JAMBO — and Happy Holidays! — from Disney’s Animal Kingdom AND Animal Kingdom Lodge!
We’re bringing you all of our latest finds from our most recent visit, which just so happens to include OODLES of snacks… from festive finds for the season to some new not-so-sour gummies and MUCH more. We’re also checking in on the goings-on at Kilimanjaro Safaris and paying a visit to a certain returning AVATAR. There’s no time to waste, so let’s dive right in!
Animal Kingdom Food Updates
Are you starting your Animal Kingdom day early? Well, then… you’ve got to fuel up first! What better place to start than Creature Comforts, the park’s Starbucks location?
That’s where we got to try this year’s version of the returning Santa Mickey Mousse.
This year’s mousse is a white chocolate peppermint mousse dome on a brownie base, topped with snowflake sprinkles, and garnished with chocolate Mickey ears.
And what did we think of it compared to last year? Well…
Gingerbread Cream Cheese Muffin
And there’s also a new option for you with the Gingerbread Cream Cheese Muffin at snack carts around the park!
Actually, though… this one’s not exactly new. The hit Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin basically got a makeover. You can see our thoughts on this festive version for the season here!
But while we were pumped, we were surprised to find that it didn’t exactly live up to its rep from last year. We have high hopes for future visits, though, and you can find out why…
Anandapur Ice Cream Truck
The red swirl is new this year in this seasonal snack, and you can find out more about the treat’s new look and its peppermint flavor punch here!
Pandoran Dried Helicoradian Gummies
While these may not match the visions of sugarplums dancing in our heads this time of year, we were still excited to find — and try! — the new Dried Helicoradian Gummies at Windtraders, the merchandise location in Pandora.
The packaging notes these as a “Sour Gummy Candy,” but our taste buds told us a little something different…
BRRR… yep, even in Central Florida, you’ve got to have access to a nice warm cup of Hot Cocoa sometimes!
Fortunately, snack carts around the park were ready for the cooler weather, and guests can purchase a cup on its own, or with a souvenir Animal Kingdom Menagerie mug.
And when it comes to souvenir mugs, we’ve got another option for you.
Asia’s Drinkwallah has officially added the Lion King Novelty Cup to the menu, served with your choice of frozen beverage (even though it’s been around for a little while).
At $9.99 with your drink included, this is a little less than the $10.99 price tag we’ve seen previously at various carts in the park.
The Feeding Ground
And, just a note that a certain Discovery Island popcorn spot has really been poppin’ since it reopened recently.
The Feeding Ground, cast members have informed us, has stayed open regularly recently (as opposed to limited operating days) since it’s been such a POPular spot!
Animal Kingdom Attraction Updates
We learned that a mandrill is being introduced to the safari, as well. We didn’t have too much luck spotting them on our most recent visit (a Cast Member told us babies can be a little shy here in the beginning), though we did spot lots of other animals!
And, while we wait for our next safari adventure, you can learn more about the new additions here!
And, hey, while we’re here… let’s check in on construction of the structure that guests can see towards the end of their safari!
Cast members are referring to it as a warden headquarters…
… and, by the looks of things, someone is settling in, indeed!
Avatar Flight of Passage
Look who’s baaaaaack….
The floating Avatar, who was missing from the tank in the queue for the MEGA-popular Avatar Flight of Passage attraction, was — according to cast members — “out for a walk” for awhile. But now the Avatar is safe and sound back in the queue!
Let’s make one more stop. Don’t worry, the trek isn’t too far…
Animal Kingdom Lodge
We’ve got just a quick update from the lovely Animal Kingdom Lodge before we say, “So long!”
At Maji Pool Bar, we were introduced to a new Mickey Cookie!
Cute, right? But does this Mickey measure up to other Mickey treats around Disney World?
We hope you’ve had fun joining us AND a few of our friends!
We can’t wait to bring you more from Disney’s Animal Kingdom soon! And if you’re curious about what else is new around Walt Disney World this week…
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