Animal Kingdom has really stepped it up when it comes to decorating for the holidays.
And just like the park, the decorations here are *very* unique.
Here’s everything you need to know about the holidays at Animal Kingdom:
Animal Kingdom holiday offerings for 2023
Holiday Flotillas (not yet confirmed for 2023)
If you’ve had a chance to visit the parks since they reopened in July 2020, you may have seen some of your favorite characters floating down the waterways in Animal Kingdom.
These are one of our favorite new things about Animal Kingdom! And we are excited to share that during the holidays these character floats are getting a special seasonal makeover!
Guests visiting from November 11 through and December 30 will be able to see some of their favorite characters decked out for the holidays:
- Discovery Island Drummers Festive Flotilla
- Santa Claus Festive Flotilla
Tree of Life Awakenings (Holiday Edition)
The Tree of Life Awakenings projection show gets a holiday makeover in November and December.
Santa Claus will make a return to Animal Kingdom in 2023. However, we don’t know yet if he will be in a Flotilla or somewhere else.
In 2022, Santa ditched his sleigh for a decked out boat.
Like the rest of the flotillas, Santa could also be seen floating down Discovery River intermittently throughout the day. Make sure you wave “hello!’ when he passes by.
Mickey and Minnie in holiday outfits — NEW!
In 2023 (and for the first time during Animal Kingdom’s holiday season), you’ll be able to meet Micky and Minnie in holiday attire at Adventurer’s Outpost in Discovery Island. Stay tuned for photos of the two in their festive costumes!
If you are a fan of unique decorations, you are going to LOVE Animal Kingdom.
Not only are there lots of decorations to see, you’ll be happy to know that they aren’t all concentrated in one area.
Instead, you’ll see decorations spread throughout the park. Here’s what you can expect to see:
Once again, this heart of Animal Kingdom will become the centerpiece for the celebration of winter.
Here, guests will find the buildings transformed into a holiday village filled with sparkling white decorations.
At night, “rooftop luminaries and bird lanterns all around Discovery Island bring a warm and festive glow to the entire village.”
During the daytime, you can also find life-sized animal puppets:
And, after the sun goes down, guests will be entertained by gorgeous projections as the Tree of Life awakens for the holidays.
Dinoland goes full kitschy during the holiday season!
In Anandapur, you’ll find the theatre district decorated for Diwali (which is the festival of lights in India).
Here, guests will be greeted with glowing flowers and lanterns that will illuminate the square between Anandapur Theater and the waterfront stage.
Guests visiting Africa will find a “unique holiday presentation” with a blend of western traditions and the colors and textures of African celebrations.
And even the residents of Pandora get in on the holiday action:
Rafiki’s Planet Watch
Although there isn’t a ton out stuff out at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, you can even find festive trees in this area of the park, too!
What are we waiting to hear about?
Holiday Character Dining
In previous years, Tusker House got in on the action, and you were able to find Mickey and his friends (complete with holiday-themed accessories) spreading holiday cheer to all who dined. We haven’t heard anything about the themed costumes coming back for 2023.
Read more about Christmas at Disney World
Can’t get enough of the holidays at Walt Disney World? Check out these posts for helpful information and tips!
- All About Christmas at Walt Disney World
- Complete Guide to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
- Overview of Epcot’s Festival of the Holidays
- Why you should consider purchasing a Candlelight Processional Dining Package
- Christmas at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Christmas at Animal Kingdom
- Where to Find Santa Claus at Walt Disney World
- The Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll
- Guide to Storytellers at Epcot’s Festival of the Holidays
- Every gingerbread house at Disney World
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