Decking the halls and lighting the holiday tree take on a new meaning as Disney’s Animal Kingdom brings new festive entertainment and holiday decor to every land. Beginning November 8, 2019, experience the magic of the holiday season like never before at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Cross the bridge to Discovery Island where you will find yourself in the midst of the celebration of winter, hand-crafted by the eclectic community of artists who make the island their home. The village is filled with sparkling white holiday decorations as colorful animal-inspired luminaries line the rooftops, and wireframe lanterns in the shape of beautiful birds can be found perched throughout the area. During the day, Discovery Island springs to life with a holiday gathering of winter animals, realized in the form of life-size, artisan-sculpted puppets. Reindeer, foxes, polar bears, penguins and more interact with guests, accompanied by serenading musicians as they create a playful atmosphere of festive fun. As day becomes night, the rooftop luminaries and bird lanterns all around Discovery Island bring a warm and festive glow to the entire village. At the center of everything, the Tree of Life awakens with a series of wintry tales, complemented by a familiar and heartwarming holiday-inspired musical score.
Journey to Dinoland, USA to find our friends gathered for Donald’s Dino-Bash getting into the spirit with colorful holiday decorations in the style of Donald Duck and each of his pals. At night, gather around Truck-O-Saurus for the “Holiday Hoopla Dance Party” featuring Chip ‘n Dale and a variety of fun and interactive games.
In Asia, the residents of Anandapur have decorated the theater district in celebration of Diwali, the holiday festival of lights in India. Glowing flowers, lanterns and more illuminate the square between Anandapur Theater and the waterfront stage, home to authentic cultural performances.
The village of Harambe in Africa welcomes visitors with a unique holiday presentation, blending the inspiration and style of western traditions with the colors and textiles of authentic African celebrations. The various groups appearing throughout Harambe introduce holiday-inspired enhancements, including costume additions and new music, to their performances. The holiday fun continues inside Tusker House for dining with Disney friends, where Mickey and his pals spread holiday cheer throughout the meal.
The holiday spirit even reaches Pandora – The World of Avatar! The ex-pats, living and working on the moon of Pandora, bring a little Christmastime fun to their alien home, with a display at Pongu Pongu of kitschy holiday décor, combining vintage pieces from Earth with items handcrafted from materials indigenous to Pandora.
It is sure to be an extra magical season at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and all across the Walt Disney World Resort.