PHOTOS, VIDEO: Merry Menagerie Returns to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for 2022 Holidays

The 2022 holiday season has officially arrived at Walt Disney World and one of our favorite offerings has returned: Merry Menagerie! This puppet show happens periodically throughout the day on Discovery Island at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Two different sets of puppeteers alternate “shows.” They walk among guests, alongside musicians.

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Two puppeteers operate birds that fly over guests.

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The violinist provides calming background music to the wintry scene.

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The puppets are all white with accents of blue and teal green. They’re textured and some have faux fur attached to them.

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The puppeteers are in matching white outfits.

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Among the first set of animals is this fox.

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There is also a pair of polar bears: a mom and baby.

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This bear has golden designs on its face.

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The puppets are even able to blink.

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Most of the puppets are operated by one person but the mother bear is operated by two puppeteers.

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They happily pose for photos with guests and accept cuddles.

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The fox can get a little mischievous, jumping up on walls and benches.

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A steel drummer also joined the violinist for a performance.

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This first set of performers eventually exits and the second set enters.

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Among the second set are three baby penguins. Two of them like to stick together.

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The baby penguins are fluffy and white with blue heads.

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A lute player joined this team of puppeteers.

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One puppeteer was holding a shy but mischievous seal.

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Another baby penguin is liable to run off on its own.

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They love meeting kids.

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There’s also a parent penguin, who is bluer than the babies.

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Finally, there’s two large caribou.

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Watch our video of this year’s Merry Menagerie below.

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