Disney Reveals Behind The Scenes Look at “Merry Menagerie” Animal Puppets for Disney’s Animal Kingdom Holiday Celebration

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When guests visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom this holiday season, they’ll find festive new entertainment and  holiday  décor in every land.

It all begins on Discovery Island, where guests will be surrounded by a celebration of winter. The village is filled with sparkling white holiday decorations and colorful, animal-inspired luminaries, and throughout the day, the area springs to life with a Merry Menagerie of winter animals, accompanied by serenading musicians as they create a playful atmosphere of festive fun.

The team at Disney Parks Live Entertainment realized this collection of reindeer, foxes, polar bears, penguins and more in the form of life-size, artisan-sculpted puppets, each designed and hand-crafted using natural materials and fabrics.

The animals were then brought to life through a variety of theatrical techniques that will allow them and their performers to interact directly with guests like never before.

You’ll be able to meet this Merry Menagerie for yourself, when the spirit of the holidays comes alive with magic, starting November 8 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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I love this! Finally, some old school originality, creativity and Imagineering back in the parks!