Holiday celebrations to finally come to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the one park in all of the Walt Disney World Resort to shy away from any holiday celebrations. This year, however, the park will come alive with the holiday spirit all across the park! Here are the details via the Disney Parks Blog:

It starts when you cross the bridge to Discovery Island, in the midst of a celebration of winter, hand-crafted by the eclectic community of artists who make the island their home. Colorful, animal-inspired luminaries line the rooftops, and wireframe lanterns in the shape of beautiful birds can be found perched throughout the area. And during the day, Discovery Island springs to life with a holiday gathering of winter animals, realized in the form of life-size, artisan-sculpted puppets. Reindeer, foxes, polar bears, penguins and more interaction with guests, accompanied by serenading musicians as they create a playful atmosphere of festive fun.

At night, the rooftop luminaries and bird lanterns all around Discovery Island bring a warm and festive glow to the entire village. The Tree of Life awakens with a series of wintry tales, complemented by a familiar and heartwarming holiday-inspired musical score. Between awakening moments, the Tree of Life continues to shimmer and sparkle throughout the night, alive with the magic of nature and the spirit of the holidays.

In Dinoland, U.S.A., all the Disney character friends gathered for Donald’s Dino-Bash! get into the spirit with colorful holiday decorations in the style of Donald Duck and each of his pals, and at night, you’re invited to gather ‘round Truck-O-Saurus for the Holiday Hoopla Dance Party with Chip ‘n Dale and plenty of interactive fun and games.

In Asia, the residents of Anandapur have decorated the theatre district in celebration of Diwali, the holiday festival of lights in India. Glowing flowers, lanterns and more illuminate the square between Anandapur Theater and the waterfront stage, home to authentic cultural performances.

Harambe in Africa welcomes visitors with a unique holiday presentation, blending the inspiration and style of western traditions with the colors and textiles of authentic African celebrations. The various groups appearing throughout Harambe introduce holiday-inspired enhancements, including costume additions and new music, to their performances. The holiday fun continues inside Tusker House for dining with Disney friends, where Mickey and his pals spread holiday cheer throughout the meal.

The holiday spirit even reaches Pandora – The World of Avatar, where the ex-pats living and working on the moon of Pandora bring a little Christmastime fun to their alien home, with a display at Pongu Pongu of kitschy holiday décor, combining vintage pieces from Earth with items handcrafted from materials indigenous to Pandora.

Holiday festivities at Disney’s Animal Kingdom starts on November 8, 2019!


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Emily Ann

Emily Ann

Emily has been a proud Orlando resident since 2016. She's a theme park enthusiast with a passion for park fashion and snacks. She has her own Youtube channel, as well as other forms of social media, which can be found @geeknotice

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