PHOTO REPORT: Disney’s Animal Kingdom 6/22/18 (Maharajah Jungle Trek, New Mo’ara Margarita, Birds of the Royal Rainforest, ETC.)

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It’s another beautiful, hot, humid day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and we’re out here in it for another park walk, so let’s hop to it! (That was an animal pun. Because Animal Kingdom.)

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Stopping into DinoLand USA, I checked in on Primeval Whirl. We reported earlier this week that it had closed unexpectedly for unscheduled maintenance, and it’s still closed today. Cast Members seemed unsure of a reopening date, so if this was one of the upcoming FastPasses you had booked, keep an eye on your app when you get to Animal Kingdom to see if it updates to a multiple experience FastPass.

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In the Harambe Market, it looks like some kind of structure has started to pop up behind the construction walls that have been there for a few weeks. Could this be more seating area?

harambe market

harambe market

One of my favorite things to do every time I visit Animal Kingdom is walk the Maharajah Jungle Trek. No matter how crowded the park is, the Jungle Trek always feels so quiet, like its off the regularly visited and beaten path. You can always take your time taking in all of the details, and I love seeing the animals. On my Jungle Trek today, I lingered a little longer in the Royal Forest aviary, which is home to the exotic birds on the trek.

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Picking up one of the bird guides is always interesting to see how many of the different birds you can spot and identify. There were several of the white birds on the feeder in the photo below that I matched to be Pied Imperial Pigeons.

maharajah jungle trek

But by far the coolest thing I had ever seen on one of my walks through the Maharajah Jungle Trek was this Great Argus Pheasant named Alfred. I’ve walked through here many times and I’ve seen this bird on the guide before, but never in person and I didn’t realize how large of a bird he was, so it was cool to finally see him out and about.

maharajah jungle trek

maharajah jungle trek

maharajah jungle trek

On my walk from Africa towards Pandora, I checked in on the construction progress of the upcoming Club 33 location for Animal Kingdom. There’s been some new landscaping put in place in front of the scrim. It does make the pathway look much neater and its better “Show” quality than just the scrim.

animal kingdom club 33

animal kingdom club 33

In Pandora, I noticed at Pongu Pongu that while the names of the menu items haven’t changed, the Mo’ara Margarita has completely different ingredients and is an entirely different drink. It used to be a strawberry and blood orange flavor, topped with strawberry boba balls, and was red in color. Now, while it still has a tequila base, its bright blue in color, and is flavored with lime juice instead of strawberry. Check out the review here!

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pongu pongu

That’s it for my walk around Disney’s Animal Kingdom today! Stay tuned for more updates and photo reports from WDWNT!

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Did the bats come back on the maharajah jungle trek