PHOTOS: Walt Disney World President Josh D’Amaro Shares Recent Visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge During Extended Closure

While Walt Disney World’s resort hotels remain closed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this week, Walt Disney World President Josh D’Amaro made a visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge to speak with some essential Cast Members on site.

D’Amaro shared some pictures of his visit on Instagram, where he also discussed the symbolism of the lanterns seen at the entrance to Kidani Village.

According to D’Amaro, the lanterns were inspired by similar ones used in remote African villages, and are believed to provide protection to the household or individual carrying them, helping “to light up the darkness to show the way back home.” It’s truly an apt story for these times as we look to find the slow path back to normalcy.

D’Amaro also met with a cast member from Animal Programs, as featured in the photo above, and took some pictures of the creatures roaming the resort’s grounds. This is just the latest stop in his visits to essential cast members still working for the resort. Essential Cast Members are allowed to wear masks while carrying out their duties.

Do you miss the views from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge? For more park and resort visits during the closure, check out Josh D’Amaro’s Instagram below:

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Jambo! I stopped by Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge this week and enjoyed speaking with a few of our Cast Members working at the resort. While there, they shared with me the legend of the lanterns located at the entrance of Kidani Village. These lanterns were inspired by those used in remote African villages. They are thought to protect the household or person carrying them and are used to light up the darkness to show the way back home. I also had the opportunity to visit with one of our Animal Programs Cast and take in the amazing view of the wildlife out on the savanna. Asante sana to all our Cast for maintaining the Magic! #WaltDisneyWorld #DisneysAnimalKingdomLodge #DisneyCastLife #magichasaname #jambo #StayStrong

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