Disney’s Animal Kingdom trip report – November 2012 (the holiday celebration has gone wild)
I recently participated in Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and only got a glimpse of the park during the race. Since I haven’t been to this park in several months, I went back with my family in order to truly enjoy the park.
Holiday decorations are up at Animal Kingdom. The first holiday display you can’t miss is the grand Christmas tree at the entrance to the park. The ornaments on this tree are particularly unique and include lion, rhino and giraffe figures along with stars and moons. All of the ornaments appear to be hand crafted. This tree gives you a preview of the type of decorations you’ll find throughout the park, celebratory yet unique.
There is some construction to the right of the entrance turnstiles to the park but it does not interfere with pedestrian traffic flow.
In DinoLand U.S.A., there was construction taking place at The Boneyard playground. Goofy and Pluto were available for photos dressed in their holiday costumes near Tricera Top Spin. Dinosaur and Primeval Whirl are our favorite attractions in this section of the park.
During this visit to Animal Kingdom, we were able to watch Finding Nemo – The Musical. It is a one-of-a-kind show that can be seen repeatedly and still be enjoyed every time. The music and puppetry are outstanding and entertaining for the entire family.
My son and husband rode Expedition Everest and Kali River Rapids multiple times. I was able to watch the Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe, who were very entertaining and had admirable audience participation. We also saw and enjoyed The Bhangra DJ Dance Party featuring DJ Anaan in Asia. It was a lot of fun and also had good audience participation.
All the shops throughout Animal Kingdom are decorated for the holidays and offer seasonal merchandise. There are also holiday decorations all over the park including character trees in the Camp Minnie-Mickey area.
The highlight of the afternoon for us was Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade. The distinctive floats were decorated for the holidays and the music was a variety of popular holiday songs. Many Disney characters are featured in this parade and several floats included families who were park guests. This entertaining and exceptional parade is definitely not to be missed.
While walking throughout the park, the crowds seemed heavy but the wait times for the featured rides and attractions were moderate. Lines for the food and drink kiosks were also moderate. The weather was great with temperatures in the low 80’s and partly cloudy.
Animal Kingdom is another example of Walt Disney World Imagineers’ excellent undertaking of blending Holiday highlights with a fun and entertaining park for the whole family.
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