PHOTO REPORT: Disney’s Animal Kingdom 11/11/22 (New Animal Kingdom Guidemap, Merry Menagerie Returns, Santa Claus Flotilla, & More)

Season’s greetings from Disney’s Animal Kingdom! Today is the official start of the holidays here at Walt Disney World. We have a fun day planned checking out holiday decorations, seeing the Merry Menagerie, and watching the Santa Claus flotilla. Let’s get started.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Christmas tree was not up when we arrived at the park this morning. We did spot some Christmas decorations all around the park including these wreaths and garland at the front entrance.

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A holiday photo op has arrived in the front of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. PhotoPass photographers were out taking pictures for guests.

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Decorative garland was hung all along the entrance to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Merry Menagerie themed holiday decorations were up.

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A new Disney’s Animal Kingdom guide map has arrived for winter 2022.

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In addition to the Merry Menagerie themed decorations, there was also decorative garland hung all around the store fronts.

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Inside the stores were also decorated for the holidays.

Zootopia button shirt

New “Zootopia,” merchandise has arrived at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We spotted this “Zootopia,” woven shirt for women.

Zootopia Hat

A “Zootopia,” hat has also arrived featuring Yax.

Zootopia Hoodie

A hoodie and sweatpants set has also arrived. This tie dye hoodie features Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde from “Zootopia.”

Zootopia Sweatpants

The tie dye matching sweatpants say, “Sly Fox” and feature Nick Wilde.

Zootopia T shirt

There was also a Yax T-shirt and pet shirt available.

Zootopia Pet Shirt
Alice in Wonderland Ornament

Some new ornaments have arrived at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We spotted these ornaments in Discovery Trading Company. The first ornament is an “Alice in Wonderland” dome Sketchbook ornament.

Baymax Skis Ornament

We also found a Sketchbook ornament featuring Baymax from “Big Hero 6.”

There was also a Sketchbook ornament featuring Ariel, Flounder, and Sebastian from “The Little Mermaid.”

Chip n Dale MagicBand

A new Chip ‘n’ Dale MagicBand+ has arrived in Riverside Depot in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Phone cases have arrived in time for the holidays. We spotted this “Season’s Greetings,” phone case featuring Mickey and friends decorating a Christmas tree.

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As we entered Dinoland U.S.A. we noticed the Brachiosaurus dinosaur was decorated with Christmas lights. We can’t wait to see it at night.

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We also spotted Christmas decorations all around Dinoland U.S.A., including garlands and a wreath on the “World’s Largest Pin Truck.”

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The golden Christmas tree popcorn bucket has returned to Walt Disney World for the holidays.

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There is a new grape soda fashion T-shirt for women. This T-shirt features the grape soda cap from “Up.”

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We also spotted this T-shirt featuring “The Aristocats.”

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Wall art featuring Jack Skellington, Sally, Mayor and Barrel from “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” has arrived.

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The Merry Menagerie has returned to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The show happens periodically throughout the day on Discovery Island at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Today was the first day the show returned. We loved watching the puppets interact with guests.

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We saw a mother polar bear and baby polar bear.

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The fox particularly liked receiving pets from guests.

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The seal was a little shy at first but was so happy to say hello to everyone!

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These adorable little penguins were running all around the walkways and we couldn’t get over how cute they looked.

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Mama penguin wasn’t far behind watching her babies.

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The caribou were so curious and wanted some pets.

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Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down Discovery River! The Santa Claus flotilla has returned for the 2022 holiday season.

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We also saw holiday decorations in Harambe.

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Diwali Lanterns were hung in Anandapur theater district at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Donald and Daisy were dressed up in their holiday outfits in Dinoland U.S.A.

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Thanks for following along with our day!

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