Holidays at Animal Kingdom

Holidays at Animal Kingdom

The Holidays are in full swing at Walt Disney World and we are happy to report that this year, Animal Kingdom gets to join in on the fun too! Animal Kingdom usually gets just very minimal decorations throughout that keep consistent with the theming of the Park. But with the newest additions this year, we think Animal Kingdom is a must do for the holiday season at Walt Disney World.

Update 2020: Animal kingdom will not have active marionettes this year, but you can still see decorations displayed throughout the park. 

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What Can You Do at Animal Kingdom for the Holidays?

With new snacks, holiday overlays and fun character cavalcades, Animal Kingdom has really brought in the holiday spirit! Aside from an overall increase in holiday cheer, like added wreaths, garlands and wreaths, there’s a lot to look forward to at Animal Kingdom for the holidays this year. 

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Festive Floatillas at Animal Kingdom

  • Santa Claus Festive Flotilla
    • The big man himself will be floating on a Festival Flotilla down Discovery River as part of the Animal Kingdom Celebrations. 
  • Donald’s Dino Bash Festive Flotilla
    • See Donald Duck, Daisy and Launchpad from Ducktales happy with holiday cheer while sailing Discovery River.
  • Chip & Dale’s Festive Flotilla
    • Don’t miss Chip ‘n’ Dale grooving to the holiday music as they float down Discovery River for the festive season.
  • Mickey and Friends Festive Flotilla
    • Mickey and Friends, in their best safari holiday gear can be seen from bridges, and alongside Discovery River throughout the day!
  • Discovery Island Drummers Festive Flotilla
    • Listen for the Island drummers cruising along the river playing fun and festive tunes. 

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Whimsical Winter Puppets for the Holidays at Animal Kingdom

Update 2020: Animal kingdom will not have active marionettes, but you can still see decorations displayed throughout the park. 

Our favorite addition to the holiday offerings at Animal Kingdom is the Merry Menagerie of life size artisan winter puppets! These puppets are not only absolutely adorable, but they are so fun to interact with! The cast members who handle these puppets are wonderful and really get everyone involved and excited about these creatures. The puppets are located at Discovery Island, near the Tree of Life and change throughout the day, so be sure to check back to find your favorites!

We were lucky enough to see flying birds, fox, polar bears, penguins, a baby seal and reindeer! The detail on these animals is just stunning, so be sure to take your time when visiting them. And take a million photo of them too… because that’s what we did:) Their facial expressions are just priceless and really add to the character of these puppets. In addition to the whimsical puppets, there is also a new wall to match the theme, as well as adorable wintry luminaries atop the shops on Discovery Island, that light up when the sun goes down. 

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Holiday Snacks at Animal Kingdom

We are happy to report that Animal Kingdom now has new Disney snacks for the holiday! We tried a double chocolate peppermint cookie ice cream sandwich from Dino-Bite Snacks. It was delicious and all the flavors of chocolate and peppermint, perfect for the season. Be sure to check out all the Snacks at Animal Kingdom for Christmas!

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Holiday Overlay in Dino-Land U.S.A

Dino-Land is by far our favorite of the decked out areas in Animal Kingdom this year and almost has a Hollywood Studios like aesthetic to it. With Kitschy décor during the day and Christmas lights at nighttime, the atmosphere is definitely jolly in Dino-Land this year!

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Diwali in Animal Kingdom

UPDATE 2020: UP! A great bird adventure recently closed it has been replaced by Feathered Friends in Flight. As a result the Diwali Festival that debuted in 2019 may not return.

Diwali is the festival of lights in India, and last year, Animal Kingdom added the celebration to the show, UP! A great bird adventure to celebrate. This year, although subtle, they’ve added yet another Diwali celebration to the Park. Along with all of the other fabulous entertainment that can be found in Animal Kingdom, there is now a Bollywood Street Show in Asia. 

During the Bollywood Street show during Diwali, you can see a bit more Diwali fun through music and dance! There are also beautiful lanterns to be seen as night approaches so be sure to check out this area during both daytime and night.

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Holiday Characters at Animal Kingdom

UPDATE 2020: Character Meet and Greets across Walt Disney world have been replaced by character cavalcades. At Animal Kingdom we’ll see new Festive Flotillas this year! Read more about them in our What’s New at Walt Disney World for Christmas post. 

Christmas Floats at Animal Kingdom

Holiday Festive Flotillas

Featuring Disney Characters in their holiday best keep an eye out for Festive Floatillas. These floats will appear throughout the day for festive fun to look forward to. And you can see Santa Claus! The big man himself will be floating on a Festive Flotilla down Discovery River as part of the Animal Kingdom Celebrations. While you won’t get to sit on his lap, there will be plenty of magic as part of his arrival!

  • Santa Claus Festive Flotilla
    • The big man himself will be floating on a Festival Flotilla down Discovery River as part of the Animal Kingdom Celebrations. 
  • Donald’s Dino Bash Festive Flotilla
    • See Donald Duck, Daisy and Launchpad from Ducktales happy with holiday cheer while sailing Discovery River.
  • Chip & Dale’s Festive Flotilla
    • Don’t miss Chip ‘n’ Dale grooving to the holiday music as they float down Discovery River for the festive season.
  • Mickey and Friends Festive Flotilla
    • Mickey and Friends, in their best safari holiday gear can be seen from bridges, and alongside Discovery River throughout the day!
  • Discovery Island Drummers Festive Flotilla
    • Listen for the Island drummers cruising along the river playing fun and festive tunes. 

For the last few years, guests have been able to meet Mickey and Minnie in their holiday sweaters in Animal Kingdom. If you’re looking to play matchy matchy, check out our Mickey and Minnie Holiday Sweaters DIY post for how you can make your own outfit for your next Disney Vacation. 

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Holidays in Pandora

Pandora has joined in on the holiday fun too, and even though it may be minimal, the Ex-pats on Pandora have brought some handmade holiday decorations to Pongu Pongu. and made it their won this holiday season! And if you need one of the Best Animal Kingdom Snacks while you browse,  check out the Pongu Lumpia. 

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Holiday Tree of Life Awakenings at Animal Kingdom

Before you leave for the night, you’ll want to make sure you stop by the Tree of Life to catch the new wintry scenes and holiday music, specially created for this time of year. It’s such a peaceful and relaxing way to end the night and can be seen from many different angles, meaning there’s plenty of room for everyone! The scenes replay throughout the evening, so feel free to take it all in as much as you want. 

With so many new things at Animal Kingdom for the holidays this year, we say Animal Kingdom is an absolute must do for the holidays. Be sure to set aside some time during your winter trip to enjoy all it has to offer!

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Animal Kingdom at Chrsitmas just got a whole lot better! Walt Disney World has introduced gorgeous puppets, decorations, and a whole new approach to the holiday offerings. Check out everything to look out for at Animal Kingdom this Christmas. #disneychristmas #animalkingdom #disneydecorations #disneyvacation #polkadotpixies


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