Construction to the entrance area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom has been underway for some time now, and has had some significant visual progress recently. We stopped by for an extensive photo tour of outside and inside the fenced-off area.
Approaching from the Unicorn parking lot, which is on the left side of the parking lot as you’re looking at the park, you can see the blocked off area in between you and the park entrance.
As you move closer, you can go right or left, with the tram loop in the middle in front of the construction. Both ways will get you to the park entrance.
A peek over the wall near the entrance to the construction area shows supplies and port-a-johns for the workers. Lots of construction workers were present today, and work was actively underway.
Walking around the left-hand side of the construction, you pass the bus loading station. Guests arriving by bus join this walkway to the entrance.
The bus turnaround loop is blocked off on the left here.
Just around this curve is the entrance to the left. To the right over the scrim, a new security screening structure is under construction.
Since our last update, roofing has been installed, as well as stucco and interior walls and electric to this structure.
This new structure will greatly increase the capacity for security screening at this park.
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On the other end of the new security structure, much of the same work is being done to what will probably be a storage room.
A significant amount of concrete work has been done recently, finishing off some of the walkways.
Continuing going clockwise around the construction now heading away from the Animal Kingdom gate, the scrims, and curbs below them, zigzag away towards the parking lot.
Looking over that wall, new lamp posts have recently been installed. They can be seen peeking over the top of the scrim. Some have had the lamp heads installed, while others are still just poles.
Turning the corner and walking parallel with the construction towards the tram loading zone, some of the scrim wall has been replaced with wheeled planters. This change happened just recently, which we assume was to move in some large equipment or supplies.
Through the planters, you can see even more of the construction progress. More lamp posts have been installed towards the center of the area, and they already have all of their lamp heads in place.
The tram loading zone, while on the other side of the construction from the gate currently, may move closer once the construction is complete.
From near the tram loading zone over the scrim, you can see a lot of fresh concrete as well as another large area being prepared for concrete to be poured.
Do you enjoy watching construction projects like this progress? Are you looking forward to an increased security screening capacity as much as we are? Let us know in the comments!