Welcome back, DFB friends! We’re here with another What’s New at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!
And, we’ve got plenty of updates to share with you! So, what are you waiting for? Let’s dive right on in!
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Merchandise Update
We’ve seen plenty of shoulder plushes around Disney World with characters like Forky, Baby Yoda, Porgs, and Figment serving as the best park-hopping pals! But, we may have just found the cutest one yet: there’s now an ORANGE BIRD Shoulder Plush too!
He is super sweet with his green stem on top of his head and leaf wings to fly around Disney’s Animal Kingdom. And, he can tag along wherever you go in the park when you attach him to the magnet that slips underneath your shirt.
He might not be online just yet like the other shoulder plushes for $19.99, but we’ll keep a lookout for him soon!
There were also a TON of new pins released on the shelves for guests to take home with them! We’ve got several Raya and the Last Dragon pins, including one featuring all the characters for $15.99…
…a Susi the dragon pin for $17.99…
…and a GIANT Raya and the Last Dragon pin for $59.99.
There’s also some pins for classic movies like Dumbo for $19.99…
…The Little Mermaid for $19.99…
…and Beauty and the Beast for $19.99. Gaston’s lookin’ pretty buff as always there!
Lastly, we spotted a cool Windows of Main Street, U.S.A. pin!
Open the pin and you’ll see Madame Leota inside! This pin is also $19.99. Plus, keep in mind that all the pins we just showed you are Limited Edition.
While we were at the Riverside Depot, we also noticed that there was a new Up Phone Case. We’ve already seen this “Wild and Free” design on other merchandise, but it’s the first time that we’ve seen it on a phone case!
This case is $29.99.
Chester & Hester’s
If you can’t resist more accessories, Chester and Hester’s is carrying keychains that are perfect for your backpack or set of keys! There’s one shaped like a key, accented with Minnie Mouse’s ears, for $12.99.
We also found a pretty useful keychain hangin’ around on the shelves. The Mickey Glove Keychain has a rubber tip and packs a lot of weight. We figured it could be used to open doors…
…type on a phone as a stylus…
…or touch keypads, all hands-free! Pretty handy, right?! You can also grab this keychain for $12.99.
Asia Market in Yak & Yeti
We also spotted some straw hats in the Asia Market in Yak & Yeti! The regular Straw Hat is $22, and you can pick from a variety of colors on the brim…
…while there’s also a glowing version to light up the night for $36!
Underneath the rim, there’s some LED lights — how fun!
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Additional Update
On a busy day in Disney World, it isn’t too much of a surprise to see long wait times throughout the park, especially in a popular spot like Pandora. But we were confused when we saw the Na’vi River Journey line starting in Pandora, going across the Discovery Island bridge, and then ending up back inside Pandora. Was this a new distancing effort? Were more pheasants blocking the walkways?
Well, it turns out that the 60-minute wait at the attraction was a little more simple than that. After we noticed that the ends of both the Na’vi River Journey and the Flight of Passage line were in the same area…
…we realized that Disney was working on additional bioluminescent painting for an extra POP in the park. The construction area was in the way of the Na’vi River Journey’s regular pathway as fences surrounded the refurbishment zone.
We can’t wait to come back at night and see the glow-up in action for ourselves!
Well, that’s all for this What’s New at Disney’s Animal Kingdom! We’ll catch you next time for more updates. And, if you have any questions about your upcoming Disney vacation, let us know so we can help you find the answers.
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