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 Food Updates
Isle of Java
We hope you’re thirsty after a long day of exploring Disney’s Animal Kingdom because the Isle of Java has TWO new animal-inspired drinks!
The menu is now host to the Cotton Top Lagoon Cocktail, mixed up with a frozen blend of blue raspberry and lemonade and topped with a wave of cotton candy…
…which was MEGA sweet…
…and the Red Crowned Crane Cocktail with frozen Coke and frozen Cherry Coke topped with strawberry cotton candy with or without rum.
The drinks cost $5.49 on their own and $12.50 with the rum add-in.
Plus, you can head over to Restaurantosaurus for another themed cocktail after the ocean in honor of Earth Day! The Crave the Wave Cocktail has Snow Leopard vodka, Bols Blue Curaçao, and Minute Maid Premium Lemonade…
…that makes a great balance of tangy, tart, and sweet for $14.
Kiwi is a pretty rare flavor to find in Disney World. So, when we saw that Satu’li Canteen was mixing up a brand new Kiwi Margarita, we knew we had to try it! The drink is made with Corazón Blanco Single Estate Tequila, Sweet-and-Sour, Lime Juice, and Kiwi as slices of Kiwi float around for the aesthetic.
If you love EXTRA sweet drinks, the $12 Kiwi Margarita is definitely the choice for you. But, you might want to opt for a stronger pick if you prefer a stronger flavor in a cocktail!
As we hopped around Pandora, we visited Windtraders to check out everything new in the store. And, we noticed that the Trail Mix had been restocked on the shelves.
But, there are STILL more snacks we have to tell you about!
Anandapur Ice Cream Truck
We’re calling all Expedition Everest fans! Anandapur Ice Cream Truck has a NEW soft-serve swirling up in Disney’s Animal Kingdom inspired by our favorite non-moving animatronic. The Yeti Sundae is a chocolate soft-serve topped with vanilla soft-serve, blue cake crumbs, blue sugar, snowflake sprinkles, and a little chocolate Yeti topper.
While the blue colors POP against all of Animal Kingdom’s greenery, the flavors blended so well together with the combination of vanilla, chocolate, and cake for $5.49.
Thirsty River Bar
During your trip to Expedition Everest, you can also enjoy the Everest Base Camp Macaroon at the Thirsty River Bar! The treat comes with THREE chocolate and coconut macaroons covered with a “snowcap” of white chocolate and a flurry of snowflake sprinkles on a base of green tea chocolate crumbs.
The shareable treat may not be the cutest, but the flavors are smooth with the chocolate and coconut with a pop of flavor from the green tea for $5.99.
We’ve had plenty of sweet cocktails in Disney World, but now we’re taking a trip on the wild side with a spicier sip. And, the Lion’s Fury at Dawa Bar is a red hot boozy punch made of Red Stag Cherry Whiskey, Tropical Jungle Juice, a float of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, and a Glow Cube.
The cherry and Fireball flavors were the primary flavors in this cocktail as the Jungle Juice added a bit of fruitiness and sweetness to the drink for $16.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Merchandise Update
Discovery Trading Company
When we popped into the Discovery Trading Company, we noticed that the Annual Passholder Minnie Ears were still available behind the counter.
You can snag the blue, gold, and pink ears for $29.99.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Entertainment Update
We LOVE the little details in Disney World! And, we can’t help but adore the fact that the Cast Members were carrying around trash grabbers with dinosaur toys all over them!
Just look at how cute they are!!!
Oh, Disney, you never miss a beat.
Discovery Island Stage
In honor of Earth Month, we’ve been waiting for the grand debut of the Secrets of the Whales to come to Disney+ on April 22nd. Although you won’t be able to watch the National Geographic series produced by James Cameron and narrated by Sigourney Weaver until the end of the month, you can spot the NEW Whale Sand Sculptures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom!
Previously, we saw artists turn a 40-ton pile of sand into a Raya and the Last Dragon sculpture. But, now the Discovery Island Stage is home to the latest sculpture celebrating the arrival of the nature film!
And, we can’t wait to watch it for ourselves at the end of the month when it debuts!
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Crowd Update
The crowds were a bit lower in the parks on some days early in the morning before they picked up later in the afternoon around 2PM during Easter weekend!
Some of the waits climbed from the shorter queues we’ve previously seen with TriceraTop Spin at 10 minutes…
…Kali River Rapids at 25 minutes…
…It’s Tough to Be a Bug at 30 minutes…
…Expedition Everest at 35 minutes…
…Kilimanjaro Safaris range between 30 minutes to 40 minutes…
…Na’vi River Journey at 40 minutes…
…Dinosaur between 45 and 50 minutes…
…and Avatar Flight of Passage at 55 minutes.
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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