PHOTO REPORT: Animal Kingdom 4/22/19 (Otter Grotto, Spring Crowds, Earth Day Pins, Lion King Merchandise, ETC.)

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Happy Earth Day and welcome to the latest Animal Kingdom photo report! We’re excited to bring you this update because it’s full of cute otter faces! That’s right, Otter Grotto finally reopened, and now we can all enjoy watching the otters play!

Otter Grotto

I’ve never realized how cute these guys are. They’re so active and playful. Watching them explore their new habitat was an incredible experience. They seem very interested in the guests watching them, so Otter Grotto makes for a fun place to stop and relax in the shade.

Otter Grotto

Otter Grotto

Otter Grotto

I want to take them home with me!

Otter Grotto

Otter Grotto

Otter Grotto

Speaking of taking snuggly things home, these Kevin plush are so cute. These always seem to be sold out when I’m at Animal Kingdom, so I finally found the elusive plush for myself.

Kevin plush

Three new open edition pins also arrived at Discovery Trading Company. There is a very heavy Star Wars Stormtrooper Executioner pin for $17.99.

Storm trooper pin

The latest Vintage Vinyl pin arrived. Lady and the Tramp is very popular, so these are sure to sell out quickly. You can grab one for $17.99.

Lady and the tramp pin

An Earth Day 2019 pin also released for $16.99. Young Simba stands against a shiny planet Earth.

Lion King earth day pin

If you’re looking for even more new Lion King merch, head into Mombasa Marketplace. There’s a lot of new things for adults and kids, including my new personal favorite, this sleeveless hoodie. The hood has ears and a little tuft of fur on the top. I need this in my life.

There is also a Lion King photo opportunity in Mombasa Marketplace. That Hakuna Matata Spirit Jersey is now available on shopDisney, too!

The FastPass line for Kilimanjaro Safaris and Kali River Rapids both look a little crazy.

Spring break crowds DAK

Spring break crowds DAK

Spring break crowds DAK

The stand-by line for food looks a little crazy, too!

The Finding Nemo Tumbler has new signage. This is much more appealing than the older version.

Nemo sipper

This dining information kiosk directly outside Creature Comforts may be able to help you with reservations and suggestions. I definitely suggest you check out some of our food reviews to help guide you, too.

New Pandora the World of Avatar apparel arrived at Windtraders. There are a few new shirts, but I think the “moss wall” shirt is my favorite.

New Pandora Avatar Apparel
Moss Wall Tank – $34.99

There’s also more painting going on in Pandora. It’s nice to see this kind of maintenance taking place.

Pandora maintenance

Pandora maintenance

Well, I think that’s about it for this trip to Animal Kingdom. For all the latest Earth Day happenings, we took to social media, so be sure to check us out on Twitter and Instagram!

Stay tuned for more photo reports from around Animal Kingdom, since they will most likely include more adorable otter faces! They’re just so cute! Are you excited to visit the otters on your next visit to Animal Kingdom?

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