your surroundings and adds something in. There are also trivia questions and facts about the animals on display. It’s a fun little diversion and only adds to the overall experience.

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Pure majesty.

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Unfortunately, the young tigers were not out at the time I came by. A cast member was out and showing backstage videos of them and answering questions, which was a nice addition.

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That’s it from Animal Kingdom! Happy Holidays!