Disney’s Animal Kingdom celebrated it’s 20th anniversary on April 22nd and the park is all decked out for the occasion. Limited edition merchandise is available and a new show opened called UP! A Great Bird Adventure starring Russel and Dug from Disney-Pixar’s UP. Starting later this month will be the new Donald’s Dino-Bash party in DinoLand, USA and construction is ongoing throughout the area.
Check out the photo report below as we take a walk around the park at all the things that are going on. See our previous post for a look at some of the limited edition 20th anniversary merchandise. And visit our Twitter for your chance to win a special Animal Kingdom park map set! If you’re planning to visit Disney World request a free quote from our travel partner Destinations in Florida for free vacation planning. Stay tuned for more theme park news and updates coming soon.
Special Park Map for the park’s 20th Anniversary. Enter our Twitter contest for your chance to win one
Photo frame photo op just outside the park
Anniversary banners seen near entrance, Oasis and Discovery Island areas
In Pandora they are offering a limited edition Banshee toy with special colors
This edition is to celebrate the anniversary and is only available while supplies last
These tables and chairs were set up for Spring Break crowds but have remained
They do not match the Pandora theme like the covered seating nearby. Hopefully they are replaced
Let’s check out construction going on in DinoLand USA!
Lots of sections are behind walls while new features are being installed
This area in front of Restaurantosaurus is behind walls
And the Cretaceous Trail is behind walls as well. These areas may be re-dressed as special meet & greets
Donald’s Dino-bash will be a party-like event where Donald is celebrating his dinosaur ancestors
How the area seen in Concept Art currently looks Image: Disney
Area seen in concept art how it looks currently
New coloring station set up inside Chester & Hester’s store where kids can color dinos
Children’s works of art for the day
Flowers in bloom in Spring
Don’t know if this is new, but never noticed these planters made of license plates before
Highway 498 is reference to Animal Kingdom’s opening in April 1998
One last area behind walls in front of Primeval Whirl
Walls up as seen from ride exit path as well
One last look before we move on
Let’s take a look at the new UP! A Great Bird Show and updated Caravan Theater
New show added to directory signs
Entrance has been vastly improved and a colorful sign has been installed for the new show
New themed theater wings
Additions made to look like they were created using a hodge-podge of recycled materials
Random doors, aluminum siding, and other various pieces mixed together
Formal queues for the theater installed for the first time
Not much has changed inside the theater
Some decoration has been added
The show features a couple humans and a couple characters
The show features Russel and Dug from Pixar’s UP
All of the birds from the previous show, “Flights of Wonder” have returned
The show is cute and the added characters should help kids stay enganged
That’s all for this update! Check out our previous update for a look at 20th Anniversary merchandise
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Alicia has been visiting theme parks since the age of 3, has a knack for memorizing park maps, loves theme park renovations and cannot wait to ride something new. She can often be found wandering the parks and riding coasters!