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Two Bars & A Shop Officially Reopen At Animal Kingdom

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Two Bars & A Shop Officially Reopen At Animal Kingdom

Now that Florida bars are allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity as of Sept. 14, Walt Disney World has reopened two bars at Animal Kingdom. That’s right, Dawa Bar in Africa and Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks in Asia are open for business.

The Quick Service bars reopened over the weekend of Sept. 19 with health and safety measures put in place, including plexiglass at the counters and markers on the ground to help distance guests.

As confirmed by Disney Food Blog, both are once again serving up some favorites, including the famous Ngumu Jungle Juice at Dawa Bar and the Himalayan Ghost at Thirsty River Bar. You can also grab a Simba Pretzel from Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks.

To be clear, the Trek Snacks part of the location has been open since Animal Kingdom first reopened. But, Thirsty River didn’t officially start serving until Sunday, Sept. 20. 

Disney Food Blog also reports that, according to Cast Members, Dawa and Thirsty River are currently operating with limited hours right now. This, of course, can change at any moment. You can also ask a Cast Member for the hours or even check the My Disney Experience (MDE) app.

Island Mercantile at Animal Kingdom


In addition to Dawa and Thirsty River, Island Mercantile is also once again open for guests to browse parks merchandise. The shop is located right across from the Discovery Trading Company, another merchandise store, which has been open since Animal Kingdom first reopened.

As show in MDE, Island Mercantile has limited operating hours and will be open at noon until park close. Animal Kingdom opens at 9 a.m. and depending on the day will close at either 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. There recently have been many park hour updates, including for the holiday season.

The longer WDW remains open, the more we see starting to reopen. If you want to keep track of all the changes, we have a WDW reopening guide and a 2020 & 2021 vacation planner

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