It was a beautiful day to be at Animal Kingdom! As soon as we arrived, we were greeted by colorful “Celebrating the Lion King” banners. Throughout the parking lot, you’ll find several different banners with images of Pride Rock, Simba, Mufasa, and more.
Speaking of the parking lot, there’s some work started near the guest pick-up and drop-off area. Walls are up and the pavement is being torn up just on the other side.
As soon as we got to the entrance, we found even more Lion King banners hanging all around. The colors and artwork are just stunning.
We headed to Africa first, and found a couple women working on jewelry outside Mombasa Marketplace. This jewelry is beautiful and would make a unique souvenir to take home from your trip to Harambe.
The giant trash penguin may be gone, but there are now plush from the DisneyNature movie Penguins available at Discovery Trading Company. The Penguin Chick is $17.99 and Steve is $21.99.
It seems like the dinosaurs are going extinct from Dinoland. The small cart outside of the Bone Yard has turned into all Disney Tails merchandise. What was once Duck Tales and dinosaurs is now full of toys and Spirit Jerseys for your pets.
And inside the Chester and Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures, Toy Story 4 is all over the shelves. I guess Rex is a dinosaur, so it makes some sense, right?
The dinosaurs have been banished to a remote corner of the store. That is, until the great merchandise asteroid wipes them out completely.
The trees have been removed along the path between Africa and Pandora so the bright blue sky is an interesting change of scenery. I can hear things happening, but I can’t see much of the future Club 33 site.
We made our way to Pandora and came across someone from the Pandora Conservation Initiative talking to guests and showing them how to interact with the giant Flaska Reclinata.
A new animated Aladdin pin set was spotted in Discovery Trading Company. This 4 pin set is $29.99
The highlight of my day was this Cast Member giving a Southern Anteater a bath. He was loving it! It was fun to watch him rolling around and enjoying the nice refreshing water. I kinda want someone to spray me with a hose, too.
Well, it’s been a long and hot day here at Animal Kingdom. I’m grabbing a safari out of here. Until next time, kwaharini!