The holidays have arrived at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and DINOSAUR is back open again! After its recent refurbishment, DINOSAUR has re-opened with new lighting and special effects and more. While the ride is still incredibly dark, some areas have been enhanced with lit-up backdrops and the Compsognathus have been replaced with projected screens (which is actually an improvement in my opinion.) Some other improvements include the Carnotsaurus skins’ paint scheme has more detail and the museum lobby displays in the queue have been improved. Over at Pandora: The World of Avatar construction, the pathway leading into the new area has received new lanterns and a big weird scary fake plant too. See the video and images below for more information and stay tuned for more theme park updates!
Welcome to Animal Kingdom at the Holiday season
Chip ‘n Dale ready for the cold
Holiday decor on all the buildings throughout most of the park
Christmas items in all the gift shops
Meet Baloo and King Louie
Fuzzy snowman at Dino-Rama
Meet the Disney dogs at Dinoland USA
DINOSAUR ride back open after being closed for refurbishment
Fountain with Aladar statue filled with water again
The museum displays inside the ride queue have been improved with more fossils
Some new displays have replaced old flat murals
New lighting and special effects added to the ride
A happy monkey!
Visiting the Maharajah Jungle Trek in Asia
Monkey enclosure at Maharajah Jungle Trek is closed for refurbishment
This enclosure usually houses lion-tailed macaques
The monkey enclosure should be opening back up by mid-December
Welcome to Pandora: The World of Avatar
The view from inside the park, near Tiffins
The bridge leading to Pandora
Many different style lanterns added along the pathway
These lanterns made to look like they were made by the Na’vi, but others will look man-made
Crazy weird-looking giant plant thing at the end of the path
This thing looks wild!
Close up view of wild plant
Floating mountains and a large construction crane
View of the area from the side
Closer view of the mountains
Super close up view of the top of the floating mountains
Closer view of the vines connecting the mountains
View of the area from the back-side
You can see the large show building, floating mountains, and front-facing facade
Baby floating mountains behind the facade
Backside of front-facing facade
Front corner of facade
Detailed mountain tops facade
Dirt being piled high to create a long berm to block view from guests
Workers on new berm
Wide view of new berm. Will probably be covered in grass and new plants will be added behind it soon to better block the area
One last quick look at the floating mountains before we go
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!
Thanks for the update. It is my understanding that the macaque exhibit is a brand new addition and has yet to been seen by the public. It has been under construction for the past year. Tapirs used to be housed in the space, but the last one died and it was decided to change it to macaques.
Thanks for the info! I’ll follow up on the addition in January when I visit again.