Holiday Decorations, Gingeraffe, and New Gingerbread Zebra Display Arrive at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Even Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge takes time to decorate for the holiday season. This place may not get the fanfare of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, but still, Aminal Kingdom Lodge looks festive once all the holiday decor appears. The holiday decorations at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge deserve some viewing if you get a chance while at Walt Disney World. Once you enter Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, the music and decor will declare the holiday season to all.

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Guests have some new decorations to greet them as they approach Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. These colorful giraffes bring far more festive quality than the previous decorations from the year 2019 (below).

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The Kidani House sign of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge does not want to be overlooked either in terms of holiday decor. The animals wish to extend warm holiday greetings to you.

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As your transportation guides you to the main entrance, this unique section of hanging garland reminds you that the holiday season has begun.

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A subtle wreath hangs over the main entrance that welcomes guests home. This wreath sets a theme for your journey enjoying your stay and the decorations at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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In the area near the elevators, off to the side before you reach the lobby, you will see a Christmas tree.

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As you get closer to the tree, you will notice the integration of African tradition within this setting.

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Mixed within the shiny red and green holiday ornaments, you will notice unique African-style ornaments.

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To literally top this tree off, a symbolic tree topper proclaims that you have entered the holiday season time at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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A Christmas tree sits in front of the resort’s giant lobby windows.

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As we get closer to the tree, we can appreciate all the effort to place the finely crafted ornaments upon this tree. If you have ever put a tree up in your house, you know the time and effort (maybe some screaming) involved.

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Can you imagine the time and care needed to present each of these individual ornaments and ribbons for this one tree? Remember, this tree, though nice, only starts our adventure.

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No Disney tree would be complete without some hidden Mickeys, right?

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Across from the front desk check-in area, we spotted some garland.

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As we worked our way around the lobby area, we spotted more garlands and wreaths.

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Johari Treasures has decorations at its front door.

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In the area of the front desk and bell services, we noticed some more holiday decorations.

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Even the front desk Cast Members enjoy decorations in their work setting. The garland stretches across the area.

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The Bell Desk has a cute wreath in their area. One might think that some jingle bells would be more appropriate. However, that might drive the magic for Cast Members away.

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After this, we went downstairs to Sanaa. Sadly, we did not have time to order “Bread Service” to go. Still, we noticed several holiday decorations for the season. One of numerous trees sits by the check-in area.

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As you make your way to this location, you will pass several other trees.

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If you leave this area and head towards Zawadi Marketplace, you will encounter several more well-decorated areas.

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The beauty and lighting in the area deserves at least a little time to enjoy. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge offers so much to enjoy that guests would be wise to take their time instead of racing to the next thing.

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Near Zawadi Marketplace, visitors will find a well decorated tree. Around this tree, we find a quaint setting with some chairs and tables to sit back and relax.

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In the Jambo House area, the bell services also showed some holiday spirit.

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Based on the darker environment, this tree, and others, look magnificent with their lights on. Any nostalgia one might have about a traditional Christmas tree with holiday lights will be ignited walking around Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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Yes, the time has come to gaze at the large tree within this magnificent Deluxe level hotel. You cannot help but look up to try to see the top of this tree.

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Yes, you can get almost this close so you may enjoy the beauty of something simple in reality that brings a smile to so many as they pass by. The balance of the bright colors against the classic Christmas green brightens the whole area.

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As you continue to search in this area of Animal Kingdom Lodge, you will find “Debra.”

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A fairly recent tradition at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge involves gingerbread. In 2021, the tradition started. For this year, they added Debra the Zebra to this holiday display.

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Why, hello, Debra the Zebra.

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The work of the bakery team, as always, shows great skill.

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Debra is not alone, as you can see. The Ginger-affe can also be found this holiday season at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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Once again, the care and effort of the Animal Kingdom Lodge Bakery team brought a beautiful work of art for guests to enjoy.

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The displays have subtle glitter.

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Past the gingerbread animals, small trees are next to the stairs leading out to the savanna.

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There are leopard print ribbons in the trees.

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There are also decorations inside Zawadi Marketplace.

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Garland is wrapped around the poles on the store’s columns.

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Two wreaths hang above the lit-up lion on one wall, making a hidden Mickey head.

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A brown tree sits on one merchandise display.

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It’s filled with orange ribbons and animal print ornaments

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There are more decorations on the columns of the lobby.

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