PHOTO REPORT: Disney’s Animal Kingdom 11/24/19 (New Park Pandora Charm, 10th Anniversary “Avatar” Merchandise, Merry Menagerie Magic, and More)

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Hello there! We heard the call of the wild this morning and decided to spend our day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Let’s get this adventure started!

We hands down believe that one of the best additions to Walt Disney World in recent years has been the Merry Menagerie. This holiday offering allows for guests to interact with life-size arctic animal puppets. These interactions are truly magical.

Who knew that polar bears liked to have their snouts rubbed?

If this baby polar bear doesn’t melt your heart, we’re pretty sure you don’t have one.

A snow fox sniffs out its new acquaintance and then warms up to her.

We found quite a few new merchandise items at Discovery Trading Company. Lady and the Tramp is the latest film to join the VHS wristlet club. It retails at $24.99.

NEW MAGICBAND ALERT! The latest MagicBand to hit Disney Parks’ shelves features Cinderella’s trusty mice pals, Jaq and Gus. It costs $24.99.

Animal Kingdom has a new Pandora Charm out to represent the park. Its design mimics the animal carvings found on the Tree of Life. It’s $70.00.

We made the trip to Pandora and discovered that the 10th Anniversary Avatar merchandise is now available at Windtraders. All of the items feature a reimagined version of the film’s logo.

This water bottle has a glittery pearl finish and costs $24.99.

This t-shirt retails for $29.99.

This certified art print from the film costs $39.99.

After ten years, I think we’re ready for that long awaited sequel…

Hot Rod was undergoing some utility suit drills, so he could pass training and take the suit out into the wilderness of Pandora. He warned the crowd that he would be eaten alive if he didn’t pass his test. He cracked up when a young guest heckled him by yelling that he wanted to see him get eaten alive.

Work on Harambe House, Animal Kingdom’s Club 33 location, continues on.

More detailing work has been done to the windows.

Landscaping around the building may have also begun. We spotted a crew member working up away from the building on a hill.

Construction hedges have been removed from Harambe Market, outside of Chef Mwagna’s Rib Shop. We believe that work was being performed on the lamppost. Fresh concrete has been poured around it and the actual lantern that sits on the post is still missing.

Over by Expedition Everest, a new sweatshirt has landed in Serka Zong Bazaar. It’s black and extremely soft…like so soft you’ll want to never take it off. A mystical yeti is the centerpiece of its design. It retails for $44.99.

Primeval Whirl has reopened from its seasonal closure in order to help accommodate for the oncoming holiday crowds. We took a spin on it today to celebrate its return. To see and read about our ride, click here.

We were NOT sad to see Peppermint Bark Churros were missing from Dino Diner. We’re actually hoping they’re off the menu for good. We did not have a good experience when we tried the holiday treat.

On our way out of the park, we passed probably the most enthusiastic, dancing adult participants we’d ever seen. We think they deserve a shout out for that kind of commitment!

That’s the end of our trek around Animal Kingdom! Thanks for coming along with us. Keeping checking WDWNT for your daily dose of Disney!

About the author

Kelly Morgan-Brown

Kelly lives in Central Florida with her Kiwi husband and bossy rat terrier. When not at a Disney Park, she can be found in the dance studio, listening to Broadway soundtracks, or planning her next travel adventure. Contact her at [email protected]

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