FIRST LOOK: Holiday decor at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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This year, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will get festive new holiday decor in every land inside the park, and today, Disney revealed a behind-the-scenes look at what Guests will be enjoying this holiday season all around the park.

Discovery Island

Discovery Island will be getting a taste of winter. Throughout Discovery Island, Guests will enjoy hand-crafted decorations inspired by the community of artists who reside there. The area will be full of sparkling white decorations and luminaries inspired by some of the land’s animals will line rooftops of buildings.

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During the daytime hours at Discovery Island, the land will come to life with winter animals in puppet form–polar bears, foxes, penguins and reindeer, among others. The puppets will be sculpted by artisans.

At the Tree of Life each evening, Guests will enjoy wintry tales accompanied by holiday music. The tree will sparkle and shine throughout the evening.


In Asia, Guests will get to see how the villagers have decorated Anandapur for the holiday season surrounding Diwali, India’s holiday festival of lights. Glowing lanterns and flowers will light up the square between the waterfront stage and the Anandapur Theater.

Africa and Dinoland U.S.A.

New holiday decor will adorn every part of Africa, and Guests strolling through Dinoland U.S.A. will enjoy the sounds of the holidays coming from the Truck-O-Saurus in the land that will be pumping out festive tunes for the season. Guests will also get to see some of their most beloved Disney characters decked out in their holiday best.

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Pandora – The World of Avatar

The excitement of the season even reaches the World of Avatar this holiday. The ex-pats living on Pandora are bringing Christmas touches to their home. There will be holiday decor displayed at Pongu Pongu. These pieces of festive decor will be a combination of vintage pieces from Earth as well as items made from materials naturally occurring on Pandora.

Pandora - The World of Avatar
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Just take a look at all the preparations being made for the upcoming holiday celebration at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in this new video just released by Disney Parks.


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