IMG_9233Now that summer is in full effect it time to stop by Animal Kingdom and see how the baby of the WDW parks is doing!

First of course as we approach bag check we see that the “selfie stick” ban is in full effect, even with a Guest Relations Cast Member doing a check-in for guest unable to take them back to their car.

As we head toward Discovery Island still lots of work being done to expand shops and restaurants in the area.IMG_9238 IMG_9286Speaking of restaurant expansion, Flame Tree Barbecue which has been down for a few months has reopened with a expanded menu and more covered queue and walking area for those Florida rainy days.
IMG_9287 IMG_9297IMG_9288Also the recent addition of Starbucks to DAK has opened in Creature Comforts, the former store space.IMG_9240IMG_9299 IMG_9241Moving back to the newly expanded Harambe Market, the final piece has opened in the form of Zuri’s Sweets Shop.

Newest Addition to Harambe Market features Unique African-Inspired Treats and Merchandise

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Guests can take their taste buds on a mouth-watering safari with a visit to Zuri’s Sweets Shop at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This new merchandise location at Harambe Market in the Africa section of the park offers an assortment of wild new treats and eats.

Zuri’s Sweets Shop features 80 exclusive food items inspired by the sights, sounds and flavors of Africa. Guests can purchase themed decorative candy apples, assorted bulk trail mixes, uniquely flavored chocolate bars and delectable popcorn with a touch of African spices. Guests with a taste for barbeque also can find the signature sweet and spicy sauce from the park’s popular Flame Tree Barbecue.

This unique location also includes a colorful confectionary case filled with a variety of candies and baked treats. Guests with a sweet tooth will be thrilled to find tiger-shaped sugar cookies, elephant-shaped caramel apples and colorful giraffe marshmallow pops alongside Disney confectionary classics, such as Mickey Mouse chocolate chip cookies and tasty chocolate fudge.

In addition to the festive themed food items, Zuri’s Sweets Shop also offers items for the home, such as decorative “Blessing Baskets” and African-inspired dinnerware and décor.

IMG_9245 IMG_9246 IMG_9248 IMG_9254 IMG_9250 This shop, besides having lots of great sweet treats, is another example of how the detail of story makes even a small shop part of the bigger story of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.IMG_9252 IMG_9253

Now that we have taken a look at the latest additions, lets take a look at the next evolution of Disney’s Animal Kingdom…

 

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