This week we take a closer look at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and their construction projects. There is a lot of construction going on in the park, but in spite of that you can still have an enjoyable visit.
Take a little time to explore along the path in the Oasis on your way toward the Tree of Life. You will find different creatures like anteaters, ducks, and birds. You truly feel like you are out in the woods.
As you get to the top of the hill looking toward the Tree of Life be prepared for lots of construction walls. I will give Disney credit for all the detail they put on the walls so you can be entertained while walking past them.
Notice anything different here? This is where the Tip Board used to be.
This is a look back up the hill. Typically, there would be a PhotoPass photographer at the top so you can get your pictures with the Tree of Life behind you.
Be sure to get your picture taken at the base of the Tree and check out the new animal carvings.
I headed toward the Kilimanjaro Safari. Even this attraction has construction going on. There are some burlap fences but I am not sure why they are there. There also was a project going on behind this fence.
But don’t let that upset you. There were plenty of animals out for everyone to enjoy. This trip I was able to see all kinds of animals up close to the truck.
They have removed the Poaching storyline from the Safari. So now instead of racing and bumping along through the woods it is a leisurely ride back to the station. I miss the poaching storyline because now it seems they don’t try to educate you about the danger to the animals from poachers.
I then wandered through Asia and Dinoland to see what construction was going on. The Flame Tree Barbecue is closed for rehab but I was able to get down near the water of the Discovery River to take some pictures of the construction here. This is where the new “Rivers of Light” nighttime show will take place. This shows will feature swirling animal imagery, water screen, live music, and floating lanterns. There has not been an announcement for when this show will debut.
These scrims are on the walkway headed towards Finding Nemo- The Musical and Expedition Everest. Basically your view of the river is covered with scrims. I do love the details on them so take a little time to enjoy them as you walk by.
The backside of the scrims around Discovery River.
Avatar Land is being created where the old Camp Minnie Mickey used to be. It is expected to open in 2017.
They are also closing off part of the right parking lot as you look at the front of Animal Kingdom. I am not sure what they are doing here but will report back in future updates.
Finally, I think Walt Disney World needs to think about some maintenance on their parking lot trams. The one I was on was disgustingly dirty. How hard is it to wash them every now and then. If I had been wearing light colored clothes I would hate to see what they looked like. Walt Disney World used to be about the details but I think they have forgotten the trams.
So do I recommend you visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom? Yes I do. There is still plenty to see and do while they refresh and add new attractions to the park. You may need to be a little creative when you take your photos but you can have an awesome time. Till next time, See you in the parks!
Category: Disney World