There have been a lot of new updates from Disney World recently, from princess-themed treats to celebrate World Princess Week to the introduction of the Disney Genie, which replaced the old FastPass system in the parks.
We’re doing our best to keep you updated with all the news! Today, we’re walking through Disney’s Animal Kingdom to take a look at what’s new and changing in the park.
We’ll start with the most important update: Food! Then we’ll take a look at construction around the park and any new merchandise we spotted.
Animal Kingdom Food Update
We spotted a new slushy at Flame Tree Barbecue this week, the Tropical Breeze Slushy made with mango and raspberry flavors. It’s a little deceptive, though, since it’s bright green and blue — we weren’t expecting that for a mango slushy!
You can try this super sweet drink for $8.49 from Flame Tree Barbecue.
Animal Kingdom Construction Update
We saw a few updates with construction around Animal Kingdom! First, on our way in we noticed parking trams in the parking lot. Although they still weren’t driving guests up to the entrance, their appearance in the lot could mean they’ll be returning for service soon. We can hope!
While we were walking through the gorgeous Pandora section of Animal Kingdom, we noticed some construction walls going up. We’re not sure what’s going on behind these, but we’ll let you know if we learn anything about it.
Finally, we spotted some people working on the raft on the Discovery River Lagoon.
Animal Kingdom Merchandise Update
We didn’t find any new merchandise this time, but we did see a really cool MagicBand get restocked in the Discovery Trading Company gift shop.
It’s Dooney and Bourke’s Sidekicks MagicBand, and it’s covered in lots of beloved sidekicks from Disney movies.
You can get this band for $48 at Discovery Trading Company. It might be a little out of the budget for a MagicBand, but that doesn’t stop us from admiring the band when we see it in the parks!
Ride Wait Times and Atmosphere Photos
We also checked out some ride wait times around Animal Kingdom as we searched for news. First, we stopped by It’s Tough to Be a Bug, which only had a 10-minute wait.
We were even more surprised to see the short wait times at Kilimanjaro Safaris and Expedition Everest. Kilimanjaro Safaris had a 15-minute wait…
…and Everest was only 10!
The parks felt super empty the last few days, most likely because schools started again, so fewer guests are on vacation right now.
We’ll end our update with some gorgeous photos of waterfalls around Pandora, for your enjoyment. 😊
We can practically hear the banshees screaming in the distance…so peaceful.
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