What’s New in Animal Kingdom: An Updated Attraction Reopens While Another Temporarily CLOSES

Ready to find out what’s new in Disney’s Animal Kingdom? We’re here to tell you!

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It’s an exciting time to be in Animal Kingdom right now! the reimagined Finding Nemo musical just reopened and a popular meet-and-greet spot is also reopening soon. Come along with us to check out what’s new in Animal Kingdom!

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At the Anandapur Ice Cream Truck, we spotted a new beer for $9.50. it’s a double blonde ale with honey made by Sailfish Brewing Company and it has a really cute name — it’s called Don’t poke the bear!

Don’t poke the bear

This beer is made with 100% Florida honey!

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Animal Kingdom Construction Updates

We noticed some missing menus around Animal Kingdom, including this one at Pongu Pongu…

Pongu Pongu menu missing

…and this one at the cart outside of DinoLand, USA. on the Asia side. It’s possible that this could mean menu item or price changes, so keep checking back for more updates!

On June 9thAnimalKingdom closed early at 6PM for a private event. Typically, Animal Kingdom closes at 8PM. It’s not unusual to see a Disney Park closed early for events, so it’s a good reminder to check Disney World’s calendar before making your plans.

Animal Kingdom closed early one day

On that day, Harambe Market was open until 4PM instead of 3PM, according to a Cast Member.

Harambe Market closed later

At Adventurer’s Outpostwe noticed that the Lightning Lane sign has been reinstalled, but it looks a bit different from the sign located here previously. It’s possible that it’s not finished yet, so we’ll keep an eye out for any further changes.

Lightning Lane sign reinstalled

Adventurer’s Outpost is a Mickey and Minnie meet-and-greet (where they wear safari outfits!) and it’s currently scheduled to reopen on June 19th.

Read more about Adventurer’s Outpost reopening here!

Also, make a note that TriceraTop Spin will be closed from June 13th to June 17th.

Tricera Top Spin

It’s important to check Disney World’s refurbishment calendar so that you never miss out on your favorite ride!

Find out more Disney World closures here!

Animal Kingdom Merchandise Update

Discovery Trading

In Discovery Trading, there were four new Thor pins released ahead of Thor: Love and Thunder in theaters on July 8th. We spotted this new Asgard Tour pin for $17.99

Asgard Tour pin

…this Pegasus pin for $19.99

Pegasus pin

…this set of Worthy and Mighty Pins for $17.99

Worthy/Mighty pins

…and this Thor: Love and Thunder Pin code What $17.99.

Thor: Love and Thunder Pin

We also found this Pink Sequin Loungefly Mini Backpack for $95.

Pink sequin lounge fly

And two light spinners were restocked for $20 eachincluding this Disney Parks Spinner

light spinners

…and this Mickey glow spinners.

light spinners

Let’s stop by Pandora!

wind traders

Windtraders restocked the Na’vi translator for $24.99

Na’vi translator

…and there was also a purple plush Shoulder Banshee for $19.99.

Shoulder Banshee

And there’s one more BIG update!

Animal Kingdom Miscellaneous Update

Finding Nemo: The Musical reopened in a NEW way officially on June 13thalthough Disney ended up soft opening of the show on June 11th.

Showtimes for Soft Opening

The reimagined show is now called Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond, and in addition to new set pieces and a new script, this show now tells the story of Finding Nemo from the fish at the Marine Life Institute, which was featured in Finding Dory.

You really feel like you’re in the ocean!

Most notably, this show includes an LED screen in the background, which really added to the show! And don’t worry, you can still hear classic songs like “In the Big Blue World.”

The Big Blue…and Beyond!

The show is 25 minutes longwith six showtimes currently available at 10:30AM, 11:30AM, 12:30PM, 2:30PM, 3:30PM, and 4:30PM. Make sure to double-check the My Disney Experience app in case these times change! This show is also available via Lightning Lane, which means you can book it through Genie+.

Lightning Lane Entrance

And that’s all the exciting news from Animal Kingdom! Keep reading DFB for more Disney news!

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