Disney’s Animal Kingdom is still a year away from the opening of Pandora: The World of Avatar, but from outside the park you can already see the new area will be impressive. With two giant cranes seemingly always moving as of late, the Floating Mountains are becoming more and more visible.Inside the park work on the former Camp Minnie Mickey area is also expanding to include the new Tiffins Signature Restaurant. As the park prepares for record-breaking crowds over the next year, changes such as the expansion of the Disney Outfitters to include the Riverside Depot on Discovery Island and relocation of planters to open more space along the walkways have been ongoing for the past few months. Another change to Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the return of the king of the jungle (Tarzan) and his pal, Turk, meeting guests on Discovery Island throughout the day.Looking toward this upcoming summer season, we have the reconstruction of the area around Dinoland U.S.A. and Asia waterways to make room for the upcoming Rivers of Light show. Something a little closer in time is the Discovering Disney Zootopia exhibit added to Conservation Station area of Rafiki’s Planet Watch. This display not only gives insight into the making of the upcoming Disney Animated Feature but also gives guests a look at the citizens of Zootopia. We also get a good view of the stars of the upcoming film: Officer Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde. The area not only gives a look at the animated stars but also has a great short about the animators and the exhaustive research they did to make the animals of Zootopia as life-like as possible.Now until March 4th rolls around, keep checking in with us here at LaughingPlace.com on your iPaw for the latest updates!
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