If you’ve visited Animal Kingdom over the holidays in the past you may have been a little disappointed in their decorations.
Aside from some garland and the giant tree, there really wasn’t much else.
That has all changed starting in 2019, though.
With brand-new decorations and entertainment offerings, the holidays will find their way into all the lands of this beautiful park.
Here’s what you can expect to see…
Animal Kingdom holiday offerings – new for 2019!
When it comes to holiday decor, Animal Kingdom definitely embraces its “wild side”.
After years of sparse holiday decorations, Animal Kingdom is getting some much needed attention with the introduction of new festive holiday-themed decorations and entertainment:
The 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.
During the day, visitors will be delighted by giant, life-sized puppets of winter animals. These artisan-sculpted puppets (accompanied by musicians) will interact with guests and create a festive atmosphere as visitors are drawn further into the park.
At night, “rooftop luminaries and bird lanterns all around Discovery Island bring a warm and festive glow to the entire village.”
To top it all off, in-between the Tree of Life Awakenings (which will feature stories of wintery tales), the Tree of Life itself will be decked out in shimmering lights perfect for the holiday season.
In previous years, Dinoland was one of the few spots in the park with decorations, and the fun theming, bright lights, and festive atmosphere here lend themselves to the party-like atmosphere you’ll see over the holidays.
Donald’s Dino-Bash will find its characters decked out in their holiday attire and when night falls, guests of all ages can dance the night away near the Truck-O-Saurus at the Holiday Hoopla Dance Party with Chip ‘n Dale.
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.
In addition, the entertainment that appears in Harambe will include “holiday-inspired enhancements, including costume additions and new music” in the performances.
Tusker House will also get in on the action where you’ll find Mickey and his friends (complete with holiday-themed accessories) spreading holiday cheer to all who dine.
Pandora – The World Of Avatar
Even Pandora is getting in on the holiday action!
And in true Disney fashion, we can expect the decorations here to keep true to the theming of the land:
“Ex-pats living and working on the moon of Pandora bring a little Christmastime fun to their alien home, with a display at Pongu Pongu of kitschy holiday décor, combining vintage pieces from Earth with items handcrafted from materials indigenous to Pandora.”