PHOTO REPORT: Animal Kingdom 1/16/19 (New Merchandise, Animal Encounters, and More!)

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Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom! It’s halfway into January, and it’s still Christmas here. Let’s take a look around.

Animal Kingdom 1/15/19 (New Merchandise, Animal Encounters, and More!)

Animal Kingdom 1/15/19 (New Merchandise, Animal Encounters, and More!)

Work is being done on the 20th Anniversary Photo Frame. From what little view I could get, it looks like it might be replaced with a new frame. No more 20th Anniversary!

Animal Kingdom 1/15/19 (New Merchandise, Animal Encounters, and More!)

Otter exhibit watch 2018 is now “Otter Watch 2019.” Hopefully it doesn’t go into 2020…

Animal Kingdom 1/15/19 (New Merchandise, Animal Encounters, and More!)

It was oddly busy today. The marathon is over and it seems like every one of those 24,000 runners ended up here. Here’s the extended queue for It’s Tough to be a Bug!

Animal Kingdom 1/15/19 (New Merchandise, Animal Encounters, and More!)
Aww.

We finally found the elusive miniature donkey Animal Ambassadors! You can see our full article on that right over here.

Animal Kingdom 1/15/19 (New Merchandise, Animal Encounters, and More!)

The new fossil badge Wilderness Explorer post finally opened! It looks nice. You can see all our photos of it here.

Animal Kingdom 1/15/19 (New Merchandise, Animal Encounters, and More!)

Meanwhile, over in Pandora: The World of Avatar, a really pretty fog rolled in across the mountains. Actually, I think it was smoke from the Satu’li Canteen’s exhausts, but still, it looked nice.

Animal Kingdom 1/15/19 (New Merchandise, Animal Encounters, and More!)

The Pandora Conservation Initiative’s utility suit walker was out this morning. This is a fun little “show”, as you can ask him questions and he interacts with the audience quite a bit.

Animal Kingdom 1/15/19 (New Merchandise, Animal Encounters, and More!)

If you’re the curious type, you can see a little bit about how they made the suit right here.

Animal Kingdom 1/15/19 (New Merchandise, Animal Encounters, and More!)

The last few times I was in Windtraders, they were selling the Disney PinQuest lanyards right here. Looks like the finally took them out. They were clashing with the theme, which I think someone in management must have finally noticed.

Merchandise

Animal Kingdom 1/15/19 (New Merchandise, Animal Encounters, and More!)

This caught my attention right away. This is a new light-up toy you can get at Windtraders. It’s a Pandoran Wood Sprite!

Animal Kingdom 1/15/19 (New Merchandise, Animal Encounters, and More!)

Animal Kingdom 1/15/19 (New Merchandise, Animal Encounters, and More!)

It lights up when you shake it, and the bottom of it has a bungee-like string so you can suspend it from your hand and make it bounce around.

Animal Kingdom 1/15/19 (New Merchandise, Animal Encounters, and More!)

This could be fun for the kids at night. I imagine it goes well with all the other assorted light-up goodies from Pandora.

Animal Kingdom 1/15/19 (New Merchandise, Animal Encounters, and More!)

The Tsum Tsums for Mickey’s 90th celebration finally showed up. I found these in Chester and Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures in Dinoland. Mickey was conspicuously missing, however.

Animal Kingdom 1/15/19 (New Merchandise, Animal Encounters, and More!)

Animal Kingdom 1/15/19 (New Merchandise, Animal Encounters, and More!)

Animal Kingdom 1/15/19 (New Merchandise, Animal Encounters, and More!)

Animal Kingdom 1/15/19 (New Merchandise, Animal Encounters, and More!)

Animal Kingdom 1/15/19 (New Merchandise, Animal Encounters, and More!)
“Potion Purple – The Latest in Disney Colors!”

The new Potion Purple line is showing up everywhere across property. You can read all about it here.

Animal Kingdom 1/15/19 (New Merchandise, Animal Encounters, and More!)
Millennial Pink? Who’s that?

Animal Kingdom 1/15/19 (New Merchandise, Animal Encounters, and More!)

Here are just a few fun pins I found. They’re all open-edition.

Animal Kingdom 1/15/19 (New Merchandise, Animal Encounters, and More!)

Animal Kingdom 1/15/19 (New Merchandise, Animal Encounters, and More!)

Animal Kingdom 1/15/19 (New Merchandise, Animal Encounters, and More!)

New pins were really easy to spot for the last few months because they always stood out on the white card backs. However, as you can see, they’re slowly releasing old open-edition pins on the new backs now. My job is that much harder now.

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