During the holiday season everyone knows that Walt Disney World goes all out. There are definitely parks that get more attention than others (I’m looking at you Magic Kingdom) but this year I’m happy to say things are different. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is finally getting some much needed attention with the introduction of new festive holiday-themed decorations and entertainment in every land. So let’s dive in and celebrate the holiday at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!
Celebrate the Holiday at Animal Kingdom
DISCLOSURE: MY FAMILY AND I WERE INVITED TO EXPERIENCE animal kingdom. NO MONETARY COMPENSATION WAS RECEIVED IN EXCHANGE FOR THIS POST. ALL OPINIONS ARE MINE UNLESS NOTED OTHERWISE.
A huge part of decorating is having a centerpiece and at Animal Kingdom that’s Discovery Island. Explore the buildings that have been transformed into a holiday village filled with sparkling decorations. By day, look for life-size, artisan-sculpted animal puppets—including a Merry Menagerie of reindeer, foxes and polar bears. And at night, colorful rooftop luminaries and bird lanterns light up the sky. Discovery Island is also where you will find Russel and Doug (from the film “Up!”) real to pose for photos with you and the fam.
And of course, the Tree of Life itself will be decked out in shimmering lights perfect for the holiday season. Stick around at night because the Tree of Life awakens each night with wintry tales that your whole family will gasp for.
One of the few places in the park that have always had holiday decor was DinoLand. This year, with the addition of Donald’s Dino-Bash!, you will find the Truck-O-Saurus decked out in festive decor with Chip ‘n Dale ready to dance the night away at their Holiday Hoopla Dance Party. Plus, Donald and his pals are dressed in their holiday best ready to pose and take photos with you!
In Anandapur you’ll find that the residents have decorated the theater district with glowing flowers, lanterns and more in celebration of Diwali––the festival of lights in India
Pretty and festive during the day but of course at night fall is when the magic really comes to life.
Africa was probably my favorite area of the park. We were greeted by a unique blend of the inspiration and style of Western traditions with the colors and textiles of authentic African celebrations.
In Harambe there was plenty of “holiday-inspired” enhancements, including costume additions and new music in the performances that made our holiday visit special and different than our other visits to Animal Kingdom.
PANDORA – THE WORLD OF AVATAR
Yes! I was so excited to dash over to Pandora to see how Disney could possibly bring the holidays to this land while keeping in theme. They did not disappoint, that’s for sure.
Disney said it best on their blog, “The expats living and working on this marvelous moon have brought a little Christmastime excitement to their alien home! At Pongu Pongu, discover a display of kitschy décor that combines vintage pieces from Earth with items handcrafted from materials indigenous to Pandora.”
Don’t forget to look for photo spots you’ll want to make. your newest Facebook profile pic! On the way to Pandora, across from Tiffins restaurant, you’ll find this stunning wall mural. Featuring the Tree of Life and painted versions of the super adorable life-size, artisan-sculpted puppets found roaming Discovery Island. If you missed them, turn back around toward the Tree of Life to find reindeer, foxes, polar bears, penguins, and more interact with guests throughout the day.
And of course before you enter the park you won’t miss the giant Christmas Tree at the front of Ticketing.